Pandemic Boosts DIY Gardening Trends

With people spending substantially more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of households are participating in their own lawn and garden maintenance, boosting sales in the $9 billion lawn and garden consumables market, says a report by the Freedonia Group. The report says many, though not all, new participants in DIY (do-it-yourself) gardening activities expect to continue with the hobby beyond the end of the pandemic. Additionally, increased time at home has prompted many households to install and expand outdoor living spaces, as these areas encourage safer socialization. As homeowners will want to keep these spaces aesthetically pleasing, the increase in landscaping is expected to support demand for lawn and garden consumables over the long term. Among lawn and garden consumables, the fastest growth through 2024 is forecast for seeds, growing media, and mulch.