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Home & Garden

August 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ - The spotted lanternfly has returned to New Jersey - an exotic invasive insect that feeds on 70 different types of plants and trees - and local health officials are encouraging people who see it to report it and destroy it. Sightings have increased in Hasbrouck Heights and ...

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Fill your gardens with color from spring through summer and even into fall with a variety of pollinator-friendly phlox. The beauty, diversity, and usefulness in the garden of this group of plants had the National Garden Bureau declare 2022 Year of the Phlox. Start out the growing season with ...

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Cilantro is a favorite ingredient in guacamole, tacos, rice dishes and of course salsa. But as summer temperatures climb, the cilantro quickly goes to seed.  This can be frustrating but using all parts of the plant or growing a heat tolerant cilantro-flavored substitute can help. Gardeners in ...

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No matter where you live, the conservation and wise use of water in our gardens and landscapes is important. Sustainable water use helps grow beautiful gardens while conserving water and helping reduce water pollution and stormwater overflows. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter ...

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Enjoy your garden and landscape once the sun sets with strategically placed and attractive landscape lighting. Select the best type of light that complements your garden design and best accomplishes the intended purpose. Solar-powered lighting eliminates the need for outdoor outlets, extension ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use ...

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Don’t let limited sunlight stop you from growing a beautiful garden. Make the most of shady locations with proper plant selection and design strategies.  Start the season with native spring ephemerals like hepatica, spring beauties and trout lilies. These plants grow and flower early in the ...

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Spring flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color. As your gardens come alive this spring, start making notes on needed improvements and provide some early season color and nectar for the pollinators. This will keep your landscape looking its best all season long and for ...

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Growing a beautiful landscape starts with the soil under your feet. The best place to start building a healthy soil foundation is with a soil test. The results will tell you what type and how much, if any, fertilizer is needed for the plants you are growing. Using the right type and amount of ...

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NEW JERSEY - You don’t need a lot of space or a big budget to grow and enjoy garden-fresh bouquets. Just fill a few vacant spaces, add an extra row in garden beds or fill a container with easy care flowers started from seeds. You’ll jump-start the season and enjoy earlier blooms by starting some ...

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NEW JERSEY - Daylight Saving Time is also traditionally a reminder to change the batteries and check hard-wiring in home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead ...

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 Go vertical to expand your outdoor gardening space, create privacy and add beauty to bare walls and fences. This centuries-old technique has been used to grow food and flowers, adding beauty and productivity from the ground up.  Even those gardening on small city lots, balconies and decks can go ...

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NEW JERSEY - You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive.  Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning. Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, ensures a good start to the growing season.

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Boost your success, save money, and reduce plastic waste when starting plants from seeds this year. The options are many, so you are sure to find one that works for you. Reuse plastic containers for starting plants from seeds. Disinfect the pots, flats, and cell packs before planting to avoid ...

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NEW JERSEY - An overheating boiler is a dangerous situation that could lead to injury and/or explosion so prepping for such an emergency took center stage recently as members of the Nutley Fire Department and PSE&G’s Orange Gas District participated in a virtual tabletop safety ...

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Save money and indoor space used for starting seeds indoors with winter sowing. This easy technique allows you to start transplants from seeds outdoors without a greenhouse or cold frame. Growing your own transplants from seeds can save you money and is often the only option for new, unique, and ...

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The New Year is filled with resolutions that usually involve dieting and exercise.  Gardening is a great way to help accomplish these two resolutions, while also improving your mood, reducing blood pressure, maintaining flexibility, burning calories and much more.  Resolve to grow your own ...

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The holidays have arrived and so has the Christmas cactus. Set this favorite holiday plant in a basket, decorative pot or foil wrap and it will be ready to give as a gift or add to your holiday décor. With proper care this holiday favorite can flower for four to eight weeks and grow for decades, ...

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PSE&G Safety Exercise Focuses on Overheating Boilers NEW JERSEY - An overheating boiler is a dangerous situation that could lead to injury and/or explosion so prepping for such an emergency took center stage recently as members of the Nutley Fire Department and PSE&G’s Orange Gas ...

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Give the gift of spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.  A pot of tulips, daffodils or other spring flowering bulbs is sure to brighten a dreary winter day and elevate the recipient’s mood. Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to ...

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NEW JERSEY - There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple strategies to extend the growing season and keep enjoying garden-fresh vegetables. Fortunately, some vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, ...

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Give a holiday gift that is guaranteed to bring joy and feelings of well-being. Research by Rutgers University found the gift of flowers generates a smile, elevates the recipient’s mood, and provides feelings of happiness that last for days. Amaryllis and paper white bulbs make it easy for anyone ...

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NEW JERSEY - Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try. Keep in mind that all flowers and vegetables will not come true from seed. Hybrids and those ...

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As the weather and gardens transition from summer to fall, it is time to adjust your maintenance practices ensuring the health, longevity, and beauty of your landscape.  Proper fall care will increase winter survival, support pollinators, and reduce your future workload. Continue watering as ...

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Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems and ...

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Enjoy and share the beauty of your flower garden all year long.  Pick and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and family.  Pick the flowers when they are at peak bloom and blossoms are dry. Cut flowers for drying mid-day when they contain less ...

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