For more than six years, the technicians at Two Men and a Lawn Mower have primped yards, installed irrigation systems, and assisted clients with home-improvement projects. When they aren't lovingly trimming grass blades with the business end of a shattered CD, the technicians repair and seal decks and pressure wash outdoor surfaces.
Blackwood Landscaping's talented team of landscape artists maintains front and backyard health with lawn services that use environmentally affectionate products. Tend grassy areas of up to 10,000 square feet with an aeration procedure, during which cylindrical plugs punch small holes into the soil to reduce compaction and unearth fossilized lawn ornaments. This professional process diminishes thatch and allows roots improved access to delectable nutrients and nourishing lime. Afterwards, a fueling fertilizer encourages the growth of grass, much like height restrictions on tilt-a-whirls encourage the growth of small children. The machinery used in these processes is 38 inches wide, so any gates must be larger than 38 inches, or the household must own a teleporter.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
Lisa Foster, who has more than 20 years of floral-design experience, cut ties with her former flower shop in 2004 in order to realize her dream of opening her own design studio, Lisa Foster Floral Design. Though she worked out of her home for the first few years, she gained so many clients—128 brides in 2008—that she knew she had to open a storefront to keep up with the demand. By 2010, Lisa was arranging blooms for more than 200 brides as well as gussying up birthdays, anniversaries, or anticipated video-game releases with red roses, yellow sunflowers, and white orchids. Lisa is committed to making her clients' celebrations special, and so she only creates custom arrangements that are never "cookie-cutter" designs. She also wants to make events as stress-free as possible. This is why she rents out special-occasion equipment, such as crystal trees, candelabras, and wandering minstrels, and offers her brides links to her favorite trusted vendors on her website.
The Mosquito Authority responds to summer scourges of biting pests with its kid- and pet-safe mosquito spray systems. Barrier spray service eliminates mosquitoes with an EPA-approved solution—specialized enough to not repel beneficial bees or butterflies—that technicians apply to trees, shrubs, and foliage around yards. The solution guards against the pests for three weeks, backed up by The Mosquito Authority’s “no-mosquito guarantee,” which ensures a free second application should rogue bugs best their system and somehow establish a working democratic society. Alternatively, the unobtrusive MistAway auto-mist systems can be installed in yards to periodically release anti-bug mist at a frequency that customers can adjust via remote control.
Under the leadership of owner JoAnn England?a longtime Halls resident, mother of two, and booster for locally owned businesses?Sofas & More?s independent mom-and-pop operation has enlivened the homes of its customers since 1995. As customers peruse the fleet of La-Z-Boy recliners or sofas from Klaussner, friendly staff members guide them through home-decor decisions with a friendly, low-pressure demeanor, unhindered by the need to disassemble their towering couch forts. In addition to equipping living rooms with comfortable sitting spaces and high-end entertainment centers, the spacious showroom fills in dining rooms with designer table sets of solid hardwood and bedrooms with mattresses from Serta and Tempur-Pedic.