I have a garden full of mature plants, shrubs and tree's.
The previous owner was a landscape gardner and spent a fortune o
beautiful growing things.
I am expecting my first child and want to make the garden kid friendly
you know grass, somewhere to play that sort of thing.
Now I know that some of the Bamboo's and chinese maples I have ar
worth money, I was hoping to sell them to finance the project.
My problem is, I have no idea where to sell them or who to contact.
I think "bother" is the operative word here. Putting aside the fact that
there is nothing anti-child about mature trees or bamboo or that your child
won't be running around the garden for a few years, there isn't much of a
market for used plants. Sure, if you have some extraordinarily rare
specimen, you might find a buyer. The simple fact is that people are taking
a big chance on buying mature plants that are being removed by an armature.
Furthermore, you would have to spend some time and money advertising your
plants. You would also have to identify them. Bamboo isn't an adequate
description. The plants would have to be removed and transported by
someone. If you expect the buyer to do this, you are really limiting your
market and you would have to endure strangers coming to your home and
removing the plants. There is liability there. Plants generally come with
some sort of guarantee. Local nurseries discount their plants by 30% if you
buy them without a guarantee. Even then, the plants are ready to take home,
or for an additional fee, you can arange for delivery. Many people pay for
professionals to plant large, expensive specimens for them. I assume you
don't plan to offer the plants already in containers, nor will you offer a
guarentee, delivery, or planting. That means that your plants will be worth
very little even if you find someone who is willing to come over, dig,
transport, and plant them without a guarantee. A five gallon container of
bamboo might sell for $75 from a specialty nursery. Yours might be worth
$25 at best. That won't buy much garden renovation. Frankly, I would get
some professional advice before doing anything. You could end up removing a
specimen and then spending a lot of money replacing it with something
inferior. If the garden designer recommends removing the plants, perhaps
he/she could find someone to buy them. Most likely the best you will do is
to find someone to remove the plants at no charge, thus saving you the
expense of removal and disposal.
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