Blackwood Landscaping's talented team of landscape artists maintains front and backyard health with lawn services that use environmentally affectionate products. Tend grassy areas of up to 10,000 square feet with an aeration procedure, during which cylindrical plugs punch small holes into the soil to reduce compaction and unearth fossilized lawn ornaments. This professional process diminishes thatch and allows roots improved access to delectable nutrients and nourishing lime. Afterwards, a fueling fertilizer encourages the growth of grass, much like height restrictions on tilt-a-whirls encourage the growth of small children. The machinery used in these processes is 38 inches wide, so any gates must be larger than 38 inches, or the household must own a teleporter.
The plant pundits at Green Outdoors Landscaping and Nursery, who double as landscape contractors certified by North Carolina, equip gardeners with the proper accouterments and know-how to surround homes with verdant thickets of abundant life. Anchor unoccupied lawns with a red winterberry holly ($29.95) and a rhododendron ($29.95), or minimize trips to the supermarket by embedding gardens with bounteous blueberry plants ($9.95–$29.95) and bushes that sprout sausage links. The mugo pine makes an excellent container plant and earthy addition to rock gardens ($24.95), and varieties of azaleas provides a healthy dose of color to any drab flowerbed or meat locker ($3.95–$19.95).
An ethnobotanical enterprise for more than 30 years and member of North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Reems Creek Nursery purveys tools, seeds, flats, and more to help gardeners and landscapers dote on the earth's appendages. After a lengthy interview process including thorough, situation-based lines of questioning, the team of specialists at Reems Creek personally selects from a diverse offering of attractive, climate-suitable, and goal-oriented flora. The plantatarium specializes in jackson and perkins roses, shade perennials, herbs, and flower- and vegetable-bedding plants. The lynwood gold forsythia ($29.99) comes firmly rooted in a three-gallon pot and a conservative family background, and the camellia lemon glow ($12.99) highlights gardens in yellow. Further accessorize a natural nursery with Virginia bluebells ($5.99), vegetable starts ($2.49/four-pack), and 32-plant flats of pansies ($14.99), or get herb-encouraging equipment such as a brightly painted metal watering can ($17.99) or Espoma plant-tone fertilizer ($5.99 for 4 lbs.).
The friendly and knowledgeable guides at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides lead horseback riders and horse-drawn wagon passengers into the high country surrounding their secluded mountain ranch, owned for three generations by a single clan. Rides range from one hour to a full day pass through the wooded expanses and mountainous terrain of Madison County, where onlookers can spot Big Ball Mountain and even see Tennessee when it isn’t hiding underneath Kentucky. Tucked away in a corner of the ranch lies Little Pine Gem Mine – accessible on the three- and four-hour trips. Here, riders can dismount and dig for gem-quality garnets to haul home. Sandy Bottom enforces no age or weight limit, and even has smaller horses for youngsters, allowing riders of all types to participate in equine journeys and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Sometimes a tree dies, grows too large, or locks itself inside a broom closet and won’t come out. That's where Ben's Tree Service comes in. Its fully insured professionals tend to trees within Buncombe County and Haywood County. After drawing up a free estimate, they can trim back branches or fire up their chainsaws and digging equipment to remove trees completely, stumps and all.
Owned and operated by Greg and Sheila Paul, Carolina Ace Hardware adds comfort and convenience to daily life with products, tools, and project-solving expertise. Secure sheds, trunks, and Fabergé egg display cases with an Ace 2-inch padlock ($11.99), and illuminate midnight-snack paths with mood lighting using dimmable GE Energy Smart 100-watt CFL light bulbs ($13.99 each). Messy projects clean up their act with a six-pack of ultra-strong Scott shop towels ($17.94), retiring soiled materials to Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags ($8.99) after their heavy-duty absorption is done (prices and availability may vary).