Monday, August 18, 2014
There are many perennial plants that have adopted well to extreme weather conditions in New Jersey, especially those that can still boast of the elegance of their blooms amidst the summer heat. Many of these are flowering bulbs utilized by creative NJ landscapers to ensure color and freshness during the hottest season of the year. In horticulture, flowering bulbs refer to any flowering plant that grows from fleshy underground organs. The “organs” grow to form fleshy leaves that store food when water is unavailable, and bloom when the conditions are right.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Establishing a pattern in landscape design in New Jersey and elsewhere admittedly does not come easy. Many different factors have to be considered, including the types of plant that can thrive in New Jersey’s climate, the compactness and wetness of the soil, and the availability of sunlight. For instance, the best plants to grow for a summer NJ landscape are the toughest annuals, such as yellow daylilies and roses, against a backdrop of finely textured grasses. The rest of the design should blend with these blooms.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
In 2010, New Jersey legislators introduced William's Law, a bill that would set new standards in pool safety throughout the state. To date, there has been no update on its status. If passed, it would set residential swimming pool and spa barriers at five feet, regardless of the barrier’s construction. For now, the state code provides for the construction of such a barrier with a minimum height of four feet above grade. If the fence or barrier is mounted on the pool itself, a four-inch clearance between the top of the pool and bottom of the barrier is required. Spacing between fence members must be no wider than 1.75 inches for fences with 44-inch segments or less, and no 4 inches for fences with 45-inch segments or more.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Fall is coming soon. Sadly, this also means getting out and grabbing a rake. This year, however, experts suggest grabbing a lawnmower instead. In an interview with CBS Minnesota, Turf grass specialist Sam Bauer of the University of Minnesota Extension says grinding fallen leaves is beneficial for the grass. Like chewing your food before you swallow, mowing the leaves breaks them down into mulch sizes, allowing the soil to absorb their nutrients faster. The result is healthier, greener grass come spring.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Dengue may not be as prevalent in the U.S. as in the tropics, but the bites of mosquitoes alone are enough to annoy your guests. Mosquitoes can be deterred by playing on their sense of smell, which they rely on in seeking their targets. There are various ways to do this. First, go for plants that emit strong odors like lemon balms and citronella; if you want something with color, consider marigolds. Another way is to have plants that attract insect-eating birds like the gray catbird and yellow-headed blackbird. Fruit-bearing trees are good choices because they provide birds with both food and shelter.
Friday, August 8, 2014
To identify native plants, Eierman mentions two conditions: first, a plant variety must have existed in the area prior to the Colonial Age; and second, its natural habitat must be within 100 miles of the spot where it is to be planted. An established and reputable NJ landscaping company like Scenic Landscaping can help residents in identifying North American Native species appropriate for their locations. Homeowners may even have the option of selecting the right variety from the landscapers’ very own nursery.