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Fall Landscape Checklist from Landscape Designers


Fall is nearly here and with it comes a slew of landscaping related chores you should do before the winter weather hits. As landscape designers near Ephrata, we have some tips on what you should do to prepare your yard for winter’s upcoming freezing temperatures, snow and ice.

  • Fall is the best time of year to fertilize your grass. Your grass and other plants still need to eat during the winter time, and fertilizing them gives them the nutrients they need to thrive until next spring.
  • You should mow your grass until it stops growing for the season. Mow it and then keep an eye on it. If it keeps growing, keep mowing. When it stops, that is one chore you can cross off your To Do List until next spring.
  • While raking leaves is not a favorite chore for most people, it is an important part of maintaining your grass and landscaping. Be sure to do it at least once a week throughout the entire fall and winter seasons, weather permitting. Avoid leaving heavy items like trash bags and garbage cans on your lawn too. They can damage your grass and plants.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs. Landscape designers like us can help with this and give you advice on the best way to handle pruning. We can tell you how far to cut back the limbs, and we can give you more information on the best time to start pruning.
  • Cut back any perennials you have in your yard too. “Dead head” them and cut off any dead blooms or stems.
  • Remove any annual plants and flowers from your yard.
  • Aerate your soil. This is when you place holes in your yard and pull out some of the soil. This allows water, fertilizer and air to get deeper into your grass and its root system, and it results in healthier grass in the spring. Also take some time to pull weeds, which might help mitigate any weed problems you might have next spring.
  • Consult landscape designers like us for more suggestions on how to prepare your yard and landscaping for the upcoming winter months.

With a little preparation now, you could help your grass and landscaping thrive next spring.

Would you like more information on our landscape designers near Ephrata? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Summer Tree Care


While it might be the end of the summer, that does not mean that proper tree care can be neglected. You want to make sure that you are giving your trees all of the TLC they need to thrive year-round. You can visit our garden center near Ephrata if you need more suggestions on how to care for your trees during the late summer months, but in the meantime, here are a few suggestions.

Inspect Your Trees

The first thing you should do is take a walk around your property and carefully look at each individual tree, noting if there is any damage or any signs of disease. If you see any signs that your trees are being eaten by a pest or that they might be diseased, visit our garden center to get tips on how to mitigate this kind of damage. Be sure to take note of any branches that need to be pruned too.

Prune Your Trees

Pruning trees is an art form. It takes an experienced and steady hand to do this without causing further damage to your trees. If you have the tools and know-how to do this, prune away the dead or diseased limbs. You can also prune your trees to reduce the density of the branches, to raise the vertical clearance or to decrease the height or spread of the tree. For tips and suggestions, visit our garden center and talk to one of our professionals.

Cable or Brace Weak Limbs

Sometimes, your beloved trees need a little extra help, especially after a severe storm has rolled through your area. When you have weak limbs cabled or braced, that can help your tree survive and thrive. This is also a job that is best left to a professional, and he or she can make sure that your trees get the extra TLC they need to keep growing properly and healthily.

If you are concerned about the trees on your property, or if you are interested in purchasing more, visit our garden center. We can give you advice and help you select the best trees for your garden and landscaping.

Would you like to learn more about tree care and about our garden center near Ephrata? Call us at Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate. Or you can visit our Retail Plant Center located on Lancaster Road in Manheim.

Types of Japanese Maples


Japanese Maple Trees are some of the most popular types of trees in this area: and with good reason! They are beautiful, easy to care for and maintain and they can really enhance the looks of your yard and landscaping. Japanese Maples come in several different varieties. Here are a few of the ones we carry here at Root’s Nurseries.


One of the most popular Japanese Maple Trees, this red-leaved tree is hardy, reliable and beautiful. It requires full sun and partial shade in order to grow properly and thrive.

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Emperor Japanese Maple Trees are an even more vibrant shade of red than Bloodgood. They tolerate heat very well and also require full sun and partial shade to grow.

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Sango Kaku

A low-maintenance tree, the Sango Kaku turns a lovely shade of reddish purple during the growing season. It also needs full sun and partial shade to grow. And its winter bark is a pink color, which makes it a great choice for year-round enjoyment.

Crimson Queen

The Crimson Queen Japanese Maple also looks great all year. It has dark purple leaves in the summer that fade slightly in late summer. Then the leaves turn bright red in the fall. It, too, needs full sun and partial shade to grow and thrive.

