In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
For more than six years, the technicians at Two Men and a Lawn Mower have primped yards, installed irrigation systems, and assisted clients with home-improvement projects. When they aren't lovingly trimming grass blades with the business end of a shattered CD, the technicians repair and seal decks and pressure wash outdoor surfaces.
The specialists at Green Thumb Organic Lawn Care nurture lawns by calling upon techniques used before the introduction of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Their organic approach to lawn care expands to the roots of shrubs, trees, and garden gnomes, which they care for through soil tests and organic applications. The team's 14-point soil analysis works to pinpoint individual issues, and their lawn-specific treatments work to encourage healthy growth without spreading dangerous chemicals or green, lead-based paint.:m]]
Since 1981, Willow Ridge Garden Center & Landscaping's professional landscapers have tackled both residential and commercial projects, working closely with clients to help realize their visions for a dream design that fits their budget. The gardening emporium also stocks a blossoming bounty of perennials, shrubs, and trees, as well as garden decor and glazed ceramic pottery. Additionally, Willow Ridge is a certified aquascape contractor, capable of constructing ponds and waterfalls that burble as tranquilly as a mixed tape from a humpback whale.