Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
In a split second, Harvest Landscape Services' designers can completely change the way homeowners look at their yards. The quick change in perspective is thanks to the company's 3D computer visualization system, which they use to create realistic models of potential landscapes. Designers might add pools, gardens, waterfalls, or game areas such as basketball and tennis courts. Once customers decide on a design, the team creates it in the real world, which was recently upgraded to three dimensions. Harvest Landscape Services' lawn-care specialists and gardeners can also maintain outdoor spaces.
Surrounded by a floral moat, Landscape Systems of Texas is an emerald fortress smattered with bright petals. Flats bolster annual, perennial, and tropical bedding plants. The grounds are flanked by ornamental shrubs and trees, which are available for purchase or to rent for occasions such as garden parties and battle-to-the-death croquet matches. The staff also drops in on homes and offices to custom-manicure lawns and design irrigation and drainage systems.
Before starting his own business, the owner of Stumped earned his keep severing trees from earth in the forest-capped mountains of Tennessee. Today, he uses his logging experience to aggressively attack diseased or dying trees in backyards around Fort Worth. Aided by his team of trimmers, he safely fells ailing plants or trims healthy timber with professional equipment, which is maintained more rigorously than the Speaker of the House's favorite scepter.
After cans of soda and bottles of beer pass their expiration date, they don't go to the landfill. Thanks to the crew at Silver Creek Materials, the liquids inside are instead used to prepare nutrient-rich compost, which will nourish and sustain local gardens, lawns, and flowerbeds. Leaving nothing to waste, the crew recycles all the glass, metal, and plastic packaging.
Though making compost is only a small part of Silver Creek Materials' business, the aversion to waste and commitment to the environment reflects the company's focus on eco-friendly operations. When mining sands and soils, the staff works carefully to prevent adverse effects on the land or water, winning a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 1997. The company also recycles organic materials such as trees, grass clippings, and fussy children's bread crusts.
At Your Request Landscaping & Tree Service negates the adage that grass is always greener on the other side of the fence by reviving lawns and beautifying outdoor spaces. Teams of technicians turn brown grass into verdant expanses with sod and grass installation. Each time landscapers visit a home, they conduct an on-site estimate by sizing up branches that need pruning, firewood that needs stacking, and lawn sculptures that need petting.