1. 9 things every pet owner should know about TICKS!


    Here are some more tips for making sure dogs are protected:

    1. Talk with your family veterinarian about vaccinating your pet against Lyme disease.
    2. Talk with your veterinarian about the best way to prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet.
    3. Your veterinarian may suggest an oral medication so that your pet is simply given a pill once a month. Or the vet may encourage spot-on medications, medicated shampoos, powders or tick collars.
    4. Consider having your yard and home treated for ticks.
    5. Inspect your dogs for ticks if they have been outside near wooded areas.
    6. If you find a tick, take tweezers and remove the tick as close to the body of the pet as possible, trying to get the head of the tick out.
    7. Watch your pet carefully over time and look out for any changes in behavior.
    8. If your pet is not acting right, take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
    9. After your dogs come in from outside check them carefully for ticks


  2. Get Rid Of That Poison Ivy


    Plant Solutions can rid your yard of poison ivy
    or any other pesky plant just call us at 908-548-0716

    Poison Ivy sign

    Poison Ivy sign

    This plant, like our mosquitoes, was here to welcome the invaders from Europe who had never seen it. The leaf is three lobed with the central leaflet on a short petiole. The two lateral leaflets are lobed on the outside edge while the central leaflet is lobed on both edges. The flower is hidden beneath the leaves and is green in color. The fruit is a small, white berry growing in clusters. All parts of the plant are poisonous at all times of the year. Poison ivy also has aerial rootlets which fasten it to trees, telephone poles, and other structures. It also grows as an upright plant. A single stem comes up from the underground stem. It can be identified by the aerial rootlets on the stem.


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  3. Don’t Let These Bugs Kill Your Trees


    Warning: Emerald Ash Borer is spreading.

    emerald Ash Borer danger area

    (TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials today reported that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, is active in five towns in three counties.

    Municipal officials and residents of Bridgewater and Hillsborough in Somerset County, Westampton in Burlington County and Ewing and West Windsor in Mercer County are encouraged to tree care professional to learn how to protect their ash trees or what to do with dead or dying trees.

    “Emerald ash borer is a fast-moving, highly destructive invasive pest, which could lead to the death of ash trees,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.  “Now that the beetle is in New Jersey and is starting to spread, we ask that towns put plans in place to respond to the beetle.”

    Emerald ash borer was first discovered in New Jersey in May 2014 by a private citizen in Bridgewater.  EAB is now present in 25 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.  It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has since killed tens of millions of trees.

    The adult emerald ash borer is a metallic green insect about one-half inch long and one-eighth inch wide making it hard to detect in the wild.  The female beetles lay eggs on the bark of ash trees. The eggs hatch and the larvae bore into the bark to the fluid-conducting vessels underneath.  The larvae feed and develop, cutting off the flow of nutrients and, eventually killing the tree.  EAB attacks and kills North American species of true ash, and tree death occurs three to five years following initial infestation.  EAB is native to Asia.

  4. Beware – New tick-borne disease worse than Lyme


    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    A new study finds a tick-borne disease known as Borrelia Miyamoto is now infecting people across the Northeast, and in some cases the symptoms are so extreme that people have gone to the hospital.

    A Flemington, NJ physician, gained prominence two years ago when he became the first to identify a nasty little tick-borne pathogen called Borellia Miyamotoi as the source of a severe human illness.

    Now he has co-authored a new paper, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that starts to give physicians a better understanding of B. Miyamotoi and its effect on humans.

    With Lyme disease, the majority of illnesses appear to occur in June and early July, and B. miyamotoi is largely centered around the late summer, so the effect of the two bacteria is to widen the overall risk of tick-borne disease.

    Symptoms of B. Miyamotoi vary widely. Some people don’t feel sick and others have a high fever and other flu-like symptoms. In addition, B. Miyamotoi appears to be associated with related bugs that cause recurring flu-like illness, unlike Lyme.

    While ticks are particularly a problem now, they’re virtually always a problem in places like Hunterdon County, Gugliotta said. Tick-borne disease abates when the first frosts occur, but the bugs are found in places that stay warmer, such as barns, he said.

    Plant Solutions can help you manage you any tick problem you may have. Let our experts lesson the risk to your family and pets of Borellia miyamotoi and Lyme Disease.

