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Don't Forget to Fertilize!

Here are some of our go-to fertilizers

Blooming and fruiting plants are heavy feeders. Fertilize your vegetable garden and flowering planters regularly to keep them producing all summer long!

Gardening Tips

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Lawn Care

It’s time to fertilize warm-season lawns (bermuda, buffalo and zoysia) with ferti•lome Winterizer. Don’t be confused by the name. Winterizer has 25% nitrogen to feed these grasses during their period of rapid growth. Use a second application in about 6 weeks.

Fertilizing Flowers

Keep hanging baskets, planters and garden flowers fertilized. A slow-release fertilizer, like ferti•lome Garden Cote 6, will feed plants all season—but remember to supplement with a water-soluble high in phosphorus (ferti•lome Blooming & Rooting) to keep plants blooming profusely.


Get More Blooms

Keep annual plants blooming all summer by deadheading the flowers and maintaining good soil moisture. “Deadheading” is removing the old flowers so the plants won’t waste energy producing seeds and will produce more flowers. Water is crucial. Don’t let plants dry out to the point of wilting. Check every day and maybe twice a day with containers.


In ponds or other standing water use Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits in the water to take care of the larva. For area control spray ferti•lome Broad Spectrum Insecticide to kill mosquitoes. Follow up, especially before outdoor activities, with ferti•lome MosquitoGo Insect Granules to keep them away.

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Marty's Weekly Enews

Local gardening advice & more!

I mushroom hunt because I have no morels.

I mushroom hunt because I have no morels.

Raise your hand if recently you had hundreds of mushrooms popping up all over your turf. After a rainfall a couple of weeks ago, 3" tall mushrooms started popping up overnight.

Don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito!

Don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito!

I knew it would happen sooner than later. This morning I was enjoying my java ritual on the back patio when the buzz of mosquitoes started. ...
It's so wet out, the fishing worms are climbing trees.

It's so wet out, the fishing worms are climbing trees.

Back in the day (pre-1980), we grew about an acre of field mums at our west store's ‘mum field’ for fall sales. After a rainy spell like we have been experiencing recently, Dad had us out tending to the plants.


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!