1. Best Places To See Fall Foliage In NJ.


    Enjoy a quintessential foliage experience by touring New Jersey to scout the best fall colors, paired with historical sites and fun things to do. - See more at: http://www.visitnj.org/article/autumn-foliage-best-places-to-see-fall-leaves-new-jersey#sthash.9a090jMK.dpufThe brilliant transformation of New Jersey’s lush green summer landscape to the vibrant hues of copper, orange and deep crimson happens each fall as the state begins its transition into winter. Fall is a breathtaking time to discover the state’s great outdoors, as its palette of colors transforms all of New Jersey, from the Shore to the great Highlands.

    Foliage conditions can vary significantly year-to-year, so get the most up-to-date information with foliage reports from the Foliage Network. You may also want to check out one of the many special events that are held during the fall.


    Mountain Tour (map): Travel to Stokes State Forest in Branchville, brimming with hiking paths, scenic overlooks and picnic facilities. Nearby is the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, one of the most beautiful locations in New Jersey. Enjoy boating along the majestic Delaware River, flowing between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Hike through autumn’s fiery colors, or continue on to High Point Golf Club in Montague for a round of golf on the verdant course surrounded by lush trees.

    For those looking to explore some trails, High Point State Park in Sussex, home to the highest elevation in New Jersey (1,803 feet), offers dramatic views, as well as hiking and biking paths. On a clear autumn day, you can see 80 miles of spectacular fall colors. Spend the night at nearby High Point Country Inn in Wantage, touting seven scenic acres of grounds in a country setting, or continue on to Hamburg to stay in the luxurious Crystal Springs Resort and to visit Cava Winery & Vineyard, the perfect place to have lunch and sip a glass of wine while enjoying sweeping views of vineyards.

    Next stop is Franklin and the Franklin Mineral Museum, where minerals from New Jersey and around the world are displayed. After Franklin, head south through Ogdensburg and tour the underground mines and historic buildings at Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Continue on to Sparta, which abounds with mountain lakes and picture-perfect vistas. From Sparta return to Newton.


    Woodlands Tour (map): Begin in Riverdale and travel through Wanaque and Midvale, past the commanding Wanaque Reservoir. Continue to Ringwood, full of numerous stops to hold your interest. Ringwood State Park, which includes Norvin Green Forest and Shepherd Lake, is a spectacular sight in the fall. Walk the hiking and nature trails, rent a canoe or just sit and enjoy the scenery. Tour Ringwood Manor, a 51-room mansion with period furniture that was home to early ironmasters in the 1700s. The New Jersey Botanical Gardens is in full bloom at Skylands Manor, brimming with 90 acres of gardens and natural areas.

    Continue past Hewitt, the site of several natural points of interest, including Greenwood Lake, Wanaque Wildlife Management Area and Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. There, visitors can hike, picnic or pack their binoculars for bird watching. Next, travel to Newfoundland, where the hills will be awash in autumn splendor. Echo Lake Stables offers guided horseback rides along wooded trails flanked by dazzling red and gold foliage. Continue on to Rockaway’s Farny State Park for a hike beneath canopies of oak trees. From there return to Riverdale.


    Historic Tour (map): This varied tour will take you through New Jersey’s beautiful copper-covered scenery, as well as to historic sites and a castle with a theater. Begin your trip in Netcong, near New Jersey’s largest lake, Lake Hopatcong, to view the magnificent foliage. Nearby is Waterloo Village in Stanhope, a restored 19th-century village featuring unique shops, historic tours and festivals. Travel to Andover and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery in Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Stop and walk the park’s hiking trails, or enjoy a family picnic. The park is also a great place to camp and fish.

    From Allamuchy, visit the village of Hope, replete with its array of preserved historic buildings. The 18th-century Moravian village offers walking tours of the church, gristmill and cemetery. Nearby is scenic Jenny Jump State Forest, with more hiking, camping and picnic facilities. From Hope head into Hackettstown to tour the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Center. Learn about the nurturing of New Jersey trout and the importance of protecting our natural resources. After the hatchery travelback to Netcong.

    Colonial Tour (map): Begin in Titusville at Washington Crossing State Park, where Gen. George Washington made his famous Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. The park brims with bridle paths, hiking and nature trails, a nature center and playground, all dotted along the Delaware River. From Titusville head east to Pennington, a quaint town with lovely shops. Take Rt. 31 North past several scenic wildlife management areas to Ringoes, where the Black River and Western Railroad offers a scenic train ride. While you’re there, sip and sample wines while taking in the charming views of vineyards and farmland at Old York Cellars Winery or Unionville Vineyards. From Ringoes, go through Sergeantsville and drive on the state’s oldest covered bridge, the Green Sergeants Bridge.

    Next visit Stockton, a lovely historic town with fine restaurants and antique shops. Here, the Bull’s Island section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park offers fishing, canoeing, boating, hiking and nature trails. Then, head south and follow along the scenic Delaware River through Lambertville. Stop here to enjoy the many antique shops, flea markets, art galleries and fine restaurants. From Lambertville, travel south back to Titusville.


