Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.
The landscaping pros at each local Weed Man outfit offer services that range from environmentally conscious fertilizing and weed control to aeration and pest management. Technicians create safe, healthy lawns and gardens that increase the home's curb appeal and invite regular enjoyment, whether by the family enjoying an outdoor barbecue or friends interrogating the lawn to find out where it hid the neighbor's shrunken kids. Before prescribing any treatment, however, the team inspects the grounds to tailor a unique lawn care program, which might include regular seeding, a proprietary 65% slow-release granular fertilizer, or preventive treatment of weeds and outdoor pests.
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.
Owner Jim Veneto and his team of expert stonemasons work closely with clients to dream up custom landscaping and decorative architectural structures crafted from natural stone. Asphalt, concrete, and paving stones lay out patios and walkways, and natural-stone walls channel the property lines constructed by early farmers attempting to demarcate Capture the Flag boundaries. The experts can erect outdoor kitchens and brick pizza ovens for upscale outdoor dining and natural-looking stone waterfalls to transport homeowners into fantasies of birds of paradise flitting about preparing a backyard soiree. Also specializing in maintaining and repairing clients' stone-crafted structures, the stonemasons can reconstruct brick walkways, stairs, and chimneys.