1. Lawn Watering Restrictions Underway in Randolph


    This summer looks like it is going to be tough on your lawn. If the drought conditions continue any lawn that is not healthy to begin with this spring will be in trouble. Soil testing and proper nutrients are essential.

    May 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    RANDOLPH ,NJ- In the summer months, Randolph experiences extremely high levels of water consumption, much of which can be attributed to the inefficient and at times wasteful overwatering of lawns.

    In an effort to conserve water, the township council adopted new lawn watering regulations in May of 2007, for properties which receive water provided by the Township of Randolph and the Town of Dover.

    These regulations impose restrictions on residential lawn watering during the summer months and supplement Chapter 50, Water and Sewers, of the Revised Ordinances of the Township of Randolph.

  2. Keep your pets safe around your lawn


    In the warm weather your pets and family will spend a lot of time on your lawn. Talk to us about a pet safe lawn.

    Please keep this in mind for your pet’s safety and well being:

    These are the ten most toxic human foods and should never be given to your pets.

    • Caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Avacado
    • Pitted Fruits
    • Grapes
    • Raisins
    • Tomatoes
    • Cherries
    • Spicy Foods
    • Macadamia Nuts
    • Chewing Gum
    • Mushrooms (If you can’t have them, neither can your pets)
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Chicken, turkey or fish bones

    Here is a list of healthy human foods your pets can have:

    • Apples (no seeds)
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Green Beans
    • Carrots
    • Seedless Watermelon
    • Bananas
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Squash


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    Bob Vila si still out there helping homeowners take care of their property. Here Bob gives seven helpful hints. As always Plant Solutions is here to help you take care of your lawn, call us today for a free estimate at 908-548-0716.

    Great Lawn


    Dead grass and lawn clippings accumulate and get matted down into thatch, which not only prevents the germination of new grass seed, but also promotes fungus growth and pest infestation. Dethatch the lawn by giving it a good once-over, using either a lawn rake with stiff tines or a special dethatching rake.

    2. TESTING

    To grow grass successfully, you need the right soil. Most varieties thrive in conditions that are neither acidic nor alkaline. Methods exist to raise or lower soil pH, but you’ve got to know what you’re dealing with. Purchase a soil test kit for around $10 from your neighborhood garden store, or send a soil sample to your local extension office.

    3. CLEANUP

    Part of spring lawn care involves clearing away the ravages of winter. Equipped with your rake and pruning shears, take an exploratory stroll around the property. Look closely for any plants that didn’t survive. Prune damaged or dead branches from trees and bushes, and remove twigs or leaves you find lingering on the grass.


    In high-traffic areas, the soil beneath grass gradually becomes compacted and inhospitable to grass roots. Manual or mechanical aeration reverses the damage done. Here, wine cork-size plugs are drawn out of the lawn surface, giving roots room to spread and allowing air, nutrients, and moisture to penetrate the soil.


    Weed control ranks high among spring lawn-care priorities: If you don’t act against weeds now, before they emerge, you’ll spend the summer battling them—and it’s not a fight you’re liable to win. Prevent weeds from even sprouting by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. For an alternative treatment free of harmful chemicals, try cornmeal.

    6. SEEDING

    On any bare patches of ground, skip the herbicide and opt instead for grass seed. Be aware, however, that if you’re planting grass in the spring, it’s going to need lots of TLC during the hot summer months—that is, consistent watering and regular weeding—and you’ll most likely have to seed again in the fall.


    Before the lawn season gets into full swing, inspect all your outdoor tools, including the mower. If necessary, take the machine in for service or give it a tune-up yourself: change the oil, install new spark plugs, and replace the air filter. Also, make sure to have fuel on hand in preparation for the first grass-cutting of the year.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: The old adage applies as directly to spring lawn care as it does to so many other pursuits. Indeed, setting off on the right course in spring can help ensure that your grass thrives right through to fall, bolstering that curb appeal you count on it to provide.


    Read more at http://www.bobvila.com/articles/spring-lawn-care/#.VUurwhdIhBC

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  5. We Install Sod – The quickest way to a new lawn.


    If you are in a hurry to have a beautiful lawn, you may want to consider sod. Here at Plant Solutions we can seed or repair a lawn or we can install sod, and you can have a lawn quickly.