    Pinelands Tour (map): Begin at Red Lion Circle (intersection of Rts. 206 & 70) and travel south through Atsion to Atsion Recreation Area, great for boating, camping, fishing and swimming. Near Hammonton, head east to Wharton State Forest, the largest in the state. Wharton is the ideal place for boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, nature walks, hunting, camping and horseback riding. The foliage is breathtaking!

    Continue on to Batsto Village, a historic iron-making town that was a principal source of ammunition for the Continental Army, and be sure not to miss the very popular Batsto Mansion. The town continued to be a major iron producer until the late 1800s. Today, many of the buildings have been preserved and modern craftspeople still ply their trades. Head to Green Bank, and along Rt. 563 N., you’ll find numerous places to rent canoes. Continue through Speedwell to Chatsworth, a historic cranberry town. The annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival in October features tours of the bogs and cranberry harvests, plus entertainment and regional crafts. From Chatsworth head back to the starting point at the Red Lion Circle.

    Farmlands Tour (map): The Farmlands tour begins in Buena Vista. From there, head southeast through Estell Manor to Tuckahoe, and then through the beautiful Belleplain State Forest, where serene Lake Nummy captures reflections of the surrounding oak, cranberry, red maple and gum trees bursting into an array of brilliant colors. Nearby is Mauricetown, a historic sea captain’s village that is popular for its many antique shops. Then head north to Millville, site of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, a historic attraction that showcases New Jersey’s glass making heritage. The Museum of American Glass is the largest glass museum in the country. And the village also features demonstrations, crafts, shops and special events.

    From Millville, head north and visit nearby Bridgeton, the site of the state’s largest historic district with more than 2,000 preserved Victorian, Colonial and Federalists buildings, a zoo and a Swedish farmstead. Guided tours are available. Travel through Centerton and Olivet to nearby Elmer, the site of picturesque Parvin State Park, where you can walk along the shoreline of Parvin Lake and take in sprawling views of the surrounding red and orange trees. Nearby, the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center features year-round concerts and theatrical performances. From there return to Buena Vista.

    – See more at: http://www.visitnj.org/article/autumn-foliage-best-places-to-see-fall-leaves-new-jersey#sthash.9a090jMK.dpuf

  2. Don’t Wait For A Hurrican


    Last week we sent out an email about removing dangerous branches before the hurricane hit. What we could have said was “WHY DID YOU WAIT SO LONG?”

    Every winter we get called out to take trees off houses and clean up fallen trees and branches. Often we clear up the trees only to reveal serious damage to homes, cars, and property.  Falling branches and trees are a danger to you, your family and pets.
    We all know there will be another hurricane or Northeaster coming. If you call us now, we can inspect your trees and come up with a plan. It is much easier, cost less and we can do a much better job if we can work on your property before the storms hit.
    Call us today at Plant Solutions Lawn and Tree Specialists for a free consultation.

  3. Fall Foliage Map


    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Severe Storm Warning – Again!


    Are You Ready For a Storm?

    Damaging storms NJ

    The Summer is just starting and we are seeing strong storms moving in from the west. These storms have damaged trees and properties. If you have storm damaged trees or would like to talk to us about preventive trimming, please call 888-742-TREE.

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  6. Trees Clean the Soil


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    The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

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  7. Ever Wonder what A Tree On A Turntable Sounds Like?


    Music from trees

    Bartholomäus Traubeck created equipment that would translate tree rings into music by playing them on a turntable.

    Instead of a record player needle, a modified camera is analyzing the tree rings for their thickness, the space between rings and other factors.

    It sends that data over to Ableton Live audio production software, where it’s turned into the piano notes we hear.

    Traubeck’s algorithm gives certain types of trees different mixtures of scales, based on tree color and the overall texture of the wood. For instance, a fir tree grows quickly, therefore has larger gaps between the rings, which means the resulting music is more minimalistic (Traubeck chose the key of C minor for firs).

    Throw a slice of ash tree (with rings very close together) on the player  and the music is more compressed and complex.

    Traubeck told the public radio program Living On Earth that he was inspired by a 1977 album by rock band Jethro Tull, titled “Songs From The Wood.”  On the back jacket, a record player tonearm is pictured on top of a tree stump.

    Traubeck talked about each “performance” of his music being a little different:

    “It’s sort of a poetic translation into music. Every time you put the record on, even though it’s the same slab of tree, it will be slightly different, because I would have to start at the exact millimeter point of the record every time, which I can’t. If I would have to say what part of the music is coming from me and my decisions and what part is coming from the tree, then I would have to say, I guess 50/50.”

    Interested in hearing more of Traubeck’s piece, titled “Years”?  You can listen to and download his recordings of spruce, ash, oak and other trees here:

    – See more at: http://www.cpr.org/classical/blog/turntable-plays-tree-rings-instead-vinyl-grooves-how-did-he-do#sthash.ouZB29yf.dpuf


  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. What do you see under the snow?


    As the snow melts you may find some surprises in your yard. Now is the time to call Plant Solutions (908-548-0716)  so we can come and take a look.

    Tree damage New Jersey.

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