COVID Drives Demand For Gardening Pesticides

Surging gardening activity in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic boosted 2020 demand for garden herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides, says a Freedonia Group analysis of the $2.4 billion U.S. home and garden pesticide market. It found that during the initial phases of lockdown, gardening activity boomed nationwide, but as many garden supply retailers reported record sales, they also found themselves sold out of products like seeds. Increased gardening activity was largely driven by people finding themselves at home with more free time, with 26 per cent of adult respondents reporting that they started a food garden because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, many consumers also witnessed supply chain issues over this period and home growing of food provided a sense of comfort and security. As a result, growth was particularly strong for vegetable gardening. Although it is expected that some new gardeners will not return to the hobby in 2021, gardening will likely remain above pre-pandemic levels through 2024 as elevated interest in home food production persists and the uptick in remote working is likely to last to some extent.