Dan and Dana, the D's of D & D Professional Mowing, have been buzzing local soil coifs since 2004. Thanks to the business' lawn-owner-friendly practices, multi-day jobs keep a consistent crew, so clients have time to get to know them, and they have time to learn the route through the hedge maze. Prices depend entirely on the size of the job, but the average lawn runs around $30–$50, including edging and leaf-blowing the sidewalk and driveway. The flora-fashioners will happily give a free price estimate for other services, such as mulching ($80–$400 on average), garden-tilling ($50–$100 on average), or tree-debris removal ($50–$200 on average).
All plants are gathered from native Missouri fauna that have consented to have their clippings or seeds donated to science, and are grown in high-quality potting soil that does not contain peat moss, which can make it more difficult for plants to adapt to their new homes. For shipped orders, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery guarantees that your plants or seeds will arrive in good condition, and that all species are true to their name and professed veganism.
Led by owner Amanda Hudspeth, Great Griffin Farms' friendly staff cultivates an atmosphere of equine safety and instruction amid 25 acres of landscaped farmland. With instruction for all levels, coaches and instructors draw on decades of competition and teaching experience to school riders in the hunter/jumper discipline. Private lessons host riders aged 5 and older in indoor and outdoor facilities, and competitions allow students to compete for ribbons. Pupils will learn empathy, build riding confidence, and bond with their carefully selected hoofed companion. Great Griffin Farms also sells and leases horses to enthusiasts who want to spend more time in the saddle and less time in a living-room chair shaped like a saddle
As cool breezes cut summer heat and the leaves fade into sunset hues, Pin Oak Farms celebrates autumn with pumpkin picking, bonfires, and other activities. Tractors full of hay bales and visitors rumble out toward vegetable fields, happy shouts spiraling back toward areas for face painting and petting farm animals. A 5-acre corn maze or smaller straw-bale maze test one’s sense of direction or ability to crack open a compass and eat the good parts. Kids plop themselves down in a giant tub of corn, clamber around in bounce houses, or putt games of pumpkin-themed mini golf. At dusk, bonfires warm hands and bring to life dancing shadows behind groups and scout troops.
Green Thumb Lawncare N' Landscape performs five services, each tailored to the time of year, to swivel drab yardscapes into shimmering turf. Green Thumb's lawn stylists mow, trim, edge, and remove residual strands (starting at $25). For springiness comparable to monkeys in moon-shoes, lawn czar's can add a six-service application of season-specific conditioning fertilizer and eliminate overzealous plant life with liquid weed control (starting at $32.50, including mowing service). Graciously lift leaves with a gutter-cleaning service (starting at $65) or gape jaws as a bleach scrub power washes away dirt (starting at $125), revealing a healthy sheen and an affection for patios typically reserved for chocolate-dipped lawns. Green Thumb delivers, spreads, and rakes double-ground hardwood mulch ($55/yard) or double hardwood brown dye ($65/yard) to garnish entrances and delicate exits.
The old mulberry tree at the top of Noboleis Vineyards—the same creature that graces the estate's wine labels—symbolizes the endurance of Robert and Lou Ann Nolan in pursuing their dream to own a vineyard. After purchasing a 74-acre expanse of Augusta farmland in 2005, the Nolans planted their first grapes: chambourcin, traminette, norton, and vignoles. Initial growth indicated high yields, but a late frost in 2007 claimed most of the chambourcin crop. Adversity struck again in 2011, when a tornado tore through part of the vineyards and lifted sections of roof off of the winery.
But between these setbacks, the Nolans built a steady string of accomplishments. Their first vintages claimed multiple awards at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup, and what had started as plain farmland grew into an estate encompassing an onsite winery, tasting room, cafe, and wine shop. The Nolans now lead tours and host tastings so that visitors can get an up-close look at how Noboleis's wines—such as the barrel-fermented vidal blanc—are produced without tickling the grapes. The indoor and outdoor grounds also regularly host events that range from weddings to live music performances.