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Whether you are interested in conservation and ecological stewardship, you are a wildlife admirer, or you desire a beautiful landscape for an affordable cost, you should consider designing your Bergen County yard to attract wildlife. If you want your Bergen County yard to be an oasis for native birds and pollinators, you might have to rethink your current landscaping with the help of Borst Landscape & Design. There are several steps you can take to attract butterflies and birds as well as improve water quality, absorb carbon dioxide, and increase the quality of life for existing wildlife.

Plant Shrubs, Perennials and Annuals to Attract Birds and Butterflies

Traditional lawns provide little habitat or cover for wildlife and are practically deserts for pollinator species. Additionally, using pesticides and herbicides to keep lawns looking pristine can be harmful to native species. Borst offers organic pesticides. Since pollinating insects are the foundation of diets for many other native wildlife, it is vital to support these populations by planting strategically. Planting the appropriate shrubs, perennials and annuals can give pollinators both food sources and the necessary habitat to complete reproduction. For example, you can plant black-eyed Susans, coneflows, golden rod, Joe-Pye weed, milkweed, mountain mints, sunflowers, and wild bergamot to help butterfly species have successful caterpillars. It’s also smart to add a mix of perennials and annuals that bloom at varying times and look totally different. This way, pollinators are able to feed throughout the year, and different species can benefit from the different plant types. For example, bees need both pollen and nectar, whereas butterflies just need nectar and some pollinator species have anatomy that is specialized to certain kinds of flowers. The plus side is, your Bergen County yard will have beautiful blooms throughout the growing season and look totally unique!

Plant New Things, but Keep the Old to Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Lawn

Planting native plant species in your Bergen County yard is key to attracting both more numerous and more diverse bird species.  Native plant provides fruits and seeds as well as attract insects that are all food for birds. However, both beautifully maintained dogwood or sagebrush and a dead or dying black cherry can act as suitable habitat and cover for birds.  Though you may be tempted to cut down dead or dying trees, considers trimming them and letting them remain in your Bergen County yard for native bird species. You may also rake your Bergen County yard every fall, but fallen leaves are actually beneficial for wildlife.  A light layer of leaves not only makes your soil richer and reduces weed growth, but also gives moths and butterflies habitat for the winter months.

Additional Elements to Consider to Attract Birds and Butterflies

You can create more habitat by adding additional landscaping features like water, unmolched soil, or stones.  Consider creating a shallow pond where birds can bath. You’ll have to exchange the water every few days to avoid mosquitos, but hummingbirds in particular benefit from places to wash off sticky nectar.  You can surround this miniature pond with pebbles or bare soil. Pebbles warm in the sun and give pollinating insects a toasty landing pad to rest and recharge. Many insects would appreciate unmulched soil as well because they burrow underground to nest. Additional nesting sanctuaries can be added like bird or bee boxes.

These are just a few ideas of how to attract birds and butterflies to your Bergen County yard. With the help of Borst Landscape & Design, you can turn your landscapes into a paradise for native plants and animals! Check out the specific packages Borst offers and contact us today.

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Lighting your garden and walkways is one of the most crucial steps to creating unique and beautiful space.  This is because the correct lighting can both enhance the design of your space, but also keep your guests and landscape features safe.  A walkway’s purpose is to guide guests to the point of entry for your home.  Whether your guests are moving from their cars, or from an outdoor entertainment space, a well lit walkway shows them the correct path.  An illuminated path also prevents accidents like tripping as guests move in dim light.  Some lights are especially good at defining the walkways space.  By creating a well defined edge, lights can protect your landscape features and plants from being walked on by guests.  In fact, lights may even draw attention to special features of your landscaping that you are particularly proud of along the walkway.

Lighting is such a crucial part of your landscape design, it should not be a last minute decision or afterthought.  The placement of lights should be balanced meaning there are lights on both sides of the walkway, staggered, and not clustered at one end.  The choice of lighting should be cohesive with the rest of your landscaping.  Deciding which light feature to use in your Bergen County walkway can be a difficult decision with so many choices.  Below are some of the most aesthetically pleasing and useful ways to light up your Bergen County walkway.

Light up Your Bergen County Walkways with Various Lighting Options: Traditional lighting
  • Luminaries

This traditional way to light up your Bergen County walkway never disappoints.  Simply stagger your path with romantic tealight lanterns for a soft glow.

  • Lantern lights along path

You cannot go wrong with the traditional lantern light.  There are endless possibilities to choose from.  Consider using slightly different styles to create some interest.  Also consider using the solar powered lanterns!

