Maria2354 Fernandina Beach, FL (Zone 8b) (9 reviews) February 28, 2007
I have been ordering from them for years (Nutristar Hibiscus fertilizer). Considering the weight, their shipping charges are reasonable and I don’t know how they get the orders shipped from TX to FL so fast! Would recommended to Dave's Garden readers
rjuddharrison Houston, TX (Zone 9a) (2 reviews) February 19, 2007
Southwest fertilzer has the widest variety of Garden products in a single location I have ever seen.
The customer service mentioned in the above review must be consistent, as my experiences there are a pleasant one. They have a computer on hand and will help you narrow choices if need to.
The Hibiscus fertilzer is an 18-10-28 is a great product, and works great on most tropicals. The most surprising is Papaya trees. Another great product I've still not seen at another retailer to date is Alfalfa pellets, that are infused with Sea Weed extract, mollases, fish emulsion and cotton seed. It is an excellent product, and certainly having these ingredients combined, saves money down the line.
I usually go to SW Fertilzer twice a year, Spring and Fall, completely stocking up.
vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) (113 reviews) February 17, 2007
what I think I'm most impressed with is their staff. Everybody is well trained, and if they don't know something they go find somebody that does. This is the place where I buy stuff I can't find anywhere else. Totally recommend this place.
FlipTX Pasadena, TX (13 reviews) February 10, 2007
The website is good, but if you live within driving distance, don't pass up a chance to visit the store. It's not fancy from outward appearances but it is very well-stocked with fertilizers, soil amendments, bulk and packaged seeds, as well as onions and seed potatoes.
But the most impressive thing to me was the excellent customer service. The guy who helped me was knowledgeable, friendly, and very helpful. Too often I've been to other places where I've been greeted with impatience, but not here. I'll shop there again ASAP.
Southwest Fertilizer is a fabulous resource that caters to gardeners often-obscure requests. They are for instance, the only supplier I have found in the area to provide quality composted sheep manure. They also carry many regionally customized products such as Space City Hibiscus Fertilizer, formulated by the members of the Space City Hibiscus Club in Houston, this water-soluble product has an 18-10-28 analysis and all the trace elements needed to maximize the quantity and quality of hibiscus blooms.
SWF carries green sand, bean inoculants, worm castings, and 50 lb bags of corn meal for about $10.00. Rather than drag a cart all over creation and piling it to the rafters with purchases as is the case with big box stores, they helpfully assist the customer with a series of designated open computer screens dedicated to recording your every purchase desire. The customer need only tell the employee “20 bags of sheep manure, five of this item, and seven of that…..” and they will efficiently keep track of the gardener’s needs until they tally the damage at checkout.
After checkout, another employee efficiently collects your purchases and loads them onto a dolly then places them into your vehicle.
They carry everything from Bag Balm to soothe dry garden hands, to riding tractors and motorized equipment.
They are a wonderful local resource for gardeners.