    Read more at http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/06/tick-borne_illness_first_diagnosed_in_hunterdon_wo.html


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  5. Could be worse than Lyme disease


    Powassan virus, spread by ticks, could be worse than Lyme disease

    Powassan virus, spread by ticks.
    Let Plant Solutions help with tick control.

    NEW YORK — It spreads like Lyme disease, but doctors say it’s even worse. Ticks in parts of the northeastern U.S. and around the Great Lakes have been found to carry a rare and potentially life-threatening virus.
    CBS2 New York reports, doctors warn that the Powassan virus can come on with very sudden, severe symptoms. There is no known treatment or cure.

    “The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained.

    Cameron is president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He said that if bitten by a Powassan-infected tick, you can get the virus within a matter of minutes, and while the symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, they are more severe.

    “You can get seizures, high fevers, stiff neck. It comes on so suddenly that it’s the kind of thing people go to the emergency room for,” he explained.

    Researchers with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station said the Powassan virus is starting to show up in Bridgeport and Branford. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has also been seen around the Great Lakes, primarily in late spring, early summer, and mid-fall, when ticks are most active.

    Only about 50 cases of Powassan have been reported in the U.S. in the last 10 years.

    “I couldn’t imagine having something worse than this. It sounds really awful,” Lyme disease patient Jennifer Cirigliano said.

    Cirigliano was diagnosed with Lyme disease 2 years ago. The 15-year-old said it’s been a long road of recovery.

    “I was getting scared that there could be seriously something wrong,” she said.

    Now, with this emerging tick-borne illness, doctors say there’s even more reason to be on the lookout throughout the spring and summer.

    “Be more vigilant about checking. I can’t stay indoors. Summer is the time to be outside,” one woman said.

    There are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Experts suggest using bug spray, wearing long pants and long sleeves outdoors, avoiding wooded areas, and checking yourself for ticks after you’ve spent time outside.
    Read more at CBSNews.com

  6. Time to think about deer repellant.


    What is deer repellent and how does it work?

    Got deer? Do you want to stop deer in other ways than expensive fencing? We offer deer taste repellent that repel deer through their sense of smell and taste.

    Deer repellent works year round protecting your plants from damage due to feeding from deer, rabbits and squirrels. Protects the plant with a patented dual action deterrent system of odor and taste. The biodegradable all-natural formula will not harm humans, pets or animals.


  7. Smartphones Help Citizen Scientists to ID Invasive Species.


    “Smartphones and online training videos are revolutionizing citizen science,” said Jared Starr, lead
    author of the study. “At low cost, we can now train participants remotely and collect sophisticated data
    on a scale that was impossible just 10 years ago.”

    If you have an iPhone or Android phone: Download the FREE Outsmart Invasive Species application through iTunes or Google Play, and you’ll be prepared to report invasive species anytime.

    If you have a digital camera: Register to submit data using the FREE Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps). Just go to Outsmart on EDDMaps to sign up.

    **NEW**  Outsmart app and IPANE app have merged to create a single New England regional app under the Outsmart brand. As Outsmart continues to be the regional invasive species app, IPANE will change from Invasive Plant Atlas of New England to Invasive Pest Atlas of New England. IPANE will remain the web brand, but the app brand will be Outsmart.

  8. The Best Deer Resistant Plants


    These plants are rarely Damaged by deer.

