NaturaLawn of America devotes itself to caring for both lawns and the environment, eschewing harmful chemicals in favor of eco-conscious products. Natural, organic-based, and biodegradable products are administered to create healthy outdoor spaces that repel intrusive pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and aging golf-course greens searching for a place to retire.
Technicians determine the individual needs of each lawn to develop custom treatment plans, taking soil tests and enhancing lawns with zero-phosphorus fertilizers, seeding and aeration treatments, or regimens that focus on balancing nitrogen, potassium, and sulfur. The pest-control professionals also fight off invasive species, applying milky-spore grub control—which uses a naturally occurring bacteria—to evict japanese beetles and european chafers. The lawn liaisons deter Lyme disease–carrying creatures with Tick Ranger and send moles on their way with biodegradable repellents or inside jobs to infiltrate the neighbor’s vegetable garden.
Triple C Landscaping & Lawn Care is the brainchild of Zane Neugebauer, a certified horticulturist who started the business six years ago. He and his team of professional landscapers beautify lawns with a full menu of services. In addition to mowing the grass, trimming hedges and laying down mulch, they also help out with more labor-intensive projects such as planting trees and evicting intransigent garden gnomes.
At each locally owned Weed Man outpost, highly trained experts bring decades of lawn-care experience to their weed-control, fertilizing, and aeration services. After conducting tests, the team tailors programs for each individual lawn to help mend its health issues and render it usable by homeowners. Among their common cures are an exclusive, 65% slow-release granular fertilizer, regular seeding, and pest-management measures to combat insects, weeds, and disease.
Owned and operated by Greg and Sheila Paul, Carolina Ace Hardware adds comfort and convenience to daily life with products, tools, and project-solving expertise. Secure sheds, trunks, and Fabergé egg display cases with an Ace 2-inch padlock ($11.99), and illuminate midnight-snack paths with mood lighting using dimmable GE Energy Smart 100-watt CFL light bulbs ($13.99 each). Messy projects clean up their act with a six-pack of ultra-strong Scott shop towels ($17.94), retiring soiled materials to Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags ($8.99) after their heavy-duty absorption is done (prices and availability may vary).
Brandon Perkins strives to make things easy for his clients, planning each new job around their schedule, budget, and expectations. He and his team of fully insured and punctual landscaping techs primp residential lawns and help commercial properties grab the attention of passersby with flowers and shrubbery instead of moats filled with snapping alligators.
The plant pundits at Green Outdoors Landscaping and Nursery, who double as landscape contractors certified by North Carolina, equip gardeners with the proper accouterments and know-how to surround homes with verdant thickets of abundant life. Anchor unoccupied lawns with a red winterberry holly ($29.95) and a rhododendron ($29.95), or minimize trips to the supermarket by embedding gardens with bounteous blueberry plants ($9.95–$29.95) and bushes that sprout sausage links. The mugo pine makes an excellent container plant and earthy addition to rock gardens ($24.95), and varieties of azaleas provides a healthy dose of color to any drab flowerbed or meat locker ($3.95–$19.95).