Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The Green Guardian nourishes landscapes with an approach that shuns harsh chemicals in favor of effective, all-natural fertilizers, herbicides, and pest-control solutions made from edible ingredients. A proprietary line of products includes vegan herbicides that fertilize lawns as they kill broadleaf and certain grassy weeds, and granular fertilizers that nourish turf with feed-grade corn, soil conditioners, and naturally-occurring microbial stimulants. Pest-control products use odorless garlic to repel mosquitoes, billbugs, grubs, geese, and displaced vampire squid, all without leaving behind an unpleasant smell.
In addition to lawn-care packages and à la carte treatments, The Green Guardian is also registered with DuPont to remove and replace trees killed by the chemical herbicide Imprelis.
Chris Beutz founded Green Horizons in 1988 to combine professional landscaping techniques with a growing knowledge of natural ecological cycles that restore spring vibrancy to yards shocked by winter months. In spring and fall, Beutz and his team clear away seasonal debris, lower the ears of lawns, and trim any remaining patches of scruff. Summer services, such as weekly shrubbery trimming and lemonade sprinkling, keep lawns looking good enough for a garden party. Services save homeowners valuable weekend time to attend their children's sporting events or the NBA Spelling Bee.
As winter thaws into spring, Jerry?s replaces its inventory of wood, kindling, and bird feeders with a kaleidoscopic spread of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. This cycle has perpetuated itself 53 times over at this year-round home and garden emporium. The one-stop shop carries an arsenal of gardening tackle that accompanies enough seed, mulch, and fertilizer to transform an empty lot into a time-share for vacationing Tarzans. Jerry?s crew?adept at land- and hardscaping?provides project consultations for those looking to spruce up patios and yards with their selection of fountains, birdbaths, and planters.
Within the span of 20 minutes, All Pumped Up's team can turn an empty expanse of lawn into a playground. Kids frolic through colorful bounce houses, while inflatables stylized as castles let bouncers reenact their favorite scenes from Zero-G Macbeth. The flagship inflatable is a towering, 14-foot slide, which invites kids to tumble down and clamber up its rainbow-streaked lanes. For the comfort of all bouncers and their parents, each inflatable is cleaned after every party deployment.
Since 2001, Elite Seal has treated residential and commercial driveways and landscapes to maintenance that ensures good looks and a long life. Residential sealing packages turn to 400-degree crack filler and professional-grade sealer to smooth over cracks and fissures arising from changing temperatures, heavy traffic, or mistaking a bowling ball for a basketball. Outside the driveway, Elite Seal also deftly handles the design and execution of a home's landscaping, able to see projects from an initial consultation through the design stages to installation and completion.