Native Plants for New Jersey Landscapes – Going Native

There has been a lot of buzz in the last few years about landscaping with native plants. The United States has a serious problem with invasive plant species like kudzu, English ivy, or star-thistle. These plants have been introduced to areas where the native plants simply can’t compete, and they can cause serious harm to … Read more

Tips to Make Your Landscaping Pet Friendly

This blog was written in August 2018 to help homeowners create pet-friendly landscape designs. We updated with additional information in July 2021 to give our readers, even more, stand apart ideas. There are millions of products sold to pet owners every day to accommodate furry friends inside our homes. But how often do we think … Read more

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Best Exotic and Specimen Trees to Grow in New Jersey

This blog lists a variety of exotic tree specimens including palm, flowering, and fruit. It was originally written in April 2018 and then updated in June 2021 to include more information. When we think of exotic trees our thoughts turn to warm climates or tropical islands. Think of the lush green and brilliant flowers seen … Read more

How to Plan a Landscape Design

How to Plan a Landscape Design

Planning a landscape design takes some real thought. The best way to start is by looking carefully at your property to determine areas of sun, shade, slope, or other features of your existing landscape. Look at your home’s exterior for design inspiration. Decide which existing features you want to keep, such as certain mature trees. … Read more

Enhance your Landscape with Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses provide low maintenance beauty to your landscape or garden. They come in many colors, forms, and sizes. Choose between fun and whimsical or tall and graceful. Whatever your desire, ornamental grasses accommodate any variety of landscaping design goals. Flowering, Colorful Ornamental Grasses Flowering ornamental grasses are an attractive option for both residential and … Read more

Rocks or Mulch For Residential Landscaping?

Adding rock or mulch to your landscape is a wonderful way to beautify your property. However, it can be confusing to determine which is the best option for your outdoor living space. Both rocks and mulch for landscaping have many different variations in their use that will affect your decision. Let’s look at the landscaping … Read more

How to Divide a Large Backyard

How To Divide A Large Backyard Space For Function & Beauty

Dividing backyard space for function and beauty begins with deciding which unique spaces will be most beneficial to you. Have you always wanted a garden or are you looking for a space for meditation? After you have thought about what would go into your oasis, it’s time to consider how to create a functional backyard. … Read more

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5 Risks of DIY Landscape Design

When it comes to landscape design, a “DIY fail” can cost lots of money and have disastrous results. Before you get out your shovel and head to the home improvement store, consider these 5 risks of DIY landscape design. The do-it-yourself attitude is strong these days, and with good reason: it’s fun and rewarding to do … Read more

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Sensory Gardens: Design and Ideas

A sensory garden is a garden space designed to stimulate and engage all the senses. Bright, colorful plants with varying textures and fragrances combine with elements of sound to create an engaging environment to help relax, stimulate, and teach. Sensory gardens provide an opportunity for disabled and non-disabled visitors, young and old, to experience joy … Read more

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Low Maintenance Landscaping: Butterfly Garden

Google the word “butterfly” and, without fail, five of the first ten images to appear will be that of the iconic monarch butterfly. As its detailed and beautiful orange and black wings span across the screen our minds drift back to distant memories of elementary school. American children are first exposed to the idea of … Read more