In 1967, buddies Bob Magda and Tony Giordano started a humble lawn-care outfit that now has more than 460 locations in more than 40 states. The business was born of a serendipitous overlap between need and expertise: Bob recognized the frustration on the faces of the customers who attended his hardware store’s Sunday-morning lawn-care workshops, while Tony was hard at work on the industry’s first automated lawn-care machine. Together, they decided they could cure lawn-care woes by joining forces and—with a little fertilization from hard work and customer service—the seeds of Lawn Doctor were planted.
Today, those foundations can be recognized in the free lawn evaluation that kicks off every service call. A professional lawn-care technician performs a full overview of the lawn in question, classifying grass type and identifying pests such as weeds or insects. The technicians also review maintenance habits such as watering, mowing, and styling each blade of grass with hair gel. The team takes these factors into consideration when concocting a tailored treatment plan, which might include such services as application of the proprietary Turf Tamer application, pest control, or tree and shrub care.
Oak Ridge ornaments needy lawnscapes with a bevy of dirt-dwelling trees, shrubs, flowers, nourishing soils, and garden accessories. Practiced tree huggers and lifelong brown thumbs alike will benefit from the staff’s 30 collective years of industry experience. Visitors can discuss fertilization techniques for new perennials, swap strategies for handling pesky infestations, or exchange favorite bedtime stories to read to hydrangeas. Nourish land with Daddy Pete's bagged organic products, such as mushroom soil, planting mix, and soil conditioner ($5.99–$6.99). Repeat blooms from Grandma’s yellow roses can make new spaces feel more like home ($29.99 for three gallons), while the Mardi Gras abelia inspires masked revelry with every sprouting ($27.99 for three gallons). The shop also helps reign in garden jungles with supplies and a range of path-paving gravel and stonework.
Since 1998, landscape specialists Glenn and Donna Claeys of The Garden Outlet have shared their horticultural expertise with customers who want to bring the outdoors indoors while also beautifying their property. The duo operates throughout the year, tending to flowering annual and perennial plants, trees, shrubs, and vines, while also offering seasonal items such as Christmas trees and Halloween pumpkins, the latter of which must be plucked before they hatch into Thanksgiving turkeys. Though The Garden Outlet staff supplies customers with landscape materials, they also professionally install plants, walkways, and patios. In addition, the gardening designers create elaborate arrangements for weddings and other formal events.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Phillips Farms of Cary cultivates more than just crops of strawberries and corn. During seasonal events, the farm reaps all-ages fun for families with a variety of attractions and activities. Strawberry season brings about picking sessions where visitors can pluck their own fruit, and as autumn descends on the farm, so to do 40-foot bounce pillows, pedal carts, and a winding corn maze. Guests can make their way through a labyrinthine path that changes every year and celebrate a successful trip with kettle corn baked fresh to order or by high-fiving a pygmy goat in the petting area. October also brings about frightening chills from a two-story Gore House filled with zombies and ghouls around every corner.