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Since 1945, this family-owned landscaping business and garden center has helped locals transform their yards into lush landscapes and bountiful gardens. The company's secret to longevity is enlisting a staff of passionate expert gardeners and cloning them to populate future generations. Among its members, the landscaping team shares almost 200 years of collective experience, with foremen holding between 12 and 20 years apiece. Company president James Campbell began cultivating his love of all things flora on a farm crew at age 14. In college, he studied ornamental horticulture and then spent four decades working at Campbell & Ferrara, ascending from crew member to foreman to president.

You might get lost in the meandering paths of the indoor-outdoor garden center with 8 acres of trees, shrubs, and seasonal flowers. Thankfully, horticulturists and garden experts roam the grounds, ready to offer you directions and advice. To deter pests, for example, they'll tell you to plant a border of marigolds or a handful of sacrificial Skittles. Hand them a picture of your yard, and they'll predict which plants and flowers will likely thrive there. They also make DIY-ing easy by arranging over 1,000 trees and shrubs into user-friendly categories such as privacy screening, Virginia natives, and four-season. For customers who prefer an expert's help, landscapers offer degrees of assistance, ranging from installing customer-selected plants to completely redesigning yards with putting greens, outdoor kitchens, or waterfalls.

6651 Little River Tpke
Alexandria,
VA
US

Established: 1972

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Email works great for scheduling and questions.

6206 Gravel Ave
Alexandria,
VA
US

Signature service: Garden Coaching

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Brands Used: Espoma Holly Tone as an organic soil amendment.

Pro Tip: Have a plan of what to cover. Do you want design ideas or to have your plants identified?

4200 Wisconsin Ave NW 106-138
Washington,
DC
US

BB & Co. Construction takes all the cons out of construction with its fully licensed staff of insured contractors. Clients can solicit BB for interior or exterior painting or request more complicated tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, or sneaking a 6-foot party sub into a movie theater. When not rehabbing homes, BB contributes its materials and services to such charitable organizations as Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital.

2029 P St NW
Washington,
DC
US

Scrubnik Landscape feeds and manicures a home's lawn and green spaces with a bevy of outdoor services. Technicians cut enthusiasts blades of grass down to size with seasonal mowing services or shape trees and shrubbery with artful snips. Experts also construct custom landscape-design schemes and nurture budding seedlings through fertilization, lawn-seeding, and sodding services. Additionally, Scrubnik can accent homes with delivery and installation of quality trees, plants, and flowers, as well as oversize portions of red and brown mulch. Catering to homes all year long, teams also clear snowdrifts with regular driveway service or fend off summertime mosquitos with natural repellants such as scarecrows shaped like fly swatters.

4621 42nd Pl
Hyattsville,
MD
US

Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.

Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants?such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors?shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.

123 Tom Hanks Blvd
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US