JMJ Farms Landscape DesignJackson, Howell New Jersey
Hardscape, Flowers, Mulch

Frequently Asked Questions

During the hot, dry summer months, how much water do plants need?

Annual flowers planted in the ground should be watered every day or two; hanging baskets daily.
Newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials need a thorough watering several times a week, depending on the variety. Established plantings benefit from a thorough watering every two to three weeks. Early morning is the best time to water. Always water plants thoroughly, which means watering slowly and for a long enough period of time, so that the water has time to soak deep into the ground. Mulch slows the penetration of water into the ground, so dig down in a spot or two to see how deep your water has penetrated. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems work well for watering plants thoroughly.

What benefits, other than how they beautify a property, do trees and plants provide?

Plants and trees absorb ozone-damaging pollutants, produce oxygen and help keep temperatures down. According to the Plants for Clean Air Council, the strategic planting of shade trees can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent.

How can I figure out how much mulch or decorative stone I need?

We can help you calculate the amount of mulch or stone you will need if you can give us the measurements and shape of the planting area or bed.  Using the area of the bed and the depth of the mulch or decorative stone being applied, we figure out how much you will need without falling short of or running over in supplies, thus saving you time and money.  Usually, we recommend mulching to a layer of two to four inches, depending on the plants; for decorative stone, a two-inch layer is adequate.

When should I trim my shrubs?

With flowering shrubs, always trim within one month after blooming is finished so as not to remove the next year's blossoms.  When cutting back shrubs, early spring is the best time so new growth can occur and harden after pruning.  For most general trimmings, prune after their annual spring growth, which means during the early summer months.  However, some varieties are harmed by trimming too late in the summer season, which can cause a late burst of growth that doesn't properly harden-off before the arrival of winter weather (hardening protects the plant from cold weather damage).

Which plants will grow the hardiest in my yard?

Native plants are found in a particular area, or ecosystem, without being planted or introduced there from outside sources.  They have historically grown naturally and flourished in that particular area and climate.  In Monmouth and Ocean Counties, native plants include certain species of maples, dogwoods, oaks, azaleas, locusts, willows, goldenrods, asters, ferns and grasses.  JMJ Farm grows and stocks many native plant selections, and we can offer recommendations for your landscape project.  The Native Plant Society of New Jersey has a very useful Web site,; it lists New Jersey native plants by county.

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