San Jose, CA, certainly spends some green on its greens.
In 2015, residents of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area spent the most per household on lawn care and gardening services among the 100 largest areas in the U.S. Per-household spending in the San Jose area amounted to $167.20 in 2015, according to data supplied to LawnStarter by Geographic Research.
As a whole, residents of the San Jose area coughed up more than $110.7 million in 2015 for lawn care and gardening services such as lawn mowing, fertilization, hedge trimming, tree removal, tree trimming and planting. This includes all outsourced services, except those covered by management or maintenance fees.
While the amount per household might seem low, keep in mind that the figure includes many households, such as apartments and condos, that don’t spend a penny on lawn care and gardening services.
San Jose is among five California areas ranked in the top 18 for per-household spending on lawn care and gardening services. The others in California are Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Napa, San Francisco-Oakland and Santa Rosa.
Photo: Flickr/Travis Wise
‘Matter of Pride’
Ali Harivandi, environmental horticulturist emeritus at the University of California Cooperative Extension in Alameda, cites several factors that contribute to the high amount of spending on lawn care and gardening in some areas of California. One of them is homeowner pride.
“Californians in general are very cognizant and sensitive about their surroundings,” Harivandi says. “Well-kept, groomed landscapes around home are a matter of pride, especially in high-income communities.”
High income also is a factor, he says. In the California areas where spending on lawn care and gardening is substantial, “there is a tendency to spend more money on amenities, such as landscaping around homes,” Harivandi says.
A third factor is California’s generally mild climate, prompting year-round landscape management.
“Although plant growth slows during the fall and winter months, most landscape plants are still green and growing. They still need some care even during winter months,” Harivandi says.
Top Markets for Lawn Care Spending
Here are the top 18 areas for per-household spending on lawn care and gardening services in 2015.
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Photo: Flickr/Dileep Eduri
Spending per household: $167.20
Total spending: $110,73,000
2. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
Photo: Flickr/Vin Crosbie
Spending per household: $165.32
Total spending: $57,187,000
3. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
Photo: Flickr/Sherwood CC
Spending per household: $161.14
Total spending: $44,283,000
4. Barnstable Town, MA
Photo: Flickr/Scott McCracken
Spending per household: $155.23
Total spending: $14,878,000
5. Napa, CA
Photo: Flickr/John Gale
Spending per household: $153.99
Total spending: $7,811,000
6. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
Spending per household: $153.63
Total spending: $265,798,000
7. California-Lexington Park, MD
Spending per household: $153.08
Total spending: $6,078,000
8. Manchester-Nashua, NH
Photo: Flickr/Ted Eytan
Spending per household: $153.02
Total spending: $24,173,000
9. Naples, FL
Photo: Flickr/John Sonderman
Spending per household: $152.99
Total spending: $22,305,000
10. Boston, MA
Photo: Flickr/Jeff Gunn
Spending per household: $152.58
Total spending: $279,855,000
11. The Villages, FL
Photo: Flickr/Scott Kublin
Spending per household: $152.31
Total spending: $8,031,000
12. Boulder, CO
Photo: Flickr/Let Ideas Compete
Spending per household: $151.09
Total spending: $19,094,000
13. Ocean City, NJ
Photo: Flickr/Peter Miller
Spending per household: $150.71
Total spending: $6,058,000
14. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
Spending per household: $150.63
Total spending: $14,622,000
15. Honolulu, HI
Photo: Flickr/Edmund Garman
Spending per household: $150.36
Total spending: $48,571,000
16. Norwich-New London, CT
Spending per household: $149.75
Total spending: $15,991,000
17. Washington, DC
Photo: Flickr/Y Nakanishi
Spending per household: $148.32
Total spending: $333,090,000
18. Hartford, CT
Spending per household: $147.99
Total spending: $70,251,000
Top photo: Flickr/Vadim Kurland