String lighting
  • Tube lights

One of the best and easiest ways to define the path is to place delicate tube lights along the perimeter.  This creates a subtle definition of the walkway for guests without being intrusive or taking away from the design of the rest of the garden.

  • Globe Lights

Everyone knows globe lights look amazing over a patio, but have you thought about lighting your Bergen County walkway with them?  Place decorate stakes along your path and string globe lights on them almost to create a lit fence.  This idea may not be suitable for dogs or young children.

  • Fairy or string lights

One of the easiest and most creative ways to light a path is to get fairy lights and place them where you want to draw attention or provide guidance.  For example, you can wrap them around the trunk of a small tree, or tangle them in the body of a flowering shrub.  Either way, these lights give some variety do to their differing sizes and hues available.  Bonus is: they are cheap!

Natural feature lighting
  • Log lights

Consider lining your walkway with cracked logs.  These logs are usually scraps because the cracks are undesirable, but you can turn them into whimsical walkway lights.  Just insert tube or fairy lights into the cracks and enjoy the natural and romantic look.

  • Hidden rock lights

Do you hate the look traditional light features?  You can disguise your lights by using hidden rock lights.  These lights look just like gray stones used to line walkways so they both provide your guests with illumination and cohesively blend in to the landscaping background.

Inset lighting
  • Stair/Wall lights

If you have stairs or a wall included in your walkway at Bergen County, light is absolutely critical for the safety of your guests at night.  Inset lights are the best option to design any Bergen County walkways because they are subtle, and create a beautiful shadow effect.

  • Pathway edge lights

Raised walkways can be a challenge to navigate at night.  You can prevent multiple ankle sprains by adding dainty inset lights along the walkway’s edge.  These tiny lights almost sparkle as you look down the path to your house.

Indirect lighting
  • Uplight between planters or trees

You don’t have to directly light the pathway in order to illuminate your guest’s path.  You may want to avoid direct or harsh light and also create depth by uplighting trees by the walkway.  Can also create a softer light and draw eyes to other landscape features you are proud of by putting uplights in between planters that contain the colorful plants or flowers.

  • Moonlighting

Similar indirect lighting to uplighting trees, is the placement of lights high up in trees.  This creates a “moonlight” effect as the light shines down through the leaves.  You can even use different color lights for a unique effect.  This idea, however, is only appropriate during seasons trees are leafed and would not necessarily give the same effect with coniferous trees.

Tips to Choose Lights for Your Bergen County Walkways

Think about how your lights will work.  Logistically, some types of lighting will work better than others for the lighting features you have and the landscaping you are working with.  For example, if you have a long walkway on difficult terrain or far away from the nearest electrical source, it may make the most sense for you to install solar powered lights.  Will you run your lights all night? Most people opt to install a timer system so that lights will regularly turn on and off at a select time each evening.  You can add to the drama of your lighting features by adding motion detection.  Some chosen lights will remain illuminated on a timer, but some will only turn on as a guest is walking by.  This may save money in the long run but obviously would not work for certain light features.

Contact Borst To Light up your Walkways Today!

Borst Landscape and Design can do it all! Don’t miss the opportunity to have a complimentary consultation with one of our professional designers who’ll show you how to transform your landscape from ordinary to exceptional. Whether its lighting or something more, Borst brings thirty years of experience exceeding expectations to the doorstep of your dreams. No landscape project is too small or too big.Start now! Contact us today at Borst Landscape & Design!

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Hot summer weather is just around the corner, and so are those pesky mosquitoes that can ruin your backyard cookouts and keep you inside during beautiful weather. Mosquitoes are common warm weather outdoor pests in Northern NJ, especially around homes near water or wooded areas. Proper mosquito prevention provides an eco-friendly environment, allowing you to enjoy outdoor activities in your backyard year-round.

Mosquito Control and Prevention

In 2012, the World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency estimated that every year 300 million people worldwide are infected with mosquito-borne illnesses. In addition to disrupting outdoor activities, mosquitoes also cause serious health problems for your family and pets. Mosquito repellents and sprays protect your family and pets from mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus, Dengue virus, Malaria, and the Zika virus. Mosquito bites can cause intense itching, swelling, hives, skin irritation, and allergic reactions in some people. They may also cause heartworms in dogs and cats which can result in serious illness and death. The Asian tiger mosquito, that can transmit the Zika Virus, is common to the Bergen County and Passaic County areas and may emerge as early as April or May. Mosquito prevention and control includes regular lawn care and maintenance, organic lawn care, and an outdoor pest management program.

