263Remember last year’s Canada-esque winter? The neverending snowfall, the massive dirty gray piles that blocked our view of shopping center parking lots… the power outages around the tri-state area? As we enjoy these last dwindling days of summery weather, our thoughts turn to the next New Jersey winter with no small amount of dread. Wondering how long we’ll have to endure bitter-cold nights; snow delay calls that come at the last minute; outrageously high heating bills; cabin fever with kids and pets; and endless shoveling shoveling shoveling?

If the Farmer’s Almanac is right, and we end up with an equally frigid as (or worse than) winter as last year, we may be waiting for quite some time before spring gardening season 2015 becomes reality. Remember last spring, how long before our May gardens took to really begin heating up and flourishing?

4 Seasons Lawn Care and GardenBedsNJ.com are thinking ahead to solutions for the big spring thaw of 2015. What do you want to be doing once those crocuses finally come poking out of the snow? Hacking away at your brick-solid garden beds that will still need the earth turned over, compost added, and all the other necessary prepwork before you can actually begin planting? Or, excitedly drawing up those garden plans, knowing that as soon as the ground is workable you can head right out to an already-prepped garden bed and begin your early spring plantings of snow and snap peas, turnips, radishes, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, etc.?

Yes – the solution for your future spring garden is here: 4 Seasons Lawn Care is taking FALL orders for garden bed installation. Right now in September and October (maybe even November?), we can build cedar wood garden bed frames; add organic soil and compost; create gravel pathways, and install a wire fence to keep critters out. We’ll get your garden beds all ready to be worked; cover them with straw or mulch for the cold winter months… and, once warmer weather arrives after our terrible NJ winter, you’ll be all set to start gardening without all the backbreaking toil, mess and fuss.

To discuss your gardening plans for 2015 and get your garden beds installed now, contact Mike Hyde at mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com or call 908 783 5733.

In the summer, we posted some pictures of a work-in-progress grape arbor rebuild and garden bed install job we did in Montclair, NJ. Our customer was kind enough to send after pictures of the garden and patio once they had added some cool features like plants, flowers, lighting, a gravel path and a cold frame. Looks really great!





Give Mike a call to discuss raised garden bed design and installation today: 908 783 5733. For ideas, check out our other website – http://gardenbedsnj.com.






Two years ago we installed garden beds for a customer in Northampton County, PA. She was kind enough to take pictures – not only just after planting her garden vegetables and herbs, but once again just this past month for a follow-up look at what became of her garden. We’re happy to see that everything looks lush and beautiful. Thanks, Mrs. R, for sending in the pictures and for your business.

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Give Mike a call to discuss raised garden bed design and installation today: 908 783 5733. For ideas, check out our other website – http://gardenbedsnj.com.

2013-06-26 13.01.55The most important factors in maintaining a lawn are, 1. cutting frequency, 2. cutting height, and 3. sharpness of your lawnmower blades. If any of these is off, it will damage your lawn. Cutting too short is probably the number one mistake that do-it-yourselfers make on their own lawns. It is also the most frequent request we hear from our lawn care customers.

Cutting too short doesn’t allow the root system to grow. Short on top means short roots. Short roots means your lawn is weak, and will burn out after the first heat wave. Much like a tree, the taller your grass grows, the bigger the root system and the better able your grass is to support itself. In a drought, a lawn with longer roots will be able to extract moisture from lower points in the ground and survive longer.

Cutting too short makes it easier for weeds to gain a foothold in your lawn. A lawn that is allowed to grow a bit longer will develop what is known as a pre-emergent layer. When you cut grass too short, you break this layer, allowing weed seeds to germinate and take over your yard.

Cutting too short generates too many clippings, which in time will build a layer of harmful thatch into your lawn. The fallen clippings are slow to break down, basically becoming a layer of dead grass (thatch). The thatch will then become matted against the ground in your lawn, preventing the lawn from being able to breathe and absorb moisture. You will get thatch if you either cut too short or cut too infrequently. This is like throwing huge piles of clippings into your lawn.

The final reason – if you keep your lawn cropped high, the grass will thicken and fill into that space. It’s a lot like trimming a shrub. If you trim a shrub with enough regularity, instead of becoming taller, the shrub grows fuller – it is the plant growing within itself. As far as lawns, follow this method and yours will be thicker, which is exactly what you want.

How short is too short?

The ideal cutting height for any lawn in zone 6 is 3 ¾ to 4 inches. There is never a need to go any shorter. In fact: you never want to cut more than ¾ of the total length of the grass blade because it’s harmful to the grass itself as a plant. You basically only want to cut the top half of a blade of grass, ever.

My personal opinion: grass that’s a little bit taller feels softer under your feet. A lawn that’s scalped feels prickly and less like a carpet.

Need expert lawn care in Hunterdon County, NJ? Contact Mike at 4 Seasons Lawn Care for a quote today: call 908 783 5733 or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com

Before: broken-down grape arbor requiring removal.

Before: broken-down grape arbor requiring removal.

Patio also requiring us to break it down and remove.

Patio also requiring us to break it down and remove.

In the process of removing the patio.

In the process of removing the patio.

Grape arbor being rebuilt

Grape arbor being rebuilt

Garden beds built, filled and installed.

Garden beds built, filled and installed.

Still time for an "after" photo before the sun goes down!

Still time for an “after” photo before the sun goes down!

New grape arbor - ah, that's better!

New grape arbor – ah, that’s better!


Give Mike a call to discuss raised garden bed design and installation today: 908 783 5733. For ideas, check out our other website – http://gardenbedsnj.com.

weber4At the moment, I am gazing angrily glaring out my window at a blanket of snow, with more due to fall for the remainder of the day and into tomorrow morning. Even so: I’m eagerly looking ahead to warmer temps, those first crunches of shovel blade into thawing earth – turning over the garden beds, and the start of spring!

Just because everything is frozen over doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little, right? In fact – cold days that keep us mostly-indoors are the perfect opportunity to draw up those garden plans that we won’t have time for once things heat up in March.

For anyone who was not aware, 4 Seasons Lawn Care does custom-built garden bed frames for those who understand the benefits of raised bed gardening. In fact – we have an entire website discussing this topic in detail, with helpful hints for the NJ Zone 6 gardener. Learn all about it and get some organic gardening inspiration at http://gardenbedsnj.com

If you live in Hunterdon, Warren (NJ) or Northhampton (PA) counties, why not pull out your graph paper and pencil and leftover seeds from gardening seasons past. Start planning your garden beds today! In fact… we are booking orders for garden bed plans starting now – January, 2014. Work will begin as soon as weather permits – but we are happy to take your call and talk about your vision for a NJ garden that is both attractive and prolific!

Give Mike a call to discuss raised garden bed design and installation today: 908 783 5733. For ideas, check out our other website – http://gardenbedsnj.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving-norman_rockwellThis Thanksgiving, we’d like to express our gratitude to the 4 Seasons Lawn Care customers, employees and vendors.

Your trust in our company, and your faith in our work, has allowed us to expand our service offerings and prosper into our 5th year of business.

We hope to continue to offer you the very best in lawn care, landscaping maintenance, garden bed installation, and related services.

A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Thanksgiving to your family from ours.

Mike Hyde, Owner
4 Seasons Lawn Care
Garden Beds NJ