Garden Equipment Sales May Level Off

Sales of power lawn and garden equipment rose by more than 10 per cent in 2020, spurred by behavioural changes under government-imposed lockdowns and social distancing protocols, says a report from Freedonia Group. During the lockdowns, individuals spent more time at home and significantly increased their participation in do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement activities, including lawn and garden maintenance. The report says growth was particularly strong in the U.S., Australia, and similar markets with strong DIY lawn and garden care cultures. Going forward, a stronger consumer spending environment offers opportunities for further gains. However, it is likely that participation in DIY lawn care activities will regress toward pre-2020 levels as the impact of the pandemic fades and industry outreach will be required to sustain consumer interest in these products.