Lawn Care and Landscape Maintenance

Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar, spending a lot of time in tall grasses and around overgrown leafy plants and shrubs. Yard debris, such as dead leaves, grass clippings, twigs, and branches, create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Borst Landscape & Design, a professional landscape company, offers scheduled lawn care and maintenance in Bergen County, NJ including: weekly lawn mowing, routine weeding, border edging, hardscape cleaning, and spring and fall yard cleanup. Throughout the year, skilled landscape professionals perform site inspections looking for insects and small outdoor pests that can cause significant damages to your lawn, plants, and landscape. A maintenance program ensures a healthy landscape year-round.

Organic Lawn Care and Natural Mosquito Control

Many over-the-counter lawn care products contain harsh chemicals, posing dangers to humans and animals. Organic lawn care fosters healthy grass, plants, shrubs, trees, and soil, while keeping mosquitoes away. Professional organic mosquito control applications cover a larger area than over-the-counter repellents, while providing a safe outdoor environment for your family and pets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it takes about two weeks for an adult mosquito to emerge. By using organic lawn care and natural mosquito control, you can build an outdoor environment that kills mosquitoes before they hatch.

DIY Mosquito Prevention Tips

In addition to regular lawn care and maintenance and natural mosquito control, you can deter mosquitoes in your landscape with these DIY tips:

  • Eliminate all standing water in your lawn, landscape, and areas around your home. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), mosquitoes can breed in small amounts of water.
  • Regularly change the water in wading pools, planters, bird baths, and outdoor pet bowls.
  • Use a natural bacterium in outdoor ponds, fountains, and streams. It kills mosquito larvae, but is non-toxic to people and fish.
  • Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters or gutters that don’t drain properly are common breeding sites for mosquitoes.
  • Check your garden hoses and sprinklers routinely to prevent leaks, lawn overwatering, and standing water.
  • Clean your swimming pool and spa regularly and keep covers dry.
  • Create ornamental ponds with goldfish, mosquito fish, and guppies that feed on mosquitoes.
  • Choose landscape plants that provide natural mosquito control. Lemon balm and rose-scented geraniums contain citronella and natural oils that repel mosquitoes. Catnip contains an essential oil called nepetalactone which is 10 times more effective for mosquito control than DEET. Mosquitoes also avoid lavender, marigolds, basil, rosemary, and peppermint.
  • Attract dragonflies, which feed on mosquitoes, with an outdoor pond that’s shallow at one end and deep at the other end.
Mosquito Control with Borst Landscape

By hiring a landscape professional for regular lawn care and maintenance, you can reduce the mosquito population in your Northern NJ yard. Talk to the landscape professionals at Borst Landscape & Design about natural mosquito control for your Bergen County, NJ home before the summer weather arrives. DIY sprays and insecticide treatments may provide temporary relief from mosquitoes, but year-round, long-term solutions require professional help. Call Borst Landscape & Design at (201) 785-9400 or contact us via our website today.

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Spring is here. Gone are the short, dark days of winter. It’s the time of year to enjoy the outdoors. New growth on trees and shrubs provide color and beauty to yards and gardens all over Bergen County, NJ. It takes a lot of time and planning to maintain your yard, year after year. Shrubs and trees, bearing flowers and fruit, add character to a property, creating a peaceful retreat during warm weather months. It’s important to rejuvenate old shrubs, allowing them to continually provide an aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment for your home.

Choose the Right Time to Rejuvenate Shrubs

Caring for shrubs on a regular basis is essential for healthy plants to thrive. Spring is the perfect time to examine the health of landscape shrubs. Mature shrubs, if not maintained properly, can quickly become overgrown and wild. Shrubs originally planted to provide tranquil surroundings, shade, or privacy, may no longer flourish. Additionally, overgrown, unsightly shrubs may block walkways and paths. Shrubs may have life left in them, even when they appear tattered. Busy home owners in Bergen County, NJ often do not have the time to properly care for shrubs, and many turn to a professional landscape company like Borst Landscape and Design, for help to rejuvenate old shrubs. Removing and replacing old shrubs is definitely an option, especially if they are dead or diseased. However, rejuvenating old shrubs, if feasible, is a better, and often more cost efficient option.

