What We Can Learn From The Commercial Landscaping Industry Reports 2023

At Jay Scotts, we stay attuned to the evolution of the commercial landscaping industry in order to keep our planter products and services up-to-date and maximally beneficial for both those within the landscaping industry as well as its users.

On the occasions when our research and development present lucrative opportunities, we feel it is beneficial to share them with others.

In this article, we share the secrets of various top landscaping industry statistics and reports including the ‘State of the Industry Report: Path to success in 2023‘ and the ‘25 Landscaping Industry Statistics and Trends to Watch in 2023‘.

Don’t let the full reports weigh you down – we’ve got you covered!

Are you a landscaping business, a professional, or a small business owner? Do you work in the field of groundskeeping and want to stay informed about the industry’s latest statistics, trends, roadblocks, and news? If so, then this article is perfect for you!

North American landscaping services are optimistic about future growth and appear to have a strong sense of confidence, however, there are several considerations that you need to be cognizant of.

Read on to find out what to expect in the landscaping services market in the year to come.

A Look Back On The 2022 Landscaping Services Industry

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2022 was a difficult year all around due to the economic recession, rising inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain interruptions. A panelist of experts was asked at the Equip Expo 2022 about their opinion of how the industry will react to the challenges it has faced.

The general consensus was that, while it’s difficult to predict the future, there’s no doubt that the need for the landscaping market will remain high despite the challenges it faces.

A look back on the 2022 average landscaping company and industry statistics shows that the average growth of a landscaping company was around 20% (the same as the previous year). And while this looks great, unfortunately overall, companies were less profitable than in previous years, with around 21% of companies reporting a loss.

Some companies avoided losses by proactively reacting to inflation and increased fuel prices by raising their own prices.

Commercial landscaping continued to have a positive future due to the effects of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act 2021. The legislation includes around $550 billion invested into various types of infrastructure including roads, bridges, and more.

The outlook from this is that there will be a variety of projects, both big and small in the long and short term. Meaning that the benefits of this Act will be felt for many years to come.

Regarding residential landscaping and industry trends, households earning more than $100,000 per year remained the largest consumers of the landscape service industry, while the average homeowner spent around $100-$200 per month for general landscaping maintenance.

The covid 19 inspired ‘work-from-home’ and hybrid working policies were still in full force in some sectors, with some big companies closing their office doors entirely. This coupled with the continued demand for multi and single-family residential homes increased the revenue for residential landscaping services.

Despite all of the obstacles the industry has overcome in the past year, the majority opinion is that the future is positive due to exciting landscaping market trends, innovative technology, and many consumers’ fresh decor ideas.

Now let’s take a look a the top landscaping trends for 2023.

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It’s now 2023 and it feels like covid 19 is a distant, yet terrible memory from the past.

As a society we’ve adapted to a new way of living, we have virtual meetings, sometimes we go to the office, and sometimes we don’t! But one thing is for sure, we are all feeling the effects on our economy.

Just last week, not one, but two US banks collapsed, causing many to become concerned about the stability of the economy.

The fuel and food crisis wages on as a result of the war in Ukraine, with costs for both having risen more than a third in 2022.

Now, one year into the war, the initial shock is wearing off. Those that were affected by the shortages are adapting to other solutions. Solar energy solutions are expected to experience substantial growth this year, with wind energy production predicted to nearly double by 2027.

As an industry, the landscaping commercial sector will no doubt be affected by global issues, be it landscaping for commercial properties or home lawn care and gardening. Now, let’s take a look at the data and trends emerging in the 2023 market.

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1. Domestic And Commercial Designs In The Landscaping Industry

It’s no wonder that self-care and mental well-being have become one of the population’s top priorities.

The popular phenomenon of “stay-cations” has resonated in a post-covid world, with many still yearning for their areas to create a relaxing and get-away kind of feel.

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, people’s average spending is in fact increasing in 2023 to fulfill these needs.

An uptake in outdoor kitchens, living spaces, and fire features is predicted to be the trend this year. This leads to exciting projects for landscaping companies. The scope for personalized care and design will increase to facilitate the growing demand.

2. Native Plants

The trend of using native plants for landscaping has been on the rise in 2023 as more and more people look to create a sustainable environment in their yards. This movement ties in with the green theme we saw in the 2022 trends.

