The experts at Sooke Power Supplies gather a cache of toolbox artillery from leading manufacturers such as Stihl, Honda, and Husqvarna. Helpful hand tools include solid steel hatchets ($29.95+) and 16-inch aluminum pruning shears ($59.95+), which allow yard barbers to accurately trim bushes and shape the muttonchops on trees. Higher-powered garden shearing accelerates with lightweight electric hedge trimmers boasting an 18-inch blade ($159.95+), and homeowners can gust away loitering leaf piles with 120-volt electric blowers ($179.95+). Chainsaws ($229.95+) potently clear brush and aid in crafting ice-sculpture self-portraits. The knowledgeable retailers also deal safety boots ($99.95+), heavy-duty wet vacuums ($199.95+), and generators ($499.99+), and perform equipment service and maintenance ($50+)
Since designing a garden for his first client upward of 10 years ago, Glen Voll has kept yards and home exteriors beautiful through landscaping and brickwork. Under Glen’s supervision, Acorn & Branch Landscaping’s talented staff—many of whom have horticultural certifