Survey: Landscape firms forecast higher revenue in 2017

March 8, 2017 -  By

lawn-care-providers-survey-1Ninety-one percent of landscape service providers in the U.S. said they expect revenue to rise this year compared with last year, according to LawnStarter’s annual survey of landscape business owners. LawnStarter is an Austin, Texas-based on-demand landscape company.

Six percent of respondents said their revenue will be the same this year as last year, and 3 percent expect lower revenue than last year in 2017.

“The optimism expressed by lawn care providers in the LawnStarter survey corresponds with a growing demand for lawn care and landscaping services in the U.S.,” said Ryan Farley, co-founder and COO of LawnStarter. “More homes being built means more of a need for mowing, fertilization, weed control and other services offered by lawn care providers.”

Respondents’ biggest business concern is getting more customers, as 52 percent of those surveyed said. Following that concern, 22 percent said hiring qualified people was their biggest concern and 15 percent said it was cash flow.

Companies also plan to hire more labor this year. Sixty-two percent said they plan to hire more full-time and part-time workers this year; 38 percent said they don’t plan to expand their workforce in 2017.

LawnStarter conducted the email survey Feb. 27-March 5. LawnStarter heard from 1,059 landscape providers, both in and out of its network. The company based results on the 626 providers in the U.S. who answered all 10 questions.

Photo Credit: LawnStarter

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Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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