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Happy Holidays from Root’s Nurseries


As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to provide landscaping services and trees for residents in Lancaster county.

Thank you to everyone who used our services this past year. We appreciate your patronage, and we hope you will trust us with any future landscaping needs.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays

Planning Ahead for Your Spring Landscaping


Despite the cold, spring will soon be here. So, you should do what you can to get ahead and prepare for your upcoming landscaping in the new year. And, the experts at Root’s Nurseries are here to help! Our Millersville area landscaper can not only help you plan out a design for implementation come spring but even help you prepare your current landscaping for the cold months ahead. By planning now, you can get ahead of the game and as soon as the weather warms up you’ll be ready to implement! Here are a few tips from our professional landscaper to help you care for your current landscape this winter while preparing for your new one come spring:landscaper

Be sure to properly trim your plants and shrubs to get the most out of them. The first thing you want to do to get your perennials ready for winter is to cut back the dry stems to the soil level. Cut any parts that are brown and dead so the new growth has room to grow. Those that are dormant over the winter should be manicured so they look great and are ready to grow once the weather begins to warm. Evergreens are a great plant choice for all seasons as they stay green all year round.

When snow builds up on tree branches, it can cause them to break. Take a few minutes to go from tree to tree and knock the snow off of the branches. Start at the bottom and work your way up. That way, the snow you knock off the top branches won’t add to the snow that is already on the bottom branches. If your trees are covered in ice, leave them alone and allow the ice to melt on its own.
Gardening and landscaping prep should begin while the weather’s cold. Work with your landscaper to plan where you want new flowers and flowerbeds to go.

Look at how your current flower beds are shaped. If they are all just straight lines, consider adding curves to the edges, or putting in boulders to help break up the flat lines. A landscaper at Root’s Nurseries can help you design a landscape that is more aesthetically pleasing and utilizes the natural hills and valleys of your landscape.

Would you like some more suggestions on how to prepare your landscaping for spring? Contact our landscaper for Millersville and the surrounding areas by calling us at 717-898-0041 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Preparing Your Landscape for the Holidays


The holidays are fast approaching. Soon family, friends carolers and even customers or clients, if you own a business, will be flocking to your front lawn. You’ve likely begun thinking about how you’re doing to deck the halls and light the trees. But, does your landscaping live up to the beauty of your holiday decorations? Considering the winter aesthetic and function of your landscape can allow it to look its best at this important time of year. For example, do you have trees and shrubbery that look beautiful in even the coldest of seasons? As the trusted landscape contractor for Mountville and the surrounding areas, we would like to offer some tips to help your landscaping look stunning all year round. And, when you’re ready to tackle your winter landscaping, contact the experts here at Root’s Nurseries and we can help you every step of the way from design to upkeep.landscape contractor mountville

With some attention to the details, you can help make your landscape more enjoyable and impressive for the winter months. It is important to consider both the functional and the aesthetic aspects for winter. For example, plant local, well-adapted plants. If you only plant winter dormant flowers and trees on your property, there will be nothing to look at all winter. Distinctive evergreens as well as perennials with large seedpods can bring interest when covered in snow. And, they are great to decorate too! Everyone knows evergreen trees look beautiful all lit up at Christmas, so why not bring this same idea outdoors? At Root’s we help you find the right trees and plants for your unique landscape.

One of the best ways to make your landscape more enjoyable and impressive in winter is with shrubs and well-pruned hedges. Create a dramatic outlines of your with hedges and your landscape will look incredible all year long.

Also, don’t skimp on lighting. A well-lit or heated pathway can provide safe, thawed walkways to your favorite areas of the property as well as stunning aesthetic appeal for the front of the home or office.

And don’t forget to prune! The ideal pruning of trees your property should be done at this time of year or at some point during the cooler dormant season. Pruning takes the skilled hands and knowledgeable brains of a landscape contractor that knows how to manipulate plant life to best adapt to our climate and environment.

