Who We Are
Industry companies — both small businesses and large, national firms — that specialize in lawn care, landscape maintenance, irrigation and water management, tree care, and the design and construction of outdoor living spaces and commercial landscapes. Landscape professionals have horticulture and technical knowledge to create and maintain healthy lawns and landscapes in communities across the country. Professionals and their work strengthen the environments where people live, work, and play.
What We Do
Landscape industry professionals design, build, and maintain healthy green spaces in communities across the country including backyards, sports fields, parks, gardens, outdoor living spaces, green roofs, and more around homes or office buildings, hospitals, schools and other facilities. Some companies work with residential or commercial clients or a combination of both, but all landscape industry professionals contribute to creating outdoor spaces that strengthen the fabric of their communities.
Size of the Landscape Industry
The career outlook for professionals in the landscape industry is very strong. Data from the IBIS World November 2019 Landscaping Services Industry Report shows that the landscape services industry has annual revenues of $99 billion, employs more than 1 million people and represents 513,305 businesses.
Why Our Work Matters
Landscaping can have a positive effect on the environment in which we live. An analysis of the environmental impact of the landscape industry indicates the following benefits:
Clean the air. Grass and plants play a vital role in capturing dust, smoke particles and other pollutants to make our air cleaner. In fact, lawns alone capture more than 12 million tons of dust.
Protect bodies of water. When lawns are well cared for, they absorb unhealthy water runoff that might otherwise filter into bodies of water. It may be surprising to learn that an average, healthy lawn can absorb more than 6,000 gallons of water from a single rainfall event.
Provide oxygen. Grasses absorb carbon dioxide and break it down into oxygen and carbon. In fact, a 50’x50’ lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
Act as natural coolants. Lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil. Trees shading homes can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees. These natural coolants reduce the need for electric cooling units, saving energy and reducing electric bills.
Minimize noise. Lawns and plants dramatically reduce noise pollution; they can reduce noise levels by 20-30% over hard surfaces like concrete and pavement.