Top 2020 Landscaping Trends
Green Industry Pro Taps into LMN's Mark Bradley for 2020 Top Trends for Landscape Contractors and Equipment Dealers
When Green Industry Pro decided to uncover the State of the Landscape Industry, the editors turned to experts to provide insights into the landscape industry's top trends, challenges and innovation, LMN's CEO and co-founder Mark Bradley was on the list. As we begin a new decade and reflect on the past times, Bradley speaks on what has shaped the industry over the years and how technology is changing.
MARKHAM, ON— December 25, 2019 - LMN, Inc. They say “hindsight is 20/20.” LMN CEO and co-founder Mark Bradley, like many of the leaders before him, understands the importance of reflecting on the past to move forward towards a better and more efficient future. When it comes to the landscaping industry, it is important to analyze and understand the industry trends in order for businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively. While the average business owner might not have the time to do all the digging and analyzing.
Bradley brings his expertise and experience to the readers of Green Industry Pros as they discuss 2020’s Top Trends for Landscape Contracts and Equipment Dealers.
Here are a few key takeaways from the Green Industry Pro article:
- Statistica reported that revenues in 2019 totaled $99 Billion
- According to IBIS World, the landscaping industry grew by 4.4% annually from 2014 to 2019
- Technology such as robotics and intelligent software are propelling the industry forward
- Landscape maintenance placed as the fastest growing service of landscaping contractors
- 54% of Landscaping Business Owners indicated one of their biggest challenges is labor
Great Momentum in the Industry
In his interview with GIP, Bradley praised the industry-related associations such as the National Association of Landscape Professionals on the advancement of the industry.
“I think the industry associations have done a really good job over the past 15 to 20 years in providing more educational opportunities for business owners,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of big corporations stepping up and supporting industry awareness and getting involved in programs like women in landscape and workforce development campaigns. I think there’s a lot of great momentum in the industry.”
With those educational opportunities (https://golmn.com/workshops/) and support, Bradley sees a shift toward operating more professional companies. “I think the average landscape company is far more professional today than they were 25 years ago,” he said.
Increased Use of GPS by Landscape Contractors
Bradley touches on the importance of GPS technology for enabling contractors to monitor equipment, decrease liability and improve processes.
“I think GPS has been used in many places in the business for a few years to track where crews are, what time things are done, etc. GPS is also used to prevent liability in the industry or accurately track job costs,” Bradley said. “I think it is having a really big impact on the way contractors do business because they’ve got the data to really understand where the inefficiencies are in their business. When GPS is used properly, it can have a huge impact on the bottom line.”
Changing the Conversation in Education
“When you go to speak to the high school guidance counselor, if you’re in the academic level programs in school, they don’t suggest that you go and become a landscaper. That’s just really not on their list of suggestions and we need to change that,” Bradley said, noting that there are more college programs out there now that are starting to treat landscaping as a profession.
Bradley raises an important note on industry growth, explaining that dealing with a labor shortage makes it harder for business owners to capitalize on growth.
“That’s something that I’m pretty passionate about. At LMN, we think that by creating more of a middle-class standard of living for those that work in the industry, we can really take this industry to another level of professionalism,” he added. For more insights from Bradley and other industry leaders, you can read the full article on Green Industry Pro’s website.
Founded in 2009, LMN is North America's leading provider of business management software for landscape professionals. Its proprietary cloud-based platform is used by over 85,000 professionals every day across Canada and the US. From budgeting and estimating through to scheduling, time tracking and invoicing, LMN helps build better landscape businesses. Visit www.golmn.com.