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.

Fall Tree Care Tips

Fall is a great time of year to do some basic tree care and maintenance. A little hard work now could pay off next spring! Garden centers like ours can help you with all of you fall tree care needs and answer any questions you have. Read on for more fall tree care tips from one of the best garden centers in Lancaster PA!

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Mulching your trees now can help them retain water. Plus, mulch helps to reduce temperature extremes in the soil. Blanketing your trees’ roots with mulch gives them a little extra protection from the cold weather.

Water Your Trees

It might sound counter-intuitive, but watering your trees in the winter can be a good thing. Just be sure you don’t do it when the outdoor air temperatures are below freezing. Make sure the soil and tree aren’t frozen either. Try to water your trees on a mild day.

Plant Now

Fall is also the best time of year to plant new trees! As one of the area’s most trusted garden centers, when you visit us, we can recommend the best trees for this area and our climate and soil. We can also give you tips on how to plant them to give them the best chance of growing and living a long life!


Garden centers differ on if pruning in the fall is a good idea. Either way, now is a good time to at least remove dead, diseased or damaged tree limbs. Flowering trees will need a light prune, so just get rid of the parts that are dead. Doing this now can help the tree with next spring’s flower production.

Want more information on garden centers in Lancaster PA? Call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.