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 500 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 crickets, 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.
Stocking lauded furniture brands, including Lloyd Flanders and Brown Jordan, the adept designers at Blackjack Gardens help chic-seeking customers find couches, chairs, and trimmings to outfit their roofless retreats. Among the extensive collection are simple and stylish sling seats such as the Crimson Casual Bayside chair ($159). The shop's array of accessories, including Vietri Aladdin outdoor silverware ($20–$99) and planters, primp patios. Deck dwellers will also find myriad ways to spruce up dining digs with seat-soothing cushions and Treasure Garden outdoor umbrellas, which offer protection from the harsh sun and privacy from the eavesdropping moon.
If a little something to brighten your day is in order, then a stop by Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery might do the trick. Come spend some time in our plant- and flower-filled courtyard and chat with Charlie about your favorite gardening topic!
Rocky Ridge Hardware’s handy staff has been packing area toolboxes with hardware and supplies from trusted brands, including 3M, Bosch, and Toro, for more than 30 years. The heat-repelling interior of a 5-gallon water cooler ($21.29) prevents its aqueous contents from morphing into lukewarm liquid or spontaneously combusting, and a pair of Jersey gloves ($0.99) protects paws from splintering agents’ ill intentions. Movable feasts take a fully realized form with the mobile flames of a portable charcoal grill ($32). Layers of odorless Kilz spray primer ($4.99) create an even canvas upon which to slather pigments, and evenly spaced numbers along the measuring tape’s ($7.89) border lends an air of mathematical credibility more easily than forged diplomas from MIT.
Horizons’ crack squad of bug squashers examines residential and commercial locations for infestations. After evicting roaches, ants, and couch-crashing college buddies from a home’s inside, technicians move outside to combat mosquitoes and snakes. They also treat the building’s perimeter, keeping future menaces at bay and identifying potential nooks and crannies that creepy crawlers can sneak through.
Hanna's Garden Shop’s eclectic stock of blossoms, greens, and statuary sprawls across 4 acres at the foot of Double Oak Mountain. Hanging baskets of leafy Kimberly Queen or asparagus ferns transform barren living rooms into lush jungles where hard-bitten safari guides search out lost remote controls ($24.99). Alternately, a 3-gallon pot of Knock Out roses ($24.99) or Encore azaleas ($22.99) can give dowdy lawns a colorful wardrobe update, and sweet-scented gardenias ($24.99) and French hydrangeas ($24.99) beckon sophisticated sniffers with their classic floral scents. The on-staff horticulturalists at Hanna’s can advise customers on plant care, prescribing wilting plants a remedy from the store’s stock of Ferti-lome lawncare products or a cup of chicken soup spiked with Miracle-Gro.