The retail nursery at Tyler’s Landscaping houses a cornucopia of plant life for purchase and plantation. Yards in search of nonsurgical face-lifts can re-create themselves with choice picks from the nursery’s selection of more than 200 perennial varieties ($3.99–$14.99), grasses, and native plants. Perky annuals ($3.99) add polka dots of color to squirrel habitats, and shrubs (average price $30.99) hide shy foundations and delineate property lines better than police tape. Tyler's staff of nursery professionals can recite each plant’s preferences for light and water, helping gardeners make love matches between flora and soil.
After the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes honored Jason Buresh's well-groomed yard with its Curb Appeal award, Buresh decided to capitalize on his landscaping talent. In January of 2000, he established Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care. Although Buresh earned a formal degree in applied science and agricultural marketing from Kirkwood Community College, his lawn-care education actually started in childhood, when he honed his knowledge of plants and landscape design on his family’s farm. Today, Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care creates lush, green lawns with aeration, dethatching, fertilizing, seeding, and mowing services. The company also installs greenery and retaining walls to beautify yards or keep out roving bands of lawn flamingos.
Though it has pastures, cornfields, and livestock, Bloomsbury Farm isn't your average farm—in fact, it's an agritourism destination. The farm boasts more than 20 attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze and a giant jumping pillow popular with kids and flightless birds alike. For the more adventurous, a newly installed zipline speeds people across the farm at a height of 40–50 feet, offering bird's-eye views of the land below. Throughout the year, special events celebrate the seasons with wine tastings, concerts, and breakfasts with Santa.
Since 1989, the dependable crew at Busy Beaver Tree Care & Lawn Maintenance has kept outdoor spaces neat and symmetrical through a range of tree and lawn services. The tree surgeons foster arboreal attractiveness by cropping boughs to a respectable length or removing trees altogether, which is necessary when they interfere with construction projects or grow into power lines in an effort to steal free cable. Clients who have been affected by storms or fire can call on Busy Beaver to help with controlling damage and clearing the debris.
Founded in 1929 with the hope of promoting the palatable prowess of the pheasant, MacFarlane Pheasants remains in familial hands while doling out fresh, high-quality meats alongside condiments, sides, cookbooks, and other gifts. Avian eats revolve around the illustrious pheasant, with choices including boneless breasts ($19.95/package), strips ($19.95/package), sausage, and a hickory-smoked bird ($26.95/package). Game meats round out the shop’s protein-centric chops and include cuts of everything from alligator, elk, and ostrich to venison, bison, and bigfoot. Dress carnivorous slices with a selection of savory sauces, including the cranberry chutney ($6.25/10 oz.), or dazzle dinner guests with meat-enhancing sides, such as hot olives ($8.99/16 oz.) and wild rice ($6.95/8.75 oz.).
Hinchley's Dairy Farm's bounty of more than 260 dairy cattle, barnyard mammals, and a variety of harvestable goods are sprawled across more than 2,300 acres of pristine farmland. Embark on the one- to three-hour countryside sabbatical starting at the dairy barn, where guests can observe the milking equipment being used and milk a cow. Afterward, visitors mosey to the barnyard to pet and feed the chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, and vagrant squirrels dressed as ducks. Weather permitting, tour-goers meander through the farm fields on a hayride pulled by a vintage tractor while hearing about the crops and daily farm life. Hinchley's Dairy Farm's guests can also pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables embellished with festive cow spots.