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2008 Fertilizer Prices - Major Increases

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by master gardener, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. master gardener

    master gardener LawnSite Member
    from Mich
    Messages: 26

    I've been told by my Lesco/John Deere rep who I have been doing business with for 17 years that my cost for the fertilizer products I use last year will be 64% higher. Have you been hearing the same. And can you suggest other suppliers. We are in Michigan. Thanks,
  2. SpreadNSpray

    SpreadNSpray LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 363

    Yes, fertilizer prices are going up all over. For many reasons including the need for more corn. I hear if the US can start importing urea from Russia that will help with some of the fertilizer prices. 64% seems high. 20%-30% is what I've seen. It Should be an interesting year.
  3. master gardener

    master gardener LawnSite Member
    from Mich
    Messages: 26

    I thought so also. Have you raised your prices for this year.
  4. SpreadNSpray

    SpreadNSpray LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 363

    I raised prices at the end of the 2007 lawn care season effective for 2008. I was anticipating a fertilizer price increase of 10%-20% for 2008. So I'm not too far off. We will have to see what happens.
  5. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    If you do a search on here you will see this has been a major topic for the last 3-4 months!

    Fert prices may be going up a little due to ethanol...but it is mostly due to exports and petroleum!

    You are correct that prices are up almost 60% from last winter...but they have only gone up about 30% since this fall.

    If you havn't gotten your fert you may want to. The big talk now is SHORTAGE! There may not be enough to go around for 08!
  6. ExecutiveLawns

    ExecutiveLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    yea i was just at lesco friday getting new prices for this year for new bids and yea i noticed around a 20% increase from last year. good thing i didnt bid out too much last fall
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,052

    Check your PM.
  8. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Yes, it's gone up, but it's gone up at some suppliers more than others. Lesco gave me a price for my 2nd, 3rd and 4th fert app 25-5-11 50% that works out to $2.08/M, while another supplier, a reputable one that has been around for some time is at $1.42/M. That isn't the cheap stuff, It's Lebanon 20-8-8 50%. But, the Lesco guys insist that they are just passing along costs.

    I'd suggest shopping around.
  9. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    I agree. There's already 10 or so posts in this very forum that are dedicated to this topic.
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,559

    I was at Home Depot Yesterday. They were selling Lesco fertilizer with crabgrass control (not sure of analysis) 50 pounds for 25.97. Covers 12,000 sqft. Not sure--probably last year's left over supply.

    24-2-11 was 19.99, 50 pounds.

    Weed killer (Ortho Home Depot product in black bottle) was 5.97 per quart.

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