    Common Name Latin Name Type Rating
    Ageratum  [View photo of Ageratum] Ageratum houstonianum Annuals A
    Allegheny Spurge  [View photo of Allegheny Spurge] Pachysandra procumbens Groundcovers A
    American Holly Ilex opaca Trees A
    Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia sp. (Datura) Annuals A
    Anise Pimpinalla anisum Annuals A
    Anise Hyssop  [View photo of Anise Hyssop] Agastache sp. Perennials A
    Annual Vinca  [View photo of Annual Vinca] Catharanthus rosea Annuals A
    Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum Shrubs A
    Autumn Crocus  [View photo of Autumn Crocus] Colchicum sp. Bulbs A
    Barberry  [View photo of Barberry] Berberis sp. Shrubs A
    Barrenwort  [View photo of Barrenwort] Epimedium sp. Groundcovers A
    Basket of Gold Aurinia saxatilis Perennials A
    Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica Shrubs A
    Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Groundcovers A
    Big Bluestem  [View photo of Big Bluestem] Andropogon sp. Ornamental Grasses A
    Bigleaf Goldenray  [View photo of Bigleaf Goldenray] Ligularia dentata Perennials A
    Bishop’s Weed  [View photo of Bishop's Weed] Aegopodium podagaria Groundcovers A
    Bleeding Heart  [View photo of Bleeding Heart] Dicentra spectabilis Perennials A
    Blue Fescue  [View photo of Blue Fescue] Festuca glauca Ornamental Grasses A
    Blue Mist Shrub  [View photo of Blue Mist Shrub] Caryopteris clandonensis Shrubs A
    Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens Ornamental Grasses A
    Bluebell Endymion sp. Bulbs A
    Bottlebrush Buckeye  [View photo of Bottlebrush Buckeye] Aesculus parviflora Trees A
    Broom Cytisus sp. Shrubs A
    Bugleweed  [View photo of Bugleweed] Ajuga reptans Groundcovers A
    Bush Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Shrubs A
    Butter & Eggs Linaria vulgaris Perennials A
    Buttercup Ranunculus sp. Perennials A
    Butterfly Bush  [View photo of Butterfly Bush] Buddleia sp. Shrubs A
    Cactus Cactaceae sp. Perennials A
    Catmint  [View photo of Catmint] Nepeta sp. Perennials A
    Christmas Fern  [View photo of Christmas Fern] Polystichum arcostichoides Ferns A
    Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Ferns A
    Clump Bamboo Fargesia sp. Ornamental Grasses A
    Common Boxwood  [View photo of Common Boxwood] Buxus sempervirens Shrubs A
    Common Foxglove  [View photo of Common Foxglove] Digitalis purpurea Biennials A
    Common Tansy Tanacetum vulgare Perennials A
    Corydalis  [View photo of Corydalis] Corydalis sp. Perennials A
    Crown Imperial, Fritilia Fritilaria imperialis Bulbs A
    Daffodil  [View photo of Daffodil] Narcissus sp. Bulbs A
    Dame’s Rocket Hesperis matronalis Perennials A
    Daphne  [View photo of Daphne] Daphne sp. Shrubs A
    Devil’s Walking Stick Aralia spinosa Shrubs A
    Drooping Leucothoe  [View photo of Drooping Leucothoe] Leucothoe fontanesiana Shrubs A
    Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria Annuals A
    Dwarf Alberta Spruce  [View photo of Dwarf Alberta Spruce] Picea glauca ‘Conica’ Trees A
    European Ginger  [View photo of European Ginger] Asarum europaeum Perennials A
    False Camomile Matricaria sp. Annuals A
    False Indigo  [View photo of False Indigo] Baptisia australis Perennials A
    Feather Reed Grass  [View photo of Feather Reed Grass] Calamagrostis sp. Ornamental Grasses A
    Flowering Tobacco Nicotiana sp. Annuals A
    Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sp. Perennials A
    Forget-Me-Not  [View photo of Forget-Me-Not] Myosotis sylvatica Annuals A
    Fountain Grass  [View photo of Fountain Grass] Pennisetum alopecuroides Ornamental Grasses A
    Fragrant Sumac  [View photo of Fragrant Sumac] Rhus aromatica Shrubs A
    Fringed Bleeding Heart Dicentra eximia Perennials A
    Garden Sage  [View photo of Garden Sage] Salvia officinalis Perennials A
    Germander  [View photo of Germander] Teucrium chamaedrys Perennials A
    Giant Japanese Silver Grass Miscanthus floridulis Ornamental Grasses A
    Giant Reed  [View photo of Giant Reed] Arundo donax Ornamental Grasses A
    Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea Ornamental Grasses A
    Greek Jerusalem Sage Phlomis sp. Perennials A
    Hakonechloa  [View photo of Hakonechloa] Hakonechloa macra Ornamental Grasses A
    Hard Rush Juncus effusus Ornamental Grasses A
    Hayscented Fern  [View photo of Hayscented Fern] Dennstaedtia punctilobula Ferns A
    Heath Erica sp. Shrubs A
    Heather Calliuna sp. Shrubs A
    Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens Annuals A
    Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum Ferns A
    Horehound Marrubium vulgare Perennials A
    Horseradish Armoracia rusticana Perennials A
    Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis Perennials A
    Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans Ornamental Grasses A
    Iris  [View photo of Iris] (2) Iris sp. Perennials A
    Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphylum Perennials A
    Japanese Black Pine Pinus thunbergiana Trees A
    Japanese Blood Grass  [View photo of Japanese Blood Grass] Imperata cylindrica Ornamental Grasses A
    Japanese Painted Fern  [View photo of Japanese Painted Fern] Athyrium goeringianum (nipponicum) Ferns A
    Japanese Pieris, Andromeda  [View photo of Japanese Pieris, Andromeda] Pieris japonica Shrubs A
    Japanese Plum Yew  [View photo of Japanese Plum Yew] Cephalotaxus harringtonia Shrubs A
    Japanese Sedge  [View photo of Japanese Sedge] Carex sp. Ornamental Grasses A
