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Caring for Trees in the Spring


The outdoor temperatures are finally starting to swing upwards, which is great news for those who love warmer weather. This time of year, our garden center near Millersville is quite busy with people choosing new trees, shrubs and plants to add to their yards. So we thought we would take some time to offer some basic tree care tips. And if you have any questions about this, feel free to visit our garden center and ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members!

Tree care depends a lot on the type of tree you are dealing with. Some trees need more water than others, but there are still some general rules of thumb you can follow.

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

After you buy a tree from our garden center, you should make sure it gets regular deep watering for at least the first two to three years of growth. Ask one of our staff members 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.

When you water your new tree from our garden center, you should be sure to aim the water directly at the root mass or root ball. You can place a slow-trickling hose along the side of the trunk to ensure it gets watered properly.

Also, young trees need plenty of mulch. Aim to have three inches of mulch around the base of your new tree at all times. The type of mulch that is best suited for your tree will depend on the type of tree you bought. Just ask one of our garden center employees if you do not know what type of mulch to get.

Are you interested in learning more about our garden center near Millersville? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

How to Plan Your New Landscape


It is nearly Spring, so it is the perfect time of year to start planning your new landscape. As landscape designers serving Lancaster and the surrounding areas, we have helped many of your friends and neighbors with their landscaping needs. So here are a few things you should think about before you speak to our landscape designers about the new plants, trees and shrubs you want for your new landscape.

The first thing you should do when you are thinking about hiring landscape designers is to think about your family’s wants and needs for their outdoor living space. Do your kids want an area to play in? Are you and your spouse looking for more space to entertain in? Draw out a few rough sketches of what you would like your new yard to look like. That way, you can give the sketches to our landscape designers so they have a better idea of what you want.

Then go outside and take a look at your yard. Note where the sun rises and sets and what side of your home gets more morning sun vs. afternoon or evening sun. Some plants and trees thrive better in the shade or sun than others. Taking the time to see where the sunny and shady spots of your yard are can help our landscape designers come up with a good plan for your yard. Our landscape designers can plan accordingly and plant trees, flowers and shrubs that will grow well in those areas.

Finally, think about what you really want and need and what you can be flexible about. For example, you might be set on having a rose bush or another type of flowering plant as the main focal point of your new landscape, but you might be flexible about the type of trees that are planted. Be sure you let our landscape designers know what you really want to include in your new landscape. We can usually work with you to incorporate as many of your ideas as possible into your landscape plans. And if for some reason one of the plants you really want will not thrive in your yard, we will let you know and help you come up with an alternative.

So when you need professional and reliable landscape designers in Lancaster, call us at Root’s Nurseries. You can reach us at 717-898-0041, visit our Retail Plant Center or contact us and get a Free Estimate on our landscaping services.

How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring


Root’s Nurseries specializes in home landscaping in Millersville, so we always keep a watchful eye on the calendar, especially this time of year. Can you believe that spring is less than a month away? There are several tasks you should do to prepare your home landscaping for the upcoming warm months. Here are a few tips on what you should do first.

The first thing you should do is get your rake out of storage and start cleaning your yard and flower beds of leaves and other debris that has built up during the winter months. This is a great way to make sure your grass and flowers are ready to start growing as soon as the weather starts to warm up again. Plus, raking loosens the soil, which encourages healthy new growth.

Then you should take a look at your plants trees and start applying some mulch to them. This helps your plants and trees retain water and keeps them warm during cool spells. If you aren’t sure what type of mulch is best for your yard’s needs, visit our Retail Plant Center to ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

Once the weather really begins to warm up, you will want to start watering your home landscaping. The rule of thumb is to water deeply but only when your home landscaping really needs it. Doing it this way encourages the roots to dig deeper into the soil to get the water they need to thrive. And this, in turn, makes the roots even stronger so your plants should last longer and have healthier lives.

