Bushnells Landscape Industries boasts a vast array of décor for outdoor spaces and gardening tools, as well as flowers and plants, 90% of which are grown on-site. Shoppers can browse the nursery garden and green thumb through locally grown annuals ($3.98 each; three for $10.50) to add a splash of color to black-and-white front yards that were built in the 1950s. As 5-gallon hybrid roses ($27.98 each), 7-inch tapered candles ($4.50 each), or Cretan hand-thrown pottery ($75+) await to brighten porches, patios, and yards, thick-leaved succulents and spiny cacti ($4.98–$25.98) dissuade undiscerning vegetarians from devouring entire gardens.
Common household pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches, flies, and spiders can carry up to 33 types of bacteria, including some that cause illness in humans. They can eat away at a building's framework, as well as homeowners' ability to confidently sleep with their mouths open. This is why Terminix technicians aren't satisfied with simply eliminating current pest problems—they strive to also prevent future infestations, and they guarantee their ability to do so.
Terminix team members know all the obscure places where pests like to hide: in water-heater closets, fireplaces, the centers of donuts, plumbing penetrations, and the weep holes in wood-veneer walls. Their response to an infestation varies depending on the home's unique situation, but services may include sweeping away spider webs and wasps nests from the eaves of the home, setting up traps, dusting and spraying interior or exterior crevices that are prone to pests, and spraying around the home's foundation.
The greenery experts at Scotts LawnService respect each yard's eccentricities. By conducting an analysis that lists every lawn's strengths and weaknesses—from its turf density to the soil type—they can better customize their treatments to enhance a home's or business's outdoor landscape. The team uses professional Scotts products to fertilize the lawn and expel unwelcome weeds, spreading no more than necessary in order to help preserve the beauty of nature more tactfully than vacuum-sealing every tree. All technicians carry certification from the Scotts LawnService Training Institute. They brandish their expertise to perform specialty services such as aeration, winterization, and weed control.
A full-service lawn-and-landscape-maintenance company, Truckee Meadows keeps yards verdant with the help of plant experts, years of green-thumb training, and materials from local businesses. Staff members work closely with clients to actualize their wildest landscaping fantasies, consulting with horticulturalists and well-crafted machinery to construct scale models of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or topiaries shaped like the Lighthouse at Alexandria ($42/hour labor rate for planting and cleanup). Yard technicians shave the beards off of once-hibernating lawns, trimming grass with a package that includes mowing, edging, and blowing of sidewalks and driveways ($20 for 1,500 sq. ft.), and professional rakes de-thatch scruffy backyards ($100 for up to 2,000 sq. ft., $10 for every 500 sq. ft. thereafter), freeing grass from the suffocating press of natural debris. Each landscaping job is tailored to the unique needs of the site, with technicians accounting for eccentricities ranging from uneven surfaces to the appearance of teleporting pine trees.
In 1982, brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell headed off to Arizona's Universal Technical Institute to learn the ins and outs of the HVAC field. When they came back to Elk Grove, they earned their chops at various companies while helping out with their father's new pizza parlor, Pizza Bell. In 1991, they decided to strike out on their own—two men in a pickup truck on a mission to repair and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems. Their only advertisements were flyers pasted on top of Pizza Bell boxes and willing strangers' foreheads.
They've come a long way since pizza-based advertising, employing an experienced staff of industry certified, professionally trained, background-checked and drug-tested technicians who thoroughly tune up air-conditioning units with a 30-point cleaning, calibration, and fine-tuning process. In addition to replacing heating and air-conditioning systems, their technicians can parachute to homes to inspect, maintain, and repair entire HVAC and furnace systems.
Filled with a variety of U.S.–made furniture, Home Solutions at Ace bedecks drab rooms with custom-made wood furniture and fabrics. Wide selections of table lamps ($99–$150) can enlighten spiritually afflicted tables, and a variety of torch lamps ($99–$150) can help brave houseguests scour their way through the man cave. Savor supper while sitting on a new dining side chair ($99–$150) to prevent side cramps from squatting or shimmying over the main course. Knick-knacks, figurines, and vases ($99–$150) fill any barren shelf, and wall décor including pictures and metal works clothe naked walls and under-dressed paneling. Customers looking to customize their household equipment can browse through a variety of Oak Creek custom American–made furniture, choosing from Alder or Oak or special ordering several other woods. Matchy-matchers can choose from six different stain options or create a color to match existing furniture. The brand also custom-builds, so there's no argument on a request for an extra door to another dimension, where socks own people-puppets.