Hardware Store Prices VS Dealers

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GravelyGuy, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I will have my licensing and experience classes finshed by the end of March and I am going to start advertising my fert. service soon for this spring. I already have a few mowing customers that want me to take care of their fert.

    My question is, are the products from say Ace or Menards more expensive than dealers? I want to do some checking around, but I am really busy right now and I have not had the chance. I am also very new at this and I don't want to go to the dealer and not have a clue what I am asking about.

    Currently all I have is a cheap Scotts type spreader that I use for overseeding etc. If I used Scotts chemicals it would make calibrating easier for me until I get the hang of things.

    I am assuming pricing is fairly simple. I just need to determine my price per 100 SQ. FT. and then factor in the cost of chemicals.

    Any info welcome, don't shout at me I'm really new to this.:laugh:

  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    check out Lesco, UAP, Turf Specialties. you will get much better prices than retail stores. You will also want to get a comercial spreader. I have a extra Lesco spreader I would let you have for $200.
  3. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    And when looking at products, read the label. Often times active ingredients are different when comparing homeowner products to "commercially available" products. You're use rates will be different, so the product at your hardware that's cheaper, will cost you more, because you have to use more.
  4. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 693

    A good distributor would be more than happy to help you out setting up your program. They don't bite, especially the hand that might someday be feeding them.....
  5. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I'll let you know.

    Thanks for the advice guys. I took the day off school today to get my flyers ready and to check on some prices.
  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,250

    Also Gravel Guy, the hardware stores will not have the products you will need. Lesco will probably be your best bet. PBI Gordon will fit into your needs. Check them both out. Good luck.

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