Garden product comparison survey reveals pre-Easter price levels

A survey comparing prices for 44 best-selling garden essentials carried out 10 days before Easter has revealed Blue Diamond as the most competitive garden centre chain, with the cheapest prices for 24 out of 44 products. Wyevale proved the most expensive on 29 of the products.

Blue Diamond Redfields: compared well on prices
Blue Diamond Redfields: compared well on prices

The survey, collated by mdj2 associates, looked at prices for products in lawn care, plant feeds, pest and disease and compost categories. It included prices from Hilliers Liss, Squire's Milford, Wyevale Rake, Blue Diamond Redfields, Notcutts Cranleigh, B&Q Farnborough, Homebase Horsham, Wilkinsons Online, The Range Online and Wickes Online.

When all outlets were factored in, B&Q came out as cheapest on 29 of the 44 products examined, while Wilkinsons was the cheapest overall for 12 lines.

Commenting on the results, mdj2 associates director Andy Newman said: "While it was no surprise to see B&Q unleashing their massive buying power, we didn't expect to see Wyevale come out most expensive on a large number of lines, with Blue Diamond taking the lead as the most competitive garden centre chain. Clearly price is only one piece of the puzzle, with the garden centres better placed than the DIY sheds to deliver a great in-store experience for customers over the Easter period."

Mdj2 2015 Garden Price Monitor:  Shelf-edge prices collected on 24th March 2015 (Prices in £)

  Hillier Liss Squires Milford Wyevale Rake Blue Diamond Redfields Notcutts Cranleigh

B&Q Farnb-

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Homebase Horsham Wilkinsons Online The Range Online Wickes Online
Evergreen Complete Spreader 100 sqm 11.99
 9.99  12.99  9.99  11.99  10  9.99    9.99  10.99
Evergreen Complete Refill 80sqm  9.99  7.99  10.99  7.99    5  7.99  5    8.99
Aftercut All-In-One Spreader 80sqm      13.99  12.99    13.47  10.99  12    11.99
Aftercut Lawn Thickener 80sqm  12.99      8.99    7.81  7.99  7    6.99
Lawnbuilder Lawn Food+Moss 100sqm      12.99  10.99  10.99    9.59      
Miracle Gro Patch Magic Spreader 13 patch    9.99  9.99  9.99  9.99  8.52  9.59      9.99
Gro-Sure Fast Acting Lawn Seed 30sqm  11.99  12.99  12.99
     9.73  9.99      10
Weedol Lawn RTU 800ml      5.49  4.99  5.99  4.92  4.99  4.50    
Resolva Lawn Weed killer 1L RTU  4.99  4.99  5.99  4.99    4.52  4.99  3    5.99
Tomorite  3.99  3.99  4.49 3.99  3.99  3    2.95  2.99  3.99
 Gro-Sure tomato Concentrate 1L
 3.99    4.49        4.49      3.49
 Baby Bio Original 175ml
 2.49    3.49  3.99      2.99  1.95    
 Bone Meal 3-3.5kg
 6.99  6.99  6.99  5.99  6.99  4  7.99      4.49
 Miracle Gro All Purpose liquid Plant Food 1L
   3.99  4.99  3.99  4.49  3.86  4.99  2.95  3.99  3.49
 Gro-Sure all purpose concentrate 1L
 4.99    4.49      2.87  4.49      3.49
 Miracle Gro All Purpose Continuous Release 1kg
 4.99  5.99  6.49  4.99  5.99  4.96  6.99  5 4.99
 