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  6. Is Your Town a “Tree City?”


    To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

    These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community* would have a viable tree management program.

    They were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.

    Here are all the Tree Cities in New Jersey.

    City Years Population
    Alpine 13 1,849
    Asbury Park 12 16,500
    Atlantic Highlands 33 4,708
    Barnegat 13 21,000
    Belvidere 18 2,681
    Berkeley Heights 10 14,000
    Bernards Township 9 26,700
    Bernardsville 23 7,700
    Bloomfield 14 47,315
    Bogota 13 8,187
    Bordentown 15 3,969
    Bound Brook 9 10,500
    Branchville 25 840
    Brick 9 75,809
    Bridgewater 18 44,850
    Brielle 12 4,700
    Brooklawn 4 1,915
    Caldwell 16 7,822
    Camden 3 77,250
    Chatham Borough 14 8,962
    Chester 29 1,648
    Chesterfield 14 7,572
    Chesterfield 14 7,572
    Clementon 6 4,986
    Clifton 17 80,000
    Closter 14 8,498
    Collingswood 15 13,926
    Cranbury 26 3,857
    Cranford 23 22,578
    Delanco Township 6 3,500
    Demarest 15 4,850
    Dumont 5 17,500
    Dunellen 10 6,970
    East Brunswick 36 47,000
    East Windsor 14 27,190
    Eatontown 24 12,000
    Edgewater 7 11,153
    Edison Township 4 103,958
    Emerson 9 7,197
    Englewood Cliffs 33 5,281
    Essex County 2 787,744
    Evesham Township 23 3,100
    Fair Haven 14 6,121
    Fanwood 21 7,220
    Florence 16 12,109
    Franklin Lakes 6 10,590
    Franklin Township 13 62,300
    Freehold Borough 17 12,000
    Freehold Township 33 34,875
    Frenchtown 11 1,500
    Glen Ridge 16 7,623
    Glen Rock 23 11,546
    Hackensack 22 43,275
    Haddon Township 10 15,000
    Haddonfield 21 11,577
    Hamilton 8 88,464
    Hanover 7 15,000
    Hawthorne 24 18,791
    High Bridge 4 3,500
    Highland Park 20 14,060
    Hightstown 3 5,494
    Holmdel 6 16,849
    Hopewell 10 1,922
    Howell Township 16 52,000
    Interlaken 26 821
    Jackson 13 55,000
    Kearny 37 41,000
    Lacey 23 27,000
    Lakewood 33 102,000
    Lawrence 18 33,323
    Lebanon 5 1,371
    Leonia 25 9,075
    Livingston 5 27,391
    Madison 29 16,000
    Manalapan 23 39,000
    Manasquan 17 5,897
    Maplewood 9 23,867
    Marlboro 6 40,191
    Maywood 30 9,500
    Medford 35 27,500
    Merchantville 36 3,821
    Metuchen 7 13,574
    Middlesex 25 13,717
    Millburn 35 20,149
    Millstone Township 9 10,600
    Millville 17 28,000
    Monmouth County 8 629,384
    Montgomery 22 22,254
    Montville 12 21,528
    Moorestown 24 20,000
    Morris Plains 37 5,400
    Mountain Lakes 17 4,250
    Naval Weapons Station Earle 17 842
    New Brunswick 30 55,181
    New Milford 3 16,504
    Newton 3 7,521
    Norwood 7 5,711
    Nutley 27 28,370
    Oakland 7 12,754
    Ocean City 7 10,000
    Palmyra 11 2,916
    Paramus 38 25,100
    Parsippany-Troy Hills Township 38 60,000
    Pennington 26 2,585
    Pequannock Township 9 15,000
    Phillipsburg 3 14,950
    Piscataway 28 50,482
    Plainfield 5 49,808
    Plainsboro 29 22,999
    Pompton Lakes 6 11,137
    Rahway 17 27,000
    Ramsey 19 14,800
    Red Bank 8 12,187
    Ridgefield Borough 6 11,032
    Ridgefield Park 25 13,000
    River Edge 14 11,340
    River Vale 5 9,700
    Riverdale 7 3,559
    Riverton 26 2,759
    Robbinsville 3 13,642
    Roseland 31 5,352
    Roselle Park 6 15,000
    Rumson 23 7,044
    Rutherford 7 17,790
    Sayreville 5 43,761
    Sea Girt 12 1,828
    Secaucus 21 18,200
    Shrewsbury 16 3,809
    South Brunswick 23 44,000
    South Hackensack 2 2,378
    Southampton Township 18 10,464
    Springfield 9 14,000
    Stafford 25 26,535
    Stanhope Borough 6 3,600
    Stratford 16 7,400
    Summit 19 21,131
    Teaneck 19 39,260
    Tenafly 11 13,650
    Tewksbury Township 8 5,993
    Tinton Falls 21 19,791
    Toms River Township 28 93,000
    Upper Saddle River 12 8,208
    Verona 29 13,000
    Wallington 15 11,583
    Washington Borough 14 6,500
    Wayne Township 33 54,750
    Wenonah 18 2,265
    West Cape May 16 1,024
    West Orange 18 46,000
    West Windsor 35 28,000
    Westwood 11 10,999
    Woodbridge 21 99,500
    Woodcliff Lake 8 5,820
    Wood-Ridge 25 8,358
    Wyckoff 5 16,969
  7. How to select a tree for your property.


