The technicians of The Grass is Greener Lawn Services draw from a deep knowledge of seasonal landscaping techniques to keep lawns looking their best year-round. In warm weather, they apply frequent doses of weed and crabgrass preventer, and in the cold months, they skillfully prune trees and condition soil so that roots can grow healthfully when temperatures start to rise. Organic products are used whenever possible, and Integrated Pest Management techniques keep pesticide use to a minimum.
The professional horticulturists and architects at Turf Pro South’s work directly with clients to ensure that lawns retain a lush and healthy appearance and landscapes adhere to the owner’s creative vision. The professional landscapers are adept at a long list of services, including installing sod, planting trees, and repairing sprinklers so squirrels can once again shower. The team also handles hardscaping issues, complementing a home’s greenery with attractive patio designs and outdoor lighting fixtures.
Tim Mercier grew up beneath the shade of apple trees at Mercier Orchards, helping his father tend the fertile mountain soil while snacking on juicy winesaps plucked straight from the branch. To this day, Tim continues to run his family's 50-year-old farm, where he harvests apples by hand, wears John Appleseed’s cooking pot hat, and manages the market alongside his wife, children, and grandchildren. At the 200-acre farm, tree branches sprout dozens of kinds of apples, including sweet ambrosias, tart dandee reds, and crisp pink ladies. Beyond the apple groves lie stretches of cherry trees, peach trees, and blueberry bushes, as well as strawberry fields blossoming with chandler, camerosa, and sweet charlie varieties.
The Mercier family opens their farm to visitors year-round, inviting guests to stroll the verdant grounds and pick their own berries and apples. Afterwards, guests pop into Mercier Orchards’ rustic shop to survey jugs of fresh cider, colorful jams, and caramel-coated candy apples. In the bakery, they sample apple cider donuts, pecan breads, and the farm's famous fried pies, which can now be found on the shelves of local Whole Foods.
At Iron Horse Farms, head trainer Christine Johnston and her staff of sheepdogs and equestrians immerse horse lovers in everything from intensive show training to introductory lessons. Riders can feel the wind in their manes in the outdoor arena or move to the indoor pen on days when the Pegasus constellation trots over to eclipse the sun. Packed with soft rubber footing to ensure horses’ comfort, the training areas represent just part of the expansive facility, which also includes lounges, tack rooms, and large turnout pastures.
As Halloween approaches, a formerly self-sustaining family farm that then became a premier agritourism destination transforms into Cagle's Haunted Barn, a frightening attraction that terrifies guests within their Haunted Barn. Each year brings a new haunted theme, with past stories including a cannibalistic family home and a cursed mental hospital, so even repeat guests will be newly frightened.
In the early 20th century, Tate Farms was a social hub for sharecroppers, who congregated at farmer John Patterson's general store, blacksmith shop, and gristmill. More than 200 harvests later, John Patterson's grandson, Homer Tate's descendants continue to uphold the farm’s legacy as a community gathering spot. However, instead of waiting for a new batch of horseshoes or gossiping about which neighbor might be a spy for the Kaiser, people now come to pick from 90 varieties of pumpkins on the 70-acre pumpkin patch. Leading visitors across the wider 5,000-acre fields, tour guides not only illuminate the farm’s history but teach visitors rural-agriculture info, including lessons on the role bees play in pollinating pumpkins and cotton.
Though the Tate family strives to preserve the past, they have retrofitted the farm with a brand new 14,000-square-foot covered area. Here, visitors sample fresh pumpkin pie made with the farm’s own pumpkins at the Country Café or head to the bakery for fresh pumpkin muffins and cinnamon rolls.