Illinois lawn-care business diversifies to survive downturn

The owner of Outdoor Turf Professionals in Illinois shares tips on how to survive an economic downturn. The diversified lawn-care business performs landscaping, fountain installation, grass seeding and lawn care. "What I've seen the last couple of years is an increase in service-oriented jobs such as mowing," said Mike Sturgill. "As the baby boomers age, they can't get out and do the lawn work they once did."

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