FAQ’s

General FAQ’s

  1. Do all of you carry the same material?
  2. Which is better stone or mulch?
  3. Will you come out to my house and tell me how much material I need?
  4. General Price check questions…
  5. Does HF do installation?
  6. How big is your loader bucket? (How much is “one scoop”?)
  7. How does bagged material compare to bulk?
  8. What is the difference between HF select and the economy materials?
  9. How much material can I fit in my truck or trailer?
  10. Do you sell retail, or just wholesale?
  11. Do I have to load myself?
  12. Do I have to make an appointment to pick up my materials?
  13. Do you sell flowers, trees, and sod?
  14. Are you open all year?

Driveway FAQ’s

  1. What is the best product(s) for a driveway?

Mulch FAQ’s

  1. What is the best/longest lasting mulch?
  2. Which mulch keeps bugs/ant away?
  3. Should I use weed fabric under my mulch?
  4. How thick should I spread my mulch?
  5. Are dyed mulches safe for pets, plants, and kids?
  6. Will dyed mulches stain my driveway?
  7. Why is there fungus growing on my mulch?
  8. What kind of mulch should I use?

Soil FAQ’s

  1. Do you have clay?
  2. What is the best material for grading around a foundation?
  3. What is the difference between screened topsoil and prosoil?
  4. Do you have black dirt?
  5. What is the difference in your soils?
  6. Do you sell dry dirt, and why does it cost more?

Delivery FAQ’s

  1. Do you deliver?
  2. How far in advance do I need to call for a delivery?
  3. Can you deliver more than one product at the same time?
  4. I live 1 mile from your store, why does it cost so much for delivery?
  5. Do you offer free delivery?
  6. How big are your trucks?
  7. Can you deliver into my backyard?
  8. What are frost laws?
  9. If I need two different materials, do I have to pay for a second delivery?
  10. Can I share a delivery with neighbor, and have you dump material in two different locations?
  11. How much can you deliver at a time?
  12. Do I have to come into the store to place a delivery order?
  13. Why can’t some products be dump spread?
  14. I only need 1 yard of “something” delivered, why does it cost so much
  15. Can you dump over a fence?
  16. Why do you charge extra for a dump spread? (and/or double dump)
  17. Why do you charge extra for a split load?

Lawn & Garden FAQ’s

  1. When is the best time to plant grass seed?

Boulder FAQ’s

  1. How do you sell boulders? (or how much are your boulders?)

General FAQ’s

(A) Our stores generally carry the same bulk materials, but it is always a good idea to call ahead before visiting a specific store! Our Dimondale store generally has the largest selection of Brick pavers, Retaining walls, and Water Garden supplies.
(A) This is a personal preference. Bark mulch and stone both have their place for landscaping and both have positive and negative qualities. Bark offers a material that will break down adding valuable nutrients to the soil, and the ability to retain moisture, and is generally cheaper. The drawback to bark/mulch is that you will need to replace it every couple of years. Stone/mulch does not need to be replaced, and is ideal for large areas. The major downfall is that stone does not add nutrients to plants or soil, nor does it retain moisture.
(A) While we don’t actually do landscaping, we are happy to assist you in determining the approximate quantity you may need.
(A) We offer a wide variety of materials to fit any landscaping plans or budget. Please feel free to browse and checkout our displays to find the right one for you. Please feel free to ask us any questions!
(A) Hammond Farms does not install products, but we are happy to recommend qualified landscapers who can assist you with your project needs.
(A) We have ½ yd, 1 yd, and 2 yd buckets to meet your needs. Typically, most people refer to the 1 yard bucket as a “scoop”.
(A) Bulk material is usually cheaper than bagged material.
(A) Our HF select products are premium products made to exacting specifications, and generally last longer and perform better. Our economy products are designed to allow our customers to landscape while saving money.
(A) Each trailer is built differently and therefore can hold varying amount of products. The best way to determine what you can haul is have us carefully load you with a safe amount of product.
(A) We sell retail and wholesale.
(A) No if you have an open bed, truck or trailer we will load.
(A) You can pick up any time we are open!
(A) No, unfortunately we do not.
(A) We are open from April – December. During the winter we have limited store hours, and we are available by appointment only.
Question: What kind of materials can I drop off at your store?
(A) We accept brush, leaves, grass, soil & sod at all of our locations. We also accept concrete at our Dimondale yard.

Driveway FAQ’s

(A) We have many products that work well such as small Ohio limestone, 23A Limestone Gravel, and crushed asphalt, and road gravel. Please see one of our sales staff for more information.

