Garden-pleasers include awesome soil with just a pinch of cow manure ($3 for a one-cubic-foot bag), way-out mulch ($2.50 for a one-cubic-foot bag), hardcore rocks like pumice ($4 for a one-cubic-foot bag) and radical Montana round rainbow pebbles ($7 for a 40-pound bag). And don’t forget to get some moss rocks to please neighborhood children ($0.10/lb., $180/ton). While contemplating how many zeppelins one ton of lilies would fill (Asiatic bulbs, three for $5), sip on some coffee from the on-site café where you can sample a cup for free ($10 a pound for purchase).
The licensed squad of professional landscapers at Artisan Landscaping wield more than 20 years of industry experience as they perform exterior upgrades ranging from pruning shrubs to installing water features. As members of the International Society of Arboriculture, the bonded and insured arborists adhere to strict standards when dealing with trees—whether pruning them, removing a dead specimen, or grinding unsightly stumps. Regardless of the size of their lot, homeowners can also tap the team's know-how for full landscape designs, which might include the installation of ponds for fish and retaining walls to keep rose bushes away from smooth-talking tumbleweeds.
When HomeMasters started in 1990, its licensed, insured, and bonded staffers didn't stray very far from roof and gutter projects. Today, however, you might find them remodeling a kitchen or fixing a leaky faucet. Still, even with their expansion to handyman services, their specialty remains roof and gutter installation and repair. The roofers have even achieved CertainTeed ShingleMaster status, and the gutter technicians have 20-foot-long arms that can go all the way down a downspout to clean it out.