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Trends in Organic Lawn and Garden Products, 2nd Edition

The organic sector of the lawn and garden (L&G) market has experienced stellar growth for several years now, even through 2008. Packaged Facts estimates that the organic L&G sector reached $460 million in retail sales in 2008, a healthy gain of 12% over 2007.

But will this momentum come to a halt in the face of economic crisis? This study examines past, current and future trends in organic L&G and finds reasons to be optimistic. The organic sector, though still small, has taken root, and significant indicators point to strong future growth. In fact, one of these indicators is the worsening economy itself, as the ongoing crisis could actually come to favor organics over synthetics.

This comprehensive study analyzes organic L&G trends from all perspectives. It examines trends in products, highlighting popular and leading-edge developments, and in marketing—focusing in on branding and competitive activity. This study also looks at retail, consumer, professional, regulatory, and regional trends, along with providing a history and explanation of organic growing principles. Finally, estimates of current and projected organic L&G sector size and growth are presented, complete with an evaluation of future growth drivers.

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Consumers: Greater Product Availability

Specifically in terms of organic lawn care, the ability to practice an organic program has improved considerably since our last report in 2006. Consumers can now find at least some organic/natural lawn products in big box stores, while a growing number of garden centers/nurseries offer a wide selection. This greater availability is acting to boost popular acceptance of organic lawn care approaches—previously only the province of early adopters.

Professionals: Gaining Ground

On the professional level—lawn care operators (LCOs), landscapers, and turf managers—organic lawn care methods are gaining ground, but only slowly. Certainly a significant infrastructure of organic-oriented LCOs and landscapers has been built up in U.S. metro areas. Yet in total these represent a small percentage, probably only 5% of LCOs and landscapers. Nevertheless, their numbers continue to increase as organic methods—and IPM practices—prove viable.

As for turf managers and groundskeepers, there appears to be a general reluctance here to go natural. Few stadiums or golf courses, for example, use organic methods—not wanting to risk imperfections. Yet at least one golf course, the Falcon Crest Golf Club in Boise, Idaho, recently (6/08) tested Terra Life’s Save-A-Tree fertilizer on its course and pronounced the results “terrific.” The molasses-based organic product also saved Falcon Crest money, and the club liked the idea of it being safer to use around ponds and lakes.

In the News


Growing Green Consciousness Culture Fortifies Organic Lawn and Garden Market

New York, January 9, 2009 - The young American adults of Generations X & Y are about as “green” as it gets with their penchant for educating themselves about and frequently purchasing environmentally friendly products. This rising green consciousness culture typifies the sentiments of the nation at large as Americans increasingly come to value a clean environment that promotes health and safety over risk and danger.

It’s no surprise then that more Americans choose organic products over conventional synthetic products when caring for their lawns and gardens (L&G). In the all-new report, Trends in Organic Lawn and Garden Products, 2nd Edition, market research publisher Packaged Facts estimates that the burgeoning organic niche sector of the lawn and garden market reached $460 million in retail sales in 2008, a healthy gain of 12% over 2007.

With the increasing demand for and availability of organic products along with expanding knowledge of organic practices among consumers, the organic L&G sector is expected to continue growing over the next five years even in the teeth of a severe economic downturn. By 2013, Packaged Facts projects the sector will reach $775 million with total sales gaining 60% over the 2009-2013 period.

The growing momentum of organic L&G reflects the rising fortunes of a broader “green market”, which offers natural/organic products and lifestyle alternatives to conventional markets.

“Though still small, the organic L&G sector has taken root,” says Tatjana Meerman, Publisher of Packaged Facts. “The sector has an expanding presence at retail; for example, over the past two years, big boxes entered organic L&G with garden centers and nurseries now carrying greater organic selections, and even some hardware stores jumped on the organic bandwagon.”

Trends in Organic Lawn and Garden Products, 2nd Edition is the only study on the market focused exclusively on organic lawn and garden. The report examines past, current and future trends in organic L&G and finds reasons to be optimistic in the face of the economic crisis. Provided are estimates of current and projected organic L&G sector size and growth, complete with an evaluation of future growth drivers.