It’s crucial to rejuvenate old shrubs at the right time, limiting damage during the pruning process. Pruning shrubs, or cutting them back, at the wrong time can impact flower production and foliage growth. Any shrub marked for rejuvenation, due to severe damage or dead growth, should be worked on in early spring, before new growth appears.

Most trees and shrubs are dormant in late winter and early spring. This is the perfect time to prune a shrub that blooms in the summer or fall, such as a butterfly bush, caryoptens, and rose of sharon.

Flowering shrubs and trees, including azaleas, lilacs, roses, and rhododendrons, should be rejuvenated after their blooms begin to die off. Their growth and blooms are from the previous year. Depending upon the flowering shrub, the pruning may be done during the spring or summer.

Methods of Rejuvenating Shrubs

To rejuvenate very old shrubs with large areas of dead growth, you may need to hard prune the shrubs. This will leave a stub just 6 – 12 inches above the ground. Hard prune shrubs in spring before buds open, using a long-handled pruner. Because heavy pruning is stressful on shrubs, they will require a lot of attention for the first year or two. Ensure that the shrubs are watered well and continually examine them for disease and pests. A northern New Jersey landscape company can assist you with organic fertilizer options for your shrubs and soil, that support new growth.

Diseased leaves and branches must also be removed from shrubs. Broken branches, leftover from the winter, can be pruned with a hand pruner or handsaw. Remove the oldest shoots from spring-blooming shrubs and trees, to promote new blooms next year. A pole saw with a rotating head works well for tall shrubs and trees. Regular pruning and maintenance of shrubs removes unattractive and unhealthy growth every year. Rejuvenating shrubs in this manner prevents overgrown, diseased, and dead shrubs.

When you rejuvenate shrubs, it’s critical not to stress the plant, weakening it. Removing all of the stems, branches, and leaves makes it more vulnerable to diseases and pests. A regular maintenance program, with the help of a professional landscape company, will keep your Bergen County yard, and shrubs, healthy and attractive year-round.

Contact Borst to Rejuvenate Old Shrubs

Borst Landscape and Design is a full-service, award winning landscape company in Bergen County, NJ. Talk to us about how we can help you rejuvenate old shrubs on your northern New Jersey property.  Borst Landscape and Design has the professionals, expertise, and services to fit all of your landscaping needs in Northern New Jersey. Contact Borst today to find out more.

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A vibrant green lawn shows you love making a good first impression and appreciate the natural world. At Borst Landscape & Design, we offer an organic and sustainable approach to lawn care that consistently delivers a beautiful landscape. However, organic lawn care does much more than simply provide a healthier and greener lawn. Organic lawn care turns chemicals away and incorporates a biological approach toward a healthy lawn, resulting in a nicer and more healthful way to live. Borst Landscape & Design, based in Bergen County, NJ, has long been an advocate for organic, sustainable approaches to lawn, tree, and shrub care, offering the most environmentally sensitive treatment options available to keep your landscape and your family healthy.

Benefits of Organic Lawn Care Healthier Lifestyle

An organic approach steers clear of common hazards, choosing instead to return optimum health to the roots and soil as naturally as possible. At Borst Landscape and Design, our lawn care approach is safe for your entire family, avoiding the use of chemicals that can potentially cause health issues, particularly in children. Borst uses only natural ingredients in our lawn treatments, which have no adverse health effects.

Enriched Soil and Grass

Achieving healthy soil should be your first goal in organic lawn care. Organic lawn care services such as natural aeration, root stimulation, natural thatch control, and the use of secondary micronutrients improve the condition of your soil. Healthier and stronger roots are more resistant to disease, weeds, and stress. Healthy soil is alive with biological organisms that support new growth. Having your soil tested will determine nutrient levels, as well as the presence and amount of chemicals. A qualified northern New Jersey lawn care company that understands climate and soil conditioning needs, will help you determine the appropriate grass, trees, and shrubs to plant in your climate zone.

Environmental Benefits

Eliminating the use of synthetic chemicals on your lawn lowers overall costs, while providing significant environmental benefits. By reducing chemical usage, homeowners all over Bergen County, NJ positively impact the natural environment. Chemical use should be a last resort, and only applied to the areas that really need it. Synthetic chemicals used in lawn care can be washed away, polluting stormwater systems or groundwater used in wells. Synthetic pesticides also kill off many beneficial insects such as ladybugs, which typically prey on pests that can damage your lawn and your plants. Using organic pesticides can eliminate these pests and keep your drinking water unpolluted. With the pests under control, your lawn will be greener and healthier than ever. You can then begin to integrate shrubs and other plants native to Bergen County, NJ.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Although organic fertilizer can initially cost more than synthetic fertilizer, the long-term benefits far outweigh the up front costs. Organic lawn care methods promote natural, healthy soil and root development, which reduces the need for herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. Healthy plants can effectively fight off pests and diseases on their own. Don’t be alarmed if you notice more weeds in your lawn initially, as it will need time to adjust. Vigorous growth of your grass and other plants will eventually limit weeds, requiring less fertilizers and maintenance. Before you know it, you’ll have a healthy, nearly maintenance-free lawn, and more savings in the bank.

