Gardening in Hazlet (2)

The Hazlet Gardener

By Bob Michaels of Hazlet, a Master Gardener certified by Rutgers through the Monmouth County Master Gardener program. 
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Aug 26

Late August News and Notes

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 10:18 AM by the author

Soil Testing
As the weather progresses into the fall and the temperature moderates, it becomes time to consider planting Perennials, shrubs and trees. This is also the right time to rejuvenate the lawn. This period is usually the longest growth period of the year, followed by the dormant period of winter and then spring, which gives these types of plants time to set roots, prepare for winter dormancy and spring growth. It's recommended that the above endeavors should begin with a soil test from Rutgers. Obtain a test at this link.  


Lawn Care

Don’t miss this opportunity to overseed your lawn.  It’s the best month of the year to do so: cool temperatures, warm soils, low weed seed competition.  Overseeding encourages a thick, healthy lawn which will result in fewer weeds such as crabgrass next year. 
This Rutgers Fact Sheet Is a primer for how to seed. Take a quick look before you go to work in the yard. 


Free Info & Events

The Rutgers Agriculture program, as well as many county extensions, offer a wide array of online seminars. I encourage all to look them over and take advantage of the tremendous amount of information available.

RU Ready 2 Garden 
Free events are listed at RCE of Middlesex Coand on the NJAES Calendar

RCE of Ocean County’s In the Know To Grow free series is on Tuesdays evenings. Events are listed at and on the NJAES Calendar

Upcoming Programs (Links will be on the site)

  • September 8th 6:30-7:30 pm- Tick Safety Susan Emhardt-Servidio, RCE Horticulturist
  • September 22nd 6:30-7:30 pm- How to Grow Dazzling Dahlias- Debbie LaGattuta, RMG of Monmouth
  • October 6th 6:30-7:30 pm- Terrariums Gene Cranmer, Rutgers Master Gardener 
  • October 20th 6:30-7:30 pm- Plants with Winter Interest- Irene Wanat, RMG


Jersey-Friendly Yards 2020 Webinar Series

Wild About Jersey-Friendly Yards!

September 1, 2020Attracting Birds to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard- Becky Laboy
September 15, 2020Wild About Composting- Sandra Blaine-Snow
September 29, 2020How and When to Clean Up the Winter Wildlife Garden- Pat Sutton

In addition to the above info, The Monmouth County extension has a helpline that is free to the public. Advice and guidance is available on most subjects as well as diagnosis of diseases and other plant growth problems. I encourage all to use it by emailing your questions and/or  photos of the diseased or damaged plant to



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