Common Problems/FAQ

Q  What type of services does Rutgers Landscape and Nursery offer?

A  We are a complete landscape nursery, offering design and installation services. We also grow a majority of our own nursery stock on over 20 acres. We are ICPI certified (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) and offer complete hardscape and landscape designs including walkways, patios, raised patios, and retaining walls using all types of materials including paving stones and blocks as well as natural materials such as blue stone, flagstone, and fieldstone.


Q  How much mulch, topsoil or stone do I need?

A Click Here for a our quick and easy calculator


Q  Do you offer free design?

A  Yes. Our nursery does offer free design. We will need pictures and measurements to help direct you in the right direction of what plants will work best on your property and soil conditions. Stop into our nursery to get started! 


Q  My newly planted shrub (plant, tree) is turning yellow. What should I do?

A  Be sure your new plants are receiving “adequate” moisture/water. NEVER ASSUME plants need MORE or less water without CHECKING MOISTURE LEVELS FIRST. Take your hands and dig into the top two inches of the soil/mulch to check the moisture around the plant. Follow our Care and Maintenance Instructions, which is given at the time of purchase. If you’re still not sure, call us. Also, “We do make house calls.”


Q  Do I need to water my shrubs and trees during the winter?

A  If there is no snow covering and we have not had much precipitation, then watering is required during the winter months. From our Home Page click “Nursery” and then “Maintenance and Care Tips” to find “Planting and Care Instructions.”


Q  Do I fertilize my newly planted shrubs?

A  Generally speaking you do not need to, as the plants come with a slow release fertilizer that will feed the plants for 6 to 9 months. Fertilizing is recommended for most gardens after the first year to keep a proper pH of your soil, preferably somewhere between 6.0 and 6.5 is ideal for most plants. You can have your soil tested by contacting your local county extension service.


Q  Do you cut lawns?

A  No. We grow nursery stock, design, install, and maintain including re-mulching, re-edging and application of pre-emergent. In spring, we do light pruning and replacement of dead plants. We do not spray with pesticides or herbicides.


Q  Do you guarantee your plant material?

A  Yes, we do. Our guarantee is for one year when we do the planting. If you plant them yourself, the plants are covered for three months.


Q  My newly planted Cherry Laurels are turning brown. What should I do?

A  Broadleaf evergreens, in particular, are susceptible to winter damage/wind desiccation. They require extended warm temperatures for the new growth to flush out the old dying growth. Continue proper watering procedures and report to us if there is no improvement after a reasonable amount of time. Most often it takes a prolonged time of warmer weather to see improvement, usually by mid-June.


Q  Do you have a hardscape warranty?

A  Yes. Your hardscape is covered for two years.


Q  When is the best time of year to plant grass seed?

A  The best time of year for the planting of grass is August 15th through October 15th due to the warm soil temperatures and cooler night time temperatures.


Q  Do you do grading?

A  We do minor grading needed during a landscape installation.


Q  Do you install irrigation systems?

A  No, we do not.


Q  How long does it take to get a design/estimate once I meet with a landscape designer?

A  Depending on the work, a patio, walkway, or mulching estimate can be completed in a day. A landscape plan with estimate is usually presented to a client within 7-10 days.


Q  Does Rutgers Landscape and Nursery install Landscape Lighting?

A  Yes!!! Our all-metal fixtures also carry 10-year warranties and lifetime warranties on the transformers.


Q  How much is in one yard of mulch or topsoil in volume? How large of an area will it cover?

A  One yard of topsoil or mulch is approximately six heaping wheelbarrels and will cover approximately 162 sq. ft. at a depth of 2 inches, or roughly a 100 sq. ft. area at a depth of 3".


Q  How long does it take a landscape designer to come out to my house once I call in for a design consultation?

A  Our designers generally can schedule a time to meet with you at your property within 7 days. Sometimes much sooner depending on the time of the year.


Q  Are there any ways I can visualize what my landscape may look like before work begins?

A  Yes! Our designers use many tools to aid in visualizing what your landscape may look like prior to a shovel hitting the ground. By showing a customer catalogs, pictures, and our computer imaging service, clients have the ability to see what their landscape may look like before any work begins. Prior to most landscape jobs we also “spray out with marking paint” all landscapes so you can see the final layout and give the final approval.


Q  Do you install wood decks?

A  We do not install wood decks, however we pride ourselves in our beautiful raised patios. Unlike wood decks, raised patios can be installed to absolutely any shape imaginable. Patios are also extremely low-maintenance and can last a lifetime.