Hachman Farm Supply equips Temperance-area households with tools, fuels, and food for pets and livestock. In the store's aisles, Kent Feeds bags brim beside lawn and garden supplies, tools, and petroleum products. The store also houses an RV and propane-filling station, a boon for barbecue chefs tired of cooking with helium only to watch their steaks float away.
For almost 60 years, family-owned Black Diamond, Inc. has plucked a bouquet of well-versed horticulturists to grow and tend its vast glassed-in fields of flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Having known many of Black Diamond, Inc.’s plants since their tender, botanic infancy, its greenery gurus pride themselves on being able to go beyond cursory recommendations to in-depth discussions of plants and how each interacts with fertilizers, soil, insecticides, and their ilk. Take home the recurrent colors of perennial flowers ($2.99–$11.99) such as the bloomerang—a repeat-blooming lilac that makes for better lawn fixtures than repeat-capsizing lilacs—or other low-maintenance, color-exuding favorites such as the knockout shrub rose or endless summer hydrangea. Annuals ($1.19–$29.99) provide summer-long flowerage with such pedal-wielders as the rocket mix snapdragon or shade-loving impatiens in accent watermelon. Vegetables ($0.89–$11.99) fill hunger voids and double as props during choreographed food fights in the form of roma tomatoes or black beauty eggplants, and shrubs ($9.99–$79.99) and a huge inventory of trees ($69.99–$299.99) serve up too-large-for-serving-platters of shade and yard ornamentation.
Turf Pro Inc's trained technicians safeguard water systems from harsh winter damage by removing aqua drops from pipelines before popping by to restart sprinklers when the weather warms. After educating patrons about winterization techniques, sprinkler specialists force large volumes of air through the system's pipelines via an air compressor, which blows out every drop of water, and close off systems until spring. Poorly maintained hydration systems can bear witness to a number of frozen calamities, such as cracked backflows, broken sprinkler heads, and an accumulation of inner-pipe ice sculptures, which can prevent proper lawn saturation and lead to costly repairs. Once the springtime sun returns to warm ground fur, Turf Pro technicians return to the homestead and thoroughly check all pipes, replace any broken heads, and adjust controller modules to modify watering schedules, fostering growth and discouraging home invasions by the Wicked Witch.
For 129 years, the farmhouse at Country Lane Tree Farm has looked out over acres of trees and crops as they bear fruit, change colors, and catch a light dusting of snow. The Bowlander family keeps the land bustling through the seasons by inviting families and school groups to come take part in farm activities. Craft barn events happen in the spring and summer, along with farm tours where children can see and interact with a variety of animals. Activities include, milking cows, holding chickens and ducks, and gazing profoundly into the deep eyes of Peaches the donkey. Animal feed is also included. During the fall, the Bowlanders make an enormous maze out of their cornfield, invite guests to pick pumpkins from their 10-acre patch, and enjoy a Haunted Hayride and the indoor Haunted "Carnevil" Barn.
In 1978, a modest 32’x144’ poly greenhouse began supplying a farm with tomatoes and pepper plants. More than 30 years later, the greenhouse has exploded into a 3-acre operation that supports a leafy abundance of 15,000 flowering hanging baskets, more than 100,000 potted annuals, and 25,000 potted perennials. Helmed by Don and Janice Bench and their son and daughter-in-law, the greenhouse and nursery pairs visitors with more than 200 varieties of hybrid roses, which only require 1 gallon of gas to bloom on the highway, as well as trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
In November and December, the garden center morphs into a winter wonderland that showcases more than 100 decorated trees and a seasonal trove of ornaments, fragrant wreaths, poinsettias, and crimson bows. During summer months, the Benches man a roadside produce stand, where they sell sweet corn, melons, beans, and squash from their 650-acre farm.
From spring-cleaning to winter snow removal to autumn scarecrow baths, A1 Seasonal Services dispatches insured, trained, and vetted technicians to ease the chores that arrive courtesy of the weather. Window washers clarify smudged glass panes in more than 4,000 homes and multistory office buildings every year, and their fleet of plow trucks and ATVs remove snow after every storm or every time a snowman has its mind blown from the ending of The Sixth Sense. In service of keeping homes looking homely year round, they also groom and maintain lawns, unclog gutters, and send cleaning technicians to spruce up the insides of houses and commercial properties.