With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Green Works Lawn and Leaf lavishes yards with natural, organic, and sustainable TLC. To conserve fuel and avoid noise pollution, owner Drew Hojnacki favors rakes over leaf blowers, shovels over snow blowers, and garden hoes over Roomba rototillers. Aeration ($35–$50, depending on lot size) loosens uptight dirt, and an application of OMRI organic fertilizer ($35–$50) feeds hungry turf and soil without environmental-indigestion-causing chemicals. Untidy terraces opt for a general cleanup ($65–$150), and shrubs seek out a pruning ($10–$30 per shrub) before an important interview or after a bad break-up.
When not busy saving buildings as a suburban firefighter, Lawn Masters' manager Tim Urban keeps them beautiful with commercial and residential landscaping services. Tim and his cohort of expert lawn-maintenance pros can stop by weekly to mow, edge, and trim lawns and control weeds from running rampant and taunting trees that are helplessly rooted into the ground. Equipped with a Ryan Lawnaire 28, they can also seasonally aerate lawns to quench roots with much-needed oxygen, and fertilize lawns to keep blades lush and vibrant.
The green-thumbed arborists at American Tree have cared for trees and shrubs for more than 15 years, a level of experience that applies to each of the services they render for commercial and residential clients. Their work ranges from preventive care, such as spraying to ward off disease or infestations of the mountain pine beetle, to full removal of dead trees or those who have given up on their quest to grow opposable thumbs. Year-round programs are also available, which include regular microinjections or pruning to keep the trees healthy and vibrant.