The sharp smell of evergreen sap fills the air as emerald-green needles stir together in the wind. Brian Bosch and his wife Cim preside over seedlings and transplants of species such as firs, spruces, and pines at their tree farm at Bosch’s Countryview Nursery, Inc. During November and December, the cold breath of visitors drifts in clouds among Christmas trees. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the holiday season, guests climb into a hay wagon pulled by horses, their hooves making the gentle beat of a shy drummer. Hot beverages and snacks warm hands among the long ranks of trees, which staff members or visitors can cut down.
Since 1947, Mid-City Supply Co.’s friendly staffers have helped avid home improvers to outfit their digs in premium products. Nowadays, the experienced showroom staff displays much smarter fixtures, from faucets that turn on with the tap of a hand to eco-friendly water heaters powered by domesticated dragons. Though technology has changed, the company keeps quality high, stocking name brands such as Delta, American Standard, Toto, Gerber, Brizo, and Elkay. Customers can check out items in person at one of six showrooms in two states. To give back to the communities that helped them to grow, the company regularly donates to United Way.
For more than four decades, founder Hank DeVries and his team of dedicated professionals have manicured local yards, backing all their services with a satisfaction guarantee. Technicians beautify grass not only by mowing and watering but also by methodically eradicating crabgrass and other weeds with phosphorous-free products. Aeration services let air circulate through soil, and hydroseeding stocks soil with a seed blend resistant to common diseases, such as the nausea that often turns grass even greener. Pruning jobs keep trees and shrubs looking presentable, and pest-prevention treatments liberate lawns from white grubs for up to seven months. Crews stay useful when trees are leafless by shoveling snow during the winter months and decorating rooftops in Christmas lights or glowing Thanksgiving dioramas.
The lawn-care specialists at Haney Landscape cater their expertise to the season. In spring and summer, they mow perfectly straight stripes into grass and fertilize flowerbeds. Come fall, they haul away fallen leaves, spruce up hedges, and launder scarecrow clothing. As winter sets in, the crew takes to the streets with plow trucks, removing snow swiftly and efficiently from driveways and curbs. In addition to these seasonal specialties, Haney’s able-bodied team handles such tasks as irrigation and tree removal across landscapes of any sizes.
Since 2009, Kleen Roofs has brought its special soft-wash technique to homes and other buildings throughout the Grand Rapids area. Eschewing power washing, which can harm surfaces and shingles, technicians soft-wash siding and roofs, freeing them from dirt streaks, moss, and algae. In addition to showering homes with exterior washes, the crews clear gutters and wipe down decks, making abodes look their best to catch the eye of that handsome work shed down the street.
Creekside Garden Center's nursery and greenhouse specialize in unusual and hard-to-find vegetation that helps bring original style to clients’ yards. Liven up lawns with 4-inch annuals and perennials ($3.99+) in a variety of colors and styles, or pick up a hanging basket ($7.99+) for a lovely addition to a porch, deck, or rearview mirror. Trees ($34.99+) can provide a habitat for local wildlife, and shrubs ($9.99+) or evergreens ($9.99+) give yards some malleable décor. While browsing through the flora, customers can sit in a rustic wooden chair to ponder landscaping schemes and whether they could sculpt a series of shrubs into the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets in time for Sweetest Day on October 15. Edible Arrangements combines the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76–$86). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.