Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Total Package

Being a snow-only operation is a business model applicable for only a minority of companies in the industry. The vast majority -- around 65 percent -- operate landscape businesses during the months they're not pushing snow.

The following figures are taken from research conducted by our sister publication, Lawn & Landscape. It provides an interesting look at the snow and ice management plays in the overall business picture for the majority of companies in the industry. For this purposes, when appropriate, data was compared against all respondents, and those companies reporting gross sales of less than $200,000 in 2014, and those reporting $200,000 or more.


  1. This surprises me. As an "outsider" (I do not own/operate a company in the landscape or snow removal industry) I would have thought that a larger portion of a company's sales would have been derived from snow and ice management. Six percent?
    My next question would be how this figure changes with geography. I would suspect the number would be much higher for those companies in the are northern portion of the U.S., such as Minneapolis, than it would be for one located more in the middle latitudes like St. Louis.

    ~Robert Holmes

    1. Robert - You bring up some very good points. Something to keep in mind, though, is the source of this information. Lawn and Landscape conducted the research, and their readership is largely invested in the lawn market. The numbers here are lower than they probably would be with say a Snow Magazine study.