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LM EAB: December 2020

December 4, 2020 -  By
Editorial Advisory Board graphic (Graphic: LM Staff)

Graphic: LM Staff

How would you describe the current state of the landscape industry?

Landscape Professionals

Paul Fraynd
Sun Valley Landscaping
Omaha, Neb.

“The landscape industry is in a tremendous position to capitalize on the cocooning effect of homeowners, the universal joy of being outdoors and a renewed effort to support local businesses. The same challenges are there, and certain segments have seen decreased demand, but there has never been a better to time to be a part of our great industry.”

Luke Henry
ProScape Lawn & Landscaping Services
Marion, Ohio

“Cautiously optimistic. Many of us have experienced strong sales and growth with both residential and commercial construction this year due to stimulus money and more home improvement spending. Most I talk with are optimistic for next year as well, but (they are) being careful about debt and planning too far out until we see the effects of the virus and election on the economy and consumer confidence.”

Jerry McKay
McKay Landscape Lighting
Omaha, Neb.

“I would say it’s currently as good as it gets. The companies that are highly organized and well-staffed are the ones that can capitalize.”

Industry Consultants

Marty Grunder
The Grow Group
Dayton, Ohio

“All things considered, the landscape industry is in good shape. Our work and our workers are valued; this is evident by the reports from our many clients we work with all across the country. I think next year will be a big one for landscapers, especially residential ones, the challenge is going to be getting enough workers to do the work. You better be taking care of the ones you’ve got, for starters, making your place a great place to work is the best recruiting tool you’ve got!”

Phil Harwood
Grow the Bench
Grand Rapids, Mich.

“Surprisingly strong in the face of significant challenges this year.”

Kevin Kehoe
3PG Consulting
Laguna, Calif.

“Given the environment, pretty good. “Construction backlog is OK, and lawns have to be mowed. The sooner this thing ends, the more we will know about the long-term impact on commercial property management.”

Jeffrey Scott
Jeffrey Scott Consulting
New Orleans, La.

“The current state of the industry is a local question, but it’s less relevant than the current state of your business, team and plan of attack. Be prepared with strong leadership aligned around a coming vision, a profit mindset, innovative culture and a dynamic org structure and you will always do well!”

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