The Record Homescape 06-01-17

Homescape I N T E R I O R THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017 D E S I G N • H O M E A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE RECORD Collections: Designer is passionate about Italian pottery and plates. 3H I M P R O V E M E N T SECTION H weekend warrior DO OI N G I T Y O U R S E L F Garden tours reveal private spaces hidden from public view By SUSAN HEBERT SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE I PHOTOS COURTESY OF THINKSTOCK Replacing damaged shrubs or planting a few new ones can take an afternoon or two, resulting in enhanced curb appeal while leaving plenty of time for other warm-weather projects or recreational activities. These easy-to-do projects won’t cost you your summer Peace of mind comes with a job well done By FRAN J. DONEGAN SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE M any homeowners spend the warm weather months attack- ing the outdoor projects on their to-do lists. And while some big projects, like building a patio, require most of the summer, there are others that only take a weekend or two to complete, leaving the rest of the summer for you to enjoy. REPLACING DAMAGED SHRUBS Winter can damage shrubs and trees to the extent that they need to be replaced. To remove a small or medium- size shrub you will need a shovel, a pick and a rake. Cut the foliage down to ground level and then dig out as much of the root as you can. Cutting back a plant by 90 percent will usually ensure that it won’t sprout again. To replace the plant, Brian Brisby, co-owner of Stone House Nursery in Wyckoff, suggests a process of elimin- ation. First, define what you want the plant to do. Is it a focal point? Is it an ornamental shrub among other shrubs? Then define the growing conditions. How much space is there? What is the sunlight exposure? Is it a high wind area? Do you have a deer problem? “My advice is to progressively narrow down the requirements and then go to a good garden center that has a healthy selection of plants,” said Brisby. “If pos- sible, make more than one trip. Engage the people who work there. Explain your requirements and site conditions.” Depending on the plant, garden center experts can give you direction on planting. f you have a green thumb or just enjoy spending time in garden settings, three upcoming garden tours, this weekend and next, will offer a peek into the backyards of homes in Hoboken, Montclair, Wyckoff and neighbor- ing towns. SECRET GARDENS TOUR Hoboken’s 20th Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for Sunday, June 4 (rain date June 11), originally got its start as a means for history enthusiasts to showcase several of the city’s unique homes and gardens. Now, the garden tour extends the goals of the Hoboken Historical Museum and helps to fund programs at the institution. “The criteria for being included in the tour is lovingly cared-for gardens,” says Valerie D’Antonio, co-chair- person of the tour. She estimates that half of the nine gardens on the Secret Gardens Tour are created by hobbyists, with the others being professionally designed and maintained. Location also plays a role in determining which gardens are included on the tour. “We try to make the tour walkable,” says D’Antonio. “So that, too, determines the gardens we choose.” This year, the selected Hoboken gardens are located both uptown and midtown in the “Mile Square City.” D’Antonio adds that all the gardens on the tour are approximately the same size, but “amazingly” different and creative. She says a real crowd-pleaser — returning by popular demand — has a soaking pool and huge structures that mimic the church next door. “Another garden has an abundance of plants in such a small place: trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.” All of the Hoboken gardens are adjacent to single-family homes — some historic — and most of the gardens are first- timers on the tour. The guided, two-hour tours begin at 9 a.m. at the Hobo- ken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, with tours leav- ing every half hour until 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 if purchased before the tour and $35 at the door. For more information call 201-656-2240 or visit www.hobokensecretgardens.com. ROSES TO ROCK GARDENS Covering a wider area, the 18th annual Roses to Rock Gardens tour will visit seven distinctive gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge, including the Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair where the tour will begin. Self-guided, the tour will require participants to drive or bike to each location and will be held over two days, Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, with no rain date. See GARDEN TOURS, Page 6H Armed with the right garden tools and advice from garden center experts, planting new shrubs doesn’t have to be a challenging or time-consuming task. GET YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND DECK READY FOR SUMMER Spending a little time now to clean up outdoor furniture and giving your deck a little TLC will reduce maintenance chores for the rest of the summer. Start with the furniture. The furni- ture material will determine how to maintain it, so follow the manufacturer’s directions. In general, you can use a mild soap and water on most materials to get them clean. Avoid products that contain chlorine. “There are deck and wood cleaners that you brush on and hose off that will work on wood furniture,” said Skip Tanis of Tanis Hardware in Haledon. “There are other products made for plastic furniture that you spray on and then hose off.” To protect aluminum furniture apply a thin coat of automobile wax. Most unpainted wood furniture can be protected with an exterior varnish. These products are different from in- terior varnishes because they protect the furniture from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which causes fading, and they can expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Interior varnishes will crack when the wood expands and contracts. Manufacturers of teak furniture do See PROJECTS, Page 4H PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VAN VLE ,!=UM)QÍ͕ѼIɑ́ѽȁݥЁѡѽɥ)YY!͔ɑ́5эȸ)ʹ)ȁЁ́+a]ѕȰ݅ѕȰٕݡɔdݥѠѽѥɥȁѕ) H8I)8)\)MA %0Q