Inside Out's exterior designers upgrade properties' peripheries with customized landscape architecture. During a complimentary consultation, clients meet with open-air artisans to evaluate wants, needs, and prophetic dreams such as water features (starting at $4,000), gas-fed cultured-stone outdoor kitchen islands with granite tops and 24-inch grills ($7,500), or an outdoor kitchen ($9,000+). Based on this information, the firm's consultant will devise a master plan to create sunlit spaces that boast similar comfort and style to their indoor counterparts.
Since 1989, the dependable crew at Busy Beaver Tree Care & Lawn Maintenance has kept outdoor spaces neat and symmetrical through a range of tree and lawn services. The tree surgeons foster arboreal attractiveness by cropping boughs to a respectable length or removing trees altogether, which is necessary when they interfere with construction projects or grow into power lines in an effort to steal free cable. Clients who have been affected by storms or fire can call on Busy Beaver to help with controlling damage and clearing the debris.
Because contractors often specialize, homeowners are left working with multiple businesses for large-scale projects––which is confusing. Clark Professional Handyman & Services alleviates this frustration by offering a range of services, from flooring and plumbing to drywall installation, air-conditioning repair, and landscaping. If time remains after installing a new cabinet, the company's insured technician can complete more complicated tasks such as painting a house or removing redrum graffiti from the living-room wall.
After traveling to Japan in 1966 and to the Portland Japanese Garden soon thereafter, John Anderson found himself inspired by the country's lush landscape and tranquil gardens. In 1978, after returning to his home in Rockford, he partnered with expert designer Hoichi Kurisu to begin constructing Anderson Japanese Gardens—12 acres of paths, plants, and streams, as soothing as those John visited in Japan.
The gardens still encourage a sense of calm and thoughtful reflection, as guided and self-guided tours stroll past undulating waterfalls, trickling across colorful flowers, beneath arched bridges, and over lily pads. Fruit blossoms on trees and bushes, sculptures stand very still, and koi fish flit about in a pond. On Thursdays, participants read from scripture, listen to music, and meditate during worship services, and a series of classes held onsite, such as origami and tai chi, impart Japanese traditions.
The retail nursery at Tyler’s Landscaping houses a cornucopia of plant life for purchase and plantation. Yards in search of nonsurgical face-lifts can re-create themselves with choice picks from the nursery’s selection of more than 200 perennial varieties ($3.99–$14.99), grasses, and native plants. Perky annuals ($3.99) add polka dots of color to squirrel habitats, and shrubs (average price $30.99) hide shy foundations and delineate property lines better than police tape. Tyler's staff of nursery professionals can recite each plant’s preferences for light and water, helping gardeners make love matches between flora and soil.