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Garden State Greenery

New Jersey is where the northeast meets the mid-Atlantic--geographically diverse and densely populated. With New York City to the east and Philadelphia to the west, it is home to countless commuters. Its crowded cities and bedroom communities might cloud the fact that the Garden State is rich in farmland, forests, lakes and other natural wonders. Even its many suburbs reflect the earth's bounty in a variety of trees and lush, well-manicured lawns. This should surprise no one. With 11 state forests and 42 state parks, New Jersey has a way of generating life even in its most crowded neighborhoods.

Horses and Harrah's

Among New Jersey's most famous attraction is the Jersey Shore, a 141-mile strip of the east coast that abuts the Atlantic Ocean. Boasting communities both elite and middle-class, the shore offers all kinds of amusements in addition to swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Arcades, musical events, and food festivals abound in the summer--and a few during the off-season. Tourists can find Ferris wheels, roller coasters and other rides near many of the shoreline boardwalks. Of course, Atlantic City hosts casino resorts like the Tropicana, Golden Nugget and Harrah's.

Still, NJ's appeal extends inland, as well. Perhaps second only to Kentucky, New Jersey is home to a considerable horse breeding industry. The town of Gladstone is headquarters to the United States Equestrian Team. New Jersey horse farmers produce equines for racing and show competitions. Many of them appear at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, which accommodates significant racing events like the Meadowlands Pace and the Hambletonian. The Meadowlands has both dirt and turfgrass tracks. According to Rutgers University extension scientists, horse pastures in New Jersey are often populated by bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. The state soil of new Jersey--Downer--is welcoming to hay, pasture, and sod.

A Short Trip from Farm to Table

In the Garden State, agriculture and subdivisions coexist near. This is why autumn sees throngs visiting apple orchards and pumpkin farms to sample and purchase. Vineyards, too, welcome direct business from those who want to tour their facilities. As winter approaches, eager revelers descend upon the state's Christmas tree farms to cut down their own. Residents are fortunate that the geography os the state is compact and these trips are not an inconvenience.

New Jersey--home to pharmaceutical manufacturers, fuel refineries and congested highways--has an understandably unsung agricultural sector. The very soils and climates that make NJ farmers so productive also contribute to beautiful lawns.

The Grass Is Always Greener Here

Many New Jersey homeowners favor cool-season grasses: perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and tall fescue. However, you will find plenty of Zoysia, and even Bermuda--warm-season grasses--as well. Providing these yards and cultivated areas with care that is specific, comprehensive and affordable is where Lawn Love comes in. Whether you enjoy a vast and rolling landscape or a postage stamp lawn (so common in NJ), Lawn Love tailors its service to your needs.

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