The latest shortage related to Covid-19 hits you right in the landscaping — it’s plants.
A nationwide shortage of trees, shrubs, and perennials has landscaping companies like Level Green scrambling to meet the supply for customers eager to spruce up properties as the country begins to open up after the shutdowns of Covid-19.
“We’re not the only ones facing a plant shortage — everyone’s facing a shortage,” says Bradley Sarno, operations manager at Level Green Landscaping.
Demand for plants is greater than the supply after a year of brisk plant sales to homebound homeowners who decided to boost their landscaping.
“Everybody is home gardening now,” Sarno says. “Everybody’s at home raising chickens, planting vegetable gardens, and installing landscaping around the house. It has definitely increased demand.”
To meet that demand, growers started selling stock last year that they would have saved for this year.