Mendham Garden Center
Mendham
Route 24, Mendham, NJ
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Fall

Improve Your Lawn This Fall

By, the Old Guy with the Ponytail Fall is the time to repair and improve your lawn. Throughout the summer, dry weather and heat coupled with the potential for disease, insect and weed competition take a toll on turf quality. Cooling fall weather trends along with the potential for rain make early fall the best time of year for lawn repair or renovation. Changing fall weather trends stimulate lateral growth and root development for both established and newly seeded turf areas. Optimum soil conditions such as adequate oxygen, moisture and nutrient availability are critical for the support fall turf development. The following is a list of beneficial fall lawn practices to insure turf development: Remove existing weed populations if populations

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Fall

Benefits of Fall Lawn Fertilization

By, the Old Guy with the Ponytail In the fall, more than any other time of year, your lawn manufactures carbohydrates. It manufactures these carbohydrates in the green leaves. It uses these carbohydrates for energy to recover from summer stress and develop thru the fall. Surplus carbohydrates are stored in the roots and utilized the following spring to support top growth. Fertilizer applied in the fall supports and stimulates carbohydrate production. Two thirds of the yearly nitrogen fertilizer applied to your lawn should be applied in the fall. One third should be applied in the early fall around Labor Day. Fertilizer at this time helps the lawn to reestablish a deep root system compromised by summer stress. It also promotes

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Fall

Effects of Proper Mowing on Lawn Quality

By, the Old Guy with the Ponytail We all know that not mowing in a timely manner severely impacts visual turf quality but what else is going on with the overall health and durability of your turf when you don’t mow properly? There are proper mowing techniques that have a direct impact on turf quality. Sharp blades are important. A dull mower blade not only causes poor visual lawn quality but also increases transpiration (moisture consumption and loss). It also increases the potential for leaf fungus. Proper timing is critical. Mowing should be scheduled so that no more than 1/3 the green leaf is removed at any one time. Removing more than 1/3 the green leaf interferes with the ability

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Fall

Preparing Your Garden for Spring

By, the Old Guy with the Ponytail How do you prepare your garden for spring? At the end of the growing season, it’s time to plan for next spring. All the dead vegetation can be removed from your garden and put in the compost pile or it can be left to rototill in for the following season. Every few years, it’s good to have a soil analysis completed to determine nutrient availability for future crops. Once nutrient availability is known, soil can be modified accordingly in the fall, in preparation for spring. There are a few options available to prepare your garden for spring. The following options assume the existing garden soil has good drainage and adequate organic matter to

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Fall

The Best Way to Dispose of Fallen Leaves: Rake or Leave Them? 

Fallen leaves are a nuisance, especially during fall and winter, when they clog gutters and storm drains. But they are nature’s way of recycling itself. They decompose into soil and nutrients that plants can absorb.  If left alone, they also add color and texture to your yard. However, fallen leaves can pose a problem for homeowners because they blow around or pile up, creating an unsightly mess. Here’s how to dispose of fallen leaves from your yard or garden. 

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Fall

5 Easy Fall Decor Ideas for Your Outdoor Space

If you’re looking to add a touch of fall to your home’s exterior, there are plenty of ways to do it! Here are a few ideas to get you started: Add some Fall-themed planters to your porch or patio You have endless possibilities when adding fall-themed planters to your home to give your space a festive feel. You can go with traditional fall colors like orange and yellow or a more whimsical look with pumpkins and gourds.

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Trimming Trees: When and How?

Different Pruning Techniques Proper pruning can help ensure the health and longevity of your trees, as well as improve their appearance. But not all trees are pruned in the same way. Different trees require different techniques, and it is essential to know which method to use for each type of tree. There are many different types of tree trimming, each with its benefits. Here are some of the most common types:

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multicolor fallen leaves: yellow, green, red, orange
Fall

Leave the Leaves! How Leaf Litter Benefits Your Garden

When most people think of litter, their train of thought will normally lead to papers, aluminum cans, and packaging materials that we often see strewn along the roadside or in gutters. Many gardeners and landscapers use the term “leaf litter” to describe the deep layers of leaves that coat our lawns and drift on the wind through the streets. Unlike the throwaway litter we often see, leaf litter offers many benefits that will actually help the environment and support your soil and plants.

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man planting a perennial shrub in autumn
Fall

How Fall Planting Can Jumpstart Your Spring Gardening

Most gardeners are inclined to plant their gardens in the spring. The practice has been passed down through generations in families and is also encouraged by some gardening experts and seedling suppliers. However, spring is not necessarily the best time for planting plants that will withstand harsh weather and serve ecological needs. Fall is a much better season to plant new flowers, shrubs, and perennials because the weather is mild and the soil is moist but not soggy.

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wheelbarrow filled with fallen autumn leaves
Fall

Everyone needs a favorite Garden Center in New Jersey!

There are a few good reasons why every home (or homestead!) owner needs a favorite garden center in New Jersey. By and large, it’s just nice to have a familiar place to go, where you know your way around, and where you enjoy professional farm/garden services and camaraderie from a team of people who feel like friends. The added benefit of regional garden expertise also means you’ll walk out the door with exactly what you need the first time around, minimizing the hassle of ineffective products or the need to add “returns/replacements” to an already overflowing list-of-things-to-do.

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