Topeka & Northeast Kansas Since 1936 If
you haven't visited us in person, this is your invitation
to do so. Our State-of-the-Art Garden Center & Nursery
in Topeka on 33+ acres is your one stop shopping headquarters.
Want to make your lawn and landscape a blooming paradise?
When you are ready to plant and our experts are ready to help.
Whether you need to freshen up & add plants to your landscape beds,
need help cleaning up messy landscape beds, or if you want a professional landscape, "re-do", we want to be your one stop shop.
We have thousands of healthy, patio pots, perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses and roses, ready to go in Spring.Even better, we have sale prices on different items, all season long.
For expert advice on all your lawn, garden, landscape and plant needs, we are the place to be, and you count on us to help you choose the right plants, trees, and shrubs for your unique situation.
You'll get green thumb advice and a real nice price on plants that are carefully selected for this area.
That's the Blackburn Nursery tradition since 1936. And it'll continue during the growing seasons for years to come.
Bagged -vs- Bulk
This always seems to be the question! Everyone has their
preference. Bagged is better!
State Department of Weights and Measures regularly inspect mulch
bagging operations, therefore the volume of mulch must be within 5% of
what is stated on the bag. Bulk mulch is not regulated by the Weights
and Measures Department, therefore the volume you receive is determined
by the equipment operator and is based on judgment. The volume of bulk
will sometimes appear to be more than the same volume in bags, but it’s
not. It appears that way because bagged mulch compresses from the bagging
and palletizing process. Where as, bulk mulch is frequently fluffed from
Throwing a few bags into a wheelbarrow is faster and easier than shoveling
bulk. There is a tendency to spread mulch thicker and use more when you
dump bulk from a wheelbarrow. Distributing mulch from a bag is less of
a mess and more efficient. Using bags allows you to spread the work out
over a few days. By using bulk, you’ll want to finish the job in
a timely manner if you wish to park in the garage.
First... The value of your time. Bulk can be less expensive, however it
takes more time to apply.
Second... Accuracy! The size of scoops (or buckets) used for loading bulk
mulch vary, as do the equipment operators. Some suppliers sell bulk mulch
by the bucket. Therefore, the volume can vary greatly and the value is
uncertain depending which company, which operator, which machine is loading
it.. Though a lot of time and effort is spent on accurate bulk loading,
bags are still more accurate. Generally cypress in the bag is, in fact,
cheaper than bulk. The shipping cost of bulk Cypress to the Midwest is
The bottom line... simply see which one works best for you.
Cypress mulch comes from cypress trees grown in the swamp lands of Florida
and southern Georgia. There are three basic types sold on the market today,
Grade “A” All Bark and a “B+” grade, we call “Premium
Cypress” and "B-" grade, we call "Utility Grade Cypress".
All three are very different from each other, however each can compact
and should occasionally be cultivated or "fluffed".
Grade “A” All Bark Cypress is just the bark
from cypress trees. It is the “Cadillac” of mulches. It has
a stringy texture which is great for sloped areas, it has a reddish brown
color and looks great in any landscape. By nature it is resistant to decay,
washing and blowing, repels insects and maintains its appearance for a
long time. Occasionally turning and fluffing by hand will give it a newly
applied appearance. It is more expensive but lasts a great deal longer
because of its resistance to decay, therefore it is less likely to be
need to be re-applied year after year. This is made from the part of the
tree that was intended to be exposed to the elements.
Nature’s Reflections Softscape® is revolutionary new mulch that will enhance the beauty of your home and give your landscape that finishing touch. Softscape is extruded cypress mulch which has been color enhanced with environmentally safe colorants to provide season long color retention long after other mulches fade and turn gray. Softscape has been known to hold good color up to four years. Softscape is also gentle on hands and feet and safe for kids and pets. Softscape further allows water and air to penetrate to the soil and roots, unlike many other types of mulch that compact and smother plant roots from water, nutrients, and oxygen vital to plant growth. Softscape is sold in Sienna(Soft Red), Chestnut (Medium Brown), and Black.