About Packaged Facts - Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer industries, including consumer goods and retailing, foods and beverages, demographics, pet, and financial products. Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services.


 

  • Executive Summary
    • Study Focus: L&G Supplies
    • Current Market Performance
      • Table Retail Sales of Organic L&G Products: Market Size and Growth, 2003-2008 (in millions of dollars and percent change)
    • Market Projections
      • Table Projected Sales of Organic L&G Products: 2009-2013 (in millions of dollars and percent change)
    • Organic Growing Principles
      • Positive and Negative Principles
      • Positive Principle: Create Healthy Soil
      • Negative Principle: No Synthetics Allowed
    • The Products
      • Compost
      • Organic Fertilizers
      • Many Types of Organic Fertilizer Ingredients
      • Bio-Stimulants
      • Pest Control: Natural/Organic Chemical Approaches
    • The Marketers
      • Number, Size, and Types of Marketers
      • Conventional L&G Marketers in Organics
      • Chicken Manure: Major Competition Emerging
      • Possible Competitive Trajectories
    • Product Trends
      • Fertilizer Blends
      • Newly Trendy F/GM Ingredients
      • Hybrid Fertilizers
      • Corn Gluten: An Organic Lawn Care Star
      • Neem
      • Bio-Controls
    • General Trends
      • Organic L&G Gaining in Popularity
      • Consumer Statistics Show Gains
      • The National Mall Project
      • LCO Trends
      • Retail Trends
      • Garden Centers/Nurseries
      • Specialty Organic Stores
  • Organic Lawn and Garden Overview
    • Introduction
      • Parameters and Terms
      • Focus: L&G Supplies
      • Overlap with L&G Services
      • Description of Terms
    • Organics vs. Synthetics
      • The Emerging Green Market
        • Table Selected List of Emerging Green Markets: By Product Category and Type
      • Momentum and Obstacles
      • Paradigm Shift
      • The Organic Paradigm
      • The Synthetic Paradigm
      • Synthetic Paradigm Represents Old Philosophy
      • Conflicting Models: Biological vs. Mechanical
      • Soft vs. Hard Approaches
      • Organic vs. Synthetic Superiority Claims
      • Organic vs. Synthetic L&G Products
        • Table Advantages and Disadvantages of Organic and Synthetic L&G Products
      • Dynamics of Disadvantages
    • Organic Growing: Historical Background
      • Roots of the Organic Growing Paradigm
      • Organic Pioneers: Howard, Steiner, Rodale
      • The Environmental Movement
      • The "Back-to-the-Land" Movement
      • Baby Boomers and Health
      • Pesticides: A Brief History
    • Organic Growing Principles
      • Positive and Negative Principles
      • Positive Principle: Create Healthy Soil
      • Negative Principle: No Synthetics Allowed
      • Clashing Fertilizer Formulas: Feed the Plant or the Soil?
      • Clashing Pesticide Formulas: Negation or Negotiation?
      • Synthetic Critiques of Organic Principles
      • "A Chemical Is Just a Chemical"
      • Chemical Form Matters
      • Synthetics: Negative Analogies
      • Organics: Burdensome Requirements
      • Organic Testimonials
      • Emerging Organic Benefits
  • The Products
    • Overview
      • Note on Nutrients
      • Forms/Packaging
    • The Products: F/GM Ingredients
      • Compost
        • Table Recommended Compost Materials
      • Organic Fertilizers
      • The Traditional Organic Fertilizer: Manure
        • Table Types of Fertilizer Manure
      • Many Types of Organic Fertilizer Ingredients
        • Table Selected Natural/Organic Fertilizer Ingredients
      • Soil Amendments
      • Soil Conditioners
      • Bio-Stimulants
      • Hydroponic/Aeroponic Nutrients
    • The Products: Pesticide Ingredients
      • Natural Pest Control: Physical Approaches
      • Natural/Organic Chemical Approaches
      • Organic Pesticide Ingredients
        • Table Organic Pesticide Ingredients: By Product Type
      • High-Tech Organic Pesticides
