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Savings on Spring Garden and Yard Preparations
Including Free City Mulch Programs
Date: April 1, 2009
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts

Spring is here and summer is rapidly approaching. Although many parts of the country seem to still be feeling the grasp of winter, it is still a good time to put the green thumb to work and get that yard and those plants ready for the coming warmer weather.

Every spring many of us seem to find ourselves in one of the garden or home centers looking for potting soil, those spring flowers or a new pair of gloves. Most of us probably visit one of the large home center chains because they seem to have everything you need at reasonable prices, but they probably do not offer a senior discount and if you have questions, you may have to wait to speak to someone.

We at SeniorDiscounts suggest going to one of the local garden or home centers. Many local and regional stores provide discounts for older customers and with these discounts the prices can be comparable to those of larger chains. Smaller stores also rely on their attention to customer's needs in order to compete with the larger stores. This translates to a staff that is generally more available and knowledgeable for your gardening questions.

While Ace Hardware stores may seem like a large retail chain, most of the stores are owned by local business people as franchises. This translates to many of the Ace Hardware locations across the country offering a discount to their mature customers. While they may not have everything a large retailer has, one can find most everything you would need for the garden.

Senior discounts at the local stores and at Ace Hardware stores are typically 10%, but could be higher. Garden center discounts are usually available to people 55 years of age and older while home improvement centers may start at 60 or 62 years of age. It is also common for these discounts to only be available on certain days of the week, usually a Tuesday or Wednesday.

It is always a good idea to call your local home or garden center to inquire about its discounts policy ahead of time. Most of these stores will not advertise the discount in the store or on its web site, but its staff should be able to tell you if one is available over the phone.

If you need some ground cover for your yard, many local municipalities will provide free mulch as long as you know to ask for it. For instance, the city of Chicago provides free mulch as long as it is available, and they even deliver. Check with your local Forestry or Sanitation department. You will most likely have to pick up your own mulch, as most places will not deliver.

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