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.

San Jose CA

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

Sunnyvale CA

Photo: Flickr/Dileep Eduri

Spending per household: $167.20
Total spending: $110,73,000

2. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

Stamford CT

Photo: Flickr/Vin Crosbie

Spending per household: $165.32
Total spending: $57,187,000

3. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

Thousand Oaks

Photo: Flickr/Sherwood CC

Spending per household: $161.14
Total spending: $44,283,000

4. Barnstable Town, MA

Barnstable

Photo: Flickr/Scott McCracken

Spending per household: $155.23
Total spending: $14,878,000

5. Napa, CA

Napa CA

Photo: Flickr/John Gale

Spending per household: $153.99
Total spending: $7,811,000

6. San Francisco-Oakland, CA

San Francisco CA

Photo: Flickr/anthony_goto

Spending per household: $153.63
Total spending: $265,798,000

7. California-Lexington Park, MD

Lexington Park MD

Photo: Cars.com

Spending per household: $153.08
Total spending: $6,078,000

8. Manchester-Nashua, NH

Manchester NH

Photo: Flickr/Ted Eytan

Spending per household: $153.02
Total spending: $24,173,000

9. Naples, FL

Naples FL

Photo: Flickr/John Sonderman

Spending per household: $152.99
Total spending: $22,305,000

10. Boston, MA

Boston MA

Photo: Flickr/Jeff Gunn

Spending per household: $152.58
Total spending: $279,855,000

11. The Villages, FL

The Villages FL

Photo: Flickr/Scott Kublin

Spending per household: $152.31
Total spending: $8,031,000

12. Boulder, CO

Boulder CO

Photo: Flickr/Let Ideas Compete

Spending per household: $151.09
Total spending: $19,094,000

13. Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City NJ

Photo: Flickr/Peter Miller

Spending per household: $150.71
Total spending: $6,058,000

14. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

Santa Cruz CA

Photo: Flickr/banjo_boy

Spending per household: $150.63
Total spending: $14,622,000

15. Honolulu, HI

Honolulu HI

Photo: Flickr/Edmund Garman

Spending per household: $150.36
Total spending: $48,571,000

16. Norwich-New London, CT

Norwich CT

Photo: Flickr/N8ster

Spending per household: $149.75
Total spending: $15,991,000

17. Washington, DC

Washington DC

Photo: Flickr/Y Nakanishi

Spending per household: $148.32
Total spending: $333,090,000

18. Hartford, CT

Hartford CT

Photo: Flickr/Patrick

Spending per household: $147.99
Total spending: $70,251,000

Top photo: Flickr/Vadim Kurland

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