As most of us in the green industry know, John Deere Landscape purchased Lesco, Inc. last year and would officially take total control in January 2008. Well this week,and it sure didn't take long, most of us landscape contractors and lawn care companies in Texas were informed that JDL raised the prices of their fertilizers by fifty (plus) percent --YES, FIFTY- (PLUS)- PERCENT! Being in business for several years, I realize that prices do go up, but give me a break. Us landscape contractors would lose all of our contracts if we tried to raise our contract price by fifty percent! I not only feel completely abused by this move, but I feel that JDL does not even give a hoot about their customers. Why not raise the prices in increments over the next several month. In addition, they waited until the first of the year to tell everyone. All of our 2008 on-going contracts have been increased and signed. In addition, most management companies bid their properties at the end of the year . Many companies will be losing thousand of dollars. I'm p***** off by this move. I would love some feed back from other companies who are experiencing the same thing.