Though leaves may come and go, the arborists at Affordable Tree Care work throughout the year to keep yards safe and attractive. Despite the satisfaction they get from cutting through tangled branches and thickets, their primary concern is trees’ health. To keep backyards lush and leafy, they help trees recover from lightning strikes, seasonal diseases, and infestations of insects and Keebler elves. The team specializes in close quarter removal; they assess the likelihood of trees falling over and—if the risk is high—safely felling and removing the tottering giants.
Ferguson Hardware has been helping do-it-yourselfers spruce up homes and beautify gardens for more than a century. Banish closet clutter or marauding garden weeds to a 32-gallon black trash can ($21.49), which can double as a handy holding place for a 32-day supply of vintage milk. Handy customers can organize screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers in a Stanley toolbox ($13.99), soothe crying hinges with an 8-ounce can of WD-40 oil ($2.99), or woo a lonely mail carrier with a Step 2 mailbox specially designed to attract attention for its durability and taste in shoes. A professional-grade driveway sealer keeps tricky asphalt from escaping the confines of driveways ($17.49), giving customers the freedom to roll out one of Ferguson Hardware’s wide selection of Weber grills for a driveway barbecue.
A clean-cut man enters your house. He's wearing a pressed red shirt, crisp khaki pants, and red shoe covers on his feet. He places a small red mat onto the ground, preventing his tool bag from crimping or scuffing your carpet, hardwood floor, or indoor boxing ring. He hails from Service Plus Heating and Air Conditioning, whose professional technicians travel throughout the greater Indianapolis area to diagnose and treat problems with plumbing, heating, and cooling systems. Since starting the company in 2002 with just one service vehicle, Chris and Emily Cunningham have expanded their fleet to 14 trucks fully equipped to replace or repair virtually any HVAC unit, detect leaks, unclog faulty plumbing, or tune up almost any system. After scheduling an appointment online, customers receive a picture and brief bio of their assigned technician so they know exactly whom to expect.
Window Genie deploys trained professionals to scrub windows to a shine inside and out or upkeep home exteriors with a suite of services. To start window cleanings, techs wet glass and scrape away any paint flecks or other debris, then scrub and squeegee each pane clean. Before stepping back to admire their handiwork, they wipe edges and sills dry and check for any smudges or drips. Their no-streak guarantee empowers homeowners to call workers back if they're unhappy with the job or just want to watch them levitate to the second floor again.
In addition to cleaning, Window Genie can tint windows to protect furniture from fading or napping cats from sunburning. Their blinds and shutters stylishly block unwanted sunbeams, and homeowners can keep the Window Genie number on file for when they need gutter protectors, pressure washing, or tile-and-grout scrubdowns.
Owned by the Esterline family since 1916, Eagle Creek Nursery helps gardeners cultivate greener spaces with a fully stocked nursery of plants, trees, and an extensive selection of horticulture gear. As customers wander beneath the greenhouse's caliper deciduous and evergreen trees amid tropical plants ($49.95), arborists and landscapers stand by to answer questions and counsel against gardening faux pas, such as overwatering a rock garden. Green thumbs can nurture buds within a selection of pots ($30+) or shape shrubbery sculptures with a pair of hand pruners ($19.95).
A family-run business since 1974, Godby Home Furnishings stocks its 75,000-square-foot Westfield warehouse with an attractive and functional selection of quality room fillers from more than 40 manufacturers. A new lamp ($49+) illuminates even the darkest of kitchen corn mazes, while an unfurled area rug ($99+) adds texture to humdrum wood flooring as it tactfully conceals the living room sinkhole. Lounge comfortably in a Lane recliner, available in both leather and fabric with myriad color choices ($599+ for two), or snore soundly atop locally manufactured Miralux mattresses, choosing between firm, plush, and pillow-tops ($399+ for a queen). Godby additionally supplies its customers with a multitude of furnishing services, including design advice from knowledgeable sales associates, same day or next day pickup, and mechanical couch potato harvesters.