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

Heather's Helpful Hint

Water-Wise Gardening
July 21, 2011

We never seem to be prepared for this summer heat even though it is typical weather this time of year. Perhaps it is the right time to think about water-wise gardening. 

Choosing the right plants is most important. Finding plants that do not require much water once they are established can save you time and money. Also grouping plants with similar water and sun requirements is essential. For instance, lavender thrives in full sun and sandy soil but planting a perennial with high water needs next to it defeats the purpose. One or both plants will suffer.

So think of your garden in sections and be sure your plantings are compatible according to their various light and water needs. Be careful to site shade loving plants in morning sun only and out of the afternoon sun where more water will be needed for the plants to survive.

Retain soil moisture by applying an organic mulch. The mulch will add nutrients to your soil and suppress weeds while keeping water from evaporating quickly.

Inevitably you will have to water some of your plantings in this kind of weather. Choose wisely. Lawns will come back once regular rain returns but newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials will fail without adequate moisture. 

Waterloo Gardens can help you with any questions about your watering needs and with the tools required to keep your landscape looking great even in the heat!

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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.