Buying Wholesale

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GardenDoorNW, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. GardenDoorNW

    GardenDoorNW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Where do most of you buy your fertilizers and grass seed.
    Do you buy wholesale, or pay retail cost.
    Starting this spring and could use some direction.
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    If you can buy wholesale, why even consider retail? We buy our chemicals from Lesco because they are really close & there isn't anyone closer than 20 miles.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Check around for wholesale. Insane to pay the retail prices when you are trying to make the profit here.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    There are some things you should consider first. Are you just going to do lawn care? Will you be buying plants, rock, lighting, and other things for landscaping? If you are then you need to file for a FEIN (federal Employer Identification number) even if you don't have any employees at this time. You will also need to file for a state tax ID number as well. With these two items you will be able to buy wholesale all you will need to do is take these in to the company's you will be doing business with and they will make copies and make a file for your business and thats it. You do not have to have a FEIN to buy wholesale but if you will be doing work (mowing, landscaping, maintnance) for busineses who will be filing a 1099 at the end of the year you will have to provide that number to them or give them your social security number. So if you don't like everyone having your social security number get a FEIN. I would suggest that you take the time to do this, it will save you alot of money in the short term and alot more in the long term.
  5. Pennings Gardens

    Pennings Gardens LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    For landscapers and small garden center these are great, I don't think they are nation wide but for the guys up in the north east this works...

    the biggest problem for the smaller guys (and even the big guys are small in the eyes of a wholesaler) is the minimum orders. with these 2 companies there is as good as no minimum orders. when you are set up as a customer you will get a huge catalog with everything from grass seed to hoses and chemicals to birdbaths, you think of it the have it. you will pay a little more then direct wholesale, but a lot less then retail.

    good luck,

    Pennings gardens
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Lesco seems to be the most popular around here.
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    john deere landscapes is another good source.
    They treat us very well, and we are very happy with thier products, and price.

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