Topeka's Landscape & Lawn Sprinkler Professionals
Blackburn Nursery  Established 1936
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Serving 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.

Purchase 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.







Choose 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.

We 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.

Anyone can claim quality and satisfied customers, but we want you to stop by and see for yourself why our family of clients say

"Buy The Best ! You can Afford it At Blackburn's."
"If you can't find what you want, you're not looking".

Come out & see the new arrivals of decorations and gifts
We 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.

Photo Galleries & Pictures
Santa Christmas Store Snowman Don Quxiote Tulip Daffodils Books  
Pink Geranium Member in Good Standing  N.E. Kansas BBB Pink Geranium Pink Geranium
Bushnell Authorized Dealer
Gerber Authorized Dealer

Current Specials

All Nursery Stock
Up to 70% Off

Houseplants 50 % Off

Garden Store Items 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 new arrivals

With the mild weather, now is still a great time to plant trees, shrubs, evergreens, grasses and perennials.
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.
Lawn & Garden Help
4100 SW 40th St. Topeka, Kansas, 66610   |    (785) 272-2707
Questions? Contact Brett Blackburn (785) 272-2707 in Topeka, Kansas or Email Blackburn Nursery
For Topeka Landscape projects, Call us (272-2707)

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Blackburn Nursery Inc.