The land maintenance business has grown dramatically over the past 30 years. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of grounds maintenance workers grew 42% between 2002 and 2012 to 1.1 million workers and continues to grow at a steady clip. In many areas of the country, it is common to see convoys of landscape trucks and trailers loaded with industrial-sized gas-powered mowers, blowers, trimmers, and edgers.
Growth of this industry has been propelled by a number of factors. Our suburbs and cities have expanded. More and more people contract out their outdoor maintenance work. Tasks once done manually are now done with gas-powered machinery. The gas-equipment industry is marketing their products aggressively, promoting new and expanding uses. The manicured aesthetic has become the norm in many communities. Tolerance for even small amounts of leaves or debris has waned.