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Topeka's Landscape & Lawn Sprinkler Professionals
Blackburn Nursery  Established 1936
Full Service Nursery
Garden Center
Landscape Design & Installation
Lawn Sprinkler Systems
Landscape Lighting
Professional Maintenance

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. 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. 

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Topeka's Landscape & Lawn Sprinkler Professionals
Blackburn Nursery  Established 1936
Full Service Nursery
& Garden Center
Landscape Design & Installation
Lawn Irrigation Systems
Landscape Lighting
Professional Maintenance


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Beat the Heat
Sizzling Color Sale!
All of our beautiful color looks great and is on sale!
All annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, veggies, perennials, trees, shrubs, roses and groundcovers are on sale!
All Plants are on Sale Up to 60% Off.
(Checkout our Facebook page for current pictures in the greenhouse)

Why Waste Time Shopping clearances & closeouts when
we have The Highest Quality, Affordable Plants inside, protected from the weather, still looking great (and on sale, too).

We have lots of exciting things happening in 2018!
We plan to open an new event center and we are accepting new lawn irrigation system clients (installation and repair) in 2018. We have been Northeast Kansas' Lawn Sprinkler and Landscape Professional since 1936!


Have any Questions or Need Help with Landscaping, Maintenance, Lawn Sprinklers, Mulch, Bulk Topsoil and Rock, or Gift Certificates, please call us at (785)272-2707!
(Inquire about our current specials on landscaping)

Ask us what you need to do for
Lawn & Landscape to prepare them
for the upcoming months. Stop by or call and we'll be happy to put you on your way to fantastic landscape, garden, or lawn!!!

 


thunDaylily Sale


All Maple Trees
on Sale
All Regular Priced Maples

Blue Daze
All Annuals, Tropicals & Combos are on sale now!


 

Blue Daze

Perennials are on sale now

 

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, if you want a professional landscape, "re-do", or finally have your irrigation system work properly, we want to be your one stop shop.


We have thousands of healthy, patio pots, perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses and roses, ready to go. Even better,  we have sale prices on hundreds of 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.

Spring Hours : Mon-Sat 9:00 - 5:30
Sunday: Closed

When you are ready to update your landscape plans, and our professional design staff can turn your lawn and landscape into a showplace.

Why Waste Time Shopping Hardware, Lumber Store and Other Parking Lots,
We have The Highest Quality, Affordable Plants inside, protected from the weather.


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.




 

   

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

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".

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

Specials

Now is a great time to Landscape and Plant while everything is on sale!

Annuals:
40-70% Off
(Many will make great house plants this winter)

Buy 3 Perennials
Get 3 Free



Nursery Stock Up to 80%off Regular price

Lots of unadvertised specials
Call for Details
All discounts based on Regular Price

It's 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)

Copyright 2018
Blackburn Nursery Inc.

   
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Deborah Brown and Carl Rosen

New laws that limit dumping leaves and clippings into public landfills have reawakened public interest in composting.

Composting is a process that allows naturally occurring microbes to convert yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings, to a useful organic soil amendment or mulch. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to improve the physical condition of soil and to add some of the nutrients needed for plant growth. Incorporating compost into light, sandy soil helps it hold both moisture and nutrients, while adding it to heavy soil improves drainage.

To produce compost efficiently from yard waste several conditions must be met. The micro-organisms responsible for decomposition need oxygen, water, and nitrogen. Particle size also affects efficiency. The smaller the plant pieces, the more rapidly they will break down. Use a shredder or power mower to chop up leaves and small twigs before adding them to the pile.

Composting Structures
To save space, keep your yard looking neat, and speed composting time, plan to contain your compost in some type of structure. Typical dimensions of a compost pile are 5' x 5' x 5'. Simple bin type structures can be built from woven wire fencing and metal posts. More permanent and elaborate structures can be made from rot-resistant wood, wire, and metal posts.

Locating Your Compost Pile
Locate your compost pile close to where it will be used so it won't interfere with activities in the yard or offend neighbors. The pile will work best where it is somewhat protected from drying winds, yet receives partial sunlight to help heat it.

What Can be Composted?

Many organic materials can be composted besides grass and leaves: non-woody shrub trimmings or twigs less than 1 /4 inch in diameter, faded flowers, weeds, left-over plants at the end of the gardening season, lake plants, straw, coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps, shredded newspaper (black and white print), small amounts of wood ash, and sawdust. Sawdust requires the addition of extra nitrogen; wood ash raises compost alkalinity and may result in nitrogen loss from the pile.

There should be little need to compost grass, since clippings may be safely left on the lawn if you mow regularly and remove only 1/3 of the blade length each time. If you do compost grass, mix it with other yard waste. Grass clippings, alone, pack down and restrict air flow which limits the availability of oxygen that is needed for decomposition.

Some things should NOT be composted. Pet feces can transmit diseases. Meat, bones, grease, whole eggs, and dairy products attract rodents and other animals. Badly diseased or insect-infested plants and weeds that are loaded with seed may not heat up enough to be rendered harmless.

Preparing Your Compost Pile

Build your compost pile in layers. Begin with eight to ten inches of leaves, grass, or plant trimmings. Water it to the point of being moist, but not soggy. Then add a nitrogen source, such as ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, or an inexpensive high nitrogen lawn fertilizer without herbicide.

Sprinkle the pile with 1 /3 to 1 /2 cup of fertilizer per 25 square feet of surface area (a 5' x 5' bin). If you live in a rural area and have access to livestock manure, you can use a two inch layer of manure as your nitrogen source.

You may choose to add a one inch layer of soil or completed compost over the nitrogen to increase the number of decomposing microbes in the pile. However, most leaves and plant scraps have enough micro-organisms to get the job done without the addition of soil or compost.

Repeat these layers until the pile reaches a height of five feet, watering each time you add new layers.

Liming

It is normally not necessary to add lime to your compost pile to improve the breakdown of most yard wastes. Finished compost is usually slightly alkaline; if you add lime during the decomposition process, it will probably be too alkaline when completed. If your pile contains large amounts of acidic materials such as pine needles or fruit wastes, you might add lime, but no more than one cup per 25 cubic feet of material. Excessive lime application can lead to loss of nitrogen from the compost pile.

Maintaining Your Compost Pile
An active compost pile will heat to somewhere between 130 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. As the center cools, turn the pile to help speed decomposition and minimize any objectionable odors. You will need to do this once or twice a month. Continue to water your compost pile periodically to keep it moist but not soggy. You can add a little fresh material when you turn the pile, but generally, you're better off beginning a new pile.

A well-managed compost pile will be ready in two to four months in the warm season, whereas an untended pile will take a year or more to decompose. When completed, your compost pile will be about half its original height, and will have a pleasant, earthy smell.

There are many structures for composting; no one structure is best. For a more thorough description of different structures, refer to The Complete Book of Composting by J.I. Rodale, Rodale Books, Inc. It should be available at many public libraries.

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Specials

Now is a great time to Landscape and Plant while everything is on sale!


Nursery Stock Up to 85%off

Regular price

Buy 3 Perennials
Get 3 Free


Succulent & Houseplant
Tabletop and Bookshelf
Mixed Combinations
40-60% Off


Individual Annuals
40-85% Off
(Many will make great house plants this winter)


Lots of unadvertised specials
Call for Details
All discounts based on Regular Price

It's 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


All discounts based on Regular Price



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)

© Copyright 2018 Blackburn Nursery Inc.