So whats your take on this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Albery's Lawn & Tractor, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The local nursery that myself, and just about every LCO in town has bought our plants from over the past 30 years has started branching out. First it was Hardscaping. No biggie, only one other company here does it, and the Nursery did poor work anyways. But now they have decided to get into lawn care. I understand completely times in most areas are tough, but to try and cut the throat of all us smaller companies who made them what they are today seems pretty messed up to me. This company is just going to hile cheap mexican labor (yes they will be legal) and charge cheap rates, they're advertising $100 per month for weekly service, $115 they'll trim the bushes weekly too, and $135 they'll do fert/chem apps too. Looks like I'm gonna be paying more for my plants and going else where.
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    It's that way here too.

    On craigslist the other day there was a Toro dealer looking for someone to sub some mowing accounts to them for a discount on equipment. Figure that one out.
  3. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,444

    You're on the right track.... we have an equipment dealer here who bought out a lawn care business and moved it behind his shop. That was only a year ago and his "equipment" business has just about come to a compelte halt. NO LCO's are buying anything from him.

    And worse, he lied about it for several months.... said he was just renting the warehouse out back to the guy that bought out the LCO.... when many of us KNEW he'd bought it as the former owner told us who he sold out too.

    And his lawn business is now struggling.... gee too bad.

    I won't buy anything from my competition period. How stupid would you have to be to continue funding them?

    If you guys go to them and tell them the party's over if they continue to cut your throats they may have a change of heart. Otherwise find another vender and do everything you can to help these folks fall on their faces.
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Now that's something I totally agree with. :clapping: It happens from time to time. :laugh:
  5. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have started telling every LCO I meet. I already get my mulch else where and that place sells plants too. I told them that even though they are alot more money, I will only be dealing with them. To me its about principles.
  6. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,601

    you would think that soon enough they would figure it out they are going to lose a lot of customers. around here, there is like ONE nursery that pretty much every lco around here deals with, and they are strictly a nursery. there are a half dozen other independently owned nurseries around here that also get into landscaping in the private sector, and none of the lcos ever buy anything from them.
  7. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    I will gladly pay alittle more for supplies, before I eat CROW!!
  8. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a good story on the same line:

    This little "spanish" lady drove her truck all over Johnston County about 5yrs ago flagging down every LC Company to buy straw from her.
    So we did for yrs! Then she starts selling to every joe in town!
    Well the $ got good and the price keep going up!!!!
    She sold me straw on Friday for xx and Sat the price went up for the same Damn straw that was there on Fri.
    I said no thanks.
    That was a couple yrs ago and well she dont sell straw no more:rolleyes:
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    most the nurserys and landscape supply places around here do lawn care to.
  10. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    Same around here.

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