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Oct 15, 2011 10:35 AM by Chris Welty

Drought Affects Landscapers' Business

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Brown grass and dead shrubbery on many
northwestern Louisiana lawns provide proof of the effects of a
prolonged drought, and landscaping businesses are feeling the
effects, too.
Bill Fleming, president of Fleming Landscape and Irrigation,
told The Times of Shreveport (http://bit.ly/ox2xZw ) that the
threat of water rationing earlier this year made customers wary of
spending $5,000 for sprinkler systems. While his residential
business suffered, Fleming said commercial landscaping held mostly
steady because businesses generally require regular lawn
maintenance.
Randy Rogers, owner of Mr. Roger Landscaping, said his business
was down throughout much of the summer, but could soon bounce back
as people use the cooler weather as a trigger to replace dead
plants.

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