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A Little Mulch Goes a Long Way

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

Mulch, simply defined, is a protective layer of natural material that is spread on top of the soil. A sufficient amount of mulch will help control the weeds, reduce moisture evaporation, and protect against erosion and soil compaction.The primary benefit of mulching for perennials and shrubs is to protect the plant from wide temperature fluctuations in the soil as the seasons change. Frost heaving, or an upwards swelling of soil during freezing conditions, is especially harmful and can weaken or even kill t... read more.

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Pruning Your Perennials: The Basics

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

Perennial pruning varies greatly based on species and is further influenced by weather conditions, age of the plant, soil fertility, moisture availability, and much more. However, every gardener should observe a few basic practices and principles to keep their perennial garden healthy and blooming for years to come.First, by “deadheading”, which is the practice of removing blossoms and blooms that have passed their peak. Doing this will force the plant to put its energy into new flower and shoot... read more.

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Solving Your Outdoor Drainage Problems

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

Over the past couple of weeks, many communities in northern New Jersey have been faced with heavy rains and have subsequently experienced heavy flooding. As a result, many Bergen County homeowners have suffered damage to their homes and properties due to high water tables and surface flooding from groundwater runoff. When searching for a solution, many homeowners believe their only option is to install a costly basement French drain and sump pump system. If the water table surrounding the home is high and f... read more.

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

Believe it or not, Christmas is only a week away. In the midst of all the cookie baking and present wrapping, it’s also important to make sure your Christmas tree looks its best for when Santa comes down the chimney next week. If properly maintained, a good tree can last a month or even longer.  Here are some simple (and critical) tips for making sure your tree is fresh and fragrant on its big day.Unless you cut down the tree yourself, it’s likely that it was cut weeks before arriving in yo... read more.

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By writer, Posted in Sustainable Landscaper in Bergen County NJ

Maintaining a sustainable yard can help conserve the natural resources on your property, reduce synthetic pesticide use, and make room for wildlife. Here are some suggestions for your lawn that will encouarge a safe and balanced environment for you, your children, and your pets.What kind of mower do you use to mow your lawn? The larger the mower, the more non-reusable fossil fuel it uses. And don't forget, noise pollution can be a major irritant for your neighbors and has a negative effect of wildlife espec... read more.

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

The word ‘audit’ has a negative connotation this time of year, and evokes feelings of stress, aggravation and hassle. But there is one type of audit you can receive this spring that doesn’t include a visit from an IRS representative—a water saving audit!Water restrictions are a fact of life in many local townships and boroughs during the summer months. Water companies increase rates annually, and with the lack of snowmelt this year we can’t expect this summer to be any dif... read more.

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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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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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