In a split second, Harvest Landscape Services' designers can completely change the way homeowners look at their yards. The quick change in perspective is thanks to the company's 3D computer visualization system, which they use to create realistic models of potential landscapes. Designers might add pools, gardens, waterfalls, or game areas such as basketball and tennis courts. Once customers decide on a design, the team creates it in the real world, which was recently upgraded to three dimensions. Harvest Landscape Services' lawn-care specialists and gardeners can also maintain outdoor spaces.
LaTour Tree Service’s maintenance professionals keep yards lush, appealing, and safe. Technicians perform a variety of tree-trimming services, including shaping and canopy elevation. They can also remove dead trees, unwanted trees, trees that are leaning dangerously close to a structure, or trees with branches that spell out swear words. They use a cutting wheel to transform nuisance stumps into wood chips, and they also specialize in tree planting to cover up bare spots in a yard.
Surrounded by a floral moat, Landscape Systems of Texas is an emerald fortress smattered with bright petals. Flats bolster annual, perennial, and tropical bedding plants. The grounds are flanked by ornamental shrubs and trees, which are available for purchase or to rent for occasions such as garden parties and battle-to-the-death croquet matches. The staff also drops in on homes and offices to custom-manicure lawns and design irrigation and drainage systems.
Blooming Colors' selection of non-motile life forms caters to all groups of greenthumbs, be they outdoor landscapers or indoor efflorescence enthusiasts. Spruce up a boring lawn with a majestic oak, flowering shrubs ($22.99–$26.99), or enlist the aid of an evergreen to retain altitudinal dominance over your neighbor's super-sized lawn-gnome statues. Your journey of a thousand pricked fingers starts with a single thorn—fire the flowery opening salvo in that journey with a KnockOut rose ($22.99-$29.99). Brighten the corners of your pavement with a wave of four-inch pots of fall color pansies or petunias ($.99), or fill it to overflowing with pots or gallons of perennials and herbs ($2.99-$9.99). Blooming Colors' assortment of fountains, yard art, and gardening accouterments cover any job, and their knowledgeable staff can give expert guidance if you say the magic word—"the."
After cans of soda and bottles of beer pass their expiration date, they don't go to the landfill. Thanks to the crew at Silver Creek Materials, the liquids inside are instead used to prepare nutrient-rich compost, which will nourish and sustain local gardens, lawns, and flowerbeds. Leaving nothing to waste, the crew recycles all the glass, metal, and plastic packaging.
Though making compost is only a small part of Silver Creek Materials' business, the aversion to waste and commitment to the environment reflects the company's focus on eco-friendly operations. When mining sands and soils, the staff works carefully to prevent adverse effects on the land or water, winning a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 1997. The company also recycles organic materials such as trees, grass clippings, and fussy children's bread crusts.
It’s a good thing James Bryant’s parents didn’t pay him more allowance. At 10, he found his $10 weekly payday unacceptable, so he started knocking on neighbors’ doors to see if they’d like him to mow their lawns. The business grew as he did, and, by the time he finished high school, he felt certain that landscaping was his true passion. Since officially founding Bryant Lawn and Sprinkler in 1995, James has continued to find fulfillment in creating natural works of art out of previously lackluster yards and gardens. He and his team do this by planting flowers, mulching gardens and installing eco-conscious sprinkler systems. They also design yard lighting so that, at night, freshly pruned shrubs stand out and moths can use shadow puppets to tell their brief life stories.