1. Poison Ivy – Why Hate It!

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    Ever wonder why poison ivy makes you itch and how to get rid of it? We can get rid of the poison ivy on your property. If you get a rash call a doctor.

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  2. What is a Bee lawn?

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    Bee on a flower clover against green background

    Bee on a flower clover against green background

    We are experts in turf grass but there is a growing demand for Bee Grass. Turf grass looks great and holds up well around houses but does not appeal to bees.
    “Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some grass included,” said Mary Meyer, an extension horticulturist and professor with the University of Minnesota. “While bees don’t use grass, humans do. Most flowers, if you start walking on them, will die. Clover will tolerate a bit of foot traffic.”

    “The trend is urban meadows, where homeowners take out their lawns and replace them with diverse wildflowers that can get tall and rangy at the end of the season,” said, Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. . “But a nicely mown border around the outside keeps them looking tidy. Add a sign and people know you’re doing it on purpose. Mow in the fall and the whole lawn is cleaned up nicely.”

    So you can dedicate just some of your lawn to broad leaf plants such as clover.

    Contact Plant Solutions to discuss your lawn options.

  3. What is Boxwood Blight?

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    Boxwood blight leaf lesions. Photo: Richard Buckley, Rutgers PDL

    Boxwood Blight (also known as box blight), caused by the fungus
    Calonectria pseudonaviculata Is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in
    defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood. Once introduced to a landscape,
    boxwood blight is very difficult and costly to control with fungicides. The
    major means of spread of this disease is by movement of contaminated plant
    material (e.g. container or field-grown boxwood, boxwood greenery used
    for holiday decoration), but boxwood blight spores can also be spread on
    pruning tools, clothing, equipment and anything that might have contacted
    infected plants.

    If you suspect Boxwood Blight contact us right away.

    Avoiding introduction of boxwood blight to a landscape
    Because the boxwood blight pathogen is not well
    adapted to long-distance spread by long-distance air
    currents, the most likely entry point for the disease
    in a home landscape is by accidental introduction of
    infected plant material and/or contaminated tools,
    equipment or other items. Home growers who have
    boxwood in the landscape should carefully adhere
    to the following recommendations to avoid inadvertent introduction of this devastating disease to their
    landscape:

  4. Lawn Watering Restrictions Underway in Randolph

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    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.

    RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP
    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.

  5. Is Climate Change Effectng Your Lawn

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    Climate change and your lawn

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

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    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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    It is said that Pruning trees and shrubs may be the most feared act in gardening. Don’t worry about it just contact Plant Solutions and let our professionals take care of it.

    WHEN HOW
    Abelia Autumn to early spring Maintain a graceful arching form by cutting away some of the oldest stems at ground level. Pinch growing shoots in spring if you want bushier growth.
    Azalea Late winter or during the growing season Before growth begins for the season, improve the form of the bush by shortening stems that jut out of place. During the growing season, pinch growing shoot tips where you want bushier growth.
    Butterfly bush Late winter Cut all stems to the ground.
    Chaste tree Late winter or early spring Evergreen species need little pruning beyond cutting out weak, twiggy, dead, or broken branches.
    Crape myrtle Late winter Wherever the plant is not totally winter-hardy, cut off winter-killed wood or cut the whole plant to the ground. Little pruning is needed where this plant is cold-hardy.
    Hydrangea Mostly late winter For smooth hydrangea, cut all stems to the ground. For bigleaf or oakleaf hydrangea, cut stems with old flowers still attached back to fat flower buds.
    Smoke bush Late winter or early spring, before growth begins Needs little pruning unless you grow it for its purple leaves rather than for its flowers. In this case, prune severely to stimulate vigorous new growth each spring.
  7. Tree waiting for it’s 152nd Spring

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    The trees on the “Old Main Lawn” at Penn State University stand quietly waiting for their 152nd spring to arrive.

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    Planting in this vicinity began in 1863-64. Many of the larger oaks are believed to be remnants of this period. Other trees (specifically beeches, ashes, and poplars) date to pre-1900s. Also present are Honey locust and American Lindens. These trees form an important “frame,” providing filtered views of Old Main from the street. This grove also creates a unique “edge” between the administrative heart of the university and the town.

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  8. Winter Lawn Care

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    To have a beautiful lawn all summer long takes planning in the winter.
    Contact us to talk about a lawn care program.

    Liming best done in February!

    Most turfgrasses prefer a soil pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. If the soil is too acid for proper turfgrass growth, lime may be applied. Lime should be applied in accordance with a soil test recommendation. The lime requirement should be met by applying ground agricultural limestone. Fall applications are preferred as rain, snow, and freezing/thawing of the soil during the winter aid in working the limestone into the soil. Late winter is also a good time to apply lime.

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  9. How Can I Help My Trees Survive Winter?

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    How Can I Help My Trees Survive Winter?

    Will your trees survive the snow, ice, winter cold and winter sun? There are several short-term and long-term steps you can take to ensure your plants’ survival or lessen potential damage. Winter conditions cause more damage to trees that are stressed, so one key to preventing damage is preventing stress by keeping your trees in good health year-round.

    The first protection you can offer for your trees is to site them in a good location depending on the weather in your area. Certain areas in the home landscape have different climatic conditions from their surroundings. These areas, known as microclimates, should be understood and used for planting appropriate trees. A professional nursery operator or arborist like Plant Solutions can help you choose the best tree and the ideal location to plant that tree around your house. In winter, the ground around the root system of the plant or tree freezes, stopping or slowing the circulation of water in the tree. Evergreens are at greater risk, since they hold their needles in the winter. The needles lose moisture to the atmosphere as well as to the plant itself. However, since the root system is frozen, the plant is not able to replenish the lost moisture, which makes the leaves dry out and fall off. To minimize the effects of winter drying, high-value evergreens can be treated with an anti-desiccant (usually a wax-like substance) that holds moisture in the leaves.

    When the sun shines brightly on a cold winter day, it may heat up the bark of a tree to a temperature which stimulates cellular activity. As soon as the sun’s rays are blocked, the bark temperature drops quickly, rupturing and killing the active cells. This causes “sunscald,” the symptoms of which are elongated, sunken, dried or cracked areas of dead bark, generally on the south side of the tree. Sunscald is most common on young, recently transplanted, tin-barked trees, so selecting a protected planting site can reduce the chance of sunscald. Sunscald of young, thin barked trees can be prevented by wrapping the trunk with a commercial tree wrap, plastic tree guard or light-colored material that reflects the sun and reduces the temperature changes in the bark.

    Snow and ice can break branches and topple the entire tree. Pruning your tree can make it better able to withstand the extra weight of ice and snow. Branches can be thinned to reduce their surface area and wind resistance. Be sure to prune properly by sticking to industry-accepted pruning standards.

    Some multi-stemmed trees and shrubs can be cabled together so that the extra weight of snow or ice can be shared by all the stems. It is best to hire a professional arborist for selective thinning or cabling. Mulch around the tree produces a year-round benefit because it increases the microbial activity and fertility of the soil underneath it; therefore, it is a good practice for reducing tree stress and keeping it healthy. Mulch has the added benefit of acting as insulation between the root system and the outside climate. This helps retain moisture in the root system and reduce the fluctuation of soil temperature.

    Salt used for deicing streets and sidewalks is injurious to trees, shrubs and grass. You can avoid injury by using only non-injurious types of deicing salts or avoiding salt applications to sensitive soil areas. Some experts feel that you can reduce salt damage by flushing the soil in treated areas with large amount of water in the spring.

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