 Miracle Gro Azalea, Camelia & Rhodo 1L
   5.99  5.49  4.99  4.79    5.99    3.99  
 Phostrogen All Purpose Soluble 800g
 4.49  5.49  4.99  4.99  6.49    5.99  4.50  3.99  
 Miracle Gro All Purpose Soluble 1kg
 5.49  5.99  5.99  4.99  4.99  3    3.95  3.99  4.99
 Bayer Toprose 1kg
 3.99  4.99  3.99    3.99  3.92    2.75  3.99  
 Weedol Rootkill Plus Liquidose 6 tubes
 11.99  11.99  12.99  9.99  13.99  9.87  9.99  9.50  9.99  
 Weedol Rootkill Plus RTU 1L
 4.99  4.99  5.49  2.99  3.99  3.74  4.99  3.25  4.49  3.99
 Pathclear Gun RTU 1L
 5.49  5.99  5.49  5.49  5.99  3.87  5.49      
 Weedol Pathclear Liquid Concentrate 6 tubes
 10.49  11.99  9.99  9.99  13.99  9.87  9.99      
 Roundup Fast Action RTU 1L
 5.99  5.99  5.99  4.99  5.99  3.87  4.99  3.95  4.49  4.79
 Roundup Tree, Stump & Root Killer 250ml
 14.99  16.99    14.99  17.99  14.76  15.99  14  12.99  
 Resolva Path & Patio RTU 3L
 12.99  12.99    12.99    9.87  12.99  10    12.99
 Resolva Path & Patio RTU 1L
 4.99  5.99  5.99  5.99    4.32  4.99    5.99  4.49
 Bayer Garden Rootkill RTU 1L
   5.99      4.99    3.99  3.50    
 Bayer Slug & Snail Killer 1kg
 5.29  5.99        3.87  4.99  4    
 Slug Clear 250ml
 5.49  6.99  6.99  5.99  6.99    6.49      
 Own Brand/Entry Slug Killer 650-800g
 5.99  5.99    3.99  5.29  3.42 2.99
 1.95    
 Provado Ultimate Bug Killer RTU 1L
 4.99  5.49  5.49  3.99  4.49  4.57  4.99  3.75    
 RoseClear Ultra Gun RTU 1L
 5.99  5.99  5.99  4.99  5.49  4.76  5.49  4.50    
 Bug Clear Ultra Gun RTU 1L
 4.49  4.99  5.99  4.99  4.99  3.50  4.99      
 Jeyes Fluid 1L
 15.99  15.99  16.99  14.99  15.99  10.92  11.99      
 Own Brand/Entry Multi-Purpose Compost 50-70L
 4.99  5.99 (3 for £15)
 4.99 (3 for £12)
 4.99 (3 for 12)
 5.99 (3 for 13)
 4.61 (3 for £12)
 4.99 (4 for £15)
     4.49 (4 for £15)
 Own Brand/Entry MP+John Innes 50-60L
 5.99 (2+1 free)
 6.99  5.99 (3 for £15)
 4.99 (3 for £12)
 5.99 (2 for 11)
         5.99 (3 for £12)
 Levington Mutli-Purpose 50L 
       6.99 (2for £12)
 6.99 (2 for £13)
 5.45 (2 for £10)
 6.99 (2 for £10)
     
 Top Soil 25-35L
 4.99 (3 for £10)
 3.99  4.99 (6 for £20)
 2.99 (4 for £10)
 4.49 (2 for £8)
 4 (4 for £12)
 6.99      3.20 (4 for £10)
 Tomato Planter 50L (Tomorite/Gro-Sure)
 4.99 (2 for £8)
 4.99  5.49 (2 for £10)
 4.99 (3 for £12)
 4.99  3.87  4.99      
 Ericaeous 50L
 6.99 (2 for £12)
 6.99 (2 for £12)
 5.99 (3 for £15)
 6.99 (3 for £15)
 6.49 (2 for £12)
 4.87  6.99 (2 for £10)
     4.99
 John Innes No3 25L
 4.99  5.99  4.99  4.99  4.99  4.36  5.99      
 Own Brand/Entry Gro-Bag 33L
 2.99 (4 for £10)
 
 2.49 (6 for £12)
2.99 (4 for £10)
 2.99 (3 for £8)
 2 (5 for £8)
 2.99      

More information from Andy Newman, mdj2 Associates: E: andy@mdj2.co.uk


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