Lawn Crafters' team of expert turf tamers travel to clients' homes, employing a range of services to keep outdoor spaces fresh and fetching. Proud lawn owners can opt for a professional mowing, which finishes with mafia-free weed whacking and clipping removal ($30–$65+ for 1–2 acres or more). Those looking to spruce up spruces can take advantage of miscellaneous services such as shrubbery trimming, as well as weeding, flower-bed planting, watering, or horseshoe-pit installation ($25 per hour).
The experienced instructors at Haverhill Farms forge respectful bonds between humans and horses while cultivating basic riding skills. Situated on 35 acres of windswept meadows and serene forests, Haverhill Farms welcomes riders of all skill levels for year-round use of its facilities. Two large outdoor and two indoor rings set the stage for professional instruction, which ranges from beginning horsemanship lessons to advanced jumping and dressage. The indoor rings feature heated observation rooms, giving onlookers a great vantage point from which to observe teachers demonstrating how to control the steed's stride and speed. Students also learn proper horse care, as well as how to use tongue clicks to signal sightings of undercover donkeys in search of work.
For three generations, Brainer’s Greenhouse has proudly sprouted leafy life forms in its plant nursery, providing customers with top-quality plants and products. Avid gardeners relish the lush variety of annual, perennial, and seasonal potted-plant options, such as 48-count annual flats including impatiens and wax begonias ($9.95), 1-gallon perennials ($9.95), and premium annual plants in hanging baskets ($14.95–$21.95). Moss hanging baskets and pillar geraniums offer stunning décor for outdoor patios and houseboat transients. Novices to the wilds of the backyard will appreciate Brainer’s pre-planted, patio-pot combination inserts, which allow for easy set-up and care. Various classes ($10+) offer continuing education on topics ranging from wildflower gardening to personal-container planting, in which participants help to plant each other in oversize terra-cotta pots.
More than 90 years have passed since James N. Erwin planted his first tree at Erwin Orchards. Since then, three generations of the Erwin family have expanded onto more than 200 acres of land. In the fall, trees burst with a palette of crimson, carmine, and pink as the Erwins transform their farm into a celebration of autumn. Wagons carry visitors and families around the farm during the day, and people cozy up next the bonfire on haunted attraction nights with hot cups of cider, banners of steam unfurling into the evening. Monsters wander the barn's old halls at night, and echoes of screams drift from the doors as live actors horrify visitors in a corn maze around Halloween each year. The farm strives to use biologically friendly pest controls instead of pesticides, keeping the fields of raspberries and pumpkins as safe as they were when the farm was founded.
Wielding more than a decade of experience, the professional staff of green-thumbed employees from Natural Creations Landscape Design sees homes through all phases of landscape design and implementation—from three-dimensional renderings to the final handshake. When looking into its crystal design ball, the team takes into account customers' preferences as well as existing fixtures, such as ponds, sprinklers, lighting, and that lone mannequin that just sits in the corner, watching. Once a design has been agreed upon, a member of the crew stays onsite from the beginning of the project to the end to ensure that the plans are properly carried out and the customer’s questions are answered.