Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center



Apply Bonide Phase I Crabgrass & Weed Preventer NOW, before the forsythia blooms, to prevent germination of those weed seeds just waiting to take over your lawn later in the Spring. This product can also be used in your landscape beds around trees, shrubs and perennials to control weeds before they grow. This will save you a lot of work later on ! Remember that you cannot plant grass seed for 60 days after applying, so get an early start.



We recommend Bonide Lawn Fertilizer Phosphorous-free with slow release nitrogen plus iron for deep greening.


GOING GREEN? We also carry PURE Organic products with NO harmful chemicals. SAFE for children, pets and the planet !



All types of grass seed are available in any quantity you need, from a handful to 50 pound bags. We stock Pennington Seed products and Bonide brands that contain 100 % seed; NO inert matter or weed seed. Be sure to read the ingredients on other brands of seed. With the other brands, when you pay for 3 lb. of seed you generally are only getting half that amount. Our seed stock is FRESH with expiration dates clearly stated.


Step 1: Buy the correct seed

Observe the area you are seeding for sun exposure and purchase the appropriate seed for sun or shade. Our Penn State mix is the most popular and has proven success. You can plant grass seed anytime, just keep in mind it will not germinate until the temperatures are over 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer planting will require more frequent watering. Seed prior to the trees leafing out in late Spring or in the Fall for the best results.

Step 2: Prepare the soil

For planting NEW lawns: Loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil. Remove debris (sticks, stones) from the area. Break up the soil clumps that are larger than a half dollar. Avoid too fine soil, small clumps are acceptable. Level the areas where excess water might collect or the seed will rot.

For Overseeding existing lawns: Mow grass as short as possible. Loosen the top half inch of soil in bare spots. Remove debris and dead grass. Level the areas where excess water collects.

Step 3: Plant Grass Seed

Spread the seed evenly by hand in small areas. Use a lawn spreader or mechanical spreader for larger areas. Apply approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Too many seeds too close together causes seedlings to fight for room and nutrients. Grass may be weak or thin in these areas. APPLY STARTER FERTILIZER after seeding. This promotes better root growth for a lush turf.

Step 4: Cover Seed

Lightly drag the grass seedbed with a rake so that no more than ¼ inch of soil covers the seed. Apply a light covering of Mushroom Manure compost to hold the seed down, prevent bird feeding, retain moisture and give added nutrients. Straw may be used also, however it must be removed when the grass seedlings appear. Compost does not need to be removed.

Step 5: Water Often

Keep grass seed bed moist to enhance germination. Water at least once daily. Do not saturate. Continue watering regularly until grass is two inches high. Avoid light, frequent watering. Plants that receive deep, daily watering generate extensive root systems.

DELAY WEED CONTROL PRODUCTS until the grass seed has germinated and you have mowed at least three times. Read the instructions on the weed control product; most recommend waiting at least 60 days before using.

wild horseWe stock Wildhorse Kentucky Bluegrass. This grass seed has a rapid germination rate and produces a rich, green color. It is disease resistant and greens up gorgeous in the Spring. We recommend mixing it with our Penn State Mix for lush results.


Your lawn cannot live without air, water and nutrients. When a thick layer of thatch builds up, water and fertilizer may run off instead of penetrating the soil. Aerating and dethatching can help to rejuvenate a lawn by restoring passageways to the soil. Using GYPSUM after aerating keeps the soil conditioned.

Test your soil to determine the PH. We offer many different soil testing kits for this purpose.

Fertilize your lawn on a regular basis. Stop in to the store for a complete schedule. We can provide you with a complete lawn care program at an affordable price.

Always cut lawns at the proper mowing height. Never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blades at one time. Be sure your mower blades are sharpened every season to avoid tearing the blades. Scalping or mowing too closely will stress your lawn and promote weed growth. A dense, healthy, vigorous lawn will resist the intrusion of weeds.

See our Gardeners Calendar for when to apply Crabgrass Preventer and fertilizers. We will be glad to discuss your individual lawn needs, stop in and ASK !


March through May- Grubs awaken from winter. Feeding begins on grass roots destroying your lawn. After feeding, grubs change into pupae which become beetles.
May through August- Grubs turn into beetles, including Japanese beetles which emerge to mate and feed on garden foliage and flowers. Eggs are laid soon after in the lawn.
Mid-July through October- Eggs hatch into new grubs (larvae) and return to the soil to begin the destructive feeding cycle all over again.

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In 2007, Master Nursery Garden Centers introduced the Garden Elements brand of annuals that promises home gardeners "Simple solutions For Garden Success" by providing gorgeous, easy to grow and unique plants. This brand of plants is EXCLUSIVE to Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center and other Master Nursery members ONLY. Garden Elements is available in individual plants, gorgeous combination planters and hanging baskets. The combinations are designed by master gardeners and designers to give you beautiful and unusual plantings that are easy to care for. They are far above the ordinary combinations sold in other stores and have been hugely popular. Recipe cards are available so that you can recreate these combinations in your own containers. All Garden elements plants are easy to grow, beautiful and have been grown by premium growers, so you can buy them with confidence. Every year there are new varieties added to the Garden elements line and new combinations in hanging baskets and planters.

