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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Ice and Snow Removal
January 20, 2011

The weather this past week has certainly taken our eyes off of anything garden related. You may however want to think about your lawn and garden while you are busy taking care of snow and ice.

Rock salt is the cheapest ice melter and works very well, but there can be a cost to your lawn and to garden plantings because of the damage done. Sodium chloride easily dissolves snow and ice but may leach into areas close to where you have applied the product. Damage may also occur when a snow plow throws salty snow and slush onto your lawn and planting beds close to the roadside.

Most plants are able to tolerate a small amount of extra sodium so occasional salt may be acceptable, but there are some effective alternatives to just ignoring the ice and falling on your rear end. Sand or cinders will stop slipping and sliding. Just be sure to remove your shoes or boots before entering your home. Lawn fertilizers have been shown to be effective in melting ice and snow but may be expensive and if used in high concentration can burn an area in your lawn and garden. Some newer ice melting products contain calcium magnesium acetate which is much safer for grass and shrubs.

Finally, a long handled flat bladed shovel and some elbow grease could be the most effective way to eliminate ice and snow from those areas of concern. Whatever you do, be careful out there and when the weather allows please come and visit at Waterloo Gardens.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.