For the past 8 years consumer spending has gone nuts , now that the home equity well has run dry , housing in the dumps , fuel ready to hit 4 bucks a gallon , steel prices , copper and plastics rising . Who is prepared for a recession? Do you raise prices to offset costs , or hold your ground and make less per job ? I see landscapers jumping into irrigation to increase their business , should irrigation professionals start picking up lawn accounts . Those of you in their 20s and 30s dont remember the tight times in the 1970s and early 1980s . Can you handle a 40 to 50 percent drop in business?