Expert Gardening Tips

Expert Gardening Tips 2020-02-23T06:19:41+00:00

ADDRESS
387 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

HOURS
M-S 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

ADDRESS
387 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

HOURS
M-S 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Denny Wigger’s Expert Gardening Tips

How to Identify Poison Ivy
with Denny Wiggers

Add character and style to your property – whether big or small – with container gardens. Learn the basics of container gardening as well as get some inspiration for your design with this video hosted by Denny Wiggers.

Learn More

Container Gardens
with Denny Wiggers

With the many species of ivy and ivy impersonators, it can sometimes be difficult to identify poison ivy before it identifies you. Learn how to identify poison ivy on your property with this short video hosted by Denny Wiggers.

Learn More

How to Identify Poison Ivy
with Denny Wiggers

Add character and style to your property – whether big or small – with container gardens. Learn the basics of container gardening as well as get some inspiration for your design with this video hosted by Denny Wiggers.

Learn More

Container Gardens
with Denny Wiggers

With the many species of ivy and ivy impersonators, it can sometimes be difficult to identify poison ivy before it identifies you. Learn how to identify poison ivy on your property with this short video hosted by Denny Wiggers.

Learn More

Seasonal To-Do List

Snow and then more snow. If you are like me in January, I get restless and want to get outside and start gardening again. Unfortunately, the arctic-like weather is keeping us in so

– Dig your hands into potting soil and replant your houseplants! Brightly painted glazed pots will wipe away winter doldrums.
– Plan out your garden Maybe set aside a section for something new! Try a Bee garden to help pollinate those beautiful flowers that enhance your yard. There are so many different types of gardens. such as a fragrant garden, herb, butterfly.
– Order now your seeds and plant trays. There is always something new!
– If the weather breaks a little, go out to the shed and pull out the tools to make sure they are in working order. Sharpen the pruners and clean off shovels and rakes.
– Don’t forget our feathered friends and feed them, especially now with the brutal cold and snow-covered land.

Something new at Denny Wiggers! A monthly checklist to go through. Some things you probably already do and maybe there will something new that you had not thought of!

Rake all around and in between your shrubs. Last year autumn leaves have gotten caught in the branches. Tidy around steps and all along the fence line.

After your spring-flowering bulbs have flowered and died, let them wither and turn brown completely! The food that was stored in the leaves and stems go back into the bulb for next years bloom.

Fertilize your lawn. There are a lot of different commercial blends out there to choose from. Do you have a fireplace and only burn hardwoods? Burned firewood (wood ash) contains twenty-five percent calcium carbonate. (liming material) Because wood ash is extra fine, the material will saturate into the grass easily. Do not overdo, wood ash is extremely alkaline and too much of a good thing can do more harm than help.

Have a beer! (for the slugs) pour into shallow dish near your newly planted shrubs. The next day throws out drunken dead slugs.

Plant your summer-loving bulbs now for beautiful color in a few months!

Check your rose bushes. Look for black spots and mildew. Remove any leaves that have any spots and wash away mildew with a good rose wash.

Rake in rich organic topsoil in your shrubs and around the trees. Top off with 2-3 inches of mulch to give your landscape a finished look and to protect the roots against summer heat.

Let’s get out there and enjoy the fresh air and breath deep! See you next month!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

The weather is starting to get warmer and it’s great to get outside and get things done. That being said, we’re off to Mays to-do list. Get the lawnmower prepped by having it serviced for a tune-up.

If the mower is fairly new, just sharpen the blades and check oil and gas reservoirs

Did you finish planting your summer bulbs? Get them in the ground now before it gets too warm. Make it difficult for critters getting to the bulbs by throwing gravel on top. They dislike digging into things that are sharp.

Now is the time to fertilize fertilize fertilize!! Your rose plants need a 10-10-10 fertilizer, BUT only after their first bloom than repeat every 4-6 weeks.

All of your flowering and fruit-bearing trees need a higher phosphorous fertilizer 10-60-10 that will give you more flowers later on. The spring-flowering shrubs like rhododendrons need acid-based fertilizer.

Now is the time to plant your herbs, basil chives. sage and thyme.

Map out where your annuals will go. Make sure that you are clear of any frost nights. Growing up in the northeast we always waited till Mother’s day when we knew for sure that we were out of danger. Pinch back your annuals when they go beyond 4-6 inches. Will make them fuller.