Ready to get started on your winter landscaping? Contact our landscape contractor right away! For more information on about the many services our landscape contractor can offer for your Mountville home or business, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Bring Color to Your Autumn Landscape with Serious Fall Foliage


People come from all around to see the beautiful reds, oranges and yellow leaves of a Pennsylvania autumn. But, could your landscape use a little color? Have serious fall foliage envy? As the trusted landscape company for Strasburg and the surrounding areas, we know a thing or two about trees. In fact, at Root’s Nurseries we grow our own trees on our 120 acres! The expert staff at Root’s Nurseries can enhance your outdoor living area with plantings for 4 season enjoyment. A wide variety of healthy shade trees, shrubs and other plants are at the disposal of our landscape designers who will get the job done right the first time. Whether you want trees or shrubs for shade or a wind break, need to cover a garden bed, or just want to add visual appeal, our team can help. We know just the right trees to add that pop of color you’re looking for! Here is some more information about fall foliage trees including the ones you want and the ones you should stay away from.

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When you want to improve the fall color in your yard it doesn’t hurt to start with a top of the line shade tree that offers beautiful reds and yellows; the beautiful maple. This includes Japanese maple, red maple and sugar maple among others. But you’ll want to supplement the color from your maples with the color provided by other good fall foliage trees. Oak trees can be useful for extending the fall foliage season because long after the maples have dropped their leaves, oaks will still be offering color.

Some other trees that can offer great fall foliage include the black tupelo, Eastern black walnut, Black gum, flowering dogwood, magnolias, Pignut hickory and more. And, evergreen trees offer year round beauty of course!

Not all trees add good color to your landscape and some that do should be avoided for other reasons. For example catalpa trees can be a delight other times of the year but in the fall their leaves turn black. It is also important to avoid any invasive species of trees. Our landscape company knows what kinds of trees these are and will never plant them in your yard.

Ready to get started growing some fall foliage of your own? Our landscape company can assist with tree and plant selection to provide both function and aesthetics. The best part is our team will install everything for you!

To learn more about our landscape company serving Strasburg and surrounding areas, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, contact us or request a free estimate.

Tips from Your Local Landscaper: End of Summer Landscaping


We hope you have had the pleasure of enjoying a flourishing, thriving landscape all summer long. If you’ve enlisted the help of our professional landscaper, you undoubtedly have been reaping the benefits. And now that summer is coming to an end, there is no reason your enjoyment has to come to an end along with it. Our landscaper is here to offer tips to help wrap up your summer landscaping and prepare it for the cooler months; that you can enjoy it all through the off season and into next spring. As the trusted landscaper for Lancaster, here at Root’s Nurseries we care about local landscaping and would like to provide a few tips that will help you enhance the growth of your spring lawn and garden through efforts made this late summer and fall. Here are a few.


First, the time has arrived to enjoy your final mowing of the lawn. This particular mow will allow for you to drop those blades and cut a bit shorter that you otherwise would. When is the last mow? When the grass stops growing! Mowing your lawn right before winter helps keep it healthy throughout the colder months. Without a pre-winter cut, lawns can develop a moldy fungus. Keep your grass looking good by mowing it to the right height before the cold weather hits.

Next, fertilize. Get some high-phosphorous fertilizer mix at your local landscaper and apply generously to your lawn. Utilizing this sort of fertilizer will encourage the growth of roots that will allow for green turf emerging much earlier in the Spring than otherwise it would.

It is also important to do away with dead items from any and all areas of your lawn. Should the fall yield an excessive amount of leaves, rake and remove those as well. Ridding your lawn of dead leaves will prevent them from blocking out sunlight that otherwise would reach your grass or landscaping.

And, once your fall lawn and landscaping maintenance is complete, you can rest easy knowing next spring will yield a much healthier landscape as a result. Not sure if you’ve properly prepared your lawn for fall and winter? Call upon an expert landscaper at Root’s Nurseries. Our landscaper can even help you plant shrubs and trees that will look great all season long!

Thinking about hiring a landscaper for your Lancaster home or business? Start today by calling Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or Request a Free Estimate.