March 12, 2017
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Preferred Characteristics of Urban Plants

Preferred Characteristics of Urban Plants Urban Approved plants should possess one or more attributes that makes them better suited to developed areas over similar species. Broadly, these can be thought of as how these plants interact with the surrounding environment in ways that are beneficial (or at least not detrimental) […]
March 12, 2017
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Structure and Disease Resistance

Structure and Disease Resistance Featured Image: Ulmus spp., Elm Urban Approved plants must have good structure, require low-to-minimal maintenance, and have no major insect and disease issues. These characteristics mean different things for different plant categories, which are explained below. Trees Urban Approved trees must have strong branching that resists […]
March 12, 2017
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Urban Site Challenges

Urban Site Challenges Urban Site Challenges Urban Approved plants must be able to reliably grow in harsh urban conditions. These areas are limited by mainly by soil, but also pollution. Urban soils are best described as heterogeneous and extreme. Within a 10 feet by 10 feet square, the soils can […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks

No group of trees symbolize strength and longevity more than Wisconsin’s native oaks. They has been revered by people all over the world for thousands of years. The Druids would not meet for ritual without having an oak tree present. The masts of the sailing ships that brought the pilgrims from […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – Red Oaks

Red Oak Group Red Oaks Northern Pin Oak, Hill’s Oak, or Scrub Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis 60’ tall by 45’ wide Northern Pin Oak or Scrub Oak as it is often called in the sand country of Central Wisconsin is a really tough, small scale species in the Red Oak group […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – White Oaks

White Oaks White Oaks White Oak Quercus alba 50-80’ tall by 50-80’ wide White Oak, along with Red Oak, is perhaps the most important Oak species in our Southern Wisconsin forests. The White Oak is common in our pre-settlement woodlands and can be easily distinguished from other oaks by its […]
February 20, 2017
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Wisconsin’s Native Oaks – Pests

Native Oak Pests & Diseases Two-lined Chestnut borer “The most important insect cause of oak mortality is the two-lined chestnut borer (Agrilus bilineatus).” This statement by Phil Pellitteri, a former professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one all who plant native oaks in Wisconsin should be aware of. These […]
February 18, 2017
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Forcing Tree Stems

Forcing Tree Stems We are smack in the middle of a long cold winter and that darn groundhog says it won’t be over soon. Today I’m going to show you how to bring a little spring indoors by forcing tree stems. Cutting stems of spring flowering trees and bringing them […]
February 15, 2017
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Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything I’ve heard it said a hundred times, “in life, timing is everything”. I believe this is true in life, love and horticulture. Success or failure depends on it. In my life, if I hadn’t met my love, Lori, when I was a 21 year old, wide-eyed hippie […]
February 9, 2017
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Birdscaping

Birdscaping in the Midwest Food, cover, nesting, and water are all essential for birds. Plants can supply all those necessities. Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher or just like to sit back, relax and observe the interesting habits of birds let Johnson’s Nursery, Inc., help you make spending the time and […]
January 25, 2017
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2017 Color of the Year – Greenery

2017 Color of the Year – Greenery I think we can all agree that 2016 was a hell of a year. An unprecedented presidential election. Syria. Brangelina Split. Zika Virus. Brexit. Prince died. Russia. McDonalds now serves all day breakfast. RIP Princess Leia. 2016 was pretty tumultuous for me on […]
January 17, 2017
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Proper Snow Removal

Proper Snow Removal Instead of telling you to lift with your knees, it’s all about saving the branches of your trees. Contrary to what you might have heard, it is important after a heavy, wet snowfall to remove what has accumulated on certain plants like arborvitaes, boxwoods, and pines; basically […]
January 4, 2017
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Getting Wild

Getting Wild Getting wild with native plants gains popularity as each year passes. I remember when I first started working at the nursery in 1980. Native Oaks were hard to come by. Few nurseries carried them. Musclewood was a cool little plant that grew down in the woods at the […]
December 29, 2016

Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium Wilt – What to Grow Verticillium Wilt – What to Grow Verticillium Wilt is a soil-borne fungus that affects a wide variety of plants, from vegetables and perennials to trees and shrubs. The fungus damages and kills plants by ‘plugging up’ its vascular tissue, preventing water and nutrients from […]
December 15, 2016
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Six Best Things For A Sleeping Garden

Top 6 Things To Do While Your Garden Is Sleeping Do you have a sleeping garden? I love winter! I get excited to break out the warm coats (I may have too many in the closet) and put on a pot of hot tea. These gray months of cold and […]
December 2, 2016
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Winterizing Evergreens

Winterizing Evergreens Just because winter is here, doesn’t mean ignoring the garden. The freezing process draws moisture out of a plant. The “polar vortices” of Wisconsin’s winters can be hard on certain evergreens, especially if they don’t get enough water in fall. When hit with repeated cycles of very cold […]
December 1, 2016
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Everyday Veterans Discount

Everyday Veterans Discount Everyday Veterans Discount Johnson’s Nursery proudly supports our U.S. Active Duty Military, Retired Military Veterans, National Guard and Reserve. To express admiration and appreciation for your sacrificial service in the United States Armed Forces, Johnson’s Nursery extends a year-round 15% discount to Veterans while selecting plants at […]
December 1, 2016
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Waukesha County Land Conservancy

WCLC Discount Waukesha County Land Conservancy Johnson’s Nursery is proud to partner with our friends at the Waukesha County Land Conservancy. Waukesha County Land Conservancy works to fulfill the mission of protecting and caring for environmentally significant land and water in Waukesha County for future generations. Learn more about their […]
December 1, 2016
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Family Tree Discount

Family Tree Discount If you have recently had a baby, congratulations! Johnson’s Nursery has a Family Tree Discount. We offer 25% off the retail price of any one plant, whether a perennial, shrub, or tree to commemorate your bundle of joy. Baby and tree will grow up together. If you […]
November 9, 2016
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Sporty Specimens

Sporty Specimens Sporty Specimens In the T.V. special \”It\’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown\”, Linus sagely muses, \”There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin\”. I think we could add sports team allegiances to that list. In my family, the […]
October 24, 2016
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Sugar Maple – King of the Woods

Sugar Maple – King of the Woods My friend Karl told me one time that he thinks he’s part Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). Ya really! He told me he is related to the tree. He says it comes from his father’s side of the family because they were foresters and […]
October 13, 2016
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Fall Blooming Plants for the Pollinators

Fall Blooming Plants for the Pollinators Using fall blooming plants in the landscape will give insects an extra boost for late-season and winter. These days, insect population decline has more attention than ever. The most popular of which is the Monarch Butterfly. There is also frequent news over the Honeybee […]
October 9, 2016
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Hemlock Bark Mulch

Hemlock Mulch temporarily sold out.no-repeat;left top;;auto centerhttps://www.kb.jniplants.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bark-mulch-johnsons-nursery-menomonee-falls-milwaukee-hemlock-catalog.jpgbark mulch johnson\’s nursery menomonee falls milwaukee hemlock catalog Hemlock Mulch Text $3.50 bushels $52.00 cubic yards Hemlock Mulch is a premium product that is growing in demand. Made from hemlock bark, this reddish, copper brown color mulch has a fine texture. It breaks […]
October 9, 2016
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Mixed Hardwood Bark Mulch

centerhttps://www.kb.jniplants.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bark-mulch-johnsons-nursery-menomonee-falls-milwaukee-mixed-hardwood-catalog.jpgbark mulch johnson\’s nursery menomonee falls milwaukee mixed hardwood catalog Mixed Hardwood Text $2.50 bushels $32.00 cubic yards One of our most popular varieties of mulch. This 100% hardwood bark is mostly made from oak and maple, and is a medium-brown color. This sturdy mulch compacts over time, so it […]
October 9, 2016
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Double Shredded Pine Bark Mulch

