Gardener in Defiance

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An offshoot of a national network, the locally based staff of Weed Man maintains alluring front-yard aesthetics with environmentally friendly products, each stamped with the EPA's seal of approval. They tweak their lawn services for specific issues: fertilizing and aerating wilting blades, nurturing grass with a rich, organic top dressing, and subduing rogue garden gnomes with chloroform. Employees unleash safe solutions on lawns teeming with white grubs or other harmful insects and tyrannical flora, such as nutsedge, dallis grass, and crabgrass.

8800 Airport Hwy
Holland,
OH
US

Kapp's Lawn Specialists have been beautifying yards for more than four decades. During that time, they've perfected a precise system for keeping grass, trees, and shrubs healthy, tidy, verdant, and fertilized. Among an array of services, their seasonal groundskeeping package employs a custom-blended granular fertilizer and treatments for keeping crabgrass, weeds, and revolution-minded plastic flamingos under control. Staff members are professionally trained and certified, and the products they use are all approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to safely fend off insects, plant diseases, and other lawn-related woes.

4124 Clubview Dr
Fort Wayne,
IN
US

Aesthetic Plant Specialists nurtures 38,000 square feet of leafy pets that help to enliven homes and office buildings throughout the year using adapted traditional and modern growing techniques. Poinsettias flourish inside the spacious greenhouse, and will often reach heights of up to 36 inches with proper care and a constant stream of soothing kazoo lullabies. Light watering is required to keep soil as moist as Santa's tears do in the poinsettia's natural habitat, and an ideal temperature between 68 and 70 degrees is required to help plants stay healthy. Poinsettias will thrive for several months after the holiday season, helping to improve indoor air quality and camouflaging pet tomatoes during games of hide-and-seek.

11326 Smith Rd
Fort Wayne,
IN
US

Whether you're dressing up the front walkway or reinforcing the garden plots in time for fall, a lush bed of mulch can take topsoil to the next level—the top one. When laid properly, the rich complexion helps to reduce soil erosion, suppress weed growth, and retain moisture. When applied in the summertime in temperate climate zones, such as the Midwest, mulch also helps the soil maintain high temperatures further into the fall, allowing preexisting plant life to prolong its beauteous lifespan.

4820 Industrial Rd
Fort Wayne,
IN
US

For almost 60 years, family-owned Black Diamond, Inc. has plucked a bouquet of well-versed horticulturists to grow and tend its vast glassed-in fields of flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Having known many of Black Diamond, Inc.’s plants since their tender, botanic infancy, its greenery gurus pride themselves on being able to go beyond cursory recommendations to in-depth discussions of plants and how each interacts with fertilizers, soil, insecticides, and their ilk. Take home the recurrent colors of perennial flowers ($2.99–$11.99) such as the bloomerang—a repeat-blooming lilac that makes for better lawn fixtures than repeat-capsizing lilacs—or other low-maintenance, color-exuding favorites such as the knockout shrub rose or endless summer hydrangea. Annuals ($1.19–$29.99) provide summer-long flowerage with such pedal-wielders as the rocket mix snapdragon or shade-loving impatiens in accent watermelon. Vegetables ($0.89–$11.99) fill hunger voids and double as props during choreographed food fights in the form of roma tomatoes or black beauty eggplants, and shrubs ($9.99–$79.99) and a huge inventory of trees ($69.99–$299.99) serve up too-large-for-serving-platters of shade and yard ornamentation.

1964 Tremainsville Rd
Toledo,
OH
US

Hachman Farm Supply equips Temperance-area households with tools, fuels, and food for pets and livestock. In the store's aisles, Kent Feeds bags brim beside lawn and garden supplies, tools, and petroleum products. The store also houses an RV and propane-filling station, a boon for barbecue chefs tired of cooking with helium only to watch their steaks float away.

627 W Temperance Rd
Temperance,
MI
US