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Even with a slow-recovering economy, homeowners in this Pennsylvania city still want their lawns serviced.

York Daily Record | April 9, 2012

This fall was a tough time for York County landscapers and nurseries.

In October, John Shelley's Garden Center & Nursery in North Hopewell Township closed its doors because of the poor economy.

John Shelley, owner of the greenhouse, which operated for 21 years, said at the time people aren't spending money on landscaping jobs.

In January, Brown's Farm Market & Garden Center in Emigsville said it was not reopening in the spring because of the poor tree and shrubbery sales.

Also this fall, Shiloh Nurseries, in business since 1937, decided to shut down, said Greg Kern, a former employee of the company.

"It was a very seasonal business, which was challenging," he said.

However, Kern wasn't ready to give up on the company's landscaping division just yet.

"I approached the owners and said I'd like to purchase the (business) name and customer list," he said. "I used that and started a new business."

Though "Shiloh" is still in the name, Shiloh Nurseries has been transformed into Shiloh Landscape & Design, Kern said. The new, smaller company is part nered with York Tree Service and Shades of Green Lawn Service to provide full-service landscaping and lawn care service.

Shiloh Landscape has two designers and four crew people on staff, not including seasonal employees, and an operations manager, Kern said. The business operates out of the York Tree Service office on West Market Street in West Manchester Township.

"What I said was, 'Let's just scale this back a little bit,'" he said.

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