A bright, five-pointed star gleams above the Texas State University campus on select nights. Fixed atop Jackson Hall—a 12-story building that marks the campus's highest point—the star can be seen for miles throughout Hays County, letting fans know that it's time to celebrate a Bobcats victory and take out the pizza they started baking at half-time. Throughout the Bobcats' proud history, the Victory Star has had many occasions for beaming, as the school has won a litany of championships across multiple sports, including NCAA Div. II championships in football and men's golf and NAIA titles in men's basketball and men's tennis.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet guide customers through a vast inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Reduced-rate items equip customers with enough hardware to construct a tree house inside a doghouse. A Dirt Devil Scorpion hand vacuum ($29.99) helps tidy up workshops and sushi-restaurant kitchens that are coated in sawdust, and a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ lithium-ion compact drill ($127.99) obtains full charge within 45 minutes. Each product, including reconditioned items, carries a warranty of up to one year.
Brents Tree Service’s experienced crews of insured arborists tend to Austin-area arboreal life with pruning, branch clearing, and other tree-care services. A free in-person consultation precedes each job, the cost of which can vary based on the difficulty of the job, the size of the tree, and the number of rings the tree wears. Four-person teams tote chippers, chipper trucks, and other essential equipment to clear branches after storms, prune unhealthy limbs from trees, and remove troubled trees altogether. Tree owners can fortify their leafy charges with eco-friendly organic fertilizer that feeds roots directly, or take advantage of cabling and bracing services that support branch and trunk structure. After each job, crews clean up debris and haul it away to prevent ghost branches from hurling themselves back and forth across yards in an effort to torture the dog.
Operating under the motto, “Grow food. We’ll help,” Resolution Gardens envisions a future where everyone has access to healthy, organically grown food. The Austin-based movement began in 2009, when founder Randy Jewart and his green-thumbed cohorts set out to plant gardens across all of Austin’s 800,000 acres, or as much as homeowners and territorial sprinklers would allow.
One backyard at a time, Jewart and his team have helped their neighbors install vegetable plots, raised beds, and custom gardens, providing all the necessary materials and designs throughout the process. Whether starting from scratch or adding to an existing patch, they offer a full range of garden sizes. After installation, customers can reap a variety of benefits, including healthier eating, healthier bank accounts, and more comfortable sleeping quarters for when former scarecrows pay a visit.
Noticing that water restrictions were increasingly frequent, gardener Eric Pedley decided to turn his hobby of cultivating succulents into a business. With business partner and fellow local Julie Patton, he filled a rented greenhouse with desert-dwelling plants capable of storing large reserves of water in their leaves and surviving in arid climates. The diverse inventory ranges from prickly cacti to lush aloe and agave, all of which make for nontraditional additions to home gardens. While customers shop, staffers dish out tips on soil mixes, drainage systems, and guttural incantations to prolong the life of potted or outdoor arrangements. The knowledgeable staff—featured on Central Texas Gardener—also creates and delivers festive potted arrangements.
For more than 26 years, the licensed and insured cleaning crews from A-Best Water Damage Restoration have been cleansing carpets and upholstery after flood damage or everyday wear. After using powerful dry-vac systems to remove loose soil and lodged tumbleweeds, the technicians then steam clean carpets with truck-mounted equipment to power through stains, odors, and dirt. Specializing in water-damage cleanup, the technicians assess carpets and upholstery after such an event, performing free estimates and even negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of customers. The company is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule an appointment or call for help dealing with a water-damage emergency.