Your trees and shrubs are thirsty after a long winter, water deeply and infrequently, The roots run deep and wide and it takes time for the water to spread and go down deep. If you do short spurts you are only watering the surface soil.

Wasting water and your time. Invest in a soaker hose and timer. If you have a deck, check for loose nails repair.

Air out the patio cushions, umbrellas. Mend the screen doors now before you really need them.

See you next month until then enjoy Spring!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

Not sure if I should build an ark or strap a fan on my back! Rain or heat both can wreak havoc in the garden and can be equally as bad.

Let’s start with rain and the excess water.

Unfortunately, your container pots fill and the potting soil that you lovingly wrapped around those beautiful annuals are spilling out by the gallon!

Spill any excess rainwater off and let dry for a day or two then amend the soil with some fertilizer as a lot of nutrients got washed away.

Any standing water should be spilled as it can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Weeds seem to grow twice as fast after a good rain, don’t they? The ones that you can reach, pull because of it so much easier when the soil is wet. But the interior weeds you should wait a day or two. The reasoning is that when you step into your garden since the ground is spongy, your shrub and plant roots are vulnerable to being crushed and compacting the soil as you step down.

Too much sun on your plants is like you getting sunburn. As you have tissue and cells so do your plants. Make a shaded area for your vegetables made from sheeting and wood stakes. When you get weather that will be constant full sun and no clouds for days you will want to protect them. Make the stakes at least 4-6 inches higher than your plants so that the bees can still pollinate the flowers.

Hydrate your plants in the early AM. Give them long drinks of water making sure that the water has saturated the soil and root. When you see the water run out right away means that the soil was dry and not holding the water. Go back in a few minutes to make sure it has saturated. Watering in the late evening may promote mildew. Watering in the AM will ensure the plants well being with the sun evaporating excess water sitting on its leaves and stems.

Mulch your garden. It will not only help keep the weeds down but also protect the plant’s roots by insulating them with moisture. So when you water the paper will absorb the water. There are several methods for vegetable gardens. The one that I like is strips of newspaper and straw, Will the newspaper print harm vegetables? Most inks these days are soy-based so you will be fine. Stay away from the glossy mag stuff tho. Grass clippings also would be fine. A good thick layer around each plant. Holds moisture and add a bit of nitrogen.

Hope these tips will help and see you next month!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

DIY Gardening Projects

Well its fall, great time to plant your bulbs to bloom in the spring. The materials that you will need are spring blooming bulbs, here are some: tulips (not a perennial), crocus, hyacinths, daffodil and narcissus, scilla siberica, amongst others. You’ll also need a container, or a garden spot to plant them in the ground and some good potting soil or compost to grow them in.

When planting bulbs for spring, there are a few things to take into consideration, such as picking the right bulbs. Select the bulbs that you want to grow and make sure they are firm and don’t have mold and always planting in groups. Determine the best way to plant your bulbs for spring.

Next pick the place where you are planting them:

– If it’s in a container, fill it about three quarters of the way depending on the size, keep in mind that you need to cover them at least 5″ with some, already wet, potting soil or compost and then plant your bulbs in groups of at least five or more each, depending of what type of bulbs you are planting and the size of the container you are using, you want to create an impression. Try to keep the containers on the dry side over the winter, so mulch them with leaves or keep them in the garage so they don’t get soaking wet, they could freeze if it gets really cold out, and then you will lose them.

-If it’s in the garden ground, dig holes about 1 foot diameter and 8 inches deep for tulips (8 or 10 bulbs per hole, about 2 inches apart), 5 inches deep for daffodils and narcissus (5 bulbs per hole, about 3 inches apart), and 3 inches deep for smaller bulbs, like crocuses. Mostly of books and gardening sites will suggest to plant them seven, eight inches deep, but I have found by my on hands experience most spring blooming bulbs rot out real easily if they’re too deep, or they won’t flower.

Best Naturalizing bulbs are narcissus, crocuses, and daffodils, they also do well in shaded wooden areas. Blooming time, late winter to early spring depending on weather.
Tulips prefer full sun and their flowering is very amazing the first years, no so much after that. Blooming time, early, mid and late season, which is from late April to late May.

Follow our next news letter, we will be talking about specific types of bulbs, deer, rabbit and groundhog proof bulbs, and also how to take care of them after flowering, this is a very important step in the success of you spring flowering bulb garden.
Please contact us if you have an specific question or suggestion. And please don’t forget to order your firewood, it will make this fall cool nights very cozy for you and your family.

