Hess Lawns 2013

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by ed2hess, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    @ ETPRO There's a lot of good prices to be found at New Summerfield. For us the drive isn't worth it for the prices we pay. Not to mention having to keep everything weeded and watered before we plant it.
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  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We set up an area at our shop where we can bring in a couple hundred flat of flowerss and other plants and have them watered. We almost got bite this year when we got a near freeze the nite after we got the flowers. It did knock back all the potota vines a little and perwinkles had a little damage. But I put growth juice on them and they do almost as good as nursery. We are at $12.50 of flat of 25. We can get them direct from colorspot if we order 100 flats but they would be more but bigger.
     
  3. ETPRO

    ETPRO LawnSite Senior Member
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    Only annuals perennials and some hanging baskets come from New Summerfield. We get a truck every Tuesday during color changes. I might add that those prices I shared were delivered prices with a minimum order. We only order what we can install in a week. With the maintenance routes we have we had no problem filling 4 orders. Last order was two weeks ago and we still have a few stragglers left at the shop but they will be gone in the next 2 weeks.

    I griped about the price, but I can say the quality was spot on. Except I passed on the pentas.

    We purchase our perennials and shrubs for our install jobs at House in Tyler. They will deliver for a fee. Not a bad deal if you are getting an order of over $800-1000. Their prices are 30-50% lower than what you just listed. Trees we are getting straight for the grower. I can't find decent sized trees anywhere local or at any nursery. (And I am talking at least 30 gal and up.)

    But there is a lot to be said for not having to drive anyway or worry about what you might get sent on a delivery.
     
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I stand corrected on New Summerfield. There's around 20 nurseries down there, i was thinking one had shrubs.
    That is a lot better deal. It's just not worth the hassle to me. I have a good nursery that is very conveniently located that grows a lot of their own stuff. We make a nice profit off of the prices we get from them so I'm going to stick with that. With that said I wish there was a wholesaler less than a Hr a way.
     
  5. ETPRO

    ETPRO LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am sure there is one of them with shrubs. I just haven't gone looking for them yet. Most of them are annuals & perennials.
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  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    New board on one of our HOA properties wanted to leave last summer flowers go across he winter and see what happens. And this year they want to plant perennials to fill the beds . Here is how that looks

    On this bed every one of the plants came back. Darn magnolia keeps
    dropping leaves in bed ....we clean it weekly
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    This bed had to many sweet potatoes come back up. I had to thin
    out this week so I could see the flowers. We did put in a few new flowers

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    A couple pictures of the zoysia we put in a couple months ago. It has
    the soil moisture enhancer
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    This bed was planted this winter by dividing existing plants
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  7. ETPRO

    ETPRO LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking good Hess!
     
  8. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Having issues with our Vincas/Periwinkles at a property we did a little install on. They are dying right after we put them in (I've replaced them once). What would you put in instead? They are getting plenty of water.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Replace them with penta......when planting vinca always ask for Cora but now those have the same problem. We have some beds with vinca that are simply beautiful and across the street a bed that they all died.
     
  10. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's how it is there, the ones at the entrance of this subdivision are great, but mine all died. I think these were Cora but not sure.
     

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