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Mercer County Horticultural Activities and Expectations

Click a month button above to view a list of possible problems you might find in your home, landscape or garden during that month and also see a list of suggested “To Do” items:

Things to Do All Year Long:

Note: dates may change slightly over the years, especially after mild winters.

  • have soil tests run – separate tests for lawns, vegetable and flower gardens, shrub borders (soil mailing kits are available at Rutgers Cooperative Extension office)
  • apply lime as needed (except when ground is frozen)
  • add organics to the compost pile or bin
  • prune dead wood on trees, shrubs and vines
  • tend house plants
  • read gardening books
  • give books, tools, compost bins and other gardening materials as gifts for holidays, bridal showers, birthdays, etc.
  • call Master Gardener Hotline for gardening information (609-989-6853)

Things to Watch Out for All Year Long:

  • cockroach infestations
  • food infesting insects, such as Indian meal moth, cigarette beetle, sawtoothed grain beetle
  • carpet beetle and cloth moth infestations