The arboreal handlers of Brents Tree Service discipline unruly yard life with trimming, removal, and cleanup services for trees of all sizes. After setting up an appointment, a representative will assess the needs of each project, quoting the total price of services required and some choice phrases from The Giving Tree. Hearty four-man crews appear out of morning mists, tackling tasks that last from one–six hours in length depending on the amount of flora trimming needed with heavy-duty equipment and wood chipper in tow. Brents Tree Service covers specialty and emergency projects as well, such as removal of storm-damaged flora, mistletoe, or persistent ball moss. After raising canopy levels or removing lifeless limbs, the green-thumbed crews meticulously hunt debris great and small, grinding it up and hauling it away to add to their wood-chip collection. Before departure, if owners are at home the foreman walks them through their made-over yard to ensure service satisfaction.
Anti-pest technicians at Nature's Own Pest & Lawn Services want to have it all. In addition to upholding a commitment to sustainable practices, they refuse to sacrifice effectiveness or long-lasting results. And after years of fighting pests in Texas, they're all too familiar with the local pests. For each operation, they perform a thorough inspection of the home's interior or exterior, and then take hold of their environmentally friendly gear, plus a few organic pesticides and baits. Whether the team is treating a sprawling yard for mosquitos, setting up pet-friendly traps to ward off squirrels but not Fido, or removing small bed bugs from a mattress, it aims to select a solution that will yield long-term results. They also tend lawns with weed control techniques that quell intruding shrubs and nutrient-rich fertilizers that help grass blades grow into strong, sharp grasshopper swords.
The team at Texas Lawn Services will sweep away the dead leaves, twigs, and brambles that are hiding your ribald azaleas from cute horticulturalists. They'll lop off the tree branches that snatch small children ($80–$300), chase the bison from your shoulder-high hedges, and tame any feral lawn that's started snacking on neighborhood cats (mowing averages $40). They'll also inspect your sprinkler system ($70), install your favorite plants, mulch the heck out of everything not rooted down, and test your slip-n-slide before its annual summertime unveiling.
The Build the HYP gala raises money to support Austin Habitat for Humanity, coaxing contributors with tunes from a headlining swing-rock-ska hybrid act. The gala includes snacks to fill bellies famished from swing dancing and starting a sawdust-only diet to show solidarity with in-process homes. The Daddies' set will be supplemented by local act Vintage 15, a 15-piece band that updates jazz jams from staple artists such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Michael Bublé. Attendees can also be on the lookout for Raise the Roof shingle prizes, which include scaffolding exhausted roof-raising arms.
The professional exterminators at Sovereign Pest Control shoo away unwanted guests such as ants, spiders, and crickets, helping homeowners enjoy their newly bug-free abodes. The team stops by to perform interior as well as exterior pest control and optionally apply anti-mosquito spray. Should homeowners discover that any pest—from ants to earwigs—has returned after a treatment, the team will gladly repeat the process or issue a full refund.