Certified by Tree Care Industry Association and winner of the association’s 2011 award for Outstanding Consumer Communication, Branch Tree Service, Inc. earns arboreal attention for its professional tree-care services and relationships with tree owners. Since 1983, the tree team has taken on a wide array of projects to ensure the health and vitality of residential and commercial landscape. The outfit’s landscape-beautification service keeps greenery aesthetically pleasing, and the pruning and tree-surgery service wards off overgrowth and makes daily strides toward helping trees walk again. In addition to keeping landscapes lush and leafy, the outfit can restore a down-on-its-luck yard to former attractiveness through its property-restoration services, which include pest management, growth stabilizers, and trunk injections.
Turf Pro Inc's trained technicians safeguard water systems from harsh winter damage by removing aqua drops from pipelines before popping by to restart sprinklers when the weather warms. After educating patrons about winterization techniques, sprinkler specialists force large volumes of air through the system's pipelines via an air compressor, which blows out every drop of water, and close off systems until spring. Poorly maintained hydration systems can bear witness to a number of frozen calamities, such as cracked backflows, broken sprinkler heads, and an accumulation of inner-pipe ice sculptures, which can prevent proper lawn saturation and lead to costly repairs. Once the springtime sun returns to warm ground fur, Turf Pro technicians return to the homestead and thoroughly check all pipes, replace any broken heads, and adjust controller modules to modify watering schedules, fostering growth and discouraging home invasions by the Wicked Witch.
Goldner Walsh's 9 acres of nursery stock beckon green thumbs with a verdant variety of plants awaiting permanent plots. A large selection of carnivorous plants ($7.95+) takes care of unwanted houseflies and lingering paperboys, and tropicals ($2.95+) liven up drab décor and help jungle transplants feel at home. Ornamental kale ($7–$15) can add a dose of color and texture to fall landscapes. The nursery also hosts a large selection of perennials ($2.95+) and unusual flora, including the hardy yellowhorn and castor aralia ($29.95+). Goldner day lilies lounge around the nursery accompanied by a selection of plants native to Michigan, characterized by their hardy nature and ability to correctly pronounce Mackinac. Pottery selections ($12.95+), appeal to all tastes with contemporary, avant-garde, zen, and French-country pieces with glazed, unglazed, and salt-glazed finishes. The nursery also boasts a large assortment of gourmet food products ($6–$10), such as jams, jellies, sauces, and honey.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
More than 90 years have passed since James N. Erwin planted his first tree at Erwin Orchards. Since then, three generations of the Erwin family have expanded onto more than 200 acres of land. In the fall, trees burst with a palette of crimson, carmine, and pink as the Erwins transform their farm into a celebration of autumn. Wagons carry visitors and families around the farm during the day, and people cozy up next the bonfire on haunted attraction nights with hot cups of cider, banners of steam unfurling into the evening. Monsters wander the barn's old halls at night, and echoes of screams drift from the doors as live actors horrify visitors in a corn maze around Halloween each year. The farm strives to use biologically friendly pest controls instead of pesticides, keeping the fields of raspberries and pumpkins as safe as they were when the farm was founded.