Signature Landscapes founder Sharon Heinz draws on more than 10 years of landscaping experience to transform outdoor spaces, increasing the beauty and value of clients' properties. Using special imaging software, she generates before and after images of homes so that customers can see how lush greenery, flower beds, ornamental ponds, and other features will look. If desired, she and her team can also install fencing, gazebos, and additional built-in elements.
Gabriel's Garden's beauteous bounty of home- and garden-oriented gifts can match your last-minute Mother's Day, or first-minute Earth Day 2011, shopping needs. Stock up on scented goodies such as the eye-catching Vance Kitira pillar candles (from $4.95) or the shea-butter-enriched Pre de Provence soaps ($1.50–$7.95) available in more than 30 fragrances—none of which, thankfully, are "Uncle Leroy's cigars" or "junior-high locker room." For long-term garden glory, plant a batch of Kalalou Botanical's recycled foam stems ($9.95–$27.95), or invite the animal kingdom into your home without even cracking a window with the pale-yellow bee charmer dishes ($2.95–$59.95) with adorable bumbling bee patterns.
The housekeeping staff at Truly Lavish loves a good mess. They specialize in residential organizing and cleaning services, which can be scheduled on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis or just once after renting your home to a flock of migrating geese. In addition to leaving houses spick-and-span, the staff can pick up dry cleaning, schedule salon appointments, and run other errands for busy customers.
In 1932, Bessie Bates had such confidence in her business idea that she built a hothouse during the height of the Great Depression. Today, the nursery flourishes across 15 acres of space, where the family staff guides shoppers to annuals, perennials, pots, and gardening supplies. They might also introduce green-thumbed customers to rhododendrons, climbing roses, flowering quince, or concealer that makes their thumbs look more flesh-toned. The stock also includes garden accessories, such as fiber-clay pottery and fountains.
Seeding helps to even out and increase the overall density of your lawn's grass. Most times, all that's required is some aggressive sprinkling and gentle raking, though Turf & Seed can also extract dead and dying grass. This complete removal is an additional service and not valid with this deal, but will only happen upon consultation. Fertilizing infuses your manor grounds with life-giving nitrogen, giving it a full head of glossy emerald hair that really classes up your home (and they don't use toxic fertilizers, either). Spray-on weeding, meanwhile, shrivels away any careless or impudent invaders. Each service is typically done in the fall or winter to prepare fetal plants for the upcoming spring. You can buy up to five of these Groupons to service larger lawns or to treat your outdoor carpet to all three treatments.
What makes your business stand out?
All of our guys are good, honest, clean-cut guys with a professional appearance and a great work ethic. We leave the home cleaner than it was before we began the work and have an eye for detail. We show up when we say we're going to and return phone calls promptly. We perform the work to the highest quality and in a short time period, as to not disturb the home owners' lives for too long.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Working for too many companies that cut corners. I also wanted to provide a more affordable option for the same quality of work.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
We received a $500 tip for going above and beyond—exceeding the expectations of the homeowner. They continue to sing our praises and, like most of our customers, refer others to our company constantly.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Being able to completely transform a major living space of a family's home in just a matter of days. I love to really be able to improve their way of life.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Full room remodel and renovation
Pro Tip: Have an idea of what you want the final completed project to look like before work begins.