As the titular technician at Ward Group Property Services, Norman Ward dedicates his company's efforts to the maintenance and cleaning of his clients’ homes. Norman heads up a team of employees who have each passed OSHA safety training, meaning each service is performed in a sound manner and never capped with a death-defying dismount from a slippery roof. Homeowners can call upon the team to regularly wash their windows to prevent hard water stains, clean gutters of debris and mildew, or pressure wash the mold and black stains off their walls, walkways, and patios.
Climbing trees isn?t all fun and games. What once seemed like an exciting Saturday-afternoon activity can be a chore for adult homeowners wanting to tackle heavy yard work. That?s where Edward Reyes?s team of dedicated pros comes in, scaling leafy limbs to create a picture-perfect yard outside their clients? abodes. After an initial consultation with homeowners, technicians go forth to cultivate yards with a variety of pruning, planting, and lawn treatments. Whether wielding the raw power of chainsaws on unwanted tree limbs or using their artistic eye to trim trees, technicians pay the utmost detail to keeping yards healthy and free of stunting menaces such as weeds or grazing giraffes.
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.
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.
After more than a quarter-century of doing business, Diamondscape has landscaping down to a science. The certified landscape professionals engage with clients through a three-step service cycle—consultation, then design and installation—that has reliably produced beautiful yards and proud homeowners. Much weight is put upon the consultation, wherein a company representative identifies the clients' visual tastes and reviews the intended uses for the space. The resulting design decisions are sure to incorporate the seven-part Xeriscape approach to water conservation, which takes into account such considerations as efficient irrigation, mulch use, soil improvement, and plant selection.