After the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes honored Jason Buresh's well-groomed yard with its Curb Appeal award, Buresh decided to capitalize on his landscaping talent. In January of 2000, he established Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care. Although Buresh earned a formal degree in applied science and agricultural marketing from Kirkwood Community College, his lawn-care education actually started in childhood, when he honed his knowledge of plants and landscape design on his family’s farm. Today, Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care creates lush, green lawns with aeration, dethatching, fertilizing, seeding, and mowing services. The company also installs greenery and retaining walls to beautify yards or keep out roving bands of lawn flamingos.
Though it has pastures, cornfields, and livestock, Bloomsbury Farm isn't your average farm—in fact, it's an agritourism destination. The farm boasts more than 20 attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze and a giant jumping pillow popular with kids and flightless birds alike. For the more adventurous, a newly installed zipline speeds people across the farm at a height of 40–50 feet, offering bird's-eye views of the land below. Throughout the year, special events celebrate the seasons with wine tastings, concerts, and breakfasts with Santa.
For more than 25 years, the qualified staffers at Naturescape Lawn and Landscape Care have cultivated flourishing front yards with quality fertilizers and weed-control products. During warm months, the staffers ward off weeds and coat greenery in solutions that protect against mosquitoes, grubs, and borers without enlisting the town crier's threatening shout. While the sun warms their backs, the employees trim overflowing grass and shrubs or trees. When winter falls, staffers shift their focus to driveways, where they haul away snow before it avalanches over cars and the cinder blocks on which they're perched.