Borst Landscape Organic Lawn Care in Bergen County, NJ

Organic methods take the whole health of your lawn and garden into consideration. Your yard is one of the most important assets of your home. It’s critical to hire a professional organic lawn care company that offers the following programs:

Borst’s Organic Lawn Care Program, sustainable and environmentally friendly, employs customized blends of organic nutrients and soil conditioners to promote optimum plant vigor, improve disease resistance, increase stress tolerance, and maintain healthy growing conditions. Committed to delivering outstanding organic lawn care in northern NJ, Borst Landscape and Design is the leader in natural and organic landscaping services. While our organic lawn care services are a departure from the common industry practice of applying a series of as many as five “blanket” chemical treatments, rest assured that methods from an organic lawn care company work. Contact us today at (201) 785-9400 or via our website to find out more about our organic lawn care. Organic treatments are truly the best way to keep your Bergen County, NJ lawn, family, and environment healthy. Here at Borst Landscape, we’re committed to being the best…naturally.®

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The weather in early spring is notoriously unpredictable in the Northeast. Sunny one day, a cold rain the next, even a last-gasp snow shower is not a rare occurrence. But for home gardeners, early spring is the perfect time to “get in the dirt” and tackle their garden and lawn maintenance activities.

Here are the top spring garden and lawn maintenance tips as your yard wakes up for the upcoming growing season:

Clean Up Lawns and Garden Beds

Over the winter months, yards become filled with broken sticks, wet leaves and even litter trapped under the winter snow. March is the time to clear out all that debris from your garden and lawn areas and take away any dead grass to prevent smothering the coming new growth.

Prune Any Damaged Branches

If your trees or shrubs have branches damaged from the winter, now is the time to prune them back to live stems. During your March garden and lawn maintenance, inspect trees and shrubs and prune any broken branches using a hand pruner or a handsaw for branches larger than ½ inch in diameter. For fruit trees, make certain that you finish pruning before the buds swell. Roses can also be pruned now.

Fertilize with the Proper Product

The month of March is the time to think about fertilizer as part of your garden and lawn maintenance activities, especially if your turf is lacking dark green color or is thin. During the winter months, grass and plantings have been missing out on essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and iron. So for strong roots and healthy new growth, you can apply a light, slow-release or organic type fertilizer that won’t burn your lawn. An easy application of fertilizer this time of year will really get your lawn off to a good start. Consult with a landscape professional for assistance in choosing the best types of fertilizer.

Be Aware of Aggressive Weeds

Although March brings new growth to your garden, it also brings lots of weeds. Now is the time to start pulling out weeds, or cultivating them out while the weeds are still young. If you let weeds go to seed, you can be in for a real fight later. Crabgrass and other aggressive weeds typically invade your lawn at the start of warm weather. Crabgrass begins to germinate when the soil temperature reaches 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and this weed can take over quickly. During your maintenance activities, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent these aggressive weeds from invasion.

Inspect for Signs of Insects and Pests

As the weather gets warmer, look out for overwintering insects, such as boxelder bugs and Asian lady beetles, and other outdoor pests emerging into your lawn and garden. These pests love to prey on fresh, new growth. In March, talk to a landscape professional about proper pest control and an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)that focuses on organic lawn care.

Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Mower

Finally, if you do your own mowing, March maintenance should include your lawn mower. Taking care of this tool early in the season is critical. Dull mower blades tear up the grass, so make sure they’re sharpened ahead of time. And if your mower needs to be serviced, do it now and beat the rush of other gardeners later in the season.

Whether you require assistance with your spring garden and lawn maintenance or you need season-long care, Borst Landscape and Design has the professionals, expertise and services to fit all your landscaping needs in Northern New Jersey. Contact Borst here.