    Japanese Silver Grass  [View photo of Japanese Silver Grass] Miscanthus sinensis Ornamental Grasses A
    Japanese Skimmia Skimmia japonica Shrubs A
    Japanese Sweet Flag Acorus sp. Ornamental Grasses A
    John T. Morris Holly Ilex x ‘John T. Morris’ Shrubs A
    Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Trees A
    Lamb’s Ear  [View photo of Lamb's Ear] Stachys byzantina Perennials A
    Large Blue June Grass Koeleria glauca Ornamental Grasses A
    Larkspur Consolida ambigua Annuals A
    Lavendar Lavandula sp. Perennials A
    Lavender-Cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus Perennials A
    Leatherleaf Mahonia  [View photo of Leatherleaf Mahonia] Mahonia bealei Shrubs A
    Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis Perennials A
    Lenten or Christmas Rose  [View photo of Lenten or Christmas Rose] Helleborus sp. Perennials A
    Lily of the Valley  [View photo of Lily of the Valley] Convallaria majalis Groundcovers A
    Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Ornamental Grasses A
    Lungwort  [View photo of Lungwort] Pulmonaria sp. Perennials A
    Lydia Morris Holly Ilex x ‘Lydia Morris’ Shrubs A
    Lyme Grass  [View photo of Lyme Grass] Leymus arenarius glaucous Ornamental Grasses A
    Marjoram Majorana Perennials A
    May Apple Podophyllum Perennials A
    Meadow Rue Thalictrum sp. Perennials A
    Mimosa  [View photo of Mimosa] Albizia julibrissin Trees A
    Mint Mentha sp. Perennials A
    Monkshood Aconitum sp. Perennials A
    Moonglow Juniper Juniperus scopulorum ‘Moonglow’ Shrubs A
    Mountain Pieris Pieris floribunda Shrubs A
    New York Fern  [View photo of New York Fern] Thelyptens noveboracensis Ferns A
    Northern Sea Oats  [View photo of Northern Sea Oats] Chasmanthium latifolium Ornamental Grasses A
    Oregano  [View photo of Oregano] Origanum sp. Perennials A
    Oregon Grape Holly  [View photo of Oregon Grape Holly] Mahonia aquifolium Shrubs A
    Oriental Fountain Grass  [View photo of Oriental Fountain Grass] Pennisetum orientale Ornamental Grasses A
    Ornamental Onion  [View photo of Ornamental Onion] Allium sp. Perennials A
    Ornamental Onion  [View photo of Ornamental Onion] Allium sp. Bulbs A
    Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Ferns A
    Pachysandra  [View photo of Pachysandra] Pachysandra terminalis Groundcovers A
    Pampus Grass Cortaderia selloana Ornamental Grasses A
    Paper Birch Betula papyrifera Trees A
    Pawpaw  [View photo of Pawpaw] Asimina triloba Trees A
    Peony  [View photo of Peony] (2) Paeonia sp. Perennials A
    Pitch Pine Pinus rigida Trees A
    Poppy  [View photo of Poppy] Papaver sp. Annuals A
    Pot Marigold  [View photo of Pot Marigold] Calendula sp. Annuals A
    Potentilla, Cinquefoil Potentilla sp. Perennials A
    Prince of Wales Juniper Juniperus horizontalis ‘Prince of Wales’ Shrubs A
    Purple Moor Grass Molinia caerulea Ornamental Grasses A
    Purple Rock-Cress Aubretia deltoidea Perennials A
    Ravenna Grass  [View photo of Ravenna Grass] Erianthus ravennae Ornamental Grasses A
    Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa Shrubs A
    Red Pine Pinus resinosa Trees A
    River Birch Betula nigra Trees A
    Rock-Cress Arabis caucasica Perennials A
    Rocket Ligularia  [View photo of Rocket Ligularia] Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ Perennials A
    Rodgers Flower Rodgersia sp. Perennials A
    Rose Campion Lychnis coronaria Perennials A
    Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Annuals A
    Royal Fern Osmunda regalis Ferns A
    Rue Ruta sp. Perennials A
    Russian Cypress  [View photo of Russian Cypress] Microbiota decussata Shrubs A
    Russian Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia Shrubs A
    Russian Sage  [View photo of Russian Sage] Perovskio atriplicifolia Perennials A
    Sensitive Fern Onoclea sensibilis Ferns A
    Siberian Bugloss  [View photo of Siberian Bugloss] Bruneria macrophylla (Brunnera) Perennials A
    Siberian Squill Scilla siberica Bulbs A
    Silver Mound  [View photo of Silver Mound] Artemisia sp. Perennials A
    Small Globe Thistle Echinops ritro Perennials A
    Snapdragon Antirrhinum majus Annuals A
    Snowdrops Galanthus nivalis Bulbs A
    Snow-on-the-Mountain Euphorbia marginata Annuals A
    Spider Flower  [View photo of Spider Flower] Cleome sp. Annuals A
    Spotted Deadnettle  [View photo of Spotted Deadnettle] Lamium sp. Groundcovers A
    Spurge  [View photo of Spurge] Euphorbia sp. (except ‘Chameleon’) Perennials A
    Statice  [View photo of Statice] Limonium latifolium Perennials A
    Strawflower Helichrysum Annuals A
    Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima Annuals A
    Sweet Box  [View photo of Sweet Box] Sarcoccoca hookeriana Shrubs A
    Sweet Woodruff  [View photo of Sweet Woodruff] Galium odoratum (Asperula odorata) Groundcovers A
    Switch Grass Panicum virgatum Ornamental Grasses A
    Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus Perennials A
    Threadleaf Coreopsis  [View photo of Threadleaf Coreopsis] Coreopsis verticillata Perennials A
    Thyme  [View photo of Thyme] Thymus sp. Perennials A
    Variegated Purple Moor Grass Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’ Ornamental Grasses A
    Varigated Oat Grass Arrhenatherum elatius Ornamental Grasses A
    Weeping Love Grass Eragrostus curvula Ornamental Grasses A
    Wild Ginger  [View photo of Wild Ginger] Asarum canadense Perennials A
    Winter Aconite Eranthus hyemalis Bulbs A
    Wood Fern Dryopteris marginalis Ferns A
    Yucca  [View photo of Yucca] Yucca filimentosa Perennials A
  9. Tips For Summer Lawn Care – Part 4


