A company that was built primarily on referrals, Armstrong Heating and Power Vac Inc. has purged ducts and chimneys for more than 40 years. During each air-duct cleaning, trained techs use power-vacuum trucks and custom duct-cleaning equipment to remove dirt and debris without the use of chemicals or sealers, which has a similar effect on a human’s mouth as peanut butter on a dog’s mouth. When they aren't purging residential air canals, technicians clean out dryer vents and chimneys to keep homes’ respiratory systems in working order and prevent the potentially dangerous results of chronic disrepair.:m]]
At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Scott and Michele Littlefield have been keeping Portland and Saco's driveways, roadways, and commercial lots free of cracks and wear since 1995. Scott manages every project, lending a hand as his team of trained technicians applies coal tar or asphalt sealant and rubber crack filling to mend damaged pavement and chipped teacups. When they're not outfitting driveways with sleek, black finishes, technicians further help their clients keep up appearances by plowing snow, removing tree stumps from lawns, and painting parking-lot stripes.
Focal Point Gardens cultivates an impressive collection of shrubs, trees, flowers, ornaments, and tools for the proper upkeep and beautification of gardens. A verdant selection of plants graces the horticultural repertoire, from a 12-inch hanging basket of annuals ($29.99) to a gallon container of perennials ($8.99) to 3 gallons' worth of ornamental grass ($24.99). Gardeners who crave variety can employ one of Focal Point Gardens' greenery gurus to plant and design custom bloom containers for the changing seasons or to match a porch-dwelling statue of a goose in a bee costume.