Home & Garden

May 15, 2021

Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers. Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier.

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Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet. Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden. Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Whether you’re looking to tidy up your basement, get the garage organized, spruce up the yard — or even embark on a renovation project — Franklin Waste Services is offering discounts on its dumpsters. The Lake Como-based company is taking $25 off the price of its roll-off ...

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Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape. Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with slightly ...

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Increase your growing success by giving your transplants a good start with a few simple planting techniques. Preparing them for the transition outdoors and planting properly will help you grow your best garden yet. Transplants started indoors from seed or purchased at a local garden center or ...

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Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years. Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first ...

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NEW JERSEY — As you shop for Easter flowers this weekend, keep the safety of your furry family members in mind, especially if you have cats in the house. Although beautiful, especially during the Easter and spring seasons, lilies are poisonous and potentially deadly to cats. All species — and ...

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Now is the time to take a walk around the yard, check the lawn for damage and provide a bit of early spring care to help it recover from winter. Use a leaf rake to lightly lift and separate the matted grass blades. This helps speed drying, increase airflow, and reduce the risk of pink and gray ...

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When your plant list is longer than the available gardening space it is time to expand your planting options. Create new gardening space by adding raised bed gardens, elevated planters and containers wherever space allows. Convert the end of the drive or edge of the patio into raised bed ...

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A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands and the floor are often the first clue alerting gardeners to a problem. If a closer look reveals bumps on the upper and lower surface of leaves and stems, it means scale insects have moved in to dine on your houseplants. Severe infestations can ...

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Holidays are filled with new plants and decorations that often find our houseplants relegated to any out-of-the-way available space. Be sure to keep your houseplants looking their best with proper winter care.  Make sure houseplants receive sufficient light now and throughout the winter. The ...

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Dress up your holiday meals with a centerpiece crafted from greens, colorful stems and seed heads collected from your garden. Or purchase fresh materials you need from your favorite garden center or florist. Most gardeners spend some time gathering a few blossoms and creating a bouquet or ...

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Clear out your fall containers and make room for some winter greenery.  These planters are sure to brighten those dreary winter days and add life to your landscape. Transform weatherproof summer and fall containers for winter. Fiberglass, plastic, cement and wood will hold up to the cold, ice ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Franklin Waste Services is offering discounts on its dumpsters — right before the holidays —whether you’re looking to tidy up your basement, embark on a renovation project or get rid of "stuff" to make way for the family or Santa's arrival. The Lake Como-based company is taking ...

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  The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow safe and nutritious food, others are boosting the beauty of their landscape, and many are turning to gardening to relieve stress. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s ...

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GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife? If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food more than usual. Some suspect fewer acorns have left squirrels hungry, while another ...

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Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care. Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and ...

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Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change; a late summer makeover can help you increase your landscape’s beauty. Put the “wow” back into your garden with a few new plantings, garden art or other simple improvements. Many established landscapes have ...

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Create a front garden that is sure to boost your mood and welcome visitors all year round.  All you need is one weekend and a bit of paint, flowers, décor and edging material to boost your landscape’s curb appeal. Add a splash of color by painting your front door. Look for colors that complement ...

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