Materials Needed:
Container(s) – For each plant, you will need a container that is at least 20 inches in diameter and a minimum depth of 14 inches. Tomato plant(s)
Rich Organic Soil that contains composted material
Water
36″ stakes or tomato cages

1) Fill the container with soil leaving 4 inches from the top, take the plant out of its small containers and with your fingernail or a knife cut vertically through the roots. This will loosen them up and get the root system to regrow stronger.

2) Place the plant in the center and bury up to the 4th leaf branch from the top. If you plant at the roots this will be a very leggy plant. Pat down the soil so the plant is stable and not wobbly.

* Added tip* Cracked eggshells around the base of the plant will give it calcium when you water your tomato plant the calcium will seep right into the soil.

3) Place plants in a bright and sunny area. Western exposure will be perfect. They love the sun!

4) As your tomato plant grows you will need to tie the plant to a stake or a commercial cage. This will support the plant as it grows and won’t fall and break the stalk or root system.

5)Make sure your plants have adequate water every day. Dry soil will result in fewer tomatoes and leggy plants and blossoms falling off.

6) Small green tomatoes will appear within a month and will grow daily. As the tomato ripens it will be red and shiny and will pull easily off the vine when ripe.

7) Enjoy and hopefully, you will go on to other vegetables, enjoy chatting with your neighbors and I am sure they will love giving you tips and ideas!

Sod…You have always wanted to try it and you might have felt intimidated by its lustrous green blades and that it’s only for the well-endowed home. Okay, let’s get our minds out of the gutter and dig into to how-to-do-it guide to sod. Your lawn hasn’t looked well for years or there’s an area that needs to be patched or you want an instant beautiful green lawn to be envied by all. No problem. The best weather to lay the sod is on a cloudy day. Heat and sun will stress the sod.

1) Dig up old grass with a shovel by cutting small areas with the edge of your shovel then dig underneath and pull up the roots. Once finished, rake deep to 6 inches and remove any stone or pebbles. Remember, a great foundation for any job will result in a successful finish.

2) Add organic nutrient-rich topsoil that has compost.

3) Whatever your square footage of sod is…add extra for piecing.

4) Layout sod. Make sure that the edges are tightly next to each other. Don’t end the strips, all the same, offset each row creating a staggered pattern.

5) Fill in the area then cut odd shapes.

6) Make sure that all your pieces are pressed down and tight. If your lawn has a sloped area, use wooden pegs to hold the sod down until it roots.

7)Spray a starter fertilizer and water thoroughly until it soaks all the way to soil underneath.

8)Water every day, check root establishment. Raise the mower height so that your grass can get thicker and more established. Fertilize with slow-release lawn fertilizer and then again in the fall. Ahhhhh now it’s time to dance in your emerald lush green lawn!

Seasonal To-Do List

Snow and then more snow. If you are like me in January, I get restless and want to get outside and start gardening again. Unfortunately, the arctic-like weather is keeping us in so

– Dig your hands into potting soil and replant your houseplants! Brightly painted glazed pots will wipe away winter doldrums.
– Plan out your garden Maybe set aside a section for something new! Try a Bee garden to help pollinate those beautiful flowers that enhance your yard. There are so many different types of gardens. such as a fragrant garden, herb, butterfly.
– Order now your seeds and plant trays. There is always something new!
– If the weather breaks a little, go out to the shed and pull out the tools to make sure they are in working order. Sharpen the pruners and clean off shovels and rakes.
– Don’t forget our feathered friends and feed them, especially now with the brutal cold and snow-covered land.

Something new at Denny Wiggers! A monthly checklist to go through. Some things you probably already do and maybe there will something new that you had not thought of!

Rake all around and in between your shrubs. Last year autumn leaves have gotten caught in the branches. Tidy around steps and all along the fence line.

After your spring-flowering bulbs have flowered and died, let them wither and turn brown completely! The food that was stored in the leaves and stems go back into the bulb for next years bloom.

Fertilize your lawn. There are a lot of different commercial blends out there to choose from. Do you have a fireplace and only burn hardwoods? Burned firewood (wood ash) contains twenty-five percent calcium carbonate. (liming material) Because wood ash is extra fine, the material will saturate into the grass easily. Do not overdo, wood ash is extremely alkaline and too much of a good thing can do more harm than help.

Have a beer! (for the slugs) pour into shallow dish near your newly planted shrubs. The next day throws out drunken dead slugs.

Plant your summer-loving bulbs now for beautiful color in a few months!

