Landscaping Services

First Research, Inc.
September 8, 2014
10 Pages - SKU: FRRS5325470
Countries covered: United States

Landscaping Services

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry provide landscape care and maintenance services for both commercial and residential customers. Major US companies include Asplundh Tree Expert, Brickman and ValleyCrest (which are under common ownership), The Davey Tree Expert Company, and TruGreen.

The US landscaping services industry includes about 90,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $50 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Demand is driven partly by construction of new commercial properties and residences and partly by the economy's overall health. Because management and equipment costs are mainly fixed, the profitability of individual companies depends on demand volume and operations' efficiency. Small companies can easily compete with big ones, except in providing services to large customers. Big companies operate mainly through local branches or offices that have operations almost identical to those of local companies. The US industry is highly fragmented: the top 50 companies generate about 15 percent of revenue.

PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY

Landscaping services include commercial and residential landscape maintenance, landscape construction, irrigation systems, tree services, chemical lawn care and pest control, and "line-clearing," or branch removal around utility lines. Larger companies may offer several of these services, but most provide just one. Commercial landscaping services account for about 50 percent of industry revenues; residential, for 30 percent. In winter, some companies provide snow removal or ice melt services.

For a typical commercial client, a landscape maintenance company might provide mulching, fertilizing, and flower planting in spring; mowing, pruning, irrigation, and fertilizing in...



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