center https://www.kb.jniplants.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bark-mulch-johnsons-nursery-menomonee-falls-milwaukee-double-shredded-pine-catalog.jpg bark mulch johnson’s nursery menomonee falls milwaukee double shredded pine catalog Double Shredded Pine Mulch Text $3.50 bushels $44.00 cubic yards Give your garden or landscape a neat, natural, and attractive look with pine bark mulch. This fine ground mulch is similar to hemlock. It has a dark […]
October 9, 2016
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Northern Cedar Bark Mulch

centerhttps://www.kb.jniplants.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bark-mulch-johnsons-nursery-menomonee-falls-milwaukee-northern-cedar-catalog.jpgbark mulch johnson\’s nursery menomonee falls milwaukee northern cedar catalog Cedar Mulch Text $3.00 bushels $47.00 cubic yards Cedar bark mulch has long, thin shreds, which creates an airy, light layer over soil. Cedar mulch decomposes slowly, so it needs to be replenished less frequently. The resins in cedar mulch […]
October 9, 2016
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Chocolate Enviro Bark Mulch

Chocolate Enviro Bark Text $3.00 bushels $38.00 cubic yards Chocolate bark mulch is darker than most other options of bark mulch. Its dark-brown color and will usually last between 3-4 years. It is more pieces than shredded; it’s made from chipped pallets. The chippings are dyed with environmentally safe color, […]
September 14, 2016
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Planting Container Trees in Fall

Planting Container Trees in Fall Planting Container Trees in Fall How timing and plant selection can decrease stress on plant and person alike. Fall is a great time for planting trees. It\’s a total win-win. Trees don\’t like to be moved, it stresses them out. Planting container trees in fall […]
August 10, 2016
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Fine Vines

Fine Vines Fine Vines We spend so much time assisting others with their landscape plants that we frequently neglect our own. Like a fine chef in an up-scale restaurant who orders pizza on a day off, it can be difficult to find the motivation after work to to baby and […]
June 8, 2016
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Gnarly Natives

Gnarly Natives Gnarly: “difficult, dangerous or challenging.” Slang: difficult, hairy, bad, nasty, cool, good. I don’t even really know what that word means, how can something be good and bad all at once? All I can imagine is surfing…some guy saying “Gnarly!” when a big bad wave comes along and […]
May 11, 2016
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Foundation Shrub Alternatives

Boxwood Instead of Yews Foundation Shrub Alternatives Foundation shrub plantings are a great addition to the landscape, enhancing the aesthetic value and the beauty of any structure. Many different plants will thrive in this setting-but usually we see a common list of several shrubs that are used (Yew, Spirea, Potentilla, […]
April 20, 2016
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Landscape Compatibility Test

Landscape Compatibility Test I was shopping at a Trader Joe’s recently for some groceries. I say groceries, but I really mean affordable bottles of wine. While checking out, the cashier asked to see my ID (haven’t been under 21 in a long time so I’ll take that as a compliment […]
February 14, 2016
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Where Do Baby Plants Come From?

Where Do Baby Plants Come From? In all my years of writing now, I’ve always skirted around an important issue. That is plant sex. I know most of you in the landscape industry are familiar with human sex at least from summer to winter. Spring–not so much! So, I think […]
December 20, 2015
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Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI

Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI Growing Apple Trees in S.E. WI Apples are one of the most popular tree fruit for the home grower. Who doesn’t want to bite into a nice crispy apple picked at the peak of perfection? Based on fruit tree sales here at Johnson’s Nursery, […]
November 15, 2015
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Espalier Apple Trees

Espalier Apple Trees Espalier apple trees an exciting style of growing fruit trees that allows homeowners with smaller spaces or urban lots to grow apple trees. Unfortunately, they are a rare site in most home fruit orchards and backyards. Most fruit growers think they are ‘neat’ looking and drool over […]