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.
Meadowview Farm's 80-acre campus and large indoor arena are the stage for a crew of talented steed whisperers who patiently steer aspiring equestrians toward horse-riding success. After arriving 15 minutes early for grooming and tacking, riders wrap their heads in one of Meadowview's helmets and begin the one-hour lesson, during which experienced instructors and friendly horses will instill apprentice trotters with the confidence and know-how to safely operate an equine vehicle. Once the giant hourglass on top of the stable indicates that the lesson is over, students will untack, groom, and cool out their horse to reward it for not galloping into any gunfights.
Pioneered nearly 30 years ago by a Michigan farming family, Heffron Farms Markets dish up a bounty of naturally raised meats, organic dairy, and other wholesome edibles. Apple sausage links ($3.97 for 10) amplify morning protein levels in preparation for chicken-wing-ding ($2.75 for 16 oz.) lunches and thick-cut New York strip steak ($11.89 for 11 oz.) dinners. Toothsome dairy products such as eggs and Amish cheeses supply nutritive variety, and rainbows of individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables fill in troublesome voids in food-pyramid ice sculptures. Pet owners can also stock up on eats for four-legged friends with ground chicken and bone dinners ($1.99), turkey gizzards ($2.69 for 16 oz.), and other chop-licking unmentionables. All prices may vary by location.
It's only a matter of time before grass takes over the earth; but in the meantime, Egypt Creek Lawn and Landscape fights the good fight with a range of landscaping services. Beyond just mowing, the landscaping and design experts can surgically edge walkways, spread mulch, trim shrubs, plant trees, or maximize spring growth with fertilizer and aeration services. When not making weekly visits to more than 300 lawns, the team draws on winter expertise to remove snow from walkways and freezer burn from pints of rocky road ice cream.
Since 1908, the Huizenga family has tended to the same parcel of land that is now Huizenga Brothers Greenhouses and Garden Center. There, fifth-generation family members work alongside the staff in the greenhouses, where annuals or perennials for planting in pots or flower beds are doted upon.
"As a culture, we’ve gotten away from digging our fingers into the dirt," says Craig Koetsier. At Koetsier’s Greenhouse, co-owner Craig is trying to change that and remind people—particularly the next generation—how to work with the earth. "We’re kid-oriented," Craig says, describing his center's plethora of youth-friendly diversions such as crafts and train rides; their smorgasbord of children’s spring activities was even featured on FOX17.
When he was a child, Craig ferried flats of petunias and impatiens around the family greenhouse. Today, he and his brother are third-generation owners of the business, and their sister works with them at the 100,000-square foot greenhouse where visitors spy hanging plants, annuals, container gardens, and flowering shrubs, asking them where they see themselves in five years to asses if they're a good fit. Although the Koetsiers still coax blooms from traditional favorites such as geraniums, their greenhouse has thrived over the past century by keeping up with contemporary gardening trends and transforming its stock in coordination each season. In the autumn, families arrive to play amid mazes and inflatables and assess the structural integrity of pumpkins before outfitting them with wheels and hitching them to horses. When winter blows in, guests browse the center's pine boughs and live evergreens to decide which to take home and string with decorations.