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Bulk purchases of fertilizer

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    I've finally grown my business to the point that I can buy fertilizer by the pallet. I am in the process of negotating a 2 pallet (2 ton) purchase of 34-3-11 from Lesco.

    The fertilizer is 34-3-11 with no iron. 80% quick release. 20% slow release.

    What is a good price per bag (50 pound) when purchasing two tons at a time?

    Thanks,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  2. A.T.A.K

    A.T.A.K LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    We got our 24-2-11 at $7.50 but we bought 14 tons at a time
     
  3. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    $7.50????

    Wow. Lesco is at $11.95 a bag and the agent is working to get a better price for me. I still think he'll be above $11 a bag on this.

    What percentage of that 24-2-11 is slow release?

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  4. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    My price in Chicago (buying 1 bag) not a ton is $12.23. Thats on the 34-3-11 20% PPSCU. I have spent less than $1,000 at my lesco (no discounts yet)
     
  5. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    They said they could get me $11.35 a bag.

    That's a 7% discount for a guy who is buying by the pallet as opposed to a bag at a time. Not much of a discount. What would they charge a home owner for a bag of this stuff? It seems there are home owners in there every other time I stop in. The salesmanship and education required to sell a bag of fert to a home owner is tremendous. If Lesco doesn't want me shopping price for two tons of the stuff in a single order, they ought to price accordingly.

    Problem is, I don't know of another wholesale fertilizer distributor in the area. I will find one soon enough and compare prices.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  6. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    I hear you. Price is different by zone though. Their "retail" price is $35. You need to get set up on an account. Then you can go online, get all pricing and availability.
     
  7. A.T.A.K

    A.T.A.K LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    My price is when I by over 12 tons at a time and it's 50% slow release.
     
  8. wally world III

    wally world III LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    i get mine by the ton at my local feed mill................

    now have over 252 clients that i service ...........

    rich think lawns, look great..........

    best lawns you'll ever will see period....................

    cost per bag 7.75 ~~~~ 5.25 depending on compoooosition

    latest prices ............
     
  9. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I don't pretend to be an expert, but why would you apply 80% quick release in the spring to lawns you have to mow?
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    I just bought 1 ton, in 50lb bags. It is 15-5-10. Paid $10.00/bag, or $400.00/ton. Last year I paid $7.50/bag at the same supplier.
     

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