Big box stores—those being physically large retail establishments, usually part of a chain—have their place when it comes to convenience. The “all-in-one” shopping experience means you can pick up everything from groceries to linens and even hardware and equipment. But is a big box store really your best bet for gardening and landscaping supplies?
There are some reasons why you might be selling yourself short if you choose the local big box store over a nursery. Here are some things to consider before making that decision.
Professional Purchase Guidance
One of the biggest downfalls of going to a big box store is the lack of knowledge and experience. If you know what you’re looking for, this might not be an issue. But if you have any sort of questions about what plants will work best on your specific property, or what mulch product is best for you, you’re likely out of luck.
At Nature’s Mulch, we can say from experience that people have a lot of questions when it comes to their landscape.
They want to know…
And those are honestly just some of the questions we get on a regular basis. But if you ask these types of questions at a big box store, they’re likely not going to have answers.
In their defense, landscape supplies are just some of hundreds and hundreds of different products they carry, and they can’t be expected to be educated on all of them. Unless they have personal experience using any of the products they carry, there’s a good chance they aren’t going to be able to provide you with much guidance.
The lack of knowledge and experience from employees at big box stores really does leave you on your own not only when making a selection amongst various products but also after you apply or install them. You certainly can’t return to the store or call them up after buying something to ask questions about how to use it.
But when you purchase through a trusted nursery, you gain a partner who wants to provide you with ongoing guidance. They want to see you succeed.
At Nature’s Mulch, we get lots of questions after clients have gone home with our products and we’re always happy to help.
For instance, people want to know: What is this growing on my mulch?
Or, sometimes they want answers on how to water plants that they’ve installed.
Maybe they don’t even have a question about a product or material they purchased, but a more general landscaping question such as, what can I do about summer pests?
We love being available to guide our clients through the process of creating a landscape that they love.
Varying Levels of Quality
Another big problem with purchasing landscaping products from a big box store is that they often carry subpar products. These inexpensive mulches or grass seed might seem appealing based on price, but as with most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for.
Take mulch, for instance. A lot of people don’t realize that not all mulches are created equally. But what your mulch is made from can have a significant impact on its effectiveness.
At Nature’s Mulch, we are using 100-percent virgin timber. The higher the mulch quality, the longer it’s going to last and the overall healthier (and more effective) it will be to your landscape.
Grass seed is the same way. The quality of the grass seed that you buy is of the utmost importance to its success. Unfortunately, many grass seeds sold at big box stores contain a tremendous amount of filler. This could just be paper that takes up space or, even worse, it could actually be “weed seeds” that come from undesirable and cheaper turf types.
However, when you purchase from a trusted nursery, you can feel confident that you’re getting high-quality grass seed without all the added filler. That’s going to have a direct impact on your results.
Your Trusted Partner
At Nature’s Mulch, we want to be your trusted partner in a successful landscape. That means we’re here to answer your questions and guide you through the process in any way that we can help.