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Moisture Retention

Kansas summer heat can take a toll on our lawns and landscapes. Here are our favorite products to keep necessary moisture in the soil and accessible for healthy plant root systems.

Gardening Tips

Get earth on your hands.

Lawn Care

If you mow often enough to remove only 1/3 of the grass blades, you can mulch instead of bag the clippings. These grass clippings will return nutrients to the soil as they break down and also act as a mulch to conserve moisture and cool the root zone.


In the war against grubs, one July application of Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone works as a preventative for the remainder of the season. Water in Grub Free Zone after application.



Mulch keeps water from evaporating off the soil surface and reduces the light and air available to weed seeds. In landscape beds the best mulch to use is cedar. The fibers of the shredded cedar mulch knit together to form a barrier against weeds and also to hold the mulch in place so it doesn’t wash away.

Spider Mites

Look for stippled, yellow leaves and webbing over flower buds or on the lower leaf surfaces. Spray affected plants with ferti•lome Triple Action or Natural Guard Horticultural Oil.

Marty's Weekly Enews

Local gardening advice & more!

Gardening requires water - most in the form of perspiration!

Gardening requires water - most in the form of perspiration!

Cross-country cyclists that I have visited with are completely surprised by the tough conditions in Kansas.
“Read, understand and follow label directions.” - Marty Johnson

“Read, understand and follow label directions.” - Marty Johnson

While riding in 2019 along the Continental Divide, I thought my bicycle’s brakes just didn’t feel right.

A garden feeds more than the table, it feeds the soul.

A garden feeds more than the table, it feeds the soul.

This time of the year, plants just — grow! As the season heats up, most plants perform at their best.


What Time is it?

Johnson's Garden Time

Join Marty and Jeremy every Saturday & Sunday morning at 7:55 for Johnson's Garden Time. We'll also post episodes here and on our YouTube Channel.

A Green Thumb 90 years in the making...

It's still all good in the hood.

Wichita's 4th generation garden center started as a small fruit & vegetable stand in the 1920s on the outskirts of town at the corner of Douglas and West Street in Wichita, KS.  As the business grew, Harold Johnson, with his father Orie, bought 5 acres of land on West 13th Street, and opened Johnson's Garden Center. This location is still operating today!

Fast forward a half century. Wichita's "favorite hometown garden center" is still serving gardeners all over Kansas for over 90 years. We are a 4th generation family owned business, and are committed to providing quality products and excellent service to our customers.

We can't wait to see what the next 90 years have in store for us!

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