Judys Garden Shop may look like a typical nursery at first glance, but upon entering its expansive greenhouse, visitors discover vine-ripened tomatoes crated next to geraniums, fresh cucumbers resting near blossoming hibiscus trees, and sticky-fingered garden gnomes swinging from hanging ferns. A staple of southeast Lexington since 1995, Judys Garden Shop furnishes customers with farm-fresh produce and locally sourced fare, including Amish produce and spices, in addition to its greenery. Under the shop's green-thatched roof and the greenhouse's far-reaching windows, owners Judy and Bob McCreary care for their inventory by handwatering perennials and stocking their fridges with the finest in local comestibles.
WeMow's landscape experts maintain yards and properties with specialized services such as weed removal, seeding treatments, and mowing. During other services, lawn-care specialists can dig their green thumbs into mulch to nourish the yard's soil and to clean up yards when trees sacrifice their leaves as a protest against the bloated contracts given to palm trees. With an eye for shape, color, and placement, landscapers can design gardens and flowerbeds, and create custom-designed organic vegetable gardens of any size. They also plant trees and maintain water features.
For more than 25 years, the qualified staffers at Naturescape Lawn and Landscape Care have cultivated flourishing front yards with quality fertilizers and weed-control products. During warm months, the staffers ward off weeds and coat greenery in solutions that protect against mosquitoes, grubs, and borers without enlisting the town crier's threatening shout. While the sun warms their backs, the employees trim overflowing grass and shrubs or trees. When winter falls, staffers shift their focus to driveways, where they haul away snow before it avalanches over cars and the cinder blocks on which they're perched.
Like the grown-up version of parents and children building sandcastles or scratching designs in the dirt, the family-operated Lawns By Lichtefeld beautifies yards with lawn care, fertilization, and landscaping services. They tackle tough patches of weeds, laying the seeds in newly churned and fertilized soil for the eventual emergence of trees, bushes, and flowers. Come wintertime, they prep yards to endure the chill with aeration and fertilization to help grass sprout in the spring looking as green as ever.
Owned and operated by horticultural experts Russell and Lyn Madison, Proper Plants' greenhouses greet visitors with more than 125 annuals ($1.10+/pack), more than 150 varieties of hanging baskets ($8+), and a plethora of other herbaceous offerings. Those who like edible beauty but dislike the time it takes to make Brad Pitt–shaped lasagna can browse the tomatoes, eggplants, and 85 varieties of vegetables, which come in small pots for short-term storage ($.95+) or nursery cans to keep them warm before the start of spring ($6.50/2.5 qt. can). Proper Plants also packs potted plants such as geraniums, verbena, and various herbs ($2.90+). The practiced staff can help DIY soil workers arrange their own hanging basket or answer any questions on crop placement or garden-gnome disciplinary techniques. Rather than use pesticides, Proper Plants uses biological controls, such as predator insects, on plants.
Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse scatters family festivities across 20 acres of autumnal farmland during AutumnFest 2011. The friendly staff welcomes up to four campers or one retired barbershop quartet trying to reignite their spark and moseys them to the campfire site, where groups can huddle around a fire pit, gorge on a full-catered hot dog dinner and crash flaming-marshmallow meteors into each other. A slew of attractions including a hayride, 5-acre corn maze, kid-friendly spooky farmhouse, and barnyard zoo with pet bunnies, chicks, and baby ducks swooping down a slide entertains into the evening. Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse supplies firewood, benches, and a staff member to start the fire and permits campers to bring their own lawn chairs and ghost-story manuscripts.
The rug-scrubbers at Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care use an oscillating-pad system to cleanse fibers with minimal moisture, rejecting harsh chemical systems or steam methods that leave dirt trapped within sopping carpets. A nontoxic, biodegradable cleaner preps indoor lawns for cleaning before cotton pads set to work evicting grime. Carpets dry in about an hour, allowing homeowners to resume making shag-angels in dining spaces. Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care manufactures the equipment they use worldwide, empowering other businesses to eschew ineffective methods in favor of oscillating carpet scrub-downs.