The national average lawn size is about one-fifth of an acre for the 85 million households with a private lawn. Estimated average lawn size varies from state to state, ranging from .06 acre in Washington, D.C., to .51 acre in Georgia, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs.

Residential lawns comprise the largest component of turfgrass in many states for which data is available, and this component is increasing. In North Carolina, residential lawns account for 69 percent of total turfgrass acreage in the state and have increased in acreage 29.8 percent between 1994 and 1999. In Virginia, 52 percent of turfgrass acreage is in home lawns and this component has increased 43 percent between 1982 and 1998.

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) released findings of a survey that tracked consumer spending for 2003 on contracted lawn and landscape services. PLANET reports a 31-percent growth rate of consumer spending on lawn care, landscaping and tree care services since 2002. In 2004, consumers spent a total of $37.9 billion on these professional services, as opposed to $28.9 billion in 2002. Consumers surveyed predict that they will spend $41.6 billion in these services this year.

The survey also found that one in three Americans paid for professional lawn, landscape or tree services in 2003, and more than one in four Americans planned to purchase professional landscaping services in 2004.

Source: Professional Landcare Network; Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs fact sheet.

Consumer Spending
(lawn care, landscaping and tree care services)
Year Money spent (billions) Percent increase
2002 $28.9 ---
2004 $37.9 31
2005 $41.6 (predicted) 10
Source: The Professional Landcare Network

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