    Weeds, Insects and Diseases.

    Control Weeds

    Summer is the season to get those growing weeds removed before they bloom and disperse seed for next year. Targeted postemergent herbicides are designed to kill broadleaf weeds without harming turf grass, but they must be applied when temperatures will be below 85° F for a few days. Keep in mind that during the heat of summer, ANY product can be damaging to already-stressed lawn grasses, so use sparingly or hand-pull weeds instead.

    Use weed control products when temperatures are under 85 degrees F.

    Insects and Diseases

    • Dormant or drought-stressed summer lawns can be more susceptible to insect infestations, such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations often take care of themselves, but severe problems may require attention.
    • Summer is also the time for fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and brown patch. Apply fungicide if needed, and avoid watering in the evening to keep nighttime moisture at a minimum.
    • Grubs will begin hatching in your lawn over the summer. If grubs typically cause problems in your lawn, you can begin applying grub control around midsummer.

    By: Julie Day

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  10. How to stay safe if you see a bear.


    Bears have been sited all over New Jersey since the start of spring. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your property safely this year.

    Black bears by nature tend to be wary of people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips.

    Do not feed bears!

    • Never feed or approach a bear! 
    • Remain calm if you encounter a bear. 
    • Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises. 
    • Make sure the bear has an escape route. 
    • If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open. 
    • Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away. 
    • To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head. 
    • The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run. 
    • If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior. 
    • Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run. 
    • If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area. 
    • Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337). 
    • Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns. 
    • Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!


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