Toyama Nishiki

With cream and pink overtones, Toyama Nishiki Japanese Maple Trees are lovely to look at in the spring. During the fall season, you will enjoy bright orange and red leaves. Just be sure they get plenty of sun and partial shade.

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This beautiful Japanese Maple has bright red leaves that develop best when they are grown in the full sun. If the weather outside is very hot, some shade is advised for these types of maples.


With deep red and purple leaves, the Tameukeyama Japanese Maple is one of the most colorful choices we have. The leaves change to a bright scarlet color in the fall, and this type of Japanese Maple is one of the fastest growing.

These are just a few of the many types of trees we sell. Call or visit us to see what else we have in stock!

Are you interested in looking through our selection of Japanese Maples in Manheim PA? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate. Or you can visit our Retail Plant Center located on Lancaster Road in Manheim.

The Many Benefits of Landscaping Shrubs


When it is time to plan and plant your landscaping, there are plenty of options. You could plant flowers, bushes, trees, shrubs and much more. Many of these types of plants flourish and thrive in our climate and environment, and shrubs are definitely popular. Here are a few reasons you should visit our garden center and look into landscaping shrubs for your Mt Joy home.

The most obvious reason landscaping shrubs are a great choice is because of their beauty. Many different types of shrubs have pretty and unique flowers. This makes them a great focal point for your garden, or you can simply plant a few in your yard or in a specific section of your yard. The amount of sunlight and moisture they need depend on the type you buy.

Shrubs are also an excellent natural source of shade. You and your family can relax in their shadow and enjoy a reprieve from the hot sun. You could also plant some landscaping shrubs and then, underneath them, plant some shade-loving flowers. You could get them in colors that complement each other, and that could really bring up the wow factor of your garden or landscaping. After all, one of the most important parts of your garden or landscaping is a focal point or two. A few pretty landscaping shrubs and some strategically placed flowers can really brighten up the outside of your home.

Shrubs planted near your home for shade can also help lower your cooling bills in the summer. The rooms in your home that are shaded by your landscaping shrubs could be much more enjoyable to sit in for you and the rest of your family!

Finally, shrubs are a great way to encourage wildlife to come around. Birds and other small critters love to nest in them. So if you are a bird watcher or insect lover, you could see a wide variety show up when you plant some landscaping shrubs. Set out a bird feeder or a squirrel feeder and watch what shows up!

We can help you choose the best landscaping shrubs for your home, so visit us today to learn more and to see what we have in stock.

Are you interested in learning more about landscaping shrubs in Mt Joy? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate. Or you can visit our Retail Plant Center located on Lancaster Road in Manheim.

Finding Balance and Harmony in Your Landscaping


If you recently looked at your garden and thought it could use a little TLC, this is a great time of year to get the plants, trees and shrubs you have always wanted. After all, spring is prime growing season! As landscape designers serving Mt Joy and the surrounding areas, we have a few tips on how to plan the perfect garden.

Keep in mind that you do not want to try to mimic formal gardens, like the ones you see at Buckingham Palace or somewhere equally as fancy. While formal gardens are lovely to look at, they are a huge hassle to try to maintain. Even the most careful landscape designers cannot account for how fickle Mother Nature can be sometimes. There are too many variations in soil and light to try to plant and care for a formal garden on your own.

You should aim for plants that mostly match. For example, try to find plants and flowers that have similar leaf shapes. Or try to find ones that are around the same size or are a similar color. You do not have to have the exact same flowers or plants throughout your entire garden. Having a variety of flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants makes your garden more interesting to look at.

You should also plant flowers in groups instead of rows. Rows can look too rigid and unforgiving. But planting flowers in a group is more interesting to look at. Flowers and plants can also complement your home by softening harsh edges. You can use evergreens along your home’s foundation to make it look more appealing.

And even though the temperatures and weather in Pennsylvania can be extreme at times, you should aim to have a focal point in your garden all year round. Pick a flower or plant that will thrive in each season and use that to help draw people’s eyes to a certain section of your garden. Our landscape designers can help you select the best plants, flowers or trees for this purpose.

Following these simple guidelines can help your garden look great no matter what time of year it is. And if you have any questions, ask one of our landscape designers!

Do you want more information about landscape designers in Mt Joy? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate. Or you can visit our Retail Plant Center located on Lancaster Road in Manheim.