1. Fall Foliage Map

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    Fall Foliage Map

    The Weather Channel has added a page and map to help you track the fall foliage. This year has been very dry so the color season may start earlier and not last as long. Check out the weather channel map to see what colors you can expect.

  2. Can You Identify Poison Ivy?

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    Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac are growing like crazy this year.

    Can you ID poison ivy

    Plant Solutions removes Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Don’t expose your family to the dangers of these poisonous plants, call 908-548-0716 and we will take care of it for you.

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  3. 6 June Ornamental Plant Tips

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    June Ornamental Plant Tips

    • Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daises, asters, mums), carrot (dill, fennel, anise, yarrow, parsley) and mint (all mints and thymes).
    • Pinch out the flower buds of fall blooming asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to keep plants bushy and prevent early flowering.
    • Cut Iris flower stalks down to the crown when they are finished blooming. Leave the foliage alone. If your iris are over-crowded, June, after flowering, is the recommended time to lift and divide them. Read more… [2]
    • Iris borer [3] larvae tunnel down and feed on the rhizomes. The leaves and flower stalks may wilt. The best control is prevention. To prevent borer attack do not mulch your irises, plant rhizomes high in the planting bed and select full sun sites. If you suspect borers, dig up the rhizomes after bloom, cut off rotted and infested portions and re-plant.
    • Thrips [4] feed on flower buds and opened flowers causing them to turn brown. They cause leaf undersides to appear dirty and silvery. They are slender, minute and appear yellow-brown in color and transparent. Thrips are especially bad on gladiolus and will prevent flowers from opening.
    • Brown, bulls-eye lesions on pachysandra are an indication of the fungal disease volutella [5]. Thin out plants to improve circulation.

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  4. Keep your pets safe around your lawn

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    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

    1. DETHATCHING

    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.

    4. AERATION

    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.

    5. WEED TREATMENT

    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.

    7. EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

    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

  6. The bad news about spring lawn care!

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    First the bad news: if you neglect spring lawn care (and related concerns pertaining to your mower), you could end up paying for it the rest of the year. Now the good news: Plant Solutions can take care of everything for you.

    Here is an article called Spring Lawn Care 10 Tasks to Consider Before the Mowing Season on About.com. In this article, you will read about all the work that you will need to do this spring to have a nice lawn all summer. Don’t do any of it!  just call us 908-548-0716, and you could have a lawn that looks like this.

    Contact Plant Solutions for a beautiful lawn and garden

  7. Does your lawn look like this?

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    Plant Solutions can help you get ready for summer!
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  8. Do you have Snow Mold?

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    What is Snow Mold

    Winter weather conditions are very conducive to snow mold!

    When the snow disappears from your lawn, there may be areas of weak or dead turf. Often this damage is caused by a disease known as Snow Mold.

    If you believe you have snow mold contact Plant Solutions for help

    What is snow mold?

    There are two types of snow mold, Gray Snow Mold (Typhula spp) and Pink Snow Mold (Fusarium Nivale). Both types of snow mold develop under snow covers or prolonged periods of cool, wet weather. The optimum temperatures are in the 32 to 45 degree F range for both, however, the pink snow mold can cause significant damage at temperatures of 65 degrees. Both snow molds develop most rapidly when snow has fallen on unfrozen ground.

    How to identify gray snow mold.

    Where snow mold has been active, the turf commonly develops rough circular spots of matted, silver-gray turf. Often these spots are so numerous that an entire area may be disfigured. The trouble is most likely to be seen on the shaded side of a building, in the shade of trees and shrubs, or similar areas where moisture remains for a long time in late winter.

    How to identify pink snow mold.

    As pink snow mold develops, the initial infections are irregular patches of pale yellow grass, ranging from two inches to over one foot in diameter. As the disease develops further, the individual blades will take on a bleached appearance and the patches become whitish-gray. For this reason, pink snow mold is often confused with gray snow mold.

    Both snow molds develop mycelium (which resemble cob-webs) that form a white mat under prolonged moist conditions. However, there is normally more mycelium with gray snow mold.

    How to control snow mold

    Once snow mold damage has occurred, the only possible procedure is to loosen the discolored, matted grass with a leaf rake (without digging into the soil), fertilize the entire lawn and see what will develop once good growing weather is at hand. Often the snow mold fungus kills only the tops of the plants and they recover with a few weeks of good growing weather. In more serious instances entire areas of turf, roots and all, will be destroyed and the spots will not recover. After a few weeks of good growing weather, it is reasonable to assume that any turf that has not recovered, will not do so. Then it is the time to do any necessary patching by loosening the soil and planting more seed. The delay to see what may develop is usually well worthwhile. Often the most devastating attacks of snow mold will recover without any reseeding.

  9. Coming Soon To A Yard Near You!

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    Plant Solutions NJ landscaing and tree care

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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.

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