Landscape material marketplace GoMaterials has released a report detailing the severity of the 2021 plant shortages, aimed at helping the industry map the impact across the U.S. South. Based on proprietary sourcing data from thousands of landscaping jobs, the report includes information on specific sizes, plant species and pricing trends impacted by the shortages. As per the data in the report, plants and trees currently in short supply are selling for on average 20% higher prices compared to last year.
Plant shortages in recent years have been exacerbated due to the simultaneous effects of COVID-19, extreme weather events and changing consumer preferences. GoMaterials’ 2021 report explores the role played by the twin effects of the pandemic restrictions as well as the Texas snowstorm.
“Most of the wholesale suppliers and landscapers that we work with have been impacted by the shortages, and lack of information on the exact details about sizes, species in short supply and pricing is adding to the confusion. This report is our way of helping our friends and coworkers from the industry” says Marc Elliott, CEO of GoMaterials.“Over 60% of industry partners we spoke to expect the shortages to persist for at least two years. GoMaterials is constantly evaluating the situation by working closely with our nursery partners to build awareness and more efficient supply channels.”
The full report by GoMaterials is now available for a free download, HERE.