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A Landscape Company That Can Turn Your Property into a Magnet


Sometimes you wonder, how can I keep my home or business property looking as impressive as possible? I don’t have the time to maintain it! One way to do so would be to hire a professional landscape company for your Lancaster home or business. Efficiently and effortlessly entertain your friends, neighbors, clients, customers and employees with the help of Root’s Nurseries.

Take what may well be just a lawn—empty but for grass growth—and create a dreamscape dotted or filled with flowers, plants and shrubbery? Business and home owners alike have been dependent upon the professional services of our local landscaping company for decades.

Maybe you have come to the conclusion that your home or business looks proportionately worse, year after year. Bermuda grass and/or weeds in general have infested your otherwise ok-looking property. Why not let our landscaping company select and place the proper fertilizer type for your grass? Our crews know fertilizer—what type to use for your grass or plants and how to apply correctly. Attempting to handle this on your own could lead to an incorrect purchase and thus an erroneous choice and/or implementation of fertilizer.

Maybe, all-in-all you are bored of having only grass to look at. Have you thought about having a planter installed? What about shade trees to give your property more of a stately ambiance? Professional landscape companies such as ours can add literal life to your lawn or business property, giving off the impression that you more than care about appearance. Our landscape company can provide regular service to any such installations helping to maintain that look that will keep them coming back.

You may think that hiring a landscape company is not a wise investment. Think about how much you would spend on gardening and landscaping products, all of that time out there yourself. What about the time and money you could lose in performing these tasks yourself, or hiring a landscaping crew as active employees on your payroll? 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! Leave the back-breaking labor to us!

Some of the benefits yielded from the services offered by our landscaping company include:

  • Shade trees planted at the proper location soften the harsh lines of a building as well as provide energy saving shade.
  • Evergreen trees and shrubs provide year round privacy and screening.
  • Flowering trees and shrubs add a splash of color in their season of bloom.

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

Home Landscaping Design


Your growable property—the lawn, right in and around your house—looks staid, lifeless, year in and year out. Spice things up a bit this year with some home landscaping for your Manheim area home. The aesthetic and potential resale value of your home go up immediately upon the installation of fine home landscaping, the likes of which Roots can provide. A simple and creative solution to a drab looking property, new home landscaping will make you the envy of neighbors, friends and family.

The process begins with designing the ideal home landscaping set-up. There many aspects of such an undertaking that you will need to consider. Our professional designers and installers will work with you, seeking your ideas on what you are looking to implement. In this blog, we will cover some of the basics for first time home landscape designers.

Color Scheme

Colors will be a big part of your home landscaping design. Perhaps you have a preferred plant or a favorite color (or both) that you wish to include? A nice starting point, our advice to you is to keep from getting too complicated here. The more bold and audacious you get with your color combinations, the more difficult you will make the process of ensuring everything matches. Go with a just few basic colors when plotting the look of your new home landscaping.

Plant Proportions

Setting things up in proper proportion is one of the daunting tasks associated with designed the ideal home landscaping situation for your property. Our team of trained, professional home landscaping experts step in here, helping you visualize the scope of what the outcome of the final project is going to look like. Your plants need to be proportionate to each other as well as to whatever plot they are being installed into.


Thanks to the internet, researching a perfect landscape set-up is not all difficult. Countless examples from around the world are now at your fingertips. With just a few types and a few clicks, you begin to gain insight into what looks and feels right for your home landscaping set-up. Gather a few ideas together about your dream landscape. Find some examples of properties that you think were done well. This may help you in presenting our team with a good idea of what you’re looking for.

Get started on new home landscaping for your Manheim area home today by calling Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or Request a Free Estimate.

Preventative Spring Preparations for Summer Weeds


To enhance the look of your lawn or business property, our designers—college-trained professional landscape contractors—will set your home or business property up with all sorts of fancy with all of your tree and shrubbery needs. If you are looking for someone to remove having to think about your landscaping set-up, or just plant trees and shrubs around your business or home in Lititz, hire a landscape contractor. Maintenance after install, that is all you.

Spring has sprung! So too shall your weeds. Once landscape, lawn and/or garden begin their respective annual bloom, one must be ready to pounce on those pesky weeds, immediately. The weeds and maintenance, you are on your own there.

The multiplication factor is a very real phenomenon in the gardening world. One single weed, depending on its sort, is capable of producing as many as 250,000 seeds. These seeds can be good for a year or can lie in wait for decades. Then again, other weed types arrive 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, you can count on there being many more of its sort in and around it in a very short amount of time. Pull it, get it by the root, spray the area if deemed necessary.

