Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Oaklyn NJ

The Monarch Butterfly, once a staple in summer gardens have virtually disappeared.Their population of once nearly 1 billion has seen a 90% decrease. Due in part to deforestation in Mexico and California, the hibernation destination for the creatures, the rest of North America is killing Asclepias (Milkweed) which is the one host plant for the Monarch. The Monarch Caterpillars only eat and lay eggs on Asclepias. We can plant as many necatar plants as we want, but without the proper host plants the population will never grow.






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Landscape Planning

As of this writing, here in South Jersey it's about 30 degrees outside on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon. We're about half way through winter with a little over 6 weeks until Spring. Landscaping may not be on your mind, especially if you winterized you planting beds already, but it should start creeping its way in shortly. This is the perfect time to start planning your yard. If you're looking to just add a few plants or replant or if you're thinking of a complete overhaul, doing it now will give you plenty of time to think and tweak your plans before starting the work.

 There are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind which too often than not, aren't realized until it's too late.

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Winter Landscapes

Winter is quickly approaching and we here at EDEN Garden Design & Landscaping have been busy tidying up many of our South Jersey properties.

After the leaf cleanups are complete,the weeds pulled and fresh mulch spread, our planting beds are now ready for a long quiet winter. This doesn't mean they have to be boring though. A well designed landscape will have interest all year long.

There are several categories that will meet the winter bed's needs. There are trees that not only have wonderful color in the spring and summer, but whose bark can be just as showy on its own. Lagerstroemia which can have beautiful lavender, red, pink or white flowers in the summer depending on the variety, will have a smooth reddish brown swirled bark to show off in winter. Betula nigra is a wonderful native tree,

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Winter Mulch

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As winter approaches and the cold air begins to settle in many property owners stop thinking about their landscapes.

Many have spent a good amount of their hard earned money to install, update and maintain their planting beds not to mention the amount of time some have spent too. Don't let it all go to waste because it's cold outside and you're inside.

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