Family owned and operated since 1934, Stephens Ace Hardware aids the domicile-development needs of professional handymen and fledgling fabricators alike, offering a range of practical products from gardening gear to Benjamin Moore paint. Prospective Tim Taylors can pick up a 10-piece combo wrench set ($4.99) to firmly hammer nuts and bolts into a wall or seize a heavy-duty Craftsman LED flashlight ($19.99), which is useful for finding the source of night noises in poorly lit nooks and crannies. Sunflower bird seed ($15.99 for 20 lbs.) and Scotts Lawn Pro Super Turf Builder lawn fertilizer ($15.99) help attract the proper flora and fauna to yards; homeowners can also supplement their abode with an array of pet supplies and toys (many under $20) and feed 21st-century coffee robots with cute Keurig K-Cups ($10.49) ready to be popped into their mechanical counterparts.
At each locally owned Weed Man outpost, professionally trained and certified landscapers bring decades of lawn-care experience to their weed-control, fertilizing, and aeration services. They strive to keep lawns green and healthy by using an exclusive, 65% slow-release granular fertilizer, performing regular seeding, and doing regular pest management to combat insects, weeds, and disease.
Grandscapes LLC’s uniformed crews can maintain lawns, but they can also do the opposite, revamping them entirely with plantscaping and hardscaping. On commercial or residential properties, teams trim overgrown grass into manicured lawns or reseed turf with methods ranging from hydroseeding to slit seeding. Alternatively, they can make over yards, diversifying their greenery by planting new shrubs and trees rather than by dumping hundreds of frogs on the lawn. Their stonework, such as retaining walls and footpaths, can accent natural expanses, and they can even expand yard perimeters with sod installation.
In 1967, buddies Bob Magda and Tony Giordano started a humble lawn-care outfit that now has more than 460 locations in more than 40 states. The business was born of a serendipitous overlap between need and expertise: Bob recognized the frustration on the faces of the customers who attended his hardware store’s Sunday-morning lawn-care workshops, while Tony was hard at work on the industry’s first automated lawn-care machine. Together, they decided they could cure lawn-care woes by joining forces and—with a little fertilization from hard work and customer service—the seeds of Lawn Doctor were planted.
Today, those foundations can be recognized in the free lawn evaluation that kicks off every service call. A professional lawn-care technician performs a full overview of the lawn in question, classifying grass type and identifying pests such as weeds or insects. The technicians also review maintenance habits such as watering, mowing, and styling each blade of grass with hair gel. The team takes these factors into consideration when concocting a tailored treatment plan, which might include such services as application of the proprietary Turf Tamer application, pest control, or tree and shrub care.
Humans are imaged-based creatures, relying on sight to make decisions. That's why the experts at The Artful Garden collaborate with customers on the new design to help you envision lawn transformations with intricate 3-D landscape model design. Clients can solicit the company to craft a courtyard with birch trees and sprawling juniper, or requisition an ornate fountain bristling with water or green jell-o.
At The Mattress Capital, a knowledgeable staff of salespeople guides visitors through firm or downy mattresses that are all eager to go home and snuggle up to their new owners' slumbering forms. Guests consult with staff members before receiving a personalized tour as salespeople demonstrate the knowledge they gleaned by training one-on-one with experts until they knew each mattress like a horse trainer knows sugar-cube melting points. All of the store's mattresses, including brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Simmons, come with a 90-day comfort guarantee.