This locally owned shop is well stocked with fresh-cut Christmas trees ($35–$80) suitable for present shielding and a wide selection of branch-adorning ornaments ($2–$8). Compliment your full-sized conifer with a festive, piney wreath ($20–$60), or select a fresh yuletide floral arrangement in need of a good home (starting at $40). Holiday revelers suffering from an acute pinecone allergy or case of Santerclaustrophobia can invest in one of DEE-SIGN's durable artificial trees in varying shapes and sizes ($25–$150).
Stalking through the prairie grass, a guide leads his labrador retriever and a hunter into a stretch of foothills. They hear a rustling ahead, prompting them to pause. Peering through the brush, they see a bird with red plumage around its eye, a green head, and a white ring around its neck—the distinguishing marks of a pheasant. The hunter readies his gun, the labrador poises, and both wait for the guide's signal.
The hunting guides at Pheasant Bonanza lead hunters through experiences like these and ready them for similar outings with sport shooting. The sporting-clay course, for example, supplies beginning through advanced shooters with 20 stations whose targets simulate the movements of animals such as quail and rabbits. To further sharpen hunters' aim, the guides also oversee trap, skeet, five-stand, and snooker ranges. This diversity of shooting scenarios prepares clients for guided hunting trips—which include the retrieval and tracking service of trained labradors or german shorthaired pointers—on Pheasant Bonanza's grounds. Spanning hundreds of acres in the Loess Hills, the grounds sustain game such as pheasant, waterfowl, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and rogue Yahtzee dice.
The lodge accommodates guests on extended trips, surrounding them with rustic touches such as a stone fireplace, knotty-pine paneling, and furniture upholstered in hunters' orange. Further services range from expert advice at the pro shop to Pheasant Bonanza's boarding, training, and breeding programs for hunting dogs.
At K/B Stables, instructor Donna Stading-Smith imparts the equine wisdom she has been accruing since she first saddled up when she was 3 years old. As a former elementary media specialist and a 4-H teacher for 14 years, she’s experienced in making horseback riding a comfortable and fun activity for both beginners and more seasoned riders. Regular lessons and training prep students to take the reins for casual or competitive rides in English, western, or dressage styles. When they're not supporting budding equestrians, some 20 horses gallop across K/B Stables’ 11 acres. The family-run stable hosts 30 stalls for boarding accommodations by the night, week, month, or whatever period of time the horse’s former girlfriend said it needed to “sort things out.”
The technicians at Premium Lawn Care have a service for all seasons. During the spring, summer, and fall, they build attractive landscapes and maintain them by mowing and edging lawns. They also trim plants and remove pet waste to keep outdoor areas tidy. Rather than hibernate through the winter months, they shovel snow and chip ice from walkways and driveways, thereby preventing people from slipping, falling, getting amnesia, forgetting they don't like Milk Duds, and wasting a bunch of money on Milk Duds. Though techs work tirelessly until they finish their task, their availability requires good weather.
Viaduct Gardens’ greenhouse brims with thriving flora for yards and homes. The garden center carries plants that range from annuals and perennials to fruits and roses. It also stocks plant-related accessories, including hanging baskets, tiered planters, and “plant heads”—planters that resemble people heads.
Since 1991, the licensed outdoor experts at Tree Lawn Medic have kept commercial and residential landscapes healthy through tree care, lawn care, and pest control. Before performing any service, the technicians thoroughly inspect yards and their surroundings and then draw up free estimates. Common symptoms might include algae growing on the driveway, indicating a need to trim back tree limbs; construction damage caused by termites; or sleeping bags spread around the lawn, signifying a bed-bug infestation inside. Armed with this information, the team sets out to solve the issues are at hand in a quick and efficient manner so that homeowners can return to enjoying their outdoor environs.