Bug Review offers descriptions of some common home & garden insect pests, with photographs, habits, potential damage, and non-chemical control recommendations (University of Illinois). 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).
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 (University of Illinois Extension) and Grasscycling and Composting Yard Waste (California Integrated Waste Management Board). The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management sells compost bins to Middlesex County residents at a reduced price.
Garden for Wildlife shows how you can landscape your yard to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Includes a Gardeners’ Guide to Global Warming (National Wildlife Federation). 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).
Gardener’s Supply Company website includes helpful articles on flower & vegetable gardening and lawn care, useful tools & calculators, and more (commercial site).
Greenscaping [UPDATED LINK! 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 [NEW!] “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 [UPDATED LINK!] (Beyond Pesticides coalition), Rain Gardens [NEW!] (Rutgers), and NJ Fertilizer Law: Answers for Homeowners [NEW!] (Rutgers)
Native Gardening and Invasive Plants is a guide to native plants in different regions of the U.S., and to some of the weedy or invasive plants that are best avoided in the garden. NOTE : You must provide an email address to use some features of the site (e-Nature.com; site includes advertisements). Invasive Plants offers photos and basic information to help you identify invasive species, with links to additional resources. Also offers similar information on invasive animal and insect pests (USDA).
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!
Links updated April 2016.