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OPTIMISM ABOUNDS FOR 2020
Nancy Clark | January 06, 2020
The leading publication for landscapers goes by the name of Landscape Management and the publications’ annual Industry Pulse report points to all things positive in 2020.
The one complaint respondents have is that it’s hard to find good help these days. These same respondents reported they pay, on average, $13.40/hour to employees with 0-5 years’ experience, increasing to $16.40/hour with 5 years’ experience or more.
The lack of an available worker pool has inspired some companies to look for more efficient equipment to speed up work times and yet deliver quality.
And employers are offering more money, weekends off, sending employees to trade school, allowing work-at-home days and being conscientious about treating all the employee team with respect.
Battery-operated equipment is gaining popularity. Innovation hasn’t slowed down. That means increased efficiencies, more power and longer run times. Manufacturers are ramping up production of battery-operated equipment of all kinds.
- In Denver, CO, the demand is up for exterior spaces.
- Oregon shows 32% growth in the industry.
- And Michigan experienced 20% growth.
- Texas had a 30% increase in mowing and maintenance.
- Massachusetts experienced a 30% increase in lawn care.
- And South Carolina industry pros are already creating a waitlist for 2020.
Editors of Landscape Management report that the 2020 election has landscape professionals concerned in that historically election results impacted the economy for better or for worse.
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