Mulch FAQ’s

(A) Mulch that is made from pine, which generally last longer. Our HF Select mulches are all made from a shredded pine bark, which helps them last longer and maintain their color as well.
(A) Because all mulch is made from wood, none are guaranteed to keep bugs away. However, some people believe that cedar mulch has inherent properties which provide a natural bug deterrent.
(A) We do NOT recommend weed fabric under mulch as the roots from weeds grow into the fabric making it difficult to remove them. We DO recommend installing your mulch 3-4” deep to help retard weed growth.
(A) If you are installing new beds, we recommend 4” thick. If you’re topdressing, usually 2” will work.
(A) We use an all natural dye that is safe for pets, plants, and people!
(A) Yes it will, but it will eventually disappear. We strongly recommend placing a tarp down before having mulch dumped on your driveway to eliminate stain issues.
(A) Some mulch is more susceptible to fungus than others. Excessive moisture can compound the problem. Aerating your mulch can help to reduce fungus and mold
(A) Mulch selection is just personal preference. We do however recommend our HF Select Color Enriched Mulches as they last longer and look nicer.

Soil FAQ’s

(A) We do have un-screened soils that contain clay. Please call to check the availability of that product as it varies day to day.
(A) Soil that compacts is a good material to use. We suggest our Prosoil, however there are a number of variables that would help determine the answer to this question based on your circumstances. Any of our sales staff is capable of helping you with this decision.
(A) Our screened topsoil is basic topsoil that has been screened. Our Prosoil which is the soil most people choose is a blend of screened topsoil, compost and sand. It is ideal for lawns, gardens, and planting beds.
(A) Yes, we have different types of soil types. Depending on your needs, we can recommend which will be the best for your application.
(A) We have several types of soil depending on your project needs. Our most popular soil is Prosoil, which is a blend of screened topsoil with some compost and sand. This soil is ideal for lawn, gardens, and planting beds. We also offer finished compost, made from organic material, and blended compost which is a blend of topsoil and finished compost. Our screened topsoil is topsoil that has been screened.
(A) We do sell dry dirt that is stored inside year round to ensure that it is excellent workable material, especially during inclement weather. The higher cost is due to the extra handling and expense in storing the dry material.

Delivery FAQ’s

(A) Yes, we have delivery available. We can usually deliver the same day.
(A) We offer same day delivery. During the busy season it is generally a good idea to call ahead to ensure that you get your products when you need them.
(A) We have trucks that are capable of delivering limited quantities of two products at the same time, while keeping them separate. Please see one of our knowledgeable sales staff for more information.
(A) Most of the delivery cost is not reflected in the distance traveled but costs such as fuel, maintenance, insurance and the time required to load and unload.
(A) We do have a delivery charge, however if you would like to save a delivery fee, you may come to any of our locations and pick up the materials yourself.
(A) We have trucks of all sizes to accommodate your needs. If you have ANY questions with regards to our trucks, please see one of our knowledgeable sale staff.
(A) In most cases yes – our drivers do their best to place the material where requested, however, we do ask for an alternative dump location if the driver ascertains material can’t be placed as asked. Lines, trees, fencing, wet soils all can prohibit the drives ability to negotiate.
(A) Frost laws are restrictions put on the roads usually in late winter early spring. These restrictions limit the legal amount of weight than can be hauled on the effected roads.
(A) We offer a split load delivery for a nominal charge. This allows the delivery of two materials at the same time without the materials mixing together.
(A) For a nominal fee, we can deliver limited quantities to you and your neighbor with a split load. There are restrictions that apply.
(A) This depends on material and site accessibility.
(A) You do not! We can schedule a delivery over the phone. If you don’t know what type of material you need, you can visit one of our 3 convenient locations or check us out on the web at hammondfarms.com
(A) Some products tend to clump together making it difficult to dump spread. Soils, gravel mixes, and mulch do not dump spread well.
(A) Unfortunately, there is the same expense for one yard as there is for several yards. We do offer customers the option of picking up products at any of our three convenient locations.
(A) No our equipment cannot dump over a fence!
(A) We charge for dump spreads and double dumps because of additional time and wear and tear on our trucks.
(A) The additional charge for a split load helps off-set the labor needed to dump materials without mixing.

Lawn & Garden FAQ’s

(A) Spring or fall is the best time for planting grass seed. It is a good idea to avoid the heat of summer to have the best seed germination

Boulder FAQ’s

(A) We sell boulders a few different ways. Some are sold by the cubic yard and others are only sold by weight. Let us know what particular products you’re interested in and we will be happy to help you.