November 30, 2021
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Wisconsin Native Plant Guide

While browsing the Wisconsin Native Plant Guide, double click on the page to zoom in/out. ** Download button in upper left corner ** *Hardcopies are available for purchase at our nursery.no-repeat;center top;;auto Shop Johnson\’s Nursery For Wisconsin Native Plants We\’re a third-generation family-owned business who passionately pursues the goal of […]
November 30, 2021
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Planting Trees, Evergreens & Shrubs

How to Plant & Handle Trees, Evergreens & Shrubs Properly planting trees is one of the best investments you can make for the long-term health of your trees. When done properly, your plants will flourish and cause less heartache in the future. These recommendations are from decades of experience and […]
November 30, 2021
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We Plan-You Plant

WPYP Content We Plan – You Plant Many people enjoy DIY – cut your own beds, install your own plants, and lay your own mulch! But most people don’t know the correct plants, proper design aesthetic, or the size that plants mature to. Our designers will create for you a […]
November 30, 2021
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Plant Reference Guide

Plant Reference Guide **While browsing the Plant Reference Guide, double click on the page to zoom in/out.** *Hardcopies are available for purchase in-store. Plant Reference Guide The Plant Reference Guide is the hardcopy catalog of commonly grown and stocked plants at Johnson’s Nursery in Menomonee Falls. The guidebook is divided […]
November 30, 2021
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Pruning & Your Plants

Pruning & Your Plants There are a few different methods of pruning shrubs and evergreens. Heading and thinning cuts are commonly used for most species. Rejuvenative pruning and the haircut method may also be used selectively. Pruning can be dangerous and fatal to your plants if done improperly. With the […]
November 30, 2021
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RootMaker Containers

What Are RootMaker Containers What are RootMaker Containers? no-repeat;center top;;auto0px What Are RootMaker ContainersRootMaker containers specialize in the growth of a fibrous root system. Johnson\’s Nursery uses them in the production of Wisconsin native trees, shrubs, and conifers. They are different than the typical, solid-wall container in a few ways. […]
November 30, 2021
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Container Grown Trees

Container Grown Trees Container Grown Trees Johnson\’s Nursery grows a variety of container trees, adding to the diversity of our growing operations and range of plants available to our wholesale clients. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and provide you with quality nursery stock. Contact your wholesale salesperson for availability […]
November 30, 2021
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Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes

Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes Most commonly, growers use caliper, container size, and height (inches or feet) for units of measurement for nursery stock. Why do we need multiple units? Because all plants are uniquely different and grow differently. In any of those 3 size units, it’s […]
November 30, 2021
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Bird Garden in Wisconsin

Build a Bird Garden in Wisconsin How to Build a Bird Garden in Wisconsin no-repeat;center top;;auto0px Build a Bird Garden in WisconsinWatching backyard birds is relaxing, entertaining, and educational. Seeing a bright red cardinal in the middle of winter is uplifting. A visit from a ruby-throated hummingbird outside the breakfast […]
October 31, 2021
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How to Choose A Tree

How to Choose a Tree A surprising number of people walk into our retail store and ask, “Do you sell trees?” or “Do you have any shade trees?” or “Do you have any ornamental trees?” We all smile and say yes; after all, trees are kind of our thing, and […]
February 10, 2021

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale Native Plant Sale Available for on-site shopping only. June is Wisconsin native plant appreciation month at Johnson\’s Nursery. We team up with our friends at Wild Ones to offer native plant enthusiasts an opportunity to save big. During June, all active Wild Ones members receive 40% off […]
January 18, 2021
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10 Exciting New Plants in 2021

10 Exciting New Plants in 2021 10 Exciting New Plants in 2021 Another season in the landscape is on the horizon! Now is a great time to trial plants that are new to the market, new to our inventory, or new in a larger quantity. Find a mix of new, […]
January 12, 2021
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2021 Color of the Year & Your Plants

2021 Color of the Year & Your Plants Hopefully, the 2021 Color of the Year will help offset my family’s recently muted New Year’s Eve plans. No bar revelry. No toasting with friends and strangers at midnight. Instead, I spent a contented night at home with my husband and 4-year-old […]
January 16, 2020
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Top Selling Plants [2020 Update]

The top selling plants of 2020 includes a list of the most used plants in from all our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2020. An amazing realization is that people […]
January 14, 2020
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Fruit Trees Availability

Fruit Trees Availability Updated for 2021 Starting an orchard at your home this season, or are you looking for help maintaining your new first-year fruit trees from last season? You\’ve come to the right place. We grow an assortment of traditional favorite apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, pear trees, […]
December 30, 2017
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Introductions & Originations

Introductions & Originations Johnson\’s Nursery Originals; J.N. Plant Selections Introductions Johnson’s Nursery is proud to have numerous nationally recognized plants that originated in our fields. You may be familiar with trees and shrubs touting the cultivar names of ‘J.N. Select’, ‘J.N. Upright’, or ‘J.N. Select A’. These are plants that […]
December 30, 2017
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Specimen Trees

Specimen Trees Specimen Trees no-repeat;center top;;auto0px Specimen TreesAt Johnson’s Nursery, we describe specimen trees as large or high profile plants that specifically grown onto larger sizes because they display outstanding characteristics like phenomenal color, shape, or branching. A large shade tree brings instant gratification to home or commercial landscapes. This […]
December 29, 2017
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Why I Enjoy Living in Zone 5

