AT OUR HOME, debate over what to do in the yard and when to do it is more vigorous
than the lawn. This is why Costco’s simple, year-round landscape maintenance program,
featuring the correct lawn and garden products brought in at the right time to each warehouse in the United States, is sweet music to my ears.
Costco’s lawn and garden team works with some of the leading landscape experts in the
country to plan each warehouse’s personalized lineup. They intentionally keep offerings to a
minimum, focusing on exceptional products that perform as promised when used correctly.
“Retailers who bring in last year’s products on sale or cheap ‘good-for-all’ merchandise
don’t help, because what’s good for one area of the country is not necessarily correct for
another,” says Costco lawn and garden buyer Kari Haugen. “Costco provides easy solu-
tions that are garden fresh and customized to fit each region’s unique growing zone.
“For most of the country, and in order to get your yard off to a good start, Costco’s
early spring gardening products are most likely arriving now, in February. Colder areas,
such as northern Nevada, Colorado and Alaska, usually have March delivery dates,” Kari adds.
Surprised at this early start date (the hubby and I usually don’t begin working in the
yard until late March or early April), I ask Kari for additional gardening tips. On the follow-
ing pages are some of her suggestions plus a look at the products available at Costco.
Consumer reporter Pat Volchok
gives a behind-the-scenes look at
Costco products and services. Send
your questions about this article to: