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Trees and Shrubs
- Transplant or plant trees and shrubs
- thin bark plants and broadleaf evergreens are best planted in the spring
- Excellent time for a soil test and apply amendments
- Still time to apply dormant oils to control scales, adelgids, mites and other piercing-sucking pests
- Look for berry producing plants like dogwood, cotoneaster, American beautyberry, fragrant sumac, Rugosa rose, and firethorn
- Always prune out dead or diseased plant tissue

Herbaceous Perennials, Biennials, Annuals
- Perennial plants in bloom include mums, New England aster, and sedums
- Foxglove and Money plant, biennials, established this year will bloom next year
- Annuals not tolerant of early frosts include impatiens, begonias, and salvia (annual)
- If there is a killing frost, dig up tender perennials like Dahlias, Cannas, and Gladiolus
- Do not cut off flower heads on ornamental grasses; retain them for winter interest

Vegetable Garden
- If there are no cool-season vegetables planted, fall garden clean up is recommended which includes planting a cover crop
- Cool season vegetables include spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and kale
- Visit your local farm market for Jersey Fresh vegetables and fruit
- Add soil amendments now for the spring planting season
- Pick-Your-Own pumpkin at a local farmstand
- Add leaves and other organic materials to your compost pile

Lawns
- Time is running out for lawn renovation - dethatching, aeration, and seeding
- If there is a thick leaf layer, rake the leaves prior to mowing
- Continue cutting the grass 2-3 inches high
- Watch for cool season diseases such as rust, red thread, and necrotic ring spot
- Best time to apply herbicides for control of dandelion

Household
- Watch for nuisance pests like boxelder bug and ladybird beetles - just vacuum or collect them and let them go outdoors
- Winged ants and termites will swarm once again
- Move in tender plants indoors but monitor for potential insect problems
- Fruit flies are common, but by minimizing exposed fruits and vegetables will help to control the problem

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This Month's Feature
Plant Talk
Plant Talk
Bill Hlubik's weekly article for 5/22/2008
List of Trees for Fall Interest
List of Trees for Fall Interest
List of trees that will add beauty and color to your fall landscape.
List of NJ Pick Your Own Farms
List of NJ "Pick Your Own"
Find a "pick your own" farm for some Jersey Fresh pumpkins and apples!
Growing Apples
Growing Apples
Watch Bill Tietjen as he demonstrates what to look for to produce healthy apples.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Enjoy the wildlife and fall foliage at the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park