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It may be February, but spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, and soon the temperatures will be warmer. It’s still quite early to do any lawn care, but thinking ahead will save you time. Once the ground thaws from the winter, you can begin preparing your lawn for spring. Having a sound plan in place will make the process of cleaning up your lawn more efficient and enjoyable. March is the perfect time to start prepping your Bergen County, NJ lawn for spring. The soil may be difficult to work with if it’s muddy and wet; therefore, it’s important to wait until it’s dry before attempting any lawn work.

Prepping your Bergen County, NJ lawn for spring involves cleaning up your lawn after the cold winter weather and applying soil and grass treatments to ensure your lawn is healthy and green.

Cleaning up your Bergen County Lawn for Spring
  • Gather up all types of debris that have accumulated over the winter including wet leaves, dead plants, sticks, and limbs. Check branches and shrubs for winter damage and clear out buffer zones between woods and lawn.
  • Remove all protective covers and winter mulch from gardens, shrubs, and other areas of your lawn.
  • Begin pruning trees and shrubs once the temperatures become comfortable outside. Flower trees should be ignored because of their new growth and buds. Consider hiring a professional to prune tall trees and shrubs, as they are skilled and equipped to handle those types of plants.
  • Scour your lawn carefully for mold and fungus. They pose a risk to a healthy lawn, and often hide in small places.
  • Test the pH levels (acidity or alkalinity) in your soil every 2 to 3 years to determine which plants to put on your property. New Jersey soil tends to be naturally acidic (pH level less than 7.0). Different plants require different pH levels to thrive.
  • Look for hibernating bugs as they will attack and destroy lawns in North Jersey. If you come across any insects, hire a professional to identify the species and eliminate it properly.
  • Prevent animals from eating your lawn and gardens by fixing any problems with property fences.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs before they bud, when the ground is soft and thawed.
  • Do some landscape planning using the USDA plant hardiness zone map. Bergen County, NJ is located in planting zones 6b and 7a. Zone information helps you choose the right plants for your gardens and lawn.
Lawn care for your Bergen County NJ Lawn
  • Seed a lawn in spring, but do so by mid-April to avoid hot weather. Ensure that you water the seed regularly. Although seeding new lawns can be done in the spring, it’s preferable to do this in the fall when weed growth is lower.
  • Thatch, also called dethatch, the lawn by using a trowel after the lawn has thawed from winter. This removes dead layers of roots and stems found between the grass and soil.
  • Aerate your lawn if you notice bare spots, waterlogged areas, or brown spots. Aerating is a process of putting holes in the grass to allow oxygen, nutrients, and moisture to get to the roots.
  • Add mulch to create a protective layer on top of the soil, conserving water, suppressing weeds, and protecting plants.Organic mulch includes bark, grass, straw, and leaves, while inorganic compounds include gravel, plastic, and fabric.
  • Put your lawn clippings back into your Bergen County, NJ lawn, adding necessary nutrients and organic matter to soil.
  • Fertilize the lawn to promote healthy green grass and avoid weeds, but don’t overdo it. Fertilizer provides nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and iron which feed plant roots and encourage new growth. A light, slow-release or organic fertilizer works well on Northern NJ lawns. Check pH to determine which fertilizer suits your needs.
  • Apply herbicides that prevent crabgrass and weeds from invading your lawn, preferably in March. Once weeds and crabgrass begin to grow, they can be difficult to control.
  • Maintain a healthy lawn by mowing, weeding, pruning, and trimming regularly throughout the spring. Only the top one-third of grass blades should be removed when mowing grass.

Whether you require assistance with spring clean-up, fertilization, plant and shrub treatments, or season long lawn care and maintenance, Borst Landscape and Design has the professionals, expertise and services to fit all your landscaping needs.Call and ask us about our yearly organic lawn fertilization and maintenance programs at (201) 785-9400 or via our website, and we’ll be happy to help you begin prepping and protecting your Bergen County, NJ lawn this spring.

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From enthusiastic horticulturists to casual garden tenders, homeowners across New Jersey want their yards and gardens looking beautiful and well maintained. Although we are still in throes of winter, it is never too early to start planning your garden for the warmer weather or consult with a landscaper. For those who are looking to update their homes with contemporary garden design ideas, there are plenty of popular garden trends emerging in 2019 that you can incorporate into your own yard.

ADAPTABILITY FOR EACH SEASON

In New Jersey, we are lucky that we get four distinct seasons every year. It also means that an enormous range of plants can grow in our area throughout different times of the year. Take advantage of that by creating a garden that looks beautiful all year round.

