Local green thumb gardeners now have a new option for sprucing up their gardens this spring.

Local green thumb gardeners now have a new option for sprucing up their gardens this spring.

Kurtz Brothers Nursery held its grand opening celebration last weekend on Westerville's south side, at 6125 Westerville Road. The company was founded in Cleveland as a topsoil distributor, according to customer service manager Jeff Stemler. He said Westerville's location will sell both soil products and plants.

"Kurtz Brothers started just doing mulch and topsoil, but the company has been very involved in the waste resource industry and a plant nursery was the next logical step," Stemler said. "Customers can come in and pick up plants, and the mulch and topsoil to go along with them as well."

Sales manager Jeff Moore said while the Westerville location has been open for a few weeks, last weekend marked its introduction to the general public.

"Business has been going well so far. I think the weather has worked out well for us," he said. "Friday we had our grand opening to our commercial landscapers, and Saturday was our celebration for the general public."

Stemler said Kurtz Brothers has historically focused on supplying the wholesale market of professional landscapers but in the last year has made more of an effort to reach the average gardener. Moore compared the nursery to a shopping experience similar to Costco, where customers may find fewer selections that are considered higher quality.

"The value to (home gardeners) is they can come in and get a really nice product at a good price," he said.

Moore added that the Kurtz Brothers Nursery carries a full line of perennials, shrubs and trees, along with annual plants and hanging baskets.

"It's about a five-acre piece of property that's spacious for homeowners to come through, and there's really a lot of room and lots of products for them to pick from," he said.

Kurtz Brothers Nursery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. More information is available online at www.kurtz-bros.com.

lrice@thisweeknews.com