On a secluded ranch near the Cotopaxi volcano, the powerful Ecuadorian sun nourishes Las Rosas' rose bushes before they are carefully harvested and shipped to the Minneapolis store. Rare rose varieties, grown in the ranch's temperature- and humidity-regulated greenhouses, range from 45 centimeters to six feet in length, so customers can use them to measure a kiddie pool to the depth of a fathom. Their flowery palette in hand, the shop's resident floral artists can craft arrangements or bouquets for weddings, holidays, and other events.
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas, tearing up trees and demolishing entire houses and towns. When the crews at Urban Tree & Landscape, hundreds of mile north, heard about the destruction, they headed down to Houston to help with the recovery efforts. After a tornado touched down in southern Minneapolis in 2009, the arborists cleared debris and felled trees around the clock. This willingness to tackle the hazardous jobs that other tree services turn down is the cornerstone of the business.
The winner of Angie's List 2011 "Super Service Award", the tree experts at Urban Tree & Landscape offer a number of tree services, including pruning of young and mature trees, removal, and untangling rogue paratroopers. Their knowledgeable field reps have fought off the pests that have laid waste to the emerald ashes and oak population using eco-conscious pesticides. Customers have also lauded their landscaping team, who adds value to homes by planting gardens and installing features such as stone fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.
Spanning a team that includes master arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, the woody-plant specialists of Premium Tree Protection diagnose and treat ailments such as disease, insect infestations, and nutrient deficiencies. Tree doctors set up free consultations with homeowners to assess both the current health of trees and shrubs and when they'll be allowed out to play again. Based on their findings, the arborists may recommend services that range from dutch elm disease prevention to emerald ash borer prevention or therapeutic treatment. Confident in their track record of curbing the exotic invaders, Premium Tree's forestry experts offer a money-back guarantee on any tree that expires within two years of being treated preventively for emerald ash borers.:
The Green Guardian nourishes landscapes with an approach that shuns harsh chemicals in favor of effective, all-natural fertilizers, herbicides, and pest-control solutions made from edible ingredients. A proprietary line of products includes vegan herbicides that fertilize lawns as they kill broadleaf and certain grassy weeds, and granular fertilizers that nourish turf with feed-grade corn, soil conditioners, and naturally-occurring microbial stimulants. Pest-control products use odorless garlic to repel mosquitoes, billbugs, grubs, geese, and displaced vampire squid, all without leaving behind an unpleasant smell.
In addition to lawn-care packages and à la carte treatments, The Green Guardian is also registered with DuPont to remove and replace trees killed by the chemical herbicide Imprelis.
The experienced crew at A.C.T. Asphalt Specialties has been installing and repairing asphalt and concrete pavements for residential and commercial locales in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. Freshly poured asphalt driveways ($3,200–$4,500 on average) smoothly replace predecessors laden with unsightly cracks or paved with untractioned gumdrops.
The landscape artists at Joyce Lawn and Snow ensure that residential and commercial properties throughout the greater Twin Cities area stay clean and pleasing to the eye. Once they swoop in and take charge of the outdoor situation, property owners can kick back and watch as grass becomes greener and shrubs become more like their father, Richard Simmons. The crew handles almost anything related to grounds maintenance, including tree and snow removal, gutter cleaning, weed control, and seasonal cleanups.