The 2014 Garden Trends Report by Garden Media Group states that Americans spend $58 billion on their lawns and gardens. That puts lawn and garden spending just behind the money spent on Christmas and weight loss methods, yet just ahead of the money we spend on our pets.
There are 85 million DIY gardeners in America, which is up 2% since 2011 per the National Gardening Association. Those DIYers shop equally at big box stores and their local garden centers.
What are DIYers Buying for their Gardens this Year?
To start, DIY gardeners are looking for good dirt. What is good dirt? Good dirt is dirt that is active and alive. While the science behind potting soils is beyond the scope of this post, the field is super competitive with gardeners looking for “responsible brands,” according to the report. Soil and soil amendments are an essential part of growing the best plants and you should trust your local garden center to research and stock the most “responsible brands” for you. Feel free to stop in and ask our soil specialists for more information on responsible brands and how they can work for your home garden.
Flowers are always a staple for DIYers. Sales of perennials are up 10% in the last 10 years, while sales of annuals have dropped 10%, according to the report. Sales of begonias and New Guinea Impatiens, for example, are up while geranium sales are down. Be sure to stop in to Stockslagers and check out the many choices available for your vegetable, foliage, or flower garden.
And finally, it’s also about the food this year. “Food Gardening” increased for the sixth straight year and is now bigger than “Flower Gardening” in spending power, according to the 2014 Garden Trends Report. An interesting trend in food gardening is that growers want to grow their food organically. In fact, the Natural Marketing Institute reports that organic farms are increasing at an amazing clip of 9% per year! In addition, the sales of organic products are increasing at double digit rates. If you want it organic, come in and let’s talk about how we can help!
Garden Media Group - http://www.gardenmediagroup.com/
National Gardening Association - http://www.garden.org/
Natural Marketing Institute - http://www.nmisolutions.com/