After the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes honored Jason Buresh's well-groomed yard with its Curb Appeal award, Buresh decided to capitalize on his landscaping talent. In January of 2000, he established Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care. Although Buresh earned a formal degree in applied science and agricultural marketing from Kirkwood Community College, his lawn-care education actually started in childhood, when he honed his knowledge of plants and landscape design on his family’s farm. Today, Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care creates lush, green lawns with aeration, dethatching, fertilizing, seeding, and mowing services. The company also installs greenery and retaining walls to beautify yards or keep out roving bands of lawn flamingos.
Though it has pastures, cornfields, and livestock, Bloomsbury Farm isn't your average farm—in fact, it's an agritourism destination. The farm boasts more than 20 attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze and a giant jumping pillow popular with kids and flightless birds alike. For the more adventurous, a newly installed zipline speeds people across the farm at a height of 40–50 feet, offering bird's-eye views of the land below. Throughout the year, special events celebrate the seasons with wine tastings, concerts, and breakfasts with Santa.
The retail nursery at Tyler’s Landscaping houses a cornucopia of plant life for purchase and plantation. Yards in search of nonsurgical face-lifts can re-create themselves with choice picks from the nursery’s selection of more than 200 perennial varieties ($3.99–$14.99), grasses, and native plants. Perky annuals ($3.99) add polka dots of color to squirrel habitats, and shrubs (average price $30.99) hide shy foundations and delineate property lines better than police tape. Tyler's staff of nursery professionals can recite each plant’s preferences for light and water, helping gardeners make love matches between flora and soil.