Montgomery Gibbs Nursery carries the ingredients to fill any kind of space with greenery or florals, be it a tiny windowsill garden or an expansive backyard. When not helping customers find the right plants for their projects, staff members at the nursery spend their time nurturing nascent annuals and perennials and more sizable trees and shrubs. Homeowners can further dress landscapes in red-, brown-, or black-dyed cypress mulch, or grow their own vegetables or fruit trees for endless access to off-the-vine pies.
EarthScape expanded from a one-man company to a team of technicians who turn plain lawns into showpieces with their elegant landscape designs. As members of the Nursery and Landscape Association, they skillfully build berms and crown them with shrubs and flowers while maintaining botanical zones with weed control, core aeration, and turf disease prevention. When they aren't tending to the health of yards, techs equip them with ponds, fountains, and outdoor kitchens. As licensed irrigation contractors, they can also install watering systems that conserve water, quench thirsty lawns, and save homeowners the hassle of tickling a fire hydrant until it spouts.
The first seeds of Dearness Gardens were planted on a 3-acre 1920s farmstead in 1995. Since then the downtown Huntersville location has blossomed into a collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and landscaping supplies. Dearness' greenhouse flourishes with roses, azaleas, and other perennials, and popular shrubs, conifers, and Japanese maples populate the nursery. The selection of trellises, arbors, and birdbaths arms green thumbs with lawn accessories, and a resident landscape consultant is available to advise those who thought "berm" was just a gnome's cuss word.
Huntersville Rental gives homeowners the tools they need to manicure and maintain their home exteriors. Overseeing a cache of hedge trimmers, pressure washers, chainsaws, and pruning poles, Huntersville's staff aim to connect guests with the right tool for the job they have in mind and then provide them with basic operating instructions. This family-owned home-improvement store also lends out backpack blowers for clearing away the leaves and aliens that crash-land on driveways every autumn.
Haunted rides amble through picturesque stretches of the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, surrounding guests in the season's spine-tingling chills and frightful sights on select October evenings. Rolling through the dark shadows of the haunted forest, the ride activates guests' latent scream sensors while it creeps past eerie haunts and awkward zombie family reunions. After hopping off the macabre vehicle, groups are free to peruse the premises' plethora of fall activities, such as a jaunt through the twists and turns of the straw maze ($3), a ride on the cow train ($2), or malicious marshmallow roastings over an open flame ($1) (additional activities are not included with this offer).
Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.