Certified by Tree Care Industry Association and winner of the association’s 2011 award for Outstanding Consumer Communication, Branch Tree Service, Inc. earns arboreal attention for its professional tree-care services and relationships with tree owners. Since 1983, the tree team has taken on a wide array of projects to ensure the health and vitality of residential and commercial landscape. The outfit’s landscape-beautification service keeps greenery aesthetically pleasing, and the pruning and tree-surgery service wards off overgrowth and makes daily strides toward helping trees walk again. In addition to keeping landscapes lush and leafy, the outfit can restore a down-on-its-luck yard to former attractiveness through its property-restoration services, which include pest management, growth stabilizers, and trunk injections.
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.
Since 1950, the staff at Meldrum Brothers Nursery has stocked landscaping and design materials for both homeowners and contractors. Their bulk stones, mulch, trees, and plants beautify lawns for a more natural look than a yard of bedazzled astroturf. A sampling of their selection—which includes flowers, gifts, Christmas trees, and holiday décor—can be seen in their online photo gallery.
At Flower Barn Nursery, a knowledgeable staff of garden experts awaits to help avid green thumbs liven up lackluster landscapes with an assortment of aesthetically pleasing botanicals. Fill in temporary gaps in the garden with vibrant annual flats or invite verdant visitors to return year after year with 1-gallon perennials ($5.99). A large selection of vegetables (starting at $.99, varying by season) makes it easy to jumpstart your seasonal resolution to eat more 4-inch foods, and 4-foot towering arborvitaes ($19.99) make jumpstarting your resolution to see less of the neighbors even easier. The friendly fern fanatics can also help assist gardeners by answering planting questions, deciphering flower species, or choosing complementing lawn ornaments.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.
In 1966, after emigrating from Italy in the hope of starting a humble statuary business, Andrew and Nina Biondo saw their dream realized as the doors of Décor Statuette, Inc. opened to the public. Three generations and more than 40 years later, that business has expanded to carry not only statuary, but a range of other concrete creations manufactured onsite, as well as Ashley furniture, European-influenced art, and incredibly self-involved bathroom vanities. Decorative and functional pieces for both indoor and outdoor home embellishment include a huge selection of fountains and birdbaths, artful statues, and sofas and tables.