From THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER

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The economy may not be growing, but the grass is — especially now that the weather has warmed up.

Local companies that make it their business to ensure lawns are maintained say they aren’t hurting, yet. For most, it’s a combination of having a loyal customer base built over years of continuing service and the financial demographic of that base.

Put simply, people who can afford lawn-care service typically aren’t that strapped for cash, and they have jobs that are not in jeopardy, according to Ron Richardson, owner of Lawn Barber at 3515 S. Douglas Ave.

“When it comes down to it, if you’ve still got that job and you don’t want to cut the grass, that’s not going to change,” he said.

Larry Perko, owner of Lawn Perks at 1860 Mayfield Road in Chatham, said some people who are getting more cost-conscious are choosing individual services such as weed control but not mowing, or vice versa, and plan to do some of the yard work themselves.

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