Why I Enjoy Living in Zone 5 no-repeat;left top;;auto0px InvasivesSoutheast Wisconsin resides in Zone 5, with the northern portion in zone 5a and the southern in zone 5b. This measurement is a standard developed by the USDA that plant growers can determine which plants are likely to thrive and survive […]
December 29, 2017
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Top 10 New Plants in 2020

Top 10 New Plants in 2020 Top 10 New Plants in 2020 Another season in your landscape is on the horizon and now is a great time to preview some of the new plants we’re releasing in 2020. Wisconsin’s local propagators are making waves in landscape plant propagation – woody […]
December 29, 2017
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How to Prune Hydrangeas

How to Prune Your Hydrangeas How to prune your hydrangeas generally depends on which of the four groups it falls in: Smooth, Panicle, Bigleaf, and Oakleaf. We cover other pruning methods in Pruning & Your Plants; however, this specific article aims to help you identify which type of hydrangea you […]
December 29, 2017
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Grow Agreements

Grow Agreements Grow Agreements Simplify Logistics Why A Grow Agreement? If you’ve ever been excited about a big project only to discover your initial vision and goals were diluted because your preferred plant material was not available in the quantities or sizes you wanted. If you’ve ever had to answer […]
December 29, 2017
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Training & Pruning Fruit Trees

Training & Pruning Fruit Trees Training and pruning fruit trees is important to being a successful fruit grower. You train early in a fruit tree\’s life to achieve proper/desired shape and form (central leader, open center). The first-early years of a tree\’s life are most important for proper tree training […]
December 29, 2017
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Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist

Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist So many people want to grow fruit these days but don\’t know which are the best pesticides and when to use them. It is fun and exciting to plant fruit trees and then wait in anticipation for the […]
December 29, 2017
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Cleft Grafting Apple Trees

Content 1 Cleft Grafting Apple Trees Do you want to grow numerous varieties of apples all on one tree? Wish you could grow apples, but your yard is too small, and you only have room for one tree (growing apples requires 2 different varieties in order to set fruit)? Or […]
December 29, 2017

Ginkgo Trees

Ginkgo Trees, Ginkgo biloba, also known as Maidenhair Trees, are a staple in any Asian or zen garden and landscape. Although very slow growing, they mature into large shade trees. You may be familiar with Ginkgo trees because of their fan-shape leaves that turn a vibrant yellow in fall as […]
December 29, 2017
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Preventing Cedar Apple Rust

Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Cedar-apple rust is an interesting and complex disease involving alternating hosts to complete its lifecycle. This disease is caused by the fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae). Now that is a mouthful to pronounce and something great to discuss with guests while at a party […]
December 29, 2017
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Chickens & Japanese Beetles

Chickens & Japanese Beetles Chickens & Japanese Beetles This is Effie. Effie is a chicken. She belongs to a boy named Ethan, whose mom works at Johnson’s Nursery, and they often shares Effie’s eggs with the staff. But besides laying delicious, organic, protein-rich eggs, Effie and her friends provide another […]
December 29, 2017
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Leaf Lore: Yarrow

Leaf Lore: Yarrow Leaf Lore: Yarrow The 1986 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac featured the article “How to Find the Perfect Mate”. They listed several superstitious acts to perform if you want your true love to appear, beginning the list with “Pluck a stalk of yarrow and stick it […]
December 29, 2017
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Plant Size & Investments

Plant Size & Investments Plant Size & Investments There is an old grower\’s adage about plant size — \”If it\’s not growing, it\’s dead\”. Aware of this truism, Johnson\’s Nursery provides a range of mature heights and spreads for shrubs, trees, and evergreens. A plant’s mature size and how well […]
December 29, 2017
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Garden Goals

Garden Goals Months of monochrome landscape dormancy caused by low light and cold will soon give way to swelling buds, warming winds, muddy boots, greening grass, and ever-increasing birdsong. Oh, the anticipation! What will my garden be like this year? What to grow? What to change? What should remain? The […]
December 29, 2017
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2018 Color of the Year

2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet The
November 30, 2017
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Water Your Plants

Water Your Plants Don’t forget to water your plants! Proper watering of a newly installed plant is critical to its establishment and future growth. Though watering may seem like a simple task, proper watering is a complex subject that does not easily offer a one-size-fits-all guideline for the quantity and […]
November 13, 2017
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What’s A Red Maple, Anyway?

What’s A Red Maple, Anyway? I am often asked if we carry Red Maples at Johnson’s Nursery. My reply is, what do you mean by “red maple”? In this article I break down what is and isn’t a red maple, and why it matters to you. Red Maple The true […]
November 13, 2017
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Wisconsin Natives

Wisconsin Natives At Johnson’s Nursery, we love our native plants. They fill unique roles in our landscapes, are adapted to our soils and climate, and have co-evolved with our other Wisconsin native species to create the mosaic of diversity that is Wisconsin. In addition to their special use by wildlife, […]
November 13, 2017
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Urban Approved

Urban Approved The goal of the Urban Approved standard is to be the starting point when selecting plants for difficult sites in built-up areas. Decisions regarding the Urban Approved title are made conservatively, and we will not grant the title to a plant that has not been adequately tested. What […]