Hello again!

There is something magical about rainfall. Plants thrive with moisture from the heavens. Rain is part of the water cycle as it clears the air, replenishes aquifers, allows plants to grow, eventually fills streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and adds humidity to the air. This time of the year, mowing the lawn a couple times a week isn’t unheard of. Our spring planted bedding plants are getting established, and the early spring vegetables from the garden - radish, asparagus, onions, broccoli and others are being enjoyed on dinner tables.

Our "uninvited plants" to the lawn and landscape are doing pretty well right now, too. I have a pretty good stand of Dutch white clover. Nutsedge is appearing in a few areas and a bit of chickweed from the winter is holding on. While we all agree that fewer chemicals are better, when used wisely, we have tools available to us that will make it easier to manage our lawn and landscape safely and effectively. Like I always stress, make sure you read, understand and follow the label directions on any product, fertilizer, fungicide, or insecticide.

Here are a few tools we have to manage the weeds in our lawns and landscapes: 

Decimate from ferti-lome is a new non-selective (will kill any green and growing plant it's applied to), non-glyphosate weed and grass killer. It's safe for use in landscape areas around trees and shrubs as long as it’s not applied to desirable plants. Decimate works in 24 to 72 hours and works best when temps are over 85 degrees. After the spray has dried, the area can be reseeded or replanted.  

SedgeStop Nutgrass Weed Killer is a new granular product in a shaker canister for taking out nutgrass in turf areas. SedgeStop also controls select broadleaf weeds, and can be used on listed warm and cool-season turfgrass species. The granular formulation reduces the potential for drift, and the shaker can makes application simple. 

Over-the-Top Grass Killer from ferti-lome is your one-stop selective herbicide for eliminating weedy grasses without injuring desirable plants. It kills Bermudagrass, crabgrass, foxtails, quackgrass, and many other weedy grasses in turf, landscape and vegetable gardens as well.  

Living in west Wichita, I’m fortunate to have garden soil that drains very well. Soon after the rains last week, I was able to plant some of my summer vegetables at the Acre. I planted tomatoes, peppers, bush beans and eggplant. I also cultivated the garden and mounded the potato plants to allow the new potatoes to form above the soil line. We’re enjoying asparagus regularly, and the radishes are starting to size up. It’s important to keep the vegetable plants fed regularly as they are heavy feeders.  

Come see us this weekend for our Memorial Day sale: Special Planters $19.99; Select Trees 30% off; Chimineas 30% off; Outdoor Glazed Pottery 30% off; Johnson’s All-Bark Cedar Mulch $7.99; and Cotton Burr Compost $6.99.

I’ve been spending time in our production greenhouses this season. Part of the time is tending plants. Our rosemary crop right now looks pretty good. I figured I’d take a few of the trimmings from the plants and try Rosemary Pesto. I never really enjoyed pesto much in the past, but I’ll say I’ve been missing out. Come pick up a container of rosemary and give this recipe a try; you’ll love it. 

Your friend in the garden, 
Marty Johnson
Johnson's Garden Centers