For more than three decades, Beaver Tree & Lawn Service’s fertilizer programs, pest control, and landscaping services have defended verdant turf and topiary against feeble growth and invasive critters. Keep backyard grasslands thriving and lawn-mower ownership justified with a fertilization procedure ($50) that employs one of eight seasonally targeted lawn applications or spray down a front yard’s foundation trees with insecticide ($55) to ward off shrub-bungling bugs through summertime. A perimeter pest control ($50) staves off sieges from ants, crickets, and miniaturized Achaeans, and a grub-control ($100) or flea-and-tick ($100) yard treatment targets specific species of creepy-crawly.
The Mosquito Authority responds to summer scourges of biting pests with its kid- and pet-friendly 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, guarding against pests for three weeks.
Sown since 1919, Johnson's Orchards' 200 fertile acres buttress the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and checker the landscape with thousands of apple trees. Patrons hand-select 10 pounds of nearly 200 varieties of apples, ensuring the fruits suit specific standards for weight, hue and doctor-repelling abilities. After stocking up on apples, visitors are welcome to meander the foot trails cutting through the orchard, while tots encouragingly pat the heads of amiable farm animals. Visitors can also tipple cold cider straight from the press and weigh down restless hot air balloons with jellies, relishes, and 25 different fruit wines from the on-site winery. A picnic pavilion affords idyllic views and a space to dive into vitamin-packed feasts.
You could say Jason Focht's love for grass is rooted in his love for golf. He started playing the game in childhood, then went on to become captain of the golf team at Fluvanna County High School. After graduation, he pursued a double major in horticulture and turfgrass management at Virginia Tech. There, his two loves combined: he spent his summers working at high-end golf courses, and semesters honing his expertise at the university's Turfgrass Research Center. Today, Focht puts his experience to use as the head of Paradise Landscaping. He and his team focus on turfgrass, landscape planning, and ousting pests from greenery as they tend to lawns and gardens around Botetourt County.