Finally, when it is time to pull out your lawn mower, give it a little TLC. Make sure the mower blades are sharp, make sure it has fresh oil and gas (if it’s a gas mower) and make sure the blades are set to the right height. Set them high because longer grass tends to grow thicker and healthier. You might be tempted to cut your grass short if you think this means it will need less mowing. But that isn’t always the case. Mow as often as your yard needs it, and keep the grass on the longer side.

Do you want to learn more about home landscaping in Millersville? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate or visit our Retail Plant Center.

January Gardening Tips


It’s winter, so you might not be thinking about your garden or taking a trip to our garden center near Mt Joy. But there are still several gardening and landscaping chores you can do, even during the frigidly cold months. Here are a few winter care tips for your garden, lawn and landscaping.

Take the time to clean your clay pots. You can scrub them with steel wool, and you can soak them overnight in a solution of one gallon of water mixed with one cup of vinegar. After they are done soaking, scrub them and let them air dry.

Your indoor houseplants need more TLC than regular water and sunlight. About once a week, take a soft cloth and dust the leaves. This will allow the leaves to soak in more sunlight, and it could help them grow better. If you are in need of some new plants for your garden, you can visit our garden center to see what we have in stock!

As for your garden and outdoor plants and trees, keep an eye on them as winter progresses. Make sure you brush off any snow or ice that accumulates on them after an ice or snow storm. If you see any limbs that were damaged by the snow or ice, be sure to prune them so the bark does not tear.

Then take a look around your garden and landscaping. Do you have anything you would like to change for this spring? Maybe you want to plant something new? Then take the time to visit our garden center. We can answer your questions about your gardening concerns, and we can also let you know if the plant or tree you have in mind will thrive in your garden or yard this spring.

Avoid de-icers and use sand or kitty litter for traction when it is icy out. De-icers, if they get on your grass or plants, will kill them. You can keep this from happening by switching to a safer material.

Finally, set aside a notebook to keep track of your garden this spring and summer. You can note which plants grow the best and where they grow the best. You can make a list of supplies and seeds you would like to purchase from our garden center, and you can also keep track of any other questions you might have for us!

If you are interested in visiting our garden center near Mt Joy, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can Contact Us.

Winter Garden Tips


Just because it is winter, that does not mean you should neglect your garden and landscaping! As a garden center serving Lititz and the surrounding areas, we know firsthand that maintaining your garden during the cold months makes it easier to maintain during the warm months. Here are a few of our favorite tips.

  • After Christmas is over, don’t just toss out your Christmas tree! Take it outside and leave it for the birds. Anchor the tree in a bucket of damp sand. Then string your tree with cranberries and popcorn. You can also spread peanut butter on pinecones and then dip them in bird seed and hang them up on the tree. This is a great way to attract some lovely birds to your yard and give them some extra shelter and nourishment.
  • If you compost, make sure that the refuse is not infested with insects or other pests. If it is, throw it out and do not add it to your compost pile.
  • If you have plant containers that are made of ceramic, clay or cast stone, bring them indoors or make sure they don’t have any soil in them. If soil is left in the containers, the soil could freeze and expand and damage or break the containers.
  • Make sure you keep up with mulching. If you are unsure of what type of mulch you should use, visit our garden center to learn more. You can mulch your perennial plants after the ground is frozen.
  • If you have any plants that are growing underneath the evergreens on your property, make sure they are watered. You might forget about this chore if we get a lot of snow and precipitation this winter, so be sure not to neglect these plants.
  • After we get snow or ice, do not walk on your yard. This could cause your grass blades to break and cause dieback that will show when the weather warms up. Try to keep your pets off of the grass too, if possible.
  • Make sure you water your newly planted evergreens if the ground is not frozen.

We hope these gardening tips help keep your plants and landscaping looking great during the winter months! And if you have any questions, just visit our garden center.

Are you interested in learning more about winter gardening? Visit our garden center serving Lititz and the surrounding areas. Or call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.