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By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

Once winter sets in many gardeners consider themselves off-duty. They stow away their gardening gloves and bury their rakes and other tools behind the snow shovels. But there is more you can do in the winter months to enhance your property than stare out the window at the leafless stubble of your garden. Winter pruning, also referred to as dormant pruning, is a great way to get outdoors and allow your trees and shrubs to reach their full potential in the coming growing season.  There are many adva... read more.

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Snow and Ice Safety For Your Commercial Property

By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Commercial Landscaping in Bergen County, NJ

If you were to drive to the mall or another commercial property this weekend and do a bit of window shopping at your favorite clothing store, you’d have no idea that we were in the depths of winter. Even after our first sizable snowfall, the manikins are dressed to anticipate a season of flip flops, short shorts and sunglasses.  To be sure, the journey to this point has been bizarre, with unseasonably warm temperatures giving false hope to a year without winter.  Yet, our fantasies are crush... read more.

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By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Bergen County Landscape Design Ideas

by Emil Rostello, Jr., Landscape Design/Sales As a landscape designer, there are so many beautiful plants I can use to ply my craft. In most areas I do just that, with one exception—deer country! I liken it to the painter being limited in the colors they can use, or the builder being restricted to building only one story buildings. We landscape designers must come to terms with the unavoidable truth that deer devour most flowering plants, especially the cultivated ones. So, as any artist would, I&rsq... read more.

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By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

Winter cold and winds can be harsh on your landscape. Temperature fluctuations in the winter result in moisture loss for your plants, which can be devastating on your evergreen trees and shrubs that maintain foliage year round. As the ground freezes, transpiration occurs from the needles and leaves, resulting in an increase in water demand. If the roots of these evergreens can’t keep up with this moisture loss, the result is Winter burn or ‘desiccation’—the n... read more.

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By writer, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

The signals are all around us.  With football season started and all of the harvest festivals around it’s easy to see that fall is definitely under way and we know that winter is right behind it.  Over the last couple of weeks we have been digging into the back of the closet to dig out the sweaters, hats, and flannel shirts to make sure we stay comfortable in the fall and also prepare for the winter.  Like us, the deciduous trees that populate the Northeast are also getting the signals... read more.

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By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

Fall is coming and so are the piles of leaves. Did you know that those leaves falling outside your window are a great raw material for making compost?I can hear it now, “I tried to compost my leaves, but it didn’t work.” The truth is most people have tough time trying to compost leaves, especially if they’ve never done it before. But don’t fret, learning how to compost leaves is not nearly as difficult as you may think. Here are some tips to get those leaves a composting!Leaves... read more.

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By writer, Posted in Bergen County Landscape Design Ideas

Dig a hole. Put down a liner. Install a pump. Place stones around the perimeter. Fill with water. Add some plants and fish.Voila! Your own private oasis. It's a bit more involved than that, but those are the basic steps in creating a new haven for reflective senses on your property. Several years ago, I had a small pond installed in my yard. The contour of part of my backyard lent itself to the pond I wanted with a cascading feature. It's important to locate a pond that will enhance the existing l... read more.

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By writer, Posted in Bergen County Landscape Design Ideas

In the natural world, plants species are only found in places that have the proper environmental conditions to support them. These include soil type, annual rainfall, average minimum temperature, and a host of others. Typically, conditions have to be almost perfect in the wild for a plant to survive until maturity. If there is not enough exposure to light, for example, a lack of food production can be expected while too much light will lead to water loss. Similarly, if a seed becomes airborne and lands some... read more.

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By writer, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

Supporting native diversity in plants and wildlife is the foundation of a sustainable yard. To promote a healthy, diverse ecosystem introduce insects, such as ladybugs, to eliminate harmful bugs like aphids, white flies, spider mites and mealy bugs. Ladybugs can be purchased as adults at your local nursery and can simply be released into your garden.Another large, beneficial insect is the notorious praying mantis.  Unlike ladybugs, these guys need to be purchased as eggs and placed gently into your shr... read more.

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By Glenn Jacobsen, Posted in Landscaping Company in Bergen County

The benefits to incorporating outside lighting on your property are innumerable. Whether you want to light up your back yard like Times Square or go for subtle sophistication, there are many different ways to light your landscape. Perhaps you and your family tend to enjoy a quiet evening bbq and accent light your favorite trees or rock outcropping to set the mood. Or you're the social butterfly and host events and functions lasting last long into the night and light the pathways to your pool, the steps in y... read more.

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