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Winterize Your Lawn NOW!

Many homeowners are eager to apply early spring fertilizers to their cool-season lawns (fescue, bluegrass, ryegrass). But according to Kansas State University, fall is the most important time to fertilize for the health of your lawn AND for faster green-up in the spring. In the fall, cool-season grasses are entering their peak growth cycle as days shorten and night time temperatures moderate. Cool-season grasses thicken up in the fall by tillering, forming new shoots at the base of existing plants.

Gardening Tips

Get earth on your hands.

Fall Lawn Care

Apply ferti•lome Winterizer to cool-season grasses (fescue, rye or bluegrass) in November. Aside from September, November is the next best time to fertilize cool-season lawns. This application of Winterizer’s 25% nitrogen keeps lawns green longer into the winter and is stored by the grass to green it up earlier in the spring.


Spring Bulbs

November is the perfect month to plant tulips. Other bulbs (daffodils, crocus, hyacinths) can also be planted. Choose a pleasant day and enjoy planting bulbs that will bring early spring cheer to your yard. We recommend planting with Back To Nature Cotton Burr Compost, Hi-Yield Bone Meal and Hi-Yield Dutch Bulb Food.


Trees & Shrubs

Continue planting trees and shrubs. Use ferti•lome Root Stimulator and MYKE, a beneficial fungus, to improve root development when planting. Mulch around the plant to help retain moisture and keep soil temperature even. If you haven’t fertilized your plants this fall, use ferti•lome Tree & Shrub Food now and water it in well.

Winter Mulch

All plants—especially tender ones like roses, crapemyrtle and perennials—will benefit from being mulched in the winter. Cedar or cypress mulch, cotton burr compost, bark, or even straw can be used to keep the soil temperature even, reducing the freeze and thaw fluctuations that are so damaging to plant roots. Mulch now or wait until after it freezes.

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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!