Weeds rob the soil of the area they occupy of nutrients, thieving them from the plants or grass you actually do want to grow in the area they occupy. On the whole, preventing weeds in the first place is a far simpler process than is getting rid of them once they sprout. Follow these tips to prevent weeds from popping up in the first place:

  • No Weed to Seed-An empty patch of land will quickly go the way of the weeds if they are not pulled quickly upon their sprouting. Should you be a composter, take these pulled weeds and add them to your 140º F-160º F compost heap to kill the seeds.
  • Weed-free mulches-Use straw, pine bark
  • Soil setting-Prep for planting. Let it set for 7-10 days, work the soil with a hoe, slicing off emergent weed seedlings. Time-permitting, repeat this process after another 7-10 days before planting.
  • Cover the soil-Use black plastic to kill existing weeds and stop the seed germination process.
  • Vertical barriers-Metal, plastic or wood barriers placed between lawn and garden prevents the creeping of grass.
  • The Sun-Cover bare soil with transparent plastic for a few weeks or a month to kill the weeds within the top couple inches of soil.
  • Mulch-Again. Use a 3-4 inch layer between the rows of your garden.

For more information on landscape contractors in Lititz or any of the surrounding areas, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Winter Home Landscaping Tips


home landscaping rossville root's nurseriesEven though it’s winter, there are still a few important things to do to care for home landscaping in Rossville. For example, did you know it’s important to keep heavy items off of your grass during the winter months? Read on for more tips on how to maintain and care for your home landscaping this winter.

As mentioned, be sure to keep heavy items like trash cans, sleds and toys off of your yard during the winter months. These items can flatten the grass and either cause your grass to grow in horizontally or not grow at all in the spring time.

If your trees need to be pruned, you should make sure it is done during the cooler dormant season. A professional home landscaping company can take care of this for you since it takes a steady and knowledgeable hand to accomplish this correctly and safely. If you prune your trees now, you will help encourage new growth during the warmer spring and summer months.

Along the same lines, if you haven’t done it already, now is the time to “dead head” your perennials. This means you trim off the old and dead growth to make way for the new growth for the upcoming spring months. If you are unsure of how to do this part of your home landscaping tasks, visit us and let us know. We will be happy to answer your questions and show you how to do it yourself.

Because we are having a milder than usual fall and winter (so far!) this year, you can still get new trees to plant to enhance your home landscaping. Visit our retail plant center to learn more and to get recommendations on which trees will thrive the best in your yard and garden. We can tell you how to plant them and give you tips on how to care for them too.

If you need more guidance on how to care for your home landscaping this winter (or any other time of the year), let us know and we will be happy to help you and answer your questions and give you tips on how to make sure your landscaping will grow and thrive throughout the year.

For more information on home landscaping in Rossville or any of the surrounding areas, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041,visit our Retail Plant Center or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Caring for Your New Landscaping Shrubs


landscaping shrubs lancaster root's nurseriesIf you just bought some new landscaping shrubs for your Lancaster home, you might be wondering how to care for them during the winter months. Do you have to water them on a daily basis? How much sunlight should they get? What can you do to protect them from Pennsylvania’s harsh winters? We can answer your questions when you visit our retail plant center to browse through our landscaping shrubs, but here is a guide you can also use when you are at home.

Winter can be brutal on your new landscaping shrubs, but it doesn’t have to be with some care and planning on your part.

The winter sun can do almost as much damage to new landscaping shrubs as the spring and summer sun. You can help mitigate a lot of this damage by wrapping the shrubs’ trunks in some type of protective material, like burlap or corrugated paper that is a light color. You want to keep the bark from experiencing extremes in temperature.

You can also protect your landscaping shrubs from winter’s harsh and frigid temperatures by making sure the shrubs get plenty of water in the late fall. Sometimes, temperatures outside are quite cold but the leaves of the shrubs can get warm in the sun, which results in transpiration. That can pull water away from the landscaping shrubs, which means they will not get as much water as they need. A lot of water in the fall can help (the amount of water needed will depend on the specific type of shrub, and we can tell you how much water your shrubs need when you visit our retail plant center), and you can water them on warm days throughout the winter (if we get any!).

Winter burn is a serious threat to new landscaping shrubs. You can keep this from happening by using evergreen branches to form a wind break over the shrubs. Mulch is also another great way to help protect your new landscaping shrubs’ root systems. The type and amount of mulch needed also depends on the type of shrubs you buy, and we can advise you on this as well.

With a few simple precautions on your part, your new landscaping shrubs will be good to go next spring!

For more information on landscaping shrubs near Lancaster, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.