With more than 500 locations in 40 states, the Lawn Doctor franchise vaunts core care programs that cover everything from shrub care and pest control to natural, synthetic, and organic lawn fertilization. A free evaluation of residential and commercial plots uncovers the distinct characteristics of the area, such as soil type, weather patterns, and annual rate of pink-flamingo theft. After technicians spread seeds with patented Turf Tamer equipment, home or business owners can solicit color-free treatments to coax away weeds or special pesticides to stave off fire ants, millipedes, and Hollywood movie producers scouting locations for another FernGully installment.
One of the largest nurseries in northwest Florida, Floral Tree Gardens surrounds its customers with a land-grown sea of lush foliage and vibrant blooms. Row upon row of the outdoor gardens are painted with yellow daisies and purple cornflowers, and loquat and avocado trees cast shadows over shoppers. Plant purchases may be complemented with garden accents such as clay pots and metal butterflies, which, unlike their living counterparts, follow orders to sit and stay. Floral Tree Gardens' stock changes with the seasons; its facility brims with pumpkins in the fall and poinsettias in the winter. It also stocks fauna at an onsite pond, where visitors can fish for bass or pygmy submarines.
Masters Professional Services’ owner, Dwayne Robert, was ahead of the energy-efficiency curve. He entered the industry more than 15 years ago and has seen insulation techniques evolve and others flop, such as stapling plastic sandwich bags over holes. Currently, he and his staff have a range of tools and methods at their disposal to keep homes energy efficient. Their methods include blown-in, roll, and batt insulation, as well as thermography. Throughout his professional career, Dwayne has also learned government cost-saving tactics, which he happily passes on to his customers. In addition to these energy- and money-saving practices, Masters Professional Services offers nonchemical pest control, HVAC services, and attic and crawl space restoration.
The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.
The Name Dropper swaddles babies in clothing and footwear, while Storkland supplies pintsize furniture, car seats, and strollers. Together, the side-by-side sister stores outfit babies for playtime, naptime, and small-claims court trials. Top tots off with a selection of bows ($4–$12) or dress them in brand-name duds ($20–$70) from Bailey Boys, Vineyard Vines, and Kissy Kissy. Little piggies stay comfortable in an assortment of sandals ($26–$40) or Crocs ($24.95), while pint-sized rockers ($60) lull wee ones to sleep faster than a six-part miniseries on solid foods. Storkland and The Name Dropper's obliging staff can also help parental units find a bevy of dolls and toys to entertain developing brains.
Backed by a decade of experience, The Groundskeeper's owner Jeff Hendrix dispatches and oversees fully licensed and insured crews to tidy homes' leafy parlors. Lawn rangers will rove over up to half an acre of grass with their hungry mowers before cuddling up to fences, flower beds, and driveways with string trimmers. Then, they'll edge around pathways, ensuring that wayward weeds don't start spelling out rude messages on sidewalks, and blow away any mower residue, debris, or leaves for a span of flawless verdure.