Strength in Numbers

Updated Feb 19, 2013

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Poised for growth, green industry statistics show promise.

Do a Google search on lawn care, and much of what you’ll see relates to do-it-yourself (DIY) topics like “10 Ways to Grow Grass” or “8 Ways to Save Money on Costly Lawn Care.”

Despite the popularity the DIY path suggests, the landscaping and lawncare industries have weathered a glum economy and indicators predict a small amount of growth in 2012. Even though U.S. consumer spending was unchanged in May, for example, there was increased spending on services for the second straight month – a good thing for the green industry.

The landscaping services market is poised to reach $80 billion by 2015.

And many statistics point to the strength of the landscaping and lawn care market. The landscaping services market is poised to reach $80 billion by 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts (GIA), which indicates moderate to strong growth after several years of flat growth or declines: good news for everyone included in “landscaping services,” defined as lawn, garden, ornamental shrub and tree services to hardscaping services.

Driving that long-term growth is a “post recession economic recovery, resurgence in consumer spending, growing emphasis of homeowners on backyard beautification and the imminent rise in remodeling activities,” according to

If you’re not quite ready for that level of optimism, check out the numbers that don’t come with analysis but still speak to the strength of the industry. Here is a snapshot of some of the trends and more interesting statistics that make the green industry go.  ~~By Cindy Ratcliff

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