turfgrass

Business

The business of growing, selling, and maintaining turfgrass is large in developed Western economies. In a 2007 Florida survey (Hodges and Stevens, 2010),  there were $6.26 billion in turfgrass-related expenditures and total economic output contributions of $7.82 billion. Land management in turfgrass was 3.9 million acres in Florida. There are many jobs available in turfgrass.

The business of turfgrass has developed from hand shearing through labor-saving tools such as the lawn mower and other specialized machines typical of industrial societies. Types of businesses and occupations supporting turfgrass are equipment, fertilizer, and pesticide manufacturers and their distributors, management companies, golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, irrigation and mowing contractors, turfgrass producers including sod and seed growers, golf course architects, lawn care companies, water district managers, agricultural inspectors, and university scientists including extension agents. In North American and Europe, equipment and supplies for turfgrass management are accessible to single family home owners who readily maintain their own properties, as well as to small business owners who maintain properties for their clients.