After cans of soda and bottles of beer pass their expiration date, they don't go to the landfill. Thanks to the crew at Silver Creek Materials, the liquids inside are instead used to prepare nutrient-rich compost, which will nourish and sustain local gardens, lawns, and flowerbeds. Leaving nothing to waste, the crew recycles all the glass, metal, and plastic packaging.
Though making compost is only a small part of Silver Creek Materials' business, the aversion to waste and commitment to the environment reflects the company's focus on eco-friendly operations. When mining sands and soils, the staff works carefully to prevent adverse effects on the land or water, winning a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 1997. The company also recycles organic materials such as trees, grass clippings, and fussy children's bread crusts.
It’s a good thing James Bryant’s parents didn’t pay him more allowance. At 10, he found his $10 weekly payday unacceptable, so he started knocking on neighbors’ doors to see if they’d like him to mow their lawns. The business grew as he did, and, by the time he finished high school, he felt certain that landscaping was his true passion. Since officially founding Bryant Lawn and Sprinkler in 1995, James has continued to find fulfillment in creating natural works of art out of previously lackluster yards and gardens. He and his team do this by planting flowers, mulching gardens and installing eco-conscious sprinkler systems. They also design yard lighting so that, at night, freshly pruned shrubs stand out and moths can use shadow puppets to tell their brief life stories.
The organic landscapers at Happy Gardens gather lawn logistics to create a customized design using sustainable techniques and materials. The consultation distinguishes the client’s preferences and researches variables such as soil, sun, and semipro-bocce-ball conditions. Soil stylists then plot out a customized design plan to completely revamp the property into an organic oasis using several microecological approaches including natural wildlife habitats, woodland gardens, and xeriscaping—a method that requires minimal water maintenance, similar to filling a pool with water balloons or vapor clouds.
The skilled nail pros at The Spa and Tea Garden draw upon more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry as they refurbish digits with soothing nail services. During the 45-minute Shellac or regular manicure, a technician trims and shapes fingernails into smooth curves or straight edges. A French Shellac dresses up finger fronts, or opt for a coat of traditional polish, followed by a layer of Shellac gel polish can last without chipping for up to 14 days, or about the amount of time needed to get a package to front of the post-office line.
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
In a split second, Harvest Landscape Services' designers can completely change the way homeowners look at their yards. The quick change in perspective is thanks to the company's 3D computer visualization system, which they use to create realistic models of potential landscapes. Designers might add pools, gardens, waterfalls, or game areas such as basketball and tennis courts. Once customers decide on a design, the team creates it in the real world, which was recently upgraded to three dimensions. Harvest Landscape Services' lawn-care specialists and gardeners can also maintain outdoor spaces.