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UAC News  - December 17, 2013

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The 2013 EDGE Expo is wrapped up and put away - thank you for attending!  We'd like to share highlights of the event over the next few weeks, starting with these two important surveys.


2013 State of the Industry Report 
From Lawn & Landscape editor Chuck Bowen. Survey says:
  •  A typical landscape contractor does about $680,000 a year in gross revenue and brings home about 10 percent of that as his/her own salary (if collecting a salary), 
  • Has eight employees, and does full service landscaping for mostly residential accounts.  
  • The owner is the primary salesman, especially in a design/build business and he/she is still working in a production capacity during the day and doing back-office work in the evenings and weekends.


The biggest concerns are fuel costs, low-ball competitors, where to find good help (production level and management) and the stress of his job.  Does this sound familiar?  What's ahead for 2014?


Read the entire report:  L&L 2013 State of the Industry



2013 Georgia Sod Producers Report -

The 20th annual survey examines inventory and price. Key takeaways:
  •  Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass supply is low, regardless of grower category.
  • The delivered price for bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and St. Augustinegrass are expected to increase by more than 13%.
  • Bermudagrass and centipedegrass prices are at historic levels.
  • Considering the "big 3" species (i.e. bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and zoysiagrass), the preponderance of growers anticipate rising prices in 2014.
  • 2014 continues a seven year trend of increasing average prices for certified grass.
  • Freight rates per mile shipped to Atlanta, or within 100 miles of the farm, are unchanged from 2013.
  • Fewer growers reported adding a fuel surcharge in 2014.
  • No grower expects to remove acres from turfgrass production.
  • More turfgrass production acreage could come into production in 2014.
  • The primary markets for Georgia sod are landscape contractors and homeowners.
  • Get price quotes regularly.
  • If possible "book" or lock prices to ensure availability and price.
  • Read the entire report:  

'Tis the season!



As the year comes to an end, you may find yourself scurrying to make those last minute donations to non-profit and charitable organizations. 


 We hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Georgia Turfgrass Foundation Trust, a 501c-3 foundation, managed by the Georgia Urban Ag Council,which supports horticulture and turfgrass research for Georgia's green industry. 


If you've been meaning to make a contribution, now's the time! We thank all who supported GTFT by participating and sponsoring the November Sporting Clays Tournament, and look forward to that event in 2014!


Thank you in advance for supporting this effort.


Please click here for GTFT Donation Form 


Scan and email to:

Fax to:  706-336-6989

Mail to: GTFT, c/o Georgia Urban Ag Council

P. O. Box 817

Commerce, GA  30527 

Our friends from  



(a division of Super Sod) 

have a great community service project - 

 click below to nominate a worthwhile family or community garden!



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