Leave the mowing to the optimally primed lawn transformers that are heavy on power and surprisingly light on explosions and finally show that inefficient neighborhood boy how lawn care is done (typically $40 for a quarter-acre lot). If you're losing beachballs, babies, and venture capital in a backyard nest of weeds, have a three-man crew swim through the shrubbery pruning, bed cleaning, and weeding to beautify your outdoor areas ($90/hour). Allow the experts to tuck plants into beds, hang flowering baskets ($20 per piece), or install plants as large as 3 gallons (four-plant minimum, $100 total).
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.