For more than 40 years, homeowners have entrusted their yards to the experts at Weed Man. Perhaps it’s because the employees do more than just perform lawn-care services—they cultivate close working relationships with their clients. This means they are available by telephone or smoke signal any time of the day and promptly respond to faxes or emails within 48 hours, and they also explain the technical side of lawn care to their clients. Of course, what keeps customers coming back is the attention the staff members lavish on grass during services, which range from eradicating weeds with EPA-approved products to aerating lawns to ousting destructive insects.
Grode Florist is a floral boutique specializing in contemporary and traditional floral and plant arrangements. To warm a cold room, or the chilly blood of an alligator you want be your pet and live beneath your kitchen sink, opt for an arrangement of tropicals such as the strawberry floral margarita, a bundle of brilliantly colored Dendrobium orchids, lilies, alstroemeria, and roses. Or, surprise a lover of sudsy brews with a beer mug of blooms, a display of fresh, white, mini carnations in an acrylic beer mug (filled with rocks, not beer or copies of Rodney Dangerfield's autobiography). Grode's also has a selection of silk, plant, and dried floral arrangements for the herbaceously-indecisive.
Edible Arrangements smothers semisweet chocolate on one of six fresh fruits, including apples, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, pears, and bananas, to ensure loved ones meet daily confections quotas. More popular than other edible dozens, such as eggs or tube socks, the 12 fruit pieces come packaged in a decorative box, ready to unleash unadulterated affection to rejoicing recipients. The strawberry- and-granny-smith-apple box contains crisp freshness beneath its enticing exterior, and dipped orange wedges and pineapple daisies envelop taste buds in a citrus cyclone. On a holiday, a first school day, or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
Pop into either Bremec Garden Center to peruse a variety of potted annuals (4 in. pot for $4.99, or 10 for $40), hanging baskets (starting at $16.99), and other yard accents. Galvanize greenery with garden ornaments (starting at $4.99), or add an exotic itinerary to backyard staycations with tropical plants (starting at $14.99). Meanwhile, scores of pottery pieces, fountains, and garden statuaries reside in the Cleveland Heights location as well as the Chesterland location’s 4,700-square-foot open-air fountain studio to help trick out a pet rock's sarcophagus burial (starting at $29.99). Additionally, Bremec Garden Center's Extraordinary Gardener program allows gardeners to rack up Bremec Bucks and ensure your backyard remains the talk of neighborhood vigilantes all year long.
The Petals staff floods their space with the sights and fragrances of flourishing blossoms. A vibrant collection of sunny yellow tulips stretch out of their glass vase and sport a fashionable yellow ribbon ($34.95 for 10), and Teleflora's Sweet Thoughts crowns its collection of passionately red roses and purple wax flowers with strands of bear grass tied to form a heart (starting at $34.95). The How Sweet It Is arrangement unfurls a selection of pollen mansions including light-orange roses, hot-pink and red carnations, and matsumoto asters (starting at $34.95). To class up any classy engagement or the classroom of a beloved horticulture professor, the Arrive in Style collection exudes elegance with hues of white Asiatic lilies, cushion-spray chrysanthemums, and other photogenic foliage (starting at $34.95).
The word "concrete" doesn't often evoke creativity. But the landscapers and designers at Municipal Services of America transform bland slabs of cement into works of art. Their stamped-concrete patios come in all shades and textures, sometimes masquerading as russet stones or taking on the style of distressed tiles. Other home issues MSA tackles include waterproofing basements and repairing sewers.