Buyer Beware of tree and shrub and sod companies that include "free" plants with the cost of planting and landscaping or offered at a price that seems "too good to be true".
The Colorado Department of Agriculture Program Manager for Plant Health Laura Pottorff says there are people who look to scam consumers. She says make sure the company is a registered nursery.
"We have had complaints in the past. Certain businesses that are not registered that were selling, maybe selling isn't right word. They were offering the nursery stock for free and charging people to plant."
Pottorff says always check to see if the company is registered if you're looking for deals through social media.
More often than not, the quality of the plants included with these too-good-to-be-true landscaping offers is very poor and does not meet minimum industry or mandated standards in the Colorado Nursery Act And because trees and other landscape plants are a significant investment made to add value to our property she says to be wise and informed.
Pottorff says it is allowed to harvest trees from native areas but those trees must be labeled and treated much differently than a nursery grown tree that has been irrigated and treated from the beginning.