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Lawn & Garden Suppliers See Sales Spike Amid Pandemic
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/22/2021

With COVID-19 expected to continue impacting daily habits at least through 2021, the $9 billion US lawn and garden consumables market will continue to benefit from people spending more time at home:

- One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been the increased amount of time people spent in their yards, with DIY home gardening and landscaping projects among consumers' favorite quarantine activities.

- Though professional sales of lawn and garden consumables dipped in many markets due to business closures and other economic factors stemming from the pandemic, consumer sales spiked.

- The focus on outdoor living is expected to rise even higher in 2021 and beyond as remote work becomes more common in the post-pandemic world, supporting longer term growth opportunities in the consumer market for lawn and garden consumables.

Although some households will return to pre-pandemic gardening habits once the virus is under greater control and the rate of new hobbyists entering the market slows, many will stay engaged with hobbies they took up in lockdown, such as gardening. As a result, lawn and garden product suppliers are looking to position themselves to make the most of the opportunity. For example:

This month, CRH's Oldcastle APG unit -- a supplier of landscaping and gardening products such as pavers, composite decking, bagged concrete, masonry supplies, mulch, soil, and potting mixes -- acquired CST, a regional producer of bagged mulches and soils in the Midwest.

In December 2020, Central Garden & Pet (the third leading supplier of lawn and garden consumables in the US in 2019) announced the acquisition of Green Garden, a leading supplier of vegetable, herb, and flower seed packets, seed starters, and plant nutrients in North America.

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