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.
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.”