Bergen County in the springtime – Bulbs of every color are blooming all over. If only they would last longer, these “heralds of the growing season”. The main requirement for bulb flowers after they have bloomed is to keep their leaves so that the plant can put its energy back into its bulb for next spring’s blooming. The leaves give an energy charge to the bulb through photosynthesis and for this they need to keep their leaves! This energy or food is stored in the white fleshy part of the bulb for use next spring.
Often after suburban development, unsightly woodland tracts adjoin two properties, leaving basically an unsightly and un-landscaped area between two manicured lawns, about a 30 ft wide area of left behind trees from development, unsightly roots, little soil and potential for gypsy moths to breed in. So what can you do?
Think pollinators. Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels, and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy environment. Invertebrates build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans; they are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; and they are food for birds, fish, and other animals.
Sure its cold out, but there has to be something going on in the garden beds. Often I can hear the birds chirping outside while working inside, and after 4 1/2 inches of powdered snow, they have to be looking for something to sustain them. I toss birdseed everywhere whenever I am out. And the squirrels are still active, bustling and scampering here and there all day long.
We at almost Perfect want to wish all of our Friends a Happy Holiday season no matter who they are. Two legged to four legged. Even our Furry Friends.
before you prune, make sure it’s the right time of year and the right plant to prune. Many homeowners go nuts in the fall cutting shrubs and perennials down, thinking they are through for the year, which they are in a sense, but still because they need their dormancy it is no license to butchery in the landscape.
A priceless jewel in Bergen County, NJ is tucked away in a residential area of Wyckoff; the James A. McFaul Environmental Center. It’s seldom crowded, and on a nice day the wildlife you see is inspiring.