How to do it: Throughout your yard, incorporate plants that do well during different times of the year. Planting bulbs that will begin to sprout at the start of spring will get your garden going as the weather starts to warm up. Adding evergreen shrubs and topiaries will ensure that your yard has some green in it during the winter, while a tree that will showcase fall colors will highlight your yard in autumn. Finally, adding decorative flower pots throughout your yard can make it easy swap out plants to reflect seasonal colors and themes.

CREATE FOCAL POINTS

Focal points in and of themselves are not necessarily a new idea when it comes to landscaping and gardening. However, the latest trend is to come up with creative and unique items to showcase a particular area of your yard. The more imaginative you can get, the more spectacular your garden will be.

How to do it: We often pick beautiful trees or fountains as the focal point of a garden, but we’d encourage you to think outside the box! Spruce up a tool shed with a fresh paint job and some accenting plants and shrubs. Surround a comfy hammock or bench swing with colorful flowers and decorative boulders. Even your child’s playground or pup’s dog house can be the main feature with a little work. Take your creative focal points to the next level by installing alluring light fixtures to illuminate your yard’s centerpiece.

SUSTAINABILITY

When we talk about sustainability, we’re referring to adding elements that can promote the health and longevity of your garden without direct intervention. Not only does this help with the workload of maintaining your garden, but it can also save you some of the expense. Sustainable elements can also offer a variety of benefits to our local ecosystem.

How to do it: Think of ways to be eco-friendly! Choose a landscape design that promotes healthy water flow or install an irrigation system. Plant vibrant flowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Incorporate decorative bird baths or bird feeders to encourage wildlife to visit your garden. Consider building structures to house compost, firewood or other yard debris that can be repurposed in your garden.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

You don’t need to be a master gardener to have a visually pleasing yard. With a little planning, you can create beautiful garden accents around your home that increase your home’s elegance and are simple to maintain. In 2019, it won’t be uncommon to see a “less is more” approach to gardening – especially in busy households.

How to do it: In New Jersey, there are plenty of plants that are easy to care for and will flourish in the area’s climate. For a garden that doesn’t require consistent re-planting year after year, we suggest filling your garden with a variety of perennials. Other good options are large leafy plants, such as coleus, plantain lilies, and ferns, which take up more space and therefore eliminate the need for additional filler plants in your garden. If you can, build an automatic sprinkler system to help save some time watering your plants. Finally, don’t be afraid to add non-living elements to your garden that don’t need as much attention, such as decorative boulders, structures, and patios.

Using a little inspiration from these 2019 garden trends, this year can be the year that you make your home and garden the peaceful and relaxing space you want it to be.

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Paths and walkways are an extremely important part of your landscape design in your front yard, back yard, and all over your property. Paths have many functions and can lead to many places. Different designs are best for serving different functions. Their primary function is, of course, guiding people from one place to another. However, they can also provide a welcome aesthetic quality, both in the materials of the walkway itself and any plants that line sides of it. In addition, paths in your front or back yard will protect your lawn from foot traffic and keep it looking healthy and beautiful.

There are many ways to design a path or walkway based on its function and your goals for your yard’s appearance. A front yard path from the sidewalk to your home’s front door should feel welcoming. It’s a good idea to add fragrant plants like roses or lavender to give visitors to your home a welcoming scent as they enter your front door.

A path that is primarily designed to get you from point A to point B may just be a straight line but a path that’s designed for scenic strolling could be curved. A curved path can be lined with eye catching and beautiful plantings like shrubs and flowers. A curved path with numerous plantings will usually make the walker slow down and enjoy the walk rather than trying to get to the destination as quickly as possible. These types of paths are perfect for gardens and other leisurely areas of the yard. As you can see, different strategies of path planning and planting should be employed based on the goal of the path and expected behavior of walkers.

The material used in an outdoor walkway can also have a large impact on its function and appearance. In the Bergen County area, there are many types of viable walkway materials so you will have an abundance to choose from for your path or walkway. It’s important to take your home’s architecture and surrounding landscaping into consideration when designing or building a path as it should fit in with its surroundings.

One option for walkway material is to choose a formal building material like brick or stone. The straight clean lines of these materials, along with their durability and color, create a great style that can work with the style of your home.

Alternatively, you could opt for a building material that is a bit more informal, like bluestone, flagstone, brownstone, or limestone. These materials are popular for use in grass or gravel and offer a more informal look and feel that is similar to stepping-stones.

