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How SL&G got started

Suburban Lawn & Garden was started by Bill Stueck in the early 1950's as a lawn mowing business while he was in grade school. In the fifty plus years since, Suburban has grown into a multi-faceted retail, wholesale and service organization dedicated to the principles of growing superior products, providing excellent service and always delivering great value.
SL&G now operates three garden centers/nurseries:

105th & Roe, Overland Park, KS
135th & Wornall, Kansas City, MO (Martin City)
K-7 & Prairie Star Pkwy, Lenexa, KS, (open Spring 2011).

Suburban has two growing facilities that supply nearly 75% of the trees, shrubs and bedding plants sold at the nurseries. Suburban also maintains a yard-waste recycling center which accepts yard-waste for recycling into mulch and soil products.

The Lawn Care Department operates out of a facility adjacent to the Yard Waste Recycling Center and provides full service grounds maintenance to many customers both commercial and residential. Services include mowing, turf and tree fertilization, shrub pruning and lawn renovation.

Suburban has a truck shop that maintains a fleet of 150 vehicles used for delivering our many products and transporting our lawn care crews.  Also at this facility, Suburban bags the soils and mulches sold at our nurseries under the Summer Field Farms label. A four-man crew assembles 2000 bags of mulch or soil products each day.

Did you know?
Our 40-acre Greenhouse nursery is big, but if you spread out all the mulch that Suburban sells every year it would cover the whole facility 10 ½ inches deep.

The corporate office, at 136th & Wyandotte, is Suburban Lawn & Garden’s nerve center. At the height of the Spring season our ranks swell to 400 employees ranging from cashiers to construction workers. Each Suburban employee is charged with the responsibility of performing to high standards, ensuring customer satisfaction and providing all of our services in a friendly, helpful manner.

Click to see larger image.105th & Roe

This original 12 acre facility has been in existence since the mid 1960’s. Back then a 40’x100’ building housed offices, a truck shop and a small garden center. Now enlarged and remodeled  several times over the years, it operates exclusively as a retail/wholesale nursery, featuring  an excellent selection of ornamental shrubs, trees, flowers, tropical plants, statuary and unique garden gifts. This original Suburban facility remains our flagship store due to years of great support from our customers.

Click to see larger image.135th & Wornall

This facility is the relocated site of Suburban’s second store which operated for over 10 years at 135th & State Line Road. In 2002, Suburban moved the historic barn down 135th Street to Wornall Road. The state-of-the-art greenhouse was constructed in just over 2 years, mostly by Suburban employees. At just over an acre, this open-roof structure is now the gateway to 40 acres brimming with fresh plant material. So much more than just a greenhouse or nursery, there is something fun for the whole family. Tour 40 acres of ready-to-plant large trees and shrubs in a golf cart, slide and swing on Creative Playthings playsets, feed the ducks at the pond or munch on popcorn and enjoy the sunshine.

Click to see larger image.K-7 & Prairie Star Pkwy

Our newest facility opened in March of 2011. Shop from a great selection of shrubs, annuals, perennials, containers, garden supplies, soils, mulches and landscape rock. Located at the Northwest corner of Prairie Star Pkwy and K-7 Hwy, this new nursery is undergoing a state-of-the-art renovation, and will eventually carry our complete line of locally grown garden merchandise from Annuals to Zebra Grass.

Great selection, great value
Our selection is so vast it can be a little overwhelming at first! We understand – that is why we have maps (updated weekly) that show you where to find specific varieties and direct you to special sales. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer questions and assist in finding the perfect plant.

Did you know?
Fast lines: On the busiest day in spring, each Suburban cashier will ring an average of one sale every 115 seconds.

Growing Ranges:  Volume  Variety  Value
Suburban has two plant farms in the greater Kansas City area. We have a veritable army of plant specialists working year-round to bring you the best, healthiest plants, trees and shrubs. Growing our plants also gives us the ability to make sure we always have a good selection at our stores. A fresh load of plants is only 30 minutes away. Suburban can special order any plant we grow and get it in quickly without extra freight expenses.

Click to see larger image.The “Gardner” Farm in Edgerton, KS, is comprised of over 300 acres with dozens of greenhouses for growing annuals, perennials and groundcovers.  Along with the “tried and true” varieties that are always in demand and have proven to do well in our growing zone, our horticulturists also provide some of the newer trendier plant brands. During the spring, up to five semi-trailers of plants are shipped daily to our two retail locations. The Gardner Farm also grows thousands of hardy mums for fall and poinsettias for the Christmas season. Gardner is also the site for the production of thousands of shade and ornamental trees and flowering and evergreen shrubs.

Click to see larger image.The “Cleveland” Farm in Cass County, Mo, was established in 2002 to expand our tree production. Every year, Suburban has plants thousands of young trees at this new, 260 acres farm. Each tree receives special attention throughout the year. Our goal; to grow only premium quality, specimen grade trees that will transplant to our customers’ landscapes and thrive for decades. We now provide freshly dug, large trees to other nurseries across the country as well as to our 135th & Wornall store.

Direct from the grower plant farms mean that you can buy directly from the grower, and therefore at competitive prices. 

Click to see larger image.Yard-waste & Recycling Center

Located at 139th & Wyandotte in south Kansas City, the SL&G Yard-waste and Recycling Center processes a million pounds of organic material every year to make great mulch and soil amendments. We carefully monitor the composting process each step of the way. First, the organic materials are double ground in a1000 horse power HOGZILLA tub grinder. Next we blend the wastes together to achieve the ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio. Once properly blended, the material is hauled to fields where it is laid out in wind rows so it can be turned and watered. We monitor temperature and nutrient levels and make certain the organics go through the four stages of the decomposition process. Finally, the finished product is screened to remove any particles larger than 3/8 of an inch.

All this work culminates in finished products that are excellent soil amendments to add to your gardens and flower beds. Sold in bulk or in bags under the Summerfield brand name, it is a great value.