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Unpacking the Rise of M&A in the Landscaping Industry

by Thomas Watkin 

As a professional in Mergers and Acquisitions, I’ve witnessed firsthand a steady increase in buyer interest in the landscaping and lawn care industries which would include tree care and irrigation. With a keen eye on the latest trends and industry statistics, it’s evident that 2024 and beyond holds immense promise and opportunity for businesses in this industry.

The market has demonstrated impressive growth, generating $176.5 billion in revenue in 2023, coupled with the steady annual growth of 8.2% over the past three years. This upward trajectory has led to a spike in mergers and acquisitions, driven by the robust financial health of the industry. Key indicators include 65% of landscaping businesses earning over $1 million annually and 78% meeting or exceeding their revenue goals for 2023. Historically, one of the most appealing investment strategies for buyers has been service businesses with recurring revenue in a fragmented market and this sector checks all three of those boxes.

Multiple factors contribute to the increased M&A activity in this sector:

  1. Versatility: The versatility of landscaping companies is a significant driver, with services ranging from landscape design and construction to tree and shrub care, lawn maintenance, and irrigation. This wide array of services not only provides steady revenue streams but also creates opportunities for expansion and diversification;
  2. Current labor market dynamics: While there are over 1.2 million landscaping and groundskeeping jobs in the U.S., finding skilled employees remains a challenge for many. This challenge opens the door for strategic acquisitions that focus on leveraging an established workforce and retaining top talent;
  3. Industry trends: Eco-friendly concepts like native gardening, edible landscaping, garden retreats and xeriscaping are resonating with consumers. Homeowners increasingly prioritize sustainability, environmental stewardship, and pesticide concerns which is creating a need for landscaping companies to adapt and offer alternative solutions. This shift towards eco-friendly landscaping opens up innovative paths for companies to appeal to environmentally conscious customers.

Conclusion: the landscaping and lawn care industries are experiencing a significant boom, with robust financial performance, a diverse service offering, a fragmented market structure, evolving labor dynamics, and a growing focus on sustainability. Navigating the complexities of market dynamics requires an innovative and strategic approach but has an undeniable potential for growth. By leveraging emerging trends, addressing industry challenges, and fostering strategic partnerships, businesses in this sector can position themselves for continued success, making them highly attractive to a broad range of investors for years to come.