No matter what you’re looking for in a walkway for your Bergen County, NJ home, the path and walkway design experts at Borst Landscape and Design can help. Whether you’re looking for a walkway that’s aesthetic or functional, formal or informal, Borst has you covered. We have over 25 years of experience designing and building paths and walkways for residents of Bergen County. Contact us today to learn more or give us a call at 201-785-9400.

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Now that summer is wrapping up, it’s time to consider what you want your Bergen County, NJ home’s yard to look like in the fall, winter, and beyond. It’s important to have a balanced landscape plan that will look great in all four seasons. The most common and traditional way of maintaining a beautiful landscape is to plant conifers because they remain nearly the same throughout the year. However, there are many other options for maintaining a landscape with four-season interest in a fun and unique way.

Staggered Planting Plan

One of the best strategies for keeping your yard beautiful throughout the year is learning when particular plants look their best. You can use this knowledge to create a staggered planting plan. Rather than having your entire yard bloom at the same time and look its best only in spring or summer, formulating the right planting plan will ensure that you will always have a time of the year when some of your plants look the best. The right plan will keep your yard looking its best year-round. This type of year-round plan is called a “staggered” planting plan and it will distribute the beauty of your landscape across all four seasons as equally as possible.

Maintaining Four-Season Interest

There are many considerations to take into account when determining what to plant in your yard to keep it looking its best year-round. The first thing you should do is take a step back and look at the big picture. Approach your landscape with the eye of an artist and determine if the yard as a whole is giving you what you desire.

Taking this kind of approach means you should also be aware of size, shape, color and texture of each aspect of your landscape and how they work with every other aspect in the space. When considering size, try to imagine what a plant will look like when it is fully grown and how it will fill a space in the future. In addition to just size, shape should also be considered for each individual bush, shrub, or tree. Some spaces on your property call for a slender plant while others may call for a plant with a rounder and more robust shape. Color is another characteristic that should be considered. Determine not only what color each plant will be in the future when it blooms, but how this color fits into your overall picture and how it plays with every other element. Lastly, the texture of an individual plant is not to be overlooked. For example, a shiny leaf paired next to a brushed spiked needle is something that may appeal to you, but not to others. Carefully consider how the size, shape, color and texture of each plant will appear throughout each of the four seasons. A landscaping expert like those at Borst Landscape and Design can help you design your dream yard while taking all these factors into consideration.

Spring Season

Now that you know some of the basics of year-round landscape design, we can begin to focus on how to keep your yard looking its best throughout each individual season. In the spring, what most people want to see is color, and lots of it. Forsythias can help cheer you up as we exit the winter season, because they bloom in the early spring. Since most flowers bloom in mid-spring, you are nearly limitless in what you can choose for this period. For late spring color, focus on late bloomers like lilacs, mountain laurels, and hawthorns.

Summer Season

Often during the summer, brilliant blooms on plants will give way to leaves that don’t look nearly as impressive or beautiful. However, there are several plants that will keep their beautiful look throughout the summer including hydrangeas and rose of Sharon.

Fall Season

Floral colors dominate the spring and summer seasons, but they always give way to foliage colors in the fall. To help your yard make the transition from late summer to early fall, sumac shrubs are a great choice. They will carry you through from the last rose of Sharon bloom to the first color on your maple trees. Speaking of maple trees, they are a classic addition to any collection of fall foliage but their best color will only last through about mid-October. Oak trees last a bit longer and will help get you through to winter, but their color is a bit less impressive than maples.

Winter Season

Finally, the most difficult season to plant for inevitably arrives. The classic evergreen conifers are always a good choice to maintain some green throughout the winter but there are many other options to choose from. Red osier dogwood trees can provide a hint of color to a bleak winter landscape with their red bark. One of the most impressive shrubs for the winter season is Harry Lauder’s walking stick. This plant is also called a “contorted hazelnut” or “corkscrew filbert” and its unique branches will have neighbors and visitors talking and looking on in envy. Remember that during the winter season, shape and size become more important to landscape design as most of the color fades away. The lack of leaves on most of your plants will highlight the attention to detail (or lack thereof) you have paid to these considerations.

Now that you know how to maintain a yard both in general and throughout all four seasons, you may find it a little easier to plan out your Bergen County front or back yard and keep it looking its best all year long. If you’re still feeling a bit overwhelmed, the experts at Borst Landscape and Design can help. We’ve been helping northern NJ homeowners maintain four season interest in their yards for over 25 years. Contact Borst online or give us a call at 201-785-9400 today!

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