The arboreal handlers of Brents Tree Service discipline unruly yard life with trimming, removal, and cleanup services for trees of all sizes. After setting up an appointment, a representative will assess the needs of each project, quoting the total price of services required and some choice phrases from The Giving Tree. Hearty four-man crews appear out of morning mists, tackling tasks that last from one–six hours in length depending on the amount of flora trimming needed with heavy-duty equipment and wood chipper in tow. Brents Tree Service covers specialty and emergency projects as well, such as removal of storm-damaged flora, mistletoe, or persistent ball moss. After raising canopy levels or removing lifeless limbs, the green-thumbed crews meticulously hunt debris great and small, grinding it up and hauling it away to add to their wood-chip collection. Before departure, if owners are at home the foreman walks them through their made-over yard to ensure service satisfaction.
The team at Texas Lawn Services will sweep away the dead leaves, twigs, and brambles that are hiding your ribald azaleas from cute horticulturalists. They'll lop off the tree branches that snatch small children ($80–$300), chase the bison from your shoulder-high hedges, and tame any feral lawn that's started snacking on neighborhood cats (mowing averages $40). They'll also inspect your sprinkler system ($70), install your favorite plants, mulch the heck out of everything not rooted down, and test your slip-n-slide before its annual summertime unveiling.
An organic nursery captained by a mother-son duo, PlantEscape Gardens blooms with a verdant array of plants, gardening supplies, and seeds. Potting patrons can discover a selection of rare cacti and succulents ($2.25 for a 2" succulent, $10.99 for a 6" succulent), as well as citrus trees burgeoning with fruits ($79.99) and money trees sprouting future hotel tycoons. Customers can nourish their botanical babes with organic potting soil ($5.99–$11.99), organic fertilizers ($8.99–$18.99), and compost tea made in house ($3.99/gal.). Air plants, organic vegetable plants, and native species adorn the nursery with verdurous leaves, and packets of flower, herb, and vegetable seeds wait patiently for a green-thumbed life giver.
Anti-pest technicians at Nature's Own Pest & Lawn Services want to have it all. In addition to upholding a commitment to sustainable practices, they refuse to sacrifice effectiveness or long-lasting results. And after years of fighting pests in Texas, they're all too familiar with the local pests. For each operation, they perform a thorough inspection of the home's interior or exterior, and then take hold of their environmentally friendly gear, plus a few organic pesticides and baits. Whether the team is treating a sprawling yard for mosquitos, setting up pet-friendly traps to ward off squirrels but not Fido, or removing small bed bugs from a mattress, it aims to select a solution that will yield long-term results. They also tend lawns with weed control techniques that quell intruding shrubs and nutrient-rich fertilizers that help grass blades grow into strong, sharp grasshopper swords.
Noticing that water restrictions were increasingly frequent, gardener Eric Pedley decided to turn his hobby of cultivating succulents into a business. With business partner and fellow local Julie Patton, he filled a rented greenhouse with desert-dwelling plants capable of storing large reserves of water in their leaves and surviving in arid climates. The diverse inventory ranges from prickly cacti to lush aloe and agave, all of which make for nontraditional additions to home gardens. While customers shop, staffers dish out tips on soil mixes, drainage systems, and guttural incantations to prolong the life of potted or outdoor arrangements. The knowledgeable staff—featured on Central Texas Gardener—also creates and delivers festive potted arrangements.
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Arbolito Horticulture’s expert horticulturists care for an assortment of newborn trees sourced exclusively from local Texas growers. Browse bountiful rows of neatly aligned saplings before selecting the 4- to 6-foot tree that woos you with rustling leaf whispers and provocative poses. After taking newly acquired leaf-sprouting friends home, tree owners can transplant their young trees from 5-gallon training pots into lawn dwellings, where they'll branch out to new heights and develop into fully grown fruit factories. Given proper care, peach and plum trees will yield juicy fruits that will eliminate risky encounters with grocery-store fruit sprayers outside of recreational purposes.
Offering more than 400 fresh herbs, spices, and extracts, Savory Spice Shop lets shoppers inject bursting flavor and exotic smells into any dish. Follow the alluring aroma and stop in to peruse a huge selection of herbs, extracts, spices, sauces, gift sets, wares, and more. Enhance a Thanksgiving dinner with a blend such as sage and savory stuffing seasoning or snag the yuletide-inspired holiday feast gift set to spice up any white-elephant exchange. A knowledgeable staff will assist shoppers in browsing more than 140 premixed spice blends, each capable of making dinner more memorable than breakfast in a bed of nails.
The staff at the certified-organic Green Gate Farms instills adults and children with oodles of sustainable agricultural know-how during four-hour hands-on sessions. During Farmer for a Day sessions, youngsters tag along with farmers, helping them to feed the animals, sow seeds, and set up the farm stand. Kids frolic through a century-old hayloft and magic tree house and see firsthand where vegetables come from, which makes for less awkward discussions with parents.
Edible Arrangements' chocolate-covered strawberry box merges the rich flavors of chocolate with the succulent decadence of fresh strawberries. The primly packaged red box contains 12 ripe strawberries, each of which was picked at its peak freshness before being hand-dipped in a semi-sweet chocolate blend. As students trudge back to school in the coming weeks, teacher's pets seeking domestication can gift their eminent educator with something other than the traditional red apple or slab of shark meat by arriving on the first day with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries.
Silently shout your hidden emotions, deepest desires, and most outrageous fantasy football trades with $50 worth of beautifully arranged flowers (for pick-up or delivery) from ParkCrest Floral Design for $25. This European-inspired bud boutique will customize a collection of statement-making sprouts perfect for any occasion including birthdays, Thanksgiving, and factory strikes.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Beneath the Colorado sun, Jason Ballard stands holding a hammer, looking upon the half-finished home before him. As a green builder, Ballard takes pride in constructing homes designed for health and efficiency, but unfortunately, local suppliers often don’t have the products to match his passion. The dilemma prompts Ballard and a few friends to wonder: "What if we could get all the materials we're looking for under one roof?"Driven by this question, the founders of TreeHouse came together—some interested in sustainable building, some interested in cutting toxins out their lives, some fascinated by the money saved through energy efficiency—to amass an inventory of products that they would use or already were using in their own homes. The store's material experts score every item to meet rigorous health, performance, and sustainability standards, curating a catalog that ranges from insulation made of recycled denim to housewares made from bamboo veneer. Additionally, TreeHouse's home-improvement gurus demonstrate products at education stations, and host classes and events to teach DIY-minded homeowners how to undertake anything from remodels to digging a moat around the garage.
Co-owners Kirk and Julie Leavell set out to make Wild Basin Fitness the antithesis of impersonal chain gyms. They're dedicated to fostering a comfortable and welcoming environment, where all of their clients feel like they can reach out for training advice and a personal connection. They have even let their exercisers determine the operating hours, class schedules, and instructor hairstyles at their two gym locations. Their team of experienced trainers subscribe to this personalized ideology during their custom personal-training sessions and in the more than 100 monthly fitness classes that accommodate an array of fitness interests such as yoga, boot camp, Pilates, Zumba, spin, and exercise programs for kids. Further beautifying bodies, patrons can lavish themselves at the spa, or make their beach-ready bod glow with tanning services.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.