We recommend that you regularly fertilize all of your flowers with BONIDE PREMIUM BRANDS

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Here are just a few examples of gorgeous Garden Elements plants. You must come into the greenhouse and experience all of the color starting in late April. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook to check the growing process and greenhouse videos available to you.

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ENJOY the Flavorful Freshness of Homegrown
Gourmet Vegetables and Herbs !

Add a little zest to your next culinary creation with herbs picked fresh from your own garden. Or create a naturally delicious side dish of sun ripened vegetables that you have grown yourself. There is nothing more gratifying than enjoying the naturally fresh flavor of homegrown cooking. The SAFEST way to eat, GROW YOUR OWN !

We recommend using Bumper Crop Organic Soil for all of your vegetable and herb growing. Bumper Crop Organic Soil is supercharged with mycorrhizae, worm castings, kelp meal and dehydrated poultry manure. Use it to amend your existing garden soil or fill containers with this great soil. We also stock Mushroom Manure Compost in bags and bulk to add much needed nutrients to your flower and vegetable garden soil. We use Garden Elements Tomato & Vegetable Organic Fertilizer in our gardens; so should you !


As you plan your garden for this year, keep in mind that using the same layout year after year is not going to result in the best yield for your crops. Certain plants need certain nutrients from the soil to thrive and once depleted, they will not grow as effectively. Rotating crops allows the soil to remain nutrient rich.

If you are planning on growing a wide variety of plants, divide your bed into 4 areas and plant as follows:

  1. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant — they like lots of nitrogen and compost, so good soil preparation before planting is essential.

  2. Peas, beans, parsley, dill, coriander— they actually thrive in nutrient poor soil, and in fact, add nitrogen to the soil, resulting in a natural way to fix poor soil.

  3. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collards, kohlrabi, squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers — this area will need lots of space so you might want to use a trellis for the squash and cucumbers to make space for the other plants. These plants are heavy feeders so amend the soil with compost and nitrogen before planting.

  4. Corn — this plant needs LOTS of space because it pollinates via wind. Corn is also a big user of water and food so amend the soil before planting.

Rotate these four areas each year, moving number 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and 4 to 1, etc. This will allow for the best success in your gardening experience.

Good Luck!

Some varieties of herbs and vegetables are natural companions and help each other in the garden. For instance, Native Americans learned early that planting corn, pole beans and squash together resulted in great success. This trio was known as "The Three Sisters". Each plant helped the other two in its' own way: The corn plant was tall and sturdy enough for the beans to climb on and grow; the beans fixed nitrogen into the surrounding soil for the other plants and the squash shaded the ground, keeping in vital moisture. Check the following link to Companion Plants for some ideas: http://hgplants.com/wp-content/uploads/Companion_Plants.pdf

We offer a large selection of ALL types of vegetables and herbs; follow these links to the most popular types or come into the store to experience the sights and smells yourself !

LINK TO AVAILABLE TOMATO VARIETIES: http://hgplants.com/?page_id=213&category=81

LINK TO AVAILABLE PEPPER VARIETIES: http://hgplants.com/?page_id=213&category=80

LINK TO AVAILABLE HERB VARIETIES: http://hgplants.com/?page_id=213&category=1

LINK TO AVAILABLE HEIRLOOM VARIETIES: http://hgplants.com/?page_id=213&category=4

Economize: Start Your Own Plants From Seed

Many types of vegetable and flower seeds may be started early indoors to get a head start on the spring growing season. The controlled conditions we can provide indoors are a safe place for seeds to sprout and grow into sturdy, young plants before having to face the rigors of unpredictable weather conditions outdoors

To determine just how early to sow various seeds indoors, check the seed packets. Different seeds sprout and grow at different rates so you will need to determine how much time will be necessary for the seedlings to reach the desired size before placing outdoors. Most flowers and vegetables should not be planted outside until mid-May, after the danger of frost has passed.


There are two main procedures used to start seeds. One is sowing the seeds in rows in a large open tray, then transplanting the seedlings into individual peat pots when they are large enough. Or seeds may be sown directly into the individual peat pots and allowed to develop without disturbance, however, this method requires a great deal more space over a longer period of time.


It is important to use only sterilized seed starting mixes. Soil from outside should never be used as it can contain fungus, causing 'damping-off', which will kill your seedlings. Some gardeners prefer a 'soilless' mix of perlite or vermiculite, these retain more moisture and require less watering.


Read the seed packet for special instructions, some seeds need to be soaked overnight or require prechilling.