Premium Cypress is the whole tree shredded, bark and
all. This is the most widely used type of cypress mulch. It has a reddish
tan color with a woody appearance and will fade to gray over time. Its
light color will brighten a heavily shaded landscape and it does well
in damp areas. It is also somewhat resistant to decay and repels insects.
It doesn't’t offer any nutritional value, its primary benefits are
for decorative use, retarding weed growth, insulating the soil and holding
moisture. While inexpensive in price, it most often is "top dressed"
or reapplied every year.
Utility Grade Cypress is generally little or no bark,
mostly heartwood. It starts with a reddish tan color and has a more woody/chunky
appearance. It will fade more rapidly to gray than other mulches. This
mulch is widely sold in Home centers, large chain stores, farm and feed
stores and (in some areas) gas stations. It will resist some decay and
will retard weed growth, insulate soil and help hold moisture. Generally
this mulch will need to be re-applied each year, and sometimes each Spring & Fall season.
Cedar mulch is produced all over the United States and the raw material
comes from the lumber industry. There are eastern, northern and western
cedar mulches. Cedar has very similar characteristics to cypress. It’s
resistant to decay and repels insects, however it looses its color much
faster and will gray out faster than most mulches. It’s a good mulch
to use for insulating the soil, controlling erosion, retarding weed growth
and holding moisture, but it’s not going to break down as fast and
provide nutrients to your soil like a pine or hardwood mulch.
Eastern Cedar mulch is similar to hardwood mulch in appearance. It is
mostly bark with a dark brown color and a stringy appearance.
Western Red Cedar mulch is similar to cypress mulch but has more of a
red color. As with cypress, there are two grades available. First, is
a whole tree shredded product, which has a woody appearance. Second, is
an all bark product similar to cypress Grade “A”, which has
a stringy texture.
Northern Cedar mulch is stringy brown bark and tends to be very woody
giving it a lighter appearance.
- The stringy "all-bark" cedar mulches are great for steep
slopes and erosion control.
- Compaction will occur, we recommend occasionally aerating or cultivating
Pine Bark Mulch is the bark only from pine trees. Most of the pine bark
mulch available in the central to eastern United States, comes from southern
grown pines and is a by-product of the paper and lumber industries. In
the western United States you'll mainly find pine bark from Ponderosa
pines which is a thicker and more colorful bark.
The bark is chopped up and screened producing the different types of
mulch from Pine Bark mulch to large Pine Bark nuggets.
Pine bark is an excellent mulch to use. It doesn't compact like most
mulches, it has a brown color and holds color longer than most mulches.
Pine is also an excellent soil conditioner. It's great for loosening up
heavy soils and because of its acidity, it promotes root growth and is
great for your acid loving plants.
Hardwood mulch is the poorest quality mulch. Made from anything from ground pallets to forestry dump grinding and chipping materials. The source is very inconsistent and can contain insects, molds and disease. Hardwood mulch is often dyes and usually always the cheapest in price. Hardwood breaks down the fastest and loses color the earliest. Not recommend in quality landscapes.
from thousands of the highest quality trees, shrubs, flowers,
ornamental grasses and evergreens.Shop
inside on those rainy days in our over 12000 sq. ft. of Greenhouse
space. You'll find
thousands of annuals, perennials and shrubs waiting for you. Come
see for yourself and compare the quality of our merchandise.
have the friendly professional staff to help with all your
lawn and garden needs. You
can buy plants many places, but one
stop is all it will take to convince you why you should
join our "family" of satisfied clients. Ask
About our 5 YEAR GUARANTEE on Trees & Shrubs
and our 3 YEAR GUARANTEE on Perennials.
can claim quality and satisfied customers, but we want you to stop
by and see for yourself why our family of clients say
The Best ! You can Afford it At Blackburn's." "If
you can't find what you want, you're not looking".
out & see the new arrivals of decorations and gifts
have holiday,everyday and seasonal gifts for everyone on
your list. All your KU, KSU, Collegiate, Armed Forces and
more.We also have a terrific Selection of Stained Glass sun
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Check out the new wind chimes, statuary, fountains, patio
furniture and collegiate wind vanes
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