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

Seasonal Tip

Gardening Tips for Early Spring
March 21, 2009

The time between March into early April is a transitional period – not quite winter, not quite spring. Temperatures and weather patterns can change with little or no warning.

This is a great time to plant trees and shrubs! By planting them early, their root systems will have an opportunity to develop well before we are thrown into the hot days of summer.

This is also an ideal time to start feeding lawns. As grass begins to grow, it will benefit from an early feeding. I also recommend applying crab grass preventative at this time. If applied to your lawn now, it will keep last fall's crab grass seeds from even sprouting! (Beware though, it will also keep any grass seed that you apply from sprouting too!)

Take this time to get planting beds ready. Clean up old leaves and debris left from the fall. Cut back perennials, ornamental grasses, and butterfly bushes. Add compost and work it into the soil. Freshen your mulch. Fertilize shrubs and trees.

This is a great time to plant cold crops if you are itching to start planting: radish, lettuce, spinach, peas, and broccoli.

For early color, pansies, primrose, hellebores, heaths, and heathers are ideal, not to mention forsythia, pussy willow, "Mellow Yellow" spireas, and witch hazels. Ornamental flowering trees and shrubs are also available and will be blooming soon. Buy them in bud and enjoy the flowers!

Now is the time to start sowing annuals indoors, along with warmer weather vegetables and herbs. Remember, they need 10 to 12 weeks time before they can be transplanted into your garden.

With so many activities to keep us busy, it will be warm before you know it!

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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.