Frank D. Porter, owner and operator of Almost Perfect Landscaping, began his early education at Hackensack High School. Next he attained his BA degree in Marketing at Saint Peters College of Jersey City. Following St. Peters, he attained certificates at Rutgers Cook College for Landscape Architecture. While running his company, his passion to help people drove him to further seek higher education in the School of Social Work, also at Rutgers.

Selection and Care of Christmas Trees

It’s that time of the year. Christmas trees are everywhere in a variety of species, sizes and colors. Some live, some cut. The popularity of a live Christmas Tree has been on the rise for several years, but all to often many of these trees do not survive long after the “big day” is past so we thought we’d pass along these tips on choosing, planting and caring for your live Christmas tree. The most important aspect to consider when making your purchase is to make sure you pick a variety that will grow well in our area.

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An early thanksgiving feast

Gourmet in the Garden is what this squirrel found at our home. When the peanut butter jar gets down less than 1/4 full it’s time to open up a new jar and share the open jar. Sometimes I lay the jar on its side somewhere under cover from predators within one of our beds with the top off of course. I try to place the peanut butter so i can watch from somewhere inside the house. It doesn’t take them long to find it and after a few jars they sorta come to expect it.

This one was nailed to a tree elevated so we could watch the comedy unfold. It gets really good when more than one moves in to eat. Also squirrels really go “NUTZ” over almond butter, which is better for them anyway.

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Design next years garden today

The most important aspects of a successful landscape design happen long before the digging of the first hole. Thorough and careful observation of the layout and much planning is needed to create a landscape that will functional and pleasing in appearance. It doesn’t matter if it is a new property or the improvement of existing landscaped beds, you might want to consider getting a landscape design plan in place for next spring.

Implementing landscaping / gardening design modifications, changes and upgrades well ahead-of-time provides opportunities, many advantages and other benefits such as:
GUARANTEED scheduling of landscape design services earlier in the spring.
Additional time to research and finalize the changes of the existing landscape design
Sufficient time allotted to obtain plants or materials
Sufficient time for budgeting of costs before the landscaping work begins
Potential savings from off-season, early-bird, or promotional discounts

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Leaves

“Walked for half an hour in the garden beds yesterday morning. A fine rain was falling, and the landscape was that of autumn. The sky was hung with various shades of gray, and mists hovered about the distant mountains – a melancholy nature. The leaves were falling on all sides like the last illusions of youth under the tears of irremediable grief. A brood of chattering birds were chasing each other through the shrubberies, and playing games among the branches, like a knot of hiding schoolboys.

Porter James Lagala

Welcome Porter

Almost PERFECT Landscaping would like to welcome our newest member of the team. Porter James Lagala. Porter brings to APLNJ a wealth of information regarding organic composting and organic waste removal. He has a lot to teach Frank D. Porter about recycling and organic materials and/or product themselves.

Porter James will be on call in the office, but due to the nature of his strenuous activities, he does tend to take numerous feeding and napping breaks. However his input, or shall we say “OUTPUT” is very organic in nature and thereby noteworthy of immediate attention.

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Plants for Winter Color

We’ve been pretty busy lately with many of our clientele adding to their beds with shrubs, spring bulbs and even perennial beds. Fall is the IDEAL time to plant with the soil and air temperatures perfect for root growth. One thing to consider if you are tired of staring at the bland foliage trees with a few scraggly leaves hanging on and patches of snow in your yard each winter? Here’s a short list of some fantastic winter garden plants that add greenery and cool shapes, and will even blossom outside your window in the heart of winter. Give your yard a dose of winter color by including plants that steal the spotlight during cooler weather.

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Overwinter those geraniums

If you’re like me then you have some geraniums,, either potted or planted in your beds. Geraniums are one of the most popular container and garden plants. You just can’t beat their bright colors and sturdy, well-shaped foliage. At the garden center, geraniums tend to come in larger sizes, which make them more expensive than other summer annuals.

Geranium is a diverse group containing types that grow in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade. Flower colors include pink, blue, white, and purple. Most geraniums blooms in midsummer, although some species will bloom in spring and fall.

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Thank You Berry Much

My one crew was at a client’s property doing selective pruning and I knew there were a few varieties of “ilex” (holly) there along with an elderberry and bayberry. I have some also at home and during the winter months enjoy watchin the flurry of activity from all the birds feeding. So i wanted to make sure that these plants were very carefully pruned, if at all right now. They enjoy them too so I wanted to retain as much of these shrubs as possible. “just give those few a slight trim”

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Overseeding Lawns in Fall

Well September is upon us and once again its time to think “autumn lawn maintenance. Fall is the ideal time for lawn maintenance, aeration, overseeding and lawn prep for the coming year. The soil is at the optimum temperature during the day and overnight for healthy and sustained growth before the grass and/or lawn enters dormancy. By utilizing a proper fall lawn maintenance program you can put your lawn to bed for the winter on a “full” stomach and it will sleep well.

Having the perfect lawn is something we all want, whether we’re creating a beautiful show garden or a back garden volleyball court. and a place for the family to gather and romp and play. So however you want to use your outdoors, create a lush lawn to do it with. A soft, green lawn is a wonderful thing, and it doesn’t have to be out of reach.