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Maintain Your Landscaping this Fall: Tips for Protecting Trees and Shrubbery

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As you prepare your Mt Joy landscaping for fall, the Root’s Nurseries team wants to help you maintain and protect the trees and shrubbery in your landscaping design. After all, you have invested a great deal of time into creating a landscaping design that shows off your location to its full potential. Because we know our region is well known for its harsh winter, fall preparation is a must.

However, your landscaping does not have to be a victim of Pennsylvania weather. There is an assortment of steps you can take to keep your landscaping safe so that it is beautiful when next spring comes around.

Better yet, these are precautions anyone can do – minimal knowledge and effort required!

Preparing Your Landscaping for Cold Weather Ahead

Mt Joy LandscapingIn order to avoid leaving your trees and shrubbery vulnerable to the weather ahead, spend a weekend preparing your landscaping by making time to be proactive. While there are many approaches to preparing your trees and shrubbery for the colder weather, these methods employ natural products and materials, so you don’t have to be concerned about causing additional damage to the environment or animals.

  • Aerate – Consider renting an air spade to break up the soil around the base of the trees and shrubbery to prevent it from becoming compacted and stifling the roots. When the roots are stifled, the plants become more susceptible to disease and insects, plus they are weakened and water and nutrients cannot travel through the plant as easily.
  • Don’t Fertilize! – If you use fertilizer, then be sure that your last use of it is done 6 weeks before the first frost.
  • Water – Thoroughly water shrubbery and trees throughout the fall; ideally, the water needs to penetrate between 12 and 18 inches deep so that roots have plenty of moisture.
  • Mulch – Make time this fall to protect the roots by adding a 4 to 6-inch layer of mulch at the base of the plants. This will prevent damage next spring when the soil begins to expand and contract during the thawing process.
  • Burlap – For plants and trees that are near the road and at risk of salt run-off related damage, wrap the base of the plants in burlap to form a barrier.
  • Rodent Protection – During the colder weather, rodents and other small animals will cause damage to trees or shrubbery. To protect your plants from being gnawed on or becoming a hiding spot, wrap the base with a ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth.

As you spend time protecting your Mt Joy landscaping, don’t forget to reach out to the team at Root’s Nurseries! We would love to help answer your questions and concerns regarding any products and tools you may be using. Give us a call at 717-898-0041 or Contact Us today.

Wrapping Up Your Summer Landscaping: How to Prepare Your Lawn for Fall

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Cooler weather is right around the corner and the end of summer is a great time to take care of lawn problems or ward off problems that could arise in the future. Leaves will soon be turning and falling to the ground. Aeration and fertilization is one place to start. You do not want to leave your lawn in a bad way heading into the cold, rather you want to set it up for ample and healthy growth for next spring.landscape company

As a landscape company in Ephrata, we know all the right steps to take to get your lawn ready. 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 lawn and gardening through the end of summer and into fall.

  • Start preparing for your raking routine. Have you been considering a compost pile? Now is the time to get one started! With the leaves ready to drop, you’ll soon have plenty to compost. Compost is amongst the greatest of all natural fertilizers in existence and you can easily add your landscaping waste into this.
  • Start making plans for planting in fall. It will soon be prime time for planting and establishing new shrubs and trees as well as looking ahead with spring flowering bulbs. Start shopping now for the best selection. The experts at our landscape company, Root’s Nurseries, can help you choose the perfect plants for your unique landscape and our unique climate. And remember, don’t plant too early or you bulbs may sprout early, only to be killed off by the first winter freeze.
  • Keep the ground tidy around trees that bear fruit. Fallen fruit can eventually rot and invite disease.
  • Enjoy and celebrate a final mowing of the year! This particular mow will allow for you to drop those blades and cut a bit shorter that you otherwise would.
  • Acquire some high-phosphorous fertilizer mix 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.
  • Enlist the help of a professional landscape company if you feel you need help preparing your lawn for winter. Once your fall lawn and landscaping maintenance is complete, rest easy feeling satisfied over a job well done. The spring will yield a much healthier lawn and landscaping as a result.

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

Make Your Landscaping Work for You

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Sometimes you wonder, how can I keep my home or business property looking as impressive as possible? Gardening season especially can seem overwhelming. But, did you know that in addition to hiring a professional landscaping company, there are actually flowers, trees and shrubs that can do some of the work for you? At Root’s Nurseries, we are well versed in all of the plants and trees that thrive best in the area and are here to offer some tips to keep your Lancaster landscaping looking its best.

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Evergreen Trees

For obvious reasons, evergreen trees are a staple of any Lancaster landscaping as they look beautiful in every season. If you don’t already have evergreen trees at your home or business, Root’s Landscaping can plant some for you and even choose the best locations for optimal shade and growth.

Fruiting Trees

There are many trees and shrubs that produce berries well into fall and winter. Shrubs such as these have the ability to add a pop of color to your landscaping that is both appealing to the eye and long lasting.

Perennial Flowers

Both perennial flowers and annual flowers have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Perennial flowers do cost more, but they are usually lower maintenance if they are planted in the correct spots. Perennial flowers will bloom for four to six weeks usually, and once they have been in the ground for at least four years, you can divide them to make even more plantings. Once they are planted, you usually don’t have to worry about them too much and will almost seem as though your landscaping is taking care of itself.