Check your rose bushes. Look for black spots and mildew. Remove any leaves that have any spots and wash away mildew with a good rose wash.

Rake in rich organic topsoil in your shrubs and around the trees. Top off with 2-3 inches of mulch to give your landscape a finished look and to protect the roots against summer heat.

Let’s get out there and enjoy the fresh air and breath deep! See you next month!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

The weather is starting to get warmer and it’s great to get outside and get things done. That being said, we’re off to Mays to-do list. Get the lawnmower prepped by having it serviced for a tune-up.

If the mower is fairly new, just sharpen the blades and check oil and gas reservoirs

Did you finish planting your summer bulbs? Get them in the ground now before it gets too warm. Make it difficult for critters getting to the bulbs by throwing gravel on top. They dislike digging into things that are sharp.

Now is the time to fertilize fertilize fertilize!! Your rose plants need a 10-10-10 fertilizer, BUT only after their first bloom than repeat every 4-6 weeks.

All of your flowering and fruit-bearing trees need a higher phosphorous fertilizer 10-60-10 that will give you more flowers later on. The spring-flowering shrubs like rhododendrons need acid-based fertilizer.

Now is the time to plant your herbs, basil chives. sage and thyme.

Map out where your annuals will go. Make sure that you are clear of any frost nights. Growing up in the northeast we always waited till Mother’s day when we knew for sure that we were out of danger. Pinch back your annuals when they go beyond 4-6 inches. Will make them fuller.

Your trees and shrubs are thirsty after a long winter, water deeply and infrequently, The roots run deep and wide and it takes time for the water to spread and go down deep. If you do short spurts you are only watering the surface soil.

Wasting water and your time. Invest in a soaker hose and timer. If you have a deck, check for loose nails repair.

Air out the patio cushions, umbrellas. Mend the screen doors now before you really need them.

See you next month until then enjoy Spring!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

Not sure if I should build an ark or strap a fan on my back! Rain or heat both can wreak havoc in the garden and can be equally as bad.

Let’s start with rain and the excess water.

Unfortunately, your container pots fill and the potting soil that you lovingly wrapped around those beautiful annuals are spilling out by the gallon!

Spill any excess rainwater off and let dry for a day or two then amend the soil with some fertilizer as a lot of nutrients got washed away.

Any standing water should be spilled as it can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Weeds seem to grow twice as fast after a good rain, don’t they? The ones that you can reach, pull because of it so much easier when the soil is wet. But the interior weeds you should wait a day or two. The reasoning is that when you step into your garden since the ground is spongy, your shrub and plant roots are vulnerable to being crushed and compacting the soil as you step down.

Too much sun on your plants is like you getting sunburn. As you have tissue and cells so do your plants. Make a shaded area for your vegetables made from sheeting and wood stakes. When you get weather that will be constant full sun and no clouds for days you will want to protect them. Make the stakes at least 4-6 inches higher than your plants so that the bees can still pollinate the flowers.

Hydrate your plants in the early AM. Give them long drinks of water making sure that the water has saturated the soil and root. When you see the water run out right away means that the soil was dry and not holding the water. Go back in a few minutes to make sure it has saturated. Watering in the late evening may promote mildew. Watering in the AM will ensure the plants well being with the sun evaporating excess water sitting on its leaves and stems.

Mulch your garden. It will not only help keep the weeds down but also protect the plant’s roots by insulating them with moisture. So when you water the paper will absorb the water. There are several methods for vegetable gardens. The one that I like is strips of newspaper and straw, Will the newspaper print harm vegetables? Most inks these days are soy-based so you will be fine. Stay away from the glossy mag stuff tho. Grass clippings also would be fine. A good thick layer around each plant. Holds moisture and add a bit of nitrogen.

Hope these tips will help and see you next month!

Happy Gardening!

DWGE
M

DIY Gardening Projects

Well its fall, great time to plant your bulbs to bloom in the spring. The materials that you will need are spring blooming bulbs, here are some: tulips (not a perennial), crocus, hyacinths, daffodil and narcissus, scilla siberica, amongst others. You’ll also need a container, or a garden spot to plant them in the ground and some good potting soil or compost to grow them in.

When planting bulbs for spring, there are a few things to take into consideration, such as picking the right bulbs. Select the bulbs that you want to grow and make sure they are firm and don’t have mold and always planting in groups. Determine the best way to plant your bulbs for spring.

