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.
a Full Season Lawn Program and
get free product . (5
step programs are available starting under $50.00) Buy
Now.... Plant Later (or plant now while the weather is nice).
With these sale prices now is a great
time to buy!
(All trees, shrubs, evergreens, grasses and perennials
are now 30 to 70% off)
This is a great time to
update your landscape plans, and our professional design staff can turn your
lawn and landscape into a showplace. Sign a landscape contract before March 1 and save more money with additional
discounts on labor.
Mulch vs Rock
Mulch & Rock as Groundcovers
The story that good mulch can cause termites or encourage them is a myth.
Mulch Research Mulching is good for trees and shrubs. Mulch helps retain moisture for plants, suppresses weed growth and can also help reduce disease by lessening pathogens splashed on plants by rain or irrigation on uncovered soil. Mulch can also keep the soil cool and lessen compaction of the soil which can prevent oxygen from reaching plant roots.
When the pest applicator tells you that wood product mulch puts your house at risk for termites, ask him for factual evidence. University studies have shown otherwise. Termites live in colonies and the feed on cellulose materials. Termite scan travel 250-300 feet from their colonies. The prefer moist environments which can occur under mulch or landscape rock. If the landscape rock is on top of plastic or landscape fabric it can compound the problem. The likely hood of termites coming to the landscape because of good, clean mulch is not any more likely than they would be coming because landscape rock. Studies have shown that new clean, bagged products are more reliable than bulk materials that have been laying around in piles for long periods of time.
Wood mulch has little or no nutritional value to termites, and their more likely interest would be in the organic matter associated with the normal shedding by products of plant material. It is recommended that mulch layers be limited to 2-3 inches and kept several inches away from the siding of the house in areas believed to be at at risk from termites
In summary, there is no reason to prefer rocked landscape beds near the house over wood mulch. However, a good, clean bagged mulch that will allow the soil to breathe and not stay to wet should be your best bet for your plantings. I you feel that you might be at risk for termites whether you use mulch or rock, you should consult a professional and solve the problem before it can be a detriment to your home.
Below are a few links concerning groundcovers and termites.
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
catchers, Candle burners, and Beanpod soy candles.
Check out the new wind chimes, statuary, fountains, patio
furniture and collegiate wind vanes
& clocks You'll also enjoy shopping our outdoor collection
of benches, Bistro sets and more.
Galleries & Pictures
Bushnell Authorized Dealer
Gerber Authorized Dealer
All Nursery Stock
Up to 70% Off
Houseplants 50 % Off
Up to75% OFF Including
KU & K-State Items, Bird
Houses, Fountains, Bird Baths, Stained Glass, Gazing Balls,
Candles, Gifts, Flags, Design Posts, Windchimes, Patio Sets & Outdoor Furniture,
Lighting, Stepping Stones,
Pots, Planters, Baskets, Statuary, Tools, Traps & More, Silks,
Books, Bird Seed, & More *Does Not Include Manufacturer Price
Restricted Items - Sale Ends when current supplies
are gone or Feb. 28. Warranties vary by item
- All Sales are final - Cash & Carry Only - Prices
Subject to change without notice. Sale does not include all
With the mild weather, now is still a great time to plant trees, shrubs, evergreens, grasses
Tired of having to re-mulch all the time. Try our All-Bark
Cypress or Softscape varieties of mulch for long lasting
color and staying power.