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

Heather's Helpful Hint

Winter Protection for Your Plants
January 05, 2012

Well it feels like winter has finally arrived (not that I couldn't have done without it this year). Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were brutal, but by the end of the week we should warm up again before the next wave of frigid temperatures.

During the winter season it is wise to check the plantings in your yard. Abrupt weather changes and extreme winter conditions can cause damage to plants without the proper precautions and protection.

Evergreen trees and shrubs can take the biggest hit especially during times of cold dry weather. Most evergreens will fade in color whether they are green, blue, or yellow. Some will turn naturally to a bronze color, but brown definitely indicates trouble and frequently means that the plant is dead or dying. Lack of water is most frequently the cause, which is why we recommend that all plants that are not well established are watered right up until the ground is completely frozen. It is equally important to apply a fresh layer of mulch at least three to four inches deep prior to the coldest winter temperatures.

Fortunately for all of us in our area, the ground is still soft and even though a cold blast has come through we will have time to address the winter stress on any of our plants this weekend. So grab a few bags of mulch and cover the roots immediately around any tender plants. Then give them a good watering. You will be glad in the spring when your plants are healthy and ready to start a new season of growth!

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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.