Next pick the place where you are planting them:

– If it’s in a container, fill it about three quarters of the way depending on the size, keep in mind that you need to cover them at least 5″ with some, already wet, potting soil or compost and then plant your bulbs in groups of at least five or more each, depending of what type of bulbs you are planting and the size of the container you are using, you want to create an impression. Try to keep the containers on the dry side over the winter, so mulch them with leaves or keep them in the garage so they don’t get soaking wet, they could freeze if it gets really cold out, and then you will lose them.

-If it’s in the garden ground, dig holes about 1 foot diameter and 8 inches deep for tulips (8 or 10 bulbs per hole, about 2 inches apart), 5 inches deep for daffodils and narcissus (5 bulbs per hole, about 3 inches apart), and 3 inches deep for smaller bulbs, like crocuses. Mostly of books and gardening sites will suggest to plant them seven, eight inches deep, but I have found by my on hands experience most spring blooming bulbs rot out real easily if they’re too deep, or they won’t flower.

Best Naturalizing bulbs are narcissus, crocuses, and daffodils, they also do well in shaded wooden areas. Blooming time, late winter to early spring depending on weather.
Tulips prefer full sun and their flowering is very amazing the first years, no so much after that. Blooming time, early, mid and late season, which is from late April to late May.

Follow our next news letter, we will be talking about specific types of bulbs, deer, rabbit and groundhog proof bulbs, and also how to take care of them after flowering, this is a very important step in the success of you spring flowering bulb garden.
Please contact us if you have an specific question or suggestion. And please don’t forget to order your firewood, it will make this fall cool nights very cozy for you and your family.

Materials Needed:
Container(s) – For each plant, you will need a container that is at least 20 inches in diameter and a minimum depth of 14 inches. Tomato plant(s)
Rich Organic Soil that contains composted material
Water
36″ stakes or tomato cages

1) Fill the container with soil leaving 4 inches from the top, take the plant out of its small containers and with your fingernail or a knife cut vertically through the roots. This will loosen them up and get the root system to regrow stronger.

2) Place the plant in the center and bury up to the 4th leaf branch from the top. If you plant at the roots this will be a very leggy plant. Pat down the soil so the plant is stable and not wobbly.

* Added tip* Cracked eggshells around the base of the plant will give it calcium when you water your tomato plant the calcium will seep right into the soil.

3) Place plants in a bright and sunny area. Western exposure will be perfect. They love the sun!

4) As your tomato plant grows you will need to tie the plant to a stake or a commercial cage. This will support the plant as it grows and won’t fall and break the stalk or root system.

5)Make sure your plants have adequate water every day. Dry soil will result in fewer tomatoes and leggy plants and blossoms falling off.

6) Small green tomatoes will appear within a month and will grow daily. As the tomato ripens it will be red and shiny and will pull easily off the vine when ripe.

7) Enjoy and hopefully, you will go on to other vegetables, enjoy chatting with your neighbors and I am sure they will love giving you tips and ideas!

Sod…You have always wanted to try it and you might have felt intimidated by its lustrous green blades and that it’s only for the well-endowed home. Okay, let’s get our minds out of the gutter and dig into to how-to-do-it guide to sod. Your lawn hasn’t looked well for years or there’s an area that needs to be patched or you want an instant beautiful green lawn to be envied by all. No problem. The best weather to lay the sod is on a cloudy day. Heat and sun will stress the sod.

1) Dig up old grass with a shovel by cutting small areas with the edge of your shovel then dig underneath and pull up the roots. Once finished, rake deep to 6 inches and remove any stone or pebbles. Remember, a great foundation for any job will result in a successful finish.

2) Add organic nutrient-rich topsoil that has compost.

3) Whatever your square footage of sod is…add extra for piecing.

4) Layout sod. Make sure that the edges are tightly next to each other. Don’t end the strips, all the same, offset each row creating a staggered pattern.

5) Fill in the area then cut odd shapes.

6) Make sure that all your pieces are pressed down and tight. If your lawn has a sloped area, use wooden pegs to hold the sod down until it roots.

7)Spray a starter fertilizer and water thoroughly until it soaks all the way to soil underneath.

8)Water every day, check root establishment. Raise the mower height so that your grass can get thicker and more established. Fertilize with slow-release lawn fertilizer and then again in the fall. Ahhhhh now it’s time to dance in your emerald lush green lawn!

ADDRESS
387 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

HOURS
M-S 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

ADDRESS
387 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

HOURS
M-S 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM