Keeping the Grass Greener Caring for Lawns and Landscaping in New Jersey

 New Jersey is not exactly known for year-round sunshine and palm trees swaying  in the breeze. New Jerseyans as do many Northeast residents and most Americans,  have a love affair with lush green turf.  

 Keeping grass green in the Garden State’s widely varying climate where winter temperatures can average below freezing  and summer months can bring triple digit temperatures, can be a challenge. And  don’t forget those frosty, winter blasts off of the Atlantic Ocean that can wreck  havoc on the healthiest lawn.  

 Condominium and homeowners associations often find landscaping and lawn care the  largest line item in the budget after insurance. Landscaping also adds to a  property’s real and perceived value, not only for current residents, but for those  seeking a new address to call home.  

 Nothing ups the ante on curb appeal quite like well-maintained landscaping and  colorful plants and now that the winter snow has melted and warmer weather is  around the corner, the attention of property owners and property managers turns  to one common task: creating a healthy and attractive lawn.  

 Winter Greens

 Bradley Park, a Rutgers University professor of Plant Biology and Pathology  believes that only the heartiest most durable grasses should be used for New  Jersey lawns. “Cool-season turf grasses are the most predominant in New Jersey,” he says. “These include Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine  fescues. Some lawn and ground locations consist of zoysiagrass, a warm-season  turf grass.”  

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