    Selecting the proper tree

    When selecting a tree to plant, be sure to consider what the tree needs and what the planting site can provide. There are six ”tree needs” to compare with the site’s conditions:

    1. Temperature – Trees have a limit to the cold they can endure. Check hardiness zones before choosing a tree.
    2. Moisture – Each species can tolerate wet or dry conditions to a different degree.
    3. Light – “Shade tolerance” is the term foresters use to rate the light requirements of each species.
    4. Pests – Every locality has problems with a particular insect or disease. Some trees are more susceptible to a certain disease than others.
    5. Soil – Soil depth, structure, pH and moisture can make the difference between success and failure with a tree. Each species has its preferences.
    6. Air pollutants – Chemicals in the air vary with localities; some trees are more tolerant of air pollution than others.

    Before you make the final decision on the tree species, other factors should be considered. Is the tree being planted to save energy and provide shade? Is it being planted to beautify the grounds? Is providing wildlife habitat important? Will the tree be part of a windbreak or shelterbelt? Determining why a tree is being planted will help identify the ideal species.

    Also know how big it will be at maturity. Will it have “head space” and root area to grow well? Will roots interfere with the sidewalk, patio, or driveway at maturity? Will it block windows or scenic views or tangle with the utility wires when it is mature? These answers will all help eliminate inappropriate species.

    Finally, keep in mind its shape, its leaves and its impact on the area.

    After you have chosen a tree that is suitable for the location, get permission to plant from the appropriate city agency. Have your choice approved by your city or state forester.

  8. Is Climate Change Effectng Your Lawn


    Climate change and your lawn

    Poll: Americans Starting to Worry About Climate Change
    Now That It Affects Their Lawns


    SACRAMENTO (The Borowitz Report) – A new poll shows that Americans who were unconcerned about climate change as it wreaked havoc around the world are beginning to worry, now that global warming is affecting the appearance of their lawns.

    According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, rising sea levels, the destruction of habitats, and catastrophic weather conditions, such as hurricanes and tsunamis, have not served as the wake-up call to Americans that their lawns’ unsightly barrenness has.

    In interviews across the state of California, residents expressed anger and outrage that climate change had been allowed to worsen to the point that it has now severely limited their choice of ground cover, shrubs, and other decorative plantings.

    “We are being forced to create a front lawn out of stones and, yes, cacti,” said Harland Dorrinson, a resident of suburban Sacramento. “I’m not sure that this is a world I would want to leave to my children.”

    “Right now we’re looking at a situation where we have to choose between saving our climbing hydrangeas or our roses,” said Tracy Klugian, of San Diego. “We are no longer living like humans.”

    Carol Foyler, a San Mateo resident who has watched her lawn turn from a gorgeous green to a hideous brown during California’s drought, said she blamed scientists “for failing to warn us of the true cost of climate change.”

    “They always said that polar bears would starve to death,” she said. “But they never told us our lawns would look like crap.”

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