Bug Review offers descriptions of some common home & garden insect pests, with photographs, habits, potential damage, and non-chemical control recommendations (University of Illinois). For information about ticks and how to deal with them, see Preventing Ticks in the Yard [NEW!] (U.S. CDC), Ticks and Tick-borne Disease [NEW!] (Rutgers Cooperative Extension) and Tick Bites (Medline). Pest Management in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf includes guidelines for monitoring pests, and non-pesticide alternatives for managing pests – including birds, mammals, reptiles, deer, gophers, raccoons, etc. (University of California; some information is specific to California). Invasive Species [UPDATED LINK!] offers photos, videos, and information to help you identify invasive species (plants, insects, animals, and pathogens & diseases) in your lawn or garden, with links to additional resources (USDA).
Composting for Kids [Link opens a PDF] has good basic instruction in the whys and hows of composting, for kids or adult beginners (Texas Agricultural Extension Service). See also Composting for the Homeowner [UPDATED LINK!] (University of Illinois Extension) and Grasscycling and Composting Yard Waste [UPDATED LINK!] (California Integrated Waste Management Board). The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management sells compost bins to Middlesex County residents at a reduced price.
Cornell Home Gardening offers basic guides to growing vegetables or flowers, and flower garden design (Cornell University). Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Gardening How-Tos is a collection of helpful articles on Sustainable Gardening, Composting, and related topics. If you have a lawn or garden question, you can call the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline! [NEW!]. See Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Home, Lawn, and Garden page [NEW!] for additional resources.
Garden for Wildlife shows how you can landscape your yard to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Enter your zipcode in the site’s Native Plant finder [NEW!] to find the best native plants, attract butterflies and moths, and support birds and other fauna in your area (National Wildlife Federation); see also Native Plants of North America Database [NEW!] (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center). The Coevolution Institute offers free eco-regional Pollinator Planting Guides to help you make your yard more friendly to birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles and other pollinators (non-profit organization). The Butterfly Site has helpful tips and links specifically for attracting butterflies to your garden (site includes advertisements).
Greenscaping [Link opens a PDF] explains how you can save time & money and protect the environment by changing your landscape to a GreenScape (2006, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Less Lawn also provides information and inspiration to help you create a more beautiful, low-maintenance, organic, and wildlife-friendly landscape (by author Evelyn J. Hadden). Landscape For Life “shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium” (United States Botanic Garden Conservatory). See also Lawn Pesticide Fact Sheets & Safer Lawn Care (Beyond Pesticides coalition), Rain Gardens (Rutgers), and NJ Fertilizer Law: Answers for Homeowners [UPDATED LINK!] (Rutgers).
Tree Planting [Link opens a PDF] – Explains the basics of choosing, planting, and maintaining trees on your property (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service). The SelecTree database will search for specific tree species to match the type of site and desired tree characteristics you specify (Cal Poly State University). And don’t forget to Call Before You Dig!
Water Conservation for Lawn & Landscape – Extensive information on water-conserving landscape design, suitable plant materials, mulch, irrigation, and related topics. (eXtension.org, a partnership of 74 universities in the U.S.)
Links updated April 2019.