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.

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.

New Video: How Root’s Nurseries and Trees Can Help Your Landscaping

We recently posted a new video about the importance of trees and how our nursery can provide you with plenty of trees for your landscaping needs. Trees are an incredibly important part of our environment. They help keep us and Mother Earth healthy and happy.

Trees have a lot of value when it comes to keeping our environment healthy, not to mention their aesthetics when it comes to landscaping and making the natural scenery prettier and more colorful. They provide oxygen, improve the quality of the air, help with climate amelioration, help to conserve water and preserve soil, and they also help support wildlife such as birds, squirrels, chipmunks and more.

Trees also take in carbon dioxide and then turn it into oxygen, which is great news for us considering that is what we breathe! Did you know that one acre of a forest produces enough oxygen to help 18 people breathe for one year?

Trees also help moderate the effects of the wind, rain and sun. Leaves help to filter out of the sun’s radiant energy, and that helps keep us cool in the summer. Trees can shield us from the harsh wind and cold, not to mention precipitation like rain and sleet. They can also help lower the air temperature and help maintain the low levels of carbon dioxide the atmosphere needs to stay healthy.

Trees are great, all around. Adding them to your landscaping is not just making your outdoor area prettier and more pleasing to the eye. Trees can keep you healthier, and they can help keep our environment clean and healthy too! It is a win-win situation!

For more information about trees, how they help the environment and our Retail Plant Center and other services, call Root’s Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or contact us for 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.