Owned by the Esterline family since 1916, Eagle Creek Nursery helps gardeners cultivate greener spaces with a fully stocked nursery of plants, trees, and an extensive selection of horticulture gear. As customers wander beneath the greenhouse's caliper deciduous and evergreen trees amid tropical plants ($49.95), arborists and landscapers stand by to answer questions and counsel against gardening faux pas, such as overwatering a rock garden. Green thumbs can nurture buds within a selection of pots ($30+) or shape shrubbery sculptures with a pair of hand pruners ($19.95).
Kapp's Lawn Specialists have been beautifying yards for more than four decades. During that time, they've perfected a precise system for keeping grass, trees, and shrubs healthy, tidy, verdant, and fertilized. Among an array of services, their seasonal groundskeeping package employs a custom-blended granular fertilizer and treatments for keeping crabgrass, weeds, and revolution-minded plastic flamingos under control. Staff members are professionally trained and certified, and the products they use are all approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to safely fend off insects, plant diseases, and other lawn-related woes.
Whether you're dressing up the front walkway or reinforcing the garden plots in time for fall, a lush bed of mulch can take topsoil to the next level—the top one. When laid properly, the rich complexion helps to reduce soil erosion, suppress weed growth, and retain moisture. When applied in the summertime in temperate climate zones, such as the Midwest, mulch also helps the soil maintain high temperatures further into the fall, allowing preexisting plant life to prolong its beauteous lifespan.
No matter the house or the holiday, the exterior lighting experts at Landscape Illumination fill the night sky with all kinds of celebratory blazes. Their designs send photons flying in a stylish manner, casting homes and businesses in a dramatic light usually reserved for celebrity abodes or vacation houses on the sun. To get an idea of the company’s mastery of luminescence or inspiration for future lighting, customers can take a gander at the experts' well-maintained online gallery of past projects.
Since 1982, Town & Country Flowers & Gifts has been filling vases with fragrant bursts of color and making gift-giving easy with treats and home accessories. Bouquets such as the vibrant, multihued Make a Wish translate cheery statements into botanical displays, which can be picked up at the boutique, sent directly to recipients, or delivered to a variety of local hospitals and funeral homes. The shop stocks more than just flowers—morsels by South Bend Chocolate Company melt atop tongues, Village Candles accent homes with flickering flames, and Russ teddy bears offer an alternative to genuine grizzlies, whose wrapping-paper phobia makes them an impractical present.
Though leaves may come and go, the arborists at Affordable Tree Care work throughout the year to keep yards safe and attractive. Despite the satisfaction they get from cutting through tangled branches and thickets, their primary concern is trees’ health. To keep backyards lush and leafy, they help trees recover from lightning strikes, seasonal diseases, and infestations of insects and Keebler elves. The team specializes in close quarter removal; they assess the likelihood of trees falling over and—if the risk is high—safely felling and removing the tottering giants.