      • IPM vs. Organic Pest Control
  • General Trends
    • Overview
      • Organic L&G Gaining in Popularity
      • But More Education, Promotion Needed
      • Consumer Statistics Show Gains
    • Organic Lawn Care Trends
      • Consumers: Greater Product Availability
      • Professionals: Gaining Ground
      • The National Mall Project
      • Other Lawn Demo Projects
      • Civic Efforts
    • Organic Gardening and Farming Trends
      • Trend in Organic Gardens: No Groundswell Yet
      • Institutions Slow to Embrace Organics
      • New Community Networking Approach
      • Trends in Organic Farms
    • Other General Trends
      • Geographical Trends
      • Media/Promotion Trends
      • Regulatory Trends
      • LCO Trends
        • Table Selected List of Natural/Organic Lawn Care Operators (2008)
      • Retail Trends
      • Consumer Trends
        • Table Factors Favoring Purchase of Organic Insecticides and Compost: Index Scores (2008)
  • Market Performance and Prospects
    • Current Market Performance
      • Size and Growth
        • Table Retail Sales of Organic L&G Products: Market Size and Growth, 2003-2008 (in millions of dollars and percent change)
      • F/GM vs. Pesticide Sales
    • Factors in Future Growth
      • Positive Factors in a Negative Environment
      • Economic Factors: The Panic of 2008
      • Climate Change/Global Warming
      • Age Demographics Positive
      • Cultural Factors Positive
      • Market Factors Positive
      • Negatives: Education and Labor
    • Market Projections
      • Optimistic Outlook
        • Table Projected Sales of Organic L&G Products: 2009-2013 (in millions of dollars and percent change)
  • The Products
    • Overview
      • Note on Nutrients
      • Forms/Packaging
    • The Products: F/GM Ingredients
      • Compost
        • Table Recommended Compost Materials
      • Organic Fertilizers
      • The Traditional Organic Fertilizer: Manure
        • Table Types of Fertilizer Manure
      • Many Types of Organic Fertilizer Ingredients
        • Table Selected Natural/Organic Fertilizer Ingredients
      • Soil Amendments
      • Soil Conditioners
      • Bio-Stimulants
      • Hydroponic/Aeroponic Nutrients
    • The Products: Pesticide Ingredients
      • Natural Pest Control: Physical Approaches
      • Natural/Organic Chemical Approaches
      • Organic Pesticide Ingredients
        • Table Organic Pesticide Ingredients: By Product Type
      • High-Tech Organic Pesticides
      • IPM vs. Organic Pest Control
  • Product Trends
    • Fertilizers and Growth Media
      • Compost and Soil Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Compost
      • Organic Fertilizer Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Organic Compost
      • Fish-Based Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Fish-Based F/GM Products
      • Kelp/Seaweed Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Kelp/Seaweed Products
      • Mineral Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Mineral F/GM Products
      • Vermiculture Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Vermiculture-Based F/GM Products
      • Compost Tea
        • Table Selected Marketers of Compost Tea
      • Microbial Products
        • Table Selected Marketers of Microbial Products
      • Humates
        • Table Selected Marketers of Humates
      • Coconut-Based Products
      • Guano Products
      • Chicken Manure: Major Competition Emerging
      • Fertilizer Blends: Popular Trend
      • Newly Trendy F/GM Ingredients
      • Miscellaneous F/GM Trends
    • Pesticides
      • Overview
        • Table Selected Marketers of Organic Pesticides
      • Corn Gluten: An Organic Lawn Care Star
      • Bio-Controls: Emerging Popularity
      • Nematode Products
      • Garlic Products
      • Vinegar
      • Limonene
      • Spinosad
      • Pesticidal Oils
      • Bacteria
      • Neem
        • Table Selected Marketers of Neem Products
      • Karanja Oil
  • Addresses of Selected Marketers

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