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.