I just recently started researching business trends in the landscaping industry for a paper my business team is writing and would like to hear feedback from owners and managers of landscaping businesses. Specifically, we are interested in knowing if higher gas prices, slower housing sales/starts, and a general slowdown in the economy is affecting the money spent for landscaping projects. I appreciate that most business owners and managers stay very busy, especially this time of the year. That said, if you have a couple of minutes to comment on how your business is being impacted by the economic slowdown, I'd be grateful. A few of the questions that we hope to address in the paper are: Are landscaping companies seeing a difference in revenues from previous years? Are consumers spending less than they have in the past on landscaping projects? Are consumers foregoing vacations and instead spending more on home projects (landscaping or otherwise)? Are consumers shifting their spending from professional landscaping companies to big box home improvement stores? What strategies are landscaping companies using to combat higher gas prices? While we realize this information is anecdotal, we would like to include comments from people "in the trenches" along with the formal research we will be doing for the paper. If you have a few minutes and would like to respond to these questions or just post general comments, we would really appreciate it. We will be wrapping up the research around 7/28. If you don't mind including your city and state (or area of the country where the business is located), that would help determine if landscapers are being affected differently in different regions of the country. Thanks in advance.