Green Matters not only supplies customers with the right tools for growing organic and hydroponic plants, but also the knowledge on how to produce large harvests. After selecting a variety of home-gardening aids—such as indoor lighting, nutrients, water-filtration systems, and organic products—customers are encouraged to ask the staff about how to use the products or whether their Venus flytrap will ever gain sentience.
The licensed and insured techs at Ranescape shepherd their customers' landscaping plans from design concepts, execute physical construction, and keep greens green with timely maintenance. With an eye on environmentally friendly practices, they can forge fixtures such as walkways, sprinkler systems, or stone walls enclosing a prized lawn flamingo. Techs also care for yards with scheduled services ranging from mowing and pruning to grub control and aeration. Ranescape’s technicians work closely with specialized suppliers, sourcing all materials used to create landscapes and sew in new blades of grass.
Once a small mowing service, PaveScapes Landscaping Services has blossomed into a thriving business ready to tackle all outdoor needs. Owner Marco Pavao, following his father’s lead, opened the business in 2005, and now dispatches his team to residences across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During the spring and summer, the crew designs and installs landscaping, trims trees and bushes, and eliminates weeds and crabgrass. As the cold winter air blows in, customers can recruit PaveScapes Landscaping Services to plow snow from the driveway or take down enemy fortresses during snowball fights.
The furniture business has changed quite a bit in the more than three decades since Ken Silva founded Plymouth Furniture. Particleboard has replaced hardwood, and machines have, in some cases, taken over the duties of skilled craftspeople. Despite this, Silva and his son—vice president and director Randy Silva—have created and maintained a five-story gallery full of American-made furniture crafted from North American wood, often by the children and grandchildren of the men and women they represented 30 years ago. The store is a bastion of tradition, where staffers—usually family members—greet returning customers by name. While Ken recognizes the importance of showcasing their furniture online, he would rather you come by and sit on one of their sofas to experience firsthand the subtle smoothness of the leather, the comforting heft of the kiln-dried frame, and the durability of the eight-way hand-tied springs.
In keeping with the company's focus on quality, Randy shared his expertise with Shaunna Gately of the The Patriot Ledger, suggesting that buyers look for a hardwood frame, polyurethane-foam cushions with a high density rating, and a flow-matched pattern that continues fluidly over contours and panels. The family team also offers an in-home design service, putting together the ideal dining room or finding a lamp to match the blue-green face of a food-poisoned family member.
Dragonfly Mosquito Control bans mosquitoes from yards with mists of naturally based pyrethrin spritzed by automatic outdoor mosquito-control systems or sprayed by workers to form a barrier around yards. Both methods work well to keep yards free from mosquitoes for summer evenings spent grilling out or playing freeze-tag with the shrubs. Hosts and hostesses can also request one-time sprays before a big outdoor event, such as a wedding or outdoor party. Likewise, commercial services help business owners keep their outdoor dining spaces, tennis courts, or driving ranges bite-free.