Before planting your seeds in the growing mix, moisten the mix with warm water. Once the mix is thoroughly moist, sow the seeds. Use at least 3 seeds per container. Cover the seeds lightly with soil, then gently mist the top of the soil. Mist whenever the soil begins to dry slightly; avoid heavy drenchings that may disturb the seeds.

LABEL the pots with markers…YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER which seeds are in which pots!

Finally, place plastic wrap over the trays or pots to keep humidity high and to trap warmth.

Place pots in a bright window, direct sun is best. If you do not have a bright window you will need to provide a fluorescent light. Place the light 6 inches above the seed trays/pots and keep the light on 12 hours a day. Most seeds will germinate at temperatures of 70-75 degrees F. If your home is not warm enough, you may use a heating cable or mat to provide more heat. You should see the first signs of germination in a few days.


Once the little seedlings have emerged, remove the plastic cover and move the trays/pots into INdirect light. Be sure potting mix stays moist but NOT wet. When the first true leaves have developed (usually the second pair of leaves), transplant them to individual peat pots for several more weeks. Use 3-4" pots to allow room for root development. Use a balanced fertilizer high in nitrogen and potassium to encourage good roots and healthy growth. Seedlings can remain in these pots until you are ready to plant them in their permanent spots.

If more than one seedling is growing in the same pot, either separate them into individual pots or cut off all but the strongest seedling. DO NOT PULL out the extra seedling, this might harm the roots of the seedling you are keeping.


We have all of the supplies you need for successful seed starting and growing.


Before placing your young plants in their outdoor beds it is necessary to prepare them. This is known as "Hardening off" and gives the plants a chance to acclimate to sunlight, drying winds and temperature changes. Seedlings will wither quickly if planted directly outdoors. Prepare them by placing the trays/pots in a shady protected site for a few hours daily, bringing them inside at night. Over a 1-2 week period, gradually subject them to increased amounts of sun and eventually leave them outside overnight

After this time, they may be planted outdoors, after the danger of frost has passed. Plant in loose, well-drained soil…we recommend Jungle Growth brand of potting soils…water them thoroughly after transplanting, and if possible, move them on an overcast day.

DON'T FORGET to water and fertilize on a regular basis along with your established plants.




When you love gardening and spend a lot of time doing what you love, you want only the best quality plants and products available. Here at Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center our goal is to provide only the best, top quality and unusual plants as well as provide you with ALL of the tools and knowledge necessary to insure your gardening success. We are always available to answer any questions, provide advice and guidance; as well as support you in all of your lawn and garden endeavors. We have all the latest trend information and products for you to keep a step ahead. Stop in or email us through the Contact Us tab, we want to share our passion for plants! As a small family-owned business we appreciate your loyalty and your purchases. By supporting us you are supporting your community and helping to keep local jobs available. THANK YOU !

What is NEW this year ? You will see many changes here at Jim Jenkins this year. We are adding many new services this year, click on the OUR SERVICES tab to see more. Once again, we will be featuring the David Austin brand of roses to our selections as well as many new and unusual perennials that we have not previously offered. We have expanded our tree selection to include many unique varieties and most carry a three year guarantee. Our selection of edibles such as fruit trees and berry shrubs has grown significantly. The exclusive Garden Elements brand of annuals will increase as well as a new line of succulents and cactus. We have added a large selection of miniature foliage plants for terrariums and Fairy gardens. Many new miniature and dwarf conifers are on order as well. The Homegrown Gourmet herb and vegetable varieties have expanded also. Other new additions for us this year is vertical wall planting and an expanded Gift/Décor shop which now includes jams, jellies, wine glasses and more. Click on the NEW FOR 2012 tab to see all that is exciting and new for this year.


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Remember to get your Easter and Spring flags early and stop in soon to get first choice on the all new décor items, gift items, statuary, fountains and more. We would love to discuss your gardening plans for this year and help you in any way possible.


We Are Proud Members of Master Nursery Garden Center, Inc.
What is Master Nursery Garden Center?

Master Nursery Garden Centers, Inc. (MNGC) is a cooperative organization which represents more than 750 premier Independent Garden Centers throughout the united States. Master Nursery members are independent, locally-owned businesses dedicated to helping home gardeners have great gardening experiences. This organization is comprised of leaders in the retail nursery industry who are owners of the finest Garden Centers in the country. Independent Garden Centers must meet strict requirements in order to join MNGC; most importantly they must supply only the highest quality plants and products and provide superior customer service. As an MNGC member, Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center is able to offer exclusive branded lines of plants and products, notably the Garden Elements brand of annuals and Master Nursery soils, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, gloves, tools and more. These products have been researched, developed, and proven to exceed the performance of any other comparable brands. These Master Nursery products and plants are only available to member garden centers.

Jim Jenkins is an active member of The Board Of Directors of Master Nursery Garden Centers. We are proud to be one of only ten garden centers in Western PA belonging to this elite group.