After more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained experts have lawn health down to a science. They keep Springfield-area lawns green and lush with fertilizer and environmentally sound pest control, coupled with knowledge about the local environment that only comes from living and working directly in the community. Their exclusive blend of slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and their seeding and aeration services promote even longer-lasting growth. Homeowners can even seek answers to their own lawn-care inquiries online, such as "How do I deal with crabgrass?" or "How do I respond when a tree asks for directions?"
Organic Outdoors' locally run lawn-care outfit protects yards from both insect infestations and chemical pollution with fully organic pest-control regimens. USDA-certified biobased products shield grassy patches from ticks, termites, flies, and mosquitoes, and liquid-concentrate fertilizer sends root systems deep into the ground and promotes resistance to disease. Landscapers keep lawns looking trim and tidy with regular mowing, edging, weed eating, and leaf blowing using meticulously maintained equipment and well-practiced skill.
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits the first radio wave across the English Channel. On the other side of the pond, in Missouri, Nixa Hardware & Seed Co is founded. The year is 1899. Since that auspicious beginning more than a century ago, the hardware store company has grown to "7 acres of savings," and throughout its history, its expansive wholesale collection of plants, fertilizers, soils, and tools has equipped avid gardeners and professional farmers throughout southwest Missouri. Today, nursery workers and plant experts shepherd visitors through pallets of specially concocted livestock feed and bags of carefully formulated fertilizer, while horticulturalists on Nixa's research farm develop tried-and-true plant and grass varieties proven to thrive in local climates. Though the staff is proud of its bulk garden seeds and mulch, a selection of go-karts and generators proves that the company has evolved since its 19th-century origins. The team even purveys renewable-energy biomass furnaces that can keep costs low and household operations sustainable.
Like burying yourself neck-deep in lush planting soil, visits to the bustling agricultural center can evoke a strong, heartwarming connection with the land, with friendly staff members working hand-in-hand with clients to pick out the perfect seed, beekeeping gear, newly hatched chicks, or lawn-care equipment.
The outdoor-fixture technicians at Ozark Outdoor Services accentuate unique home architecture with custom hardscapes, gardens, fountains, and landscape lighting. Specialists collaborate with the rocky, hilly, and marshmallowy features of the Ozark environment to design home-specific pathways, gardens, decks, and irrigation systems. During a consultation, technicians draft schemes specific to each home’s features, allowing highly trained installers to outfit surrounding areas with mulch beds, retaining walls, and solar-queued lighting systems that prevent neighbors from robbing the potato tree after hours.
Since 1997, this family-owned business has been constructing themed gift baskets for special occasions and portable present-giving. The movie-night basket ups the ante on at-home feature fun with boxes of movie-theater-style candy and sweet kettle corn. Prepopped buttered popcorn lends a salty, savory crunch to furtive re-viewings of home movies and stamp-collecting documentaries, and full-sized candy bars coat throats in chocolaty comfort. The happy-face candy-bouquet basket broadcasts helium-filled joy with a smiley-faced Mylar balloon accompanied by brand-name candies. Sample M&Ms and Skittles for tiny bursts of flavor, or cram a 3 Musketeers or Snickers bar past gnashing sweet teeth. Like two hot-air balloons each transporting an identical twin, the contents of baskets vary slightly from one to the next.