Lawn maintenance can cost more; landscaping companies face inflation and shortages

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Economic challenges continue to mount for local businesses, including landscaping companies.

Tailored Lawn Care in Reno has seen the cost of materials, gas and fertilizers increase, causing the company to raise prices, depending on the service.

“12% for our general services, then up to 25% for our more specialized services,” said Brett Gard, partner at Tailored Lawn Care. “They could have been higher increases, but we’re working to maximize efficiency within the business so that we don’t have to pass that expense on entirely to the customer.”

Gard says one way they’ve been able to save time and money is to get rid of some customers.

“Unfortunately…because they were too far from normal service areas, which resulted in longer working hours,” Gard said. “If we had to drive 15 or 20 miles just to maintain someone’s lawn, the cost of maintaining that lawn would be so high that it wouldn’t appear as a value to that customer.”

Since Russia is one of the main suppliers of fertilizers in the world, prices have increased by 12 to 25%, depending on the type of fertilizer.

In 2021, the United States imported $1.28 billion in fertilizer from Russia, according to UN COMTRADE database on international trade.

However, this year the main concern of the company is the workforce.

“Finding good quality guys or women who can come in and help us day in and day out has definitely been a struggle,” Gard said.

Despite price increases, demand for services remains high.

“It continues to increase. In fact, this year, starting in February, we started getting many, dozens of calls every day for services and it was abnormal,” Gard said. “I think people realize it’s hard to find a reputable company and they contact us early to make sure they lock in their spot on our schedule.”

Other local businesses, such as Cory’s Lawn Services and All Season’s Lawn & Landscaping have experienced some of the same issues with fertilizer prices and inflation.

Even if you don’t hire a landscaping company, you will be affected by inflation and shortages, with some tools being hard to find and the plant and flower industry facing some of the same issues.

Gard recommends do-it-yourselfers purchase materials in advance.

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