As the economy continues to reel from the Great Recession, supporting local businesses is more important than ever. We now live in a world where big-box retailers provide every needed product and service in one convenient location. And with this convenience has come pain for small, local operations that focus on one particular product, service or industry.
More and more, people are choosing to give their business to the big stores for their plants and shrubbery rather than paying a visit to their local nursery or garden center. While many of these big retailers offer prices many smaller operations simply can’t compete with, opting to purchase from a local garden nursery offers several benefits that aren’t available from chain stores.
Benefit No. 1: Knowledge
Many of the garden centers and nurseries at mega-stores are overseen by persons not familiar with proper gardening or planting techniques, and therefore, are unable to answer many questions you might have about your landscape.
At your local nursery, you can depend on those working there to have the answers and knowledge you need to make sure you’re doing the right things to keep your plants and shrubs in optimum health. The people who run garden nurseries are masters of their craft, and know what needs to be done to ensure your landscape remains healthy and vibrant throughout the entire season(s).
Benefit No. 2: Quality
While many of the employees at superstores do their best to keep the plants in good shape, you can’t expect them to know or be using proper techniques to keep their shrubbery supply healthy. Therefore, the quality of plants you buy at a big store might not be as good as you may want or expect.
Local garden centers, however, do their best with the proper knowledge and expertise to keep shrubs and plants in the best health, so they continue to bloom and seed season after season. You can expect the plants you buy to be of great quality since they were grown by persons interested in gardening.
Benefit No. 3: Variety
Big-box retailers carry only products and items gardens nursery they know will sell to the mass populace, so it can be troublesome at times to find “niche” wares and materials. Therefore, to find a particular item, you might have to extend your search to local businesses.
Gardening is no different. If you’re looking for a particular plant which doesn’t appeal to most people, you’ll have more luck finding it at a local nursery than you would at the nearby super-center. And if they don’t have it, most nursery owners and workers can lead you in the right direction toward finding it.
These are only a few of the many reasons why you should support your local garden nursery. These businesses are dedicated to helping you find great plants and shrubs, and keeping your landscape healthy. Help them by giving them your business.