Wherever Lawns of Charleston's workers travel, they leave lawns tidier, hedges shapelier, and outdoor landscapes more aesthetically pleasing. Their menu of yard services ranges from mowing and leaf removal to total landscape overhauls and removing trees haunted by the ghosts of mangled kites. Workers will spread new layers of mulch or grind away unsightly stumps, and can also power-wash siding with eco-friendly cleaners to restore homes' original luster and leave windows as spot-free as a bleached dalmatian.:m]]
The ninth generation to cultivate the 300-acre farm, Helen Legare Floyd, Linda Legare Berry, and Thomas S. Legare continue the agricultural legacy started by their ancestor Solomon Legare in 1725. The kin raise hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus and hereford cattle, hormone-free chickens, and fine-heritage pigs such as yorkshire and hampshire. Concerning the plant kingdom, their fields yield chemical- and pesticide-free vegetables. They round out their output with homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas, making their food available through a co-op program, whose proceeds help fund seed, fertilizer, and water for the next season. Beef, pork, and eggs are also offered for sale.
Food aside, the family shares its farm's resources by inviting visitors onto the grounds for numerous events throughout the year. A fall festival in October includes a 10-acre hedge maze, horse rides, and a scarecrow factory where guests can create a scarecrow. The farm hosts historical reenactments of the Battle of Charleston in March, three-hour hayride and bonfire excursions in November through March, and educational programs for youngsters including chick rentals for the classroom. Other agritourism offerings include summer camp, bonfires, birthday parties, and field trips.
Since the 1670s, the Magnolia Plantation has sat on the lush land at the edge of a fresh water reservoir that is adjacent to the river. Founded by the Drayton family, who had then recently immigrated from Barbados, the plantation has seen generations of Draytons come and go. They've also seen hundreds of springs, heralded by colorful azalea blooms, and hundreds of winters, marked by blooming camellias and trees with draping spanish moss.
Today, visitors to the grounds can immerse themselves in this history as well as in the 60 acres of lush gardens. The past comes to life on the award-winning "From Slavery to Freedom" tour, which takes patrons through the slaves' quarters. Visitors can also tour the plantation's gorgeous house, or drink in views of the gardens?either on foot, or on a boat cruise that winds down the Ashley River.
The yard whisperers at Natures Remedy lavish lawns with coats of pine straw and emancipate gutters from clogs and debris. Each bale of pine straw, or pine-needle mulch, teems with intertwined needles ready to snuggle with bases of trees and coddle delicate expanses of lawn. The aromatic tufts can help insulate tender stems and protect fragile root systems from fluctuating temperatures, torrential rains, and the pecking of lawn flamingos. Mulch masters evenly spread straw over yards and spritz on a specialized pre-emergent spray, which targets nascent weeds and other leafy pests, barring sprouts from blossoming beneath cozy straw coverlets. Natures Remedy also expunges dirt, debris, and thickets of leaves from home gutters, ensuring rainwater and the tears of lonely chimneys glide through unclogged sluices. Gutters on very large houses may be subject to an additional cleaning fee.
Simply Green Landscaping owners Agli Goxhaj and Josh Rutan believe that fetching, well-groomed yards flourish through a marriage of artistic design and smart construction. They've been merging the two philosophies to accent homes with plush, well-plotted greenery since 2007. The crew of landscapers keeps yards looking prim and sleek by mowing grass, and trimming hedges. Simply Green also designs yard layouts and gussies up lawns with stone pathways, new trees, and moats that deter ding-dong ditchers.