Tag Archives: value of landscaping

We enhance the quality of life…period.

The plethora of benefits provided by flowers, shrubs, and trees is not common knowledge, let alone ingrained in modern day American culture. Humans often have difficulty in even seeing flowers or plants in their own environment, much less connecting plants to tangible benefits – a phenomenon called plant blindness. For most people, flowers and other plants are a part of the subconscious sector of mental life, perceived as the backdrop, not the main actors in the playing out of our everyday lives. All industry firms need to emphasize… Read More →

America in Bloom receives award

America in Bloom has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards program sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. The prestigious awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward – with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public. “America in Bloom’s program truly… Read More →

2009 Outlook for Landscape Services

Lawn and Landscape just released their 2009 State of the Industry report with sections on the: Housing Market Outlook Commercial Market Outlook The Cash Flow Crunch Swelling Service Fees Who Bails Out Small Business? Today’s Customer Small Business Ballot Economy Broadens Labor Pool A must read!

How not to save housing…

I have pontificated previously regarding the value that landscaping provides in increasing perceived home values by enhancing curb appeal, etc. (see value of landscaping in the sidebar). In recent months, I have also reported on the record decline in home values. Intuitively, those who have landscaped their homes “properly” may have offset the devaluation of their home to some degree. But several Congressional proposals seek to adjust home values artificially by authorizing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to guarantee $300 billion of new home loans to strapped homeowners,… Read More →

The Home Depot "Index"

Home Depot Inc. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell a sharper-than-expected 27% after the declining housing market hurt demand for its building and home goods supplies and the outlook for 2008 remains “challenging.” Declining housing and credit markets have hurt consumers’ appetite for home supplies provided by Home Depot and rival Lowe’s, which said Monday that profit dropped 33%, with sales at stores open at least a year declining 7.6%. To reduce costs, Home Depot said in January it would cut 10% of its headquarters staff, following moves… Read More →

How to combat falling consumer confidence

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index tumbled to 69.6 in its preliminary February reading from 78.4 last month, marking its lowest point since February 1992 when the economy was emerging from a recession. The component of the index that gauges consumers’ expectations — a possible sign of their willingness to spend — dropped to to 59.4 from 68.1. Time will tell whether the infusion of stimulus rebate checks will counter this trend. Regardless, now is the time for the industry to promote the value that landscaping provides… Read More →