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.

The Perks of Perennial Plants

Perennial plants are popular at many Millersville homes. Not only do they add color to your landscaping, but they also come back year after year, which makes them pretty low maintenance. Root’s Nurseries sells a variety of these plants, and here are a few reasons we love them so much.

Slow and Steady

Perennial plants take some time to establish roots and grow. So if you were to plant some tomorrow, you probably wouldn’t see them bloom until next spring or even next fall. But not to worry! Those roots are growing deeply into the soil, building a root system that can get to water and nutrients that their annual counterparts cannot reach. This doesn’t just help the perennial plants grow better and with less maintenance on your part. It also helps to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

Speaking of Deep Roots

The deep root system of perennial plants helps them to adapt better to extreme weather and environmental conditions. And because they grow so slowly, they use a smaller amount of nutrients over a longer period of time as compared to annual plants. In cold climates like here in Pennsylvania during the winter months, perennial plants will go dormant and stop growing. When spring comes around again, they will resume growing earlier than annuals because perennials have already established that deep root system.

Examples of Perennial Plants

If you go outside and look around, we guarantee you will see perennial plants. Trees are a great example of perennials. Perennials help stabilize ecosystems, like forests, and in that way, they help sustain wildlife. And thanks again to their deep roots, they don’t require as much fertilizer and water, which also helps keep Mother Earth healthy and happy.

Are you ready to shop for some perennial plants in Millersville? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, visit our Retail Plant Center or get a Free Estimate.

Shade Trees are Terrific!

When you go outside, there is a piece of the natural landscape you will almost always see, no matter where you go: trees! We here at Root’s Nurseries are wild about shade trees in Millersville, so we thought we would share a few of our favorite facts about these majestic plants.

  • If you properly place shade trees around your home, you can save as much as 30% on your cooling bills during the spring and summer.
  • Planting just one tree can produce about 260 pounds of oxygen every year.
  • Approximately one-third of the entire United States is covered by forest. (That’s a lot of shade trees right there!)
  • If you want to see the tallest tree in the United States, you will have to take a trip to California’s Redwood National Park. The tree is 369 feet tall and is more than 2,000 years old.
  • If you want your shade trees to last for awhile, proper care is important. That means keeping them watered, mulched and pest-free.
  • A professional tree care provider is called an arborist.
  • Trees can help lower the air temperature! They help evaporate water in their leaves.
  • Trees, especially big ones like shade trees, can help cut down on noise pollution too.
  • The science of calculating a tree’s age by its rings is called Dendrochronology.
  • The roots of trees can help stabilize soil and cut down on erosion, plus they provide shelter for wildlife.
  • The longest living organisms on the planet, the inside of a tree is made up of xylem, phloem, cambium and cork. The xylem is what carries water from the roots out to the leaves.

For more information on shade trees in Millersville, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041, visit our Retail Plant Center or contact us for a Free Estimate.