Native plants are ideally suited to local climates, reducing the need for water, fertilizer, and pesticides. And, as an added bonus, they often require less maintenance than non-native species.

By choosing native plants over traditional ornamentals and turf grasses, homeowners can help reduce their environmental impact while creating beautiful outdoor spaces that attract pollinators and support local ecosystems.

Top Read: Check out the buyers’ guide to large outdoor planters for both residential and commercial needs.

3. The Landscaping Industry Focus On Research And Development

Perhaps this is a result of the strained workforce that has emerged since the pandemic, but many companies are turning to current technologies to assist their development.

Looking for innovations in their research facilities with one purpose – to make the landscaping industry jobs better, and more efficient, while also improving their collective ecological footprint.

Some product lines that companies have already introduced are mowers that are stand-on, walk-behind, and zero-turn with superior efficiency. As well as more versatile utility vehicles and landscape construction equipment to carry crew and tools.

The Result

Efficiency in the landscaping industry. While the industry employment shortages continue, the solution is to make it easier for the current workforce to do their jobs.

Technology can do this. Faster, easier-to-use machinery allows tasks to be completed at a much speedier rate than before, cutting down labor hours and increasing the scope to do more projects.

Challenges Ahead For The Commercial Landscaping Industry

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2023 appears to have been a challenging year in many respects. Despite this, growth and optimism have shined through, with many companies finding innovative ways to overcome the shortfalls created by the economy. Let us take a look at the difficulties facing the landscaping market in the coming year.

1. Labor Shortages In The Landscaping Industry

During the pandemic, unsurprisingly, the uptake in DIY gardening activities rose considerably. Now, the majority of people are back into the full swing of things, our busy lives have drawn us away from our homes and out onto the bustling street.

The effect of our busy lives? Post-covid has increased the demand for companies providing landscape maintenance across domestic and also commercial sectors. This has led to employment demands for landscaping businesses. In fact, employment opportunities in the landscaping industry are predicted to grow by 8% this year.

So much so in fact, that 43% of business owners are concerned there will be a labor shortage in the future that will limit their business.

This was a sentiment shared by many in the State of Industry Report. It is believed to be a consequence of the way covid has changed the public’s work ethic. After working from home for so long, perhaps people don’t want to spend so many hours outdoors.

The Result

Although it may sound all doom and gloom, problems create opportunities.

If there is a labor shortage? Great! This allows established businesses that can guarantee good service, the opportunity to fill that gap and expand their client base.

2. Price Increases In The Landscaping Industry

While labor is still a top concern, for the first time in years, increased costs have emerged as a slightly higher concern for many in the landscape industry.

Inflated prices for fuel and materials have consequently caused a hike in costs for most service industries, and landscaping is no different.

The key here is to align your price increases with the growing costs to avoid losses.

This may however deter homeowners from seeking out the use of professional landscaping companies, although, according to some experts, like Jed Sherman, these price hikes have been met with little pushback from the consumer.

It is also likely that the knock-on effect of increased prices is that growth in wages will slow in the US in 2023, leaving more people to either cut back or delay their expenditure on landscaping services.

The Result

With homeowners cutting down on costs, it is unlikely many will be moving in 2023, therefore remodeling will become more popular, and the need for landscaping professionals that service suburban residential neighborhoods will continue.

3. Supply Chain Issues In The Landscaping Industry

The landscaping industry is also being challenged by supply chain issues.

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the perfect storm of the pandemic, unprecedented consumer demand for outdoor products, labor shortages, and freight and logistics concerns have created a ripple effect resulting in widespread product shortages.

Supply chain disruptions that we saw in 2021 have continued into 2022, creating a backlog that could see more last-minute cancellations or substitutions.

The Result

In order to stay ahead of this issue, it’s important to manage customers’ expectations. If the person is very particular about the product or plant you use, they may expect longer waiting times. For customers that are flexible and allow substitutions, it may not be as much of an issue.

As we mentioned earlier, there is a current trend of using native plants. This will assist in alleviating some of the supply-chain issues as native plants will be much easier and quicker to obtain.

Landscaping Industry In 2023 And Beyond

The prediction from these market reports paints a promising, albeit somewhat challenging picture for the landscaping industry in 2023, with expectations of growth in both size and demand. We eagerly anticipate what lies ahead as we venture into this exciting new era of landscape development!

Even though there are a few obstacles to confront, with proper organization and versatility, these hardships can be conquered.

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