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PLNA Member SLF Survey Shows Nurseries Hardest Hit

Thursday, March 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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ANNVILLE – In late February PLNA sent a survey to all members within the spotted lanternfly (SLF) quarantine area, then limited to 14 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. The purpose of the survey was to assess the impact that  SLF was having on green industry companies.

The survey sent to 174 landscape contractors, nurseries, garden centers and greenhouses within the Pennsylvania quarantine area using the online survey tool SurveyMonkey. The survey asked three demographic questions and seven impact questions.

The survey was in the field for eleven days from February 21-March 2, 2020 and PLNA received 50 responses for a response rate of 29%, which is good for a survey of this type.

The topline takeaways from the survey were:

·  The SLF is having a mostly negative affect overall, but is sector specific, with nurseries being the hardest hit with inspections and control costs.

·  Nurseries feel that they are bearing the brunt of SLF regulations while other economic sectors are largely ignorant, non-compliant and contributing to the spread of SLF, such as railroads.

·  Some landscape contractors and garden centers are finding that demand for control services and control products is a positive, but fear that the public will stop investing in their outdoor living spaces and gardens.

·  The green industry is largely compliant with SLF quarantine protocols and best management practices, but we aren’t perfect.

·  There is a continuing need for education and outreach to the industry.

Click here to download a complete copy of the survey results.


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