When I started my business in January of 2003, a quality bag of Lesco fertilizer was running around $10.50 per bag. Then the Lesco sales reps start pointing their fingers at natural gas prices. They burn natural gas to produce fertilizer. The price for a bag of Lesco fertlizer, I stopped buying from them in 2008, I think it peaked around 28 bucks last summer...and that's buying it several pallets at a time. Ok, so natural gas is about where it was before all this BS started. I spoke with my Lesco guy last week and he's saying fert prices are down about $3 a bag. WTF!!! Anyone know what we can expect to pay for fert this season? The chain stores (Home Depot/Lowes) were selling 50 pound bags of fert for about the same or even less than what I was paying to buy in bulk. The problem is, the chain stores don't have a bag that would work for me...it's either got iron (stains on concrete) or it's got broadleaf herbicide (kills client's pansies/flowers) or it's got too much phosphorus (promotes flowering on bermuda...ugly). I just don't understand why the chains stores can sell a 50 pound bag of stuff for less than what I pay to buy it on a commercial/bulk level.