Planters

Have you thought about having a planter installed? Professional landscaping companies such as ours can add literal life to your lawn or business property, giving the impression that you put in much time and effort. Our landscaping company can provide regular service to any such installations helping to maintain that look.

Landscaping companies save you time. It will no longer be you out there sweating and getting sun burnt every week on hot summer days! You no longer have to have employees of your own to manage the upkeep of your lawn. Allow us to choose the evergreen, shade trees, flowering trees and shrubs that will flourish best and give your landscaping that awe-inspiring look.

Are you looking into professional landscaping for your Lancaster home or business? Start today by calling Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or Request a Free Estimate.

Grow Shade: How Shade Trees Can Help Save on Your Energy Bills

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We here at Root’s Nurseries are crazy about shade trees. When you incorporate shade trees in your Landisville home landscaping, you can enjoy not just great looking foliage but some other great other many benefits as well. We thought we would share a few of our favorite facts about shade trees and what wonders they can provide for you and your landscape.

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Strategic Planting

Large shade trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home create soothing shade from the hot summer sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35%. And, less fossil fuel is consumed by your air conditioning in order to create the energy, meaning less carbon dioxide emissions!

Regularly pruned branches can prevent blockage to desirable views of the outdoors while still shading your home.

  • Plant shade trees over your patio and driveway to help keep your blacktop or cement from producing additional heat around the home.
  • Plant shade trees to shade your air conditioner and keep it cooler to run more efficiently.
  • Shade trees, specifically larger ones can even help cut down on noise pollution depending on their placement.

At Root’s Nurseries we know what types of trees not only provide the best shade but also those that thrive best in our Pennsylvania climate.

Types of Shade Trees

Maples. Sugar maples and red maples are gorgeous in the fall. Their root systems tend to be a bit shallower than other trees, so you should watch where you plant them. But maples will grow anywhere from 40 feet to 70 feet.

Oaks. They will last you for several generations, if not longer, and they can grow 70+ feet. And, a Red Oak tree will grow fairly quickly in the right conditions.

Elms. These trees live for a long time, and they can grow up to 50 feet in height. Lacebark elms will tolerate a wide variety of soils.

Shade Trees for Our Region

According to energy.gov, Pennsylvania is part of the Cool Region; which is hard to believe with the hot, humid summers we get! They recommend shade trees in order to protect key areas of the home from direct summer sunlight. They also recommend allowing winter sun to reach south-facing windows but to use dense windbreaking trees to also protect the home from cold winter winds.

Your Home’s Microclimate

A microclimate is the climate immediately surrounding your home. When landscaping for energy efficiency, it’s important to consider your microclimate as well. And, the experts at Root’s Nurseries know exactly what to look for. Sun, shade, bodies of water and other features like patios and driveways are all taken into consideration when determining what will grow best where.

Are you ready to get more about shade trees for your Landisville home? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Springtime Tips & Preparations for Trees and Summer Weeds

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May is National Home Improvement Month! This time of year, everyone is quite busy updating areas of the home with a fresh coat of paint or with overall spring cleaning. And it’s important not to neglect your lawn! To enhance the look of your lawn or business property, work with an expert landscaper at Root’s Nurseries and we can set your property up with all sorts of new trees and shrubbery.

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While the weather is warm, take time this month to choose new trees, shrubs and plants to add to your yard and create a fresh new look for your landscape. With a new landscape also comes preventative care for your trees and weeds. And as a trusted landscaper for Landisville, we thought we would take some time to offer some basic lawn care tips. And if you have any questions about trees, weeds or other landscaping needs feel free to visit our garden center and ask a friendly Root’s landscaper for more expert advice.

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Trees need just the right amount of water and moisture to thrive, but you can’t assume that your trees are getting all of the water they need whenever you water your grass. Grass roots will compete with tree’s roots for that water. Most trees need the soil to be moistened at least a foot to a foot and a half deep in order for their roots to be able to get to the water.

Ask a Root’s landscaper about the specific tree you just bought to know exactly how much water to give it and how frequently it should get watered. You can check for how moist the soil is by using a soil probe or by gently digging into the soil. The type of mulch you get also depends on the type of tree you have. Young trees need plenty of mulch. Aim to have three inches of mulch around the base of your new tree at all times. Not sure what mulch to get or how mulch to buy? Contact us and a landscaper can give you their expert advice.

Weeds

Did you know that one single weed is capable of producing as many as 250,000 seeds? These seeds can survive for a year or can lie in wait for decades. Other weed types even have seeds that can come to your lawn by air or can even be brought to a new location by your shoes. As such, you will want to be on top of the very first weeds you encounter. Once you see one, we suggest spraying with Round Up which kills the weed to the root. Simply pulling can leave roots in the ground which means weeds will just come up again. A landscaper at Root’s Nurseries can help you create a weed fighting regimen for your specific lawn.

Tip: An empty patch of land will quickly become filled with weeds if they are not pulled as soon as they begin sprouting. Should you be a composter, take these weeds and add them to your compost heap to kill the seeds. If not, contact our landscaper and we can assist you.

Are you ready to get more expert tips from our landscaper in Landisville? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.