Todd Rockweit draws upon scientific studies, advice from organic farmers, and an endless willingness to test and improve his own natural gardening solutions. Hunched over a microscope to peer into fresh batches of compost, he works towards that sense of connection one gets when pressing bare feet down into grass or biting into fruit grown by hand. Rockweit also sticks to a faith in organic technique so secure that in situations in which it seems synthetic products are the best solution, he will call in another company.
During visits to home yards and gardens, the Backyard Organics team works to identify weed infestations, nutrient deficiencies, and rabbits and deer destroying shrubs to look cool in National Geographic. The crew then brings to bear a range of corn-gluten meal, deer-deterrent sprays, and compost blends customized according to the season and plant cover. Soil tests reveal chemical imbalances, and services such as aeration and overseeding restore lawns to lushness after attempts to break the longest-croquet-game world record.
Seasoned painter Russ Wright and his crew always protect clients' furniture with plastic sheets and drop cloths before applying paint, taking pains to leave homes exactly as they found them. The team's staining, power-washing, and exterior painting services beautify building exteriors or gussy up chameleons who've lost their groove.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
Though Always Brite’s staffers specialize in high-tech steam cleanings for carpets, that's not their only talent. The fully licensed and insured techs can also use Prochem brand chemicals and other tools to revamp drapery, tune-up furniture upholstery, or remove mattress tags without fear of government reprisal. Ventilation cleanings scour deep soil from dryer and heat ducts, whisking away mold, mildew, and other airborne pollutants. Tenants can also call on Always Bright for one-time cleanings before a move or after a roommate-bonding tomato-sauce fight.
Signature service: Professional lawn care service
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Quality Toro and Echo, as well as professional-grade fertilizer by Lesco
Pro Tip: Customers receive professional advice, quotes, and service from the company owner?not a middle man.
After laying a weather-resistant brick patio, Lowney’s Landscaping and Garden Center’s landscapers finish it off with a stone retaining wall sprouting with perennials and leafy shrubs. They manage the whole project, from design to installation, creating an artful appearance that can increase a home's value. In addition to executing everything from pruning bushes and cutting grass to seeding lawns—services they've been providing for more than 15 years—they illuminate their clients' beautiful residential and commercial properties with low-voltage, energy-efficient lighting systems. Even in winter, they strive to keep landscapes in great shape with snowplowing, salting services, and weight-loss programs for snowmen. The garden center is a place for equally passionate gardeners and novice green thumbs to wade through small blueberry plants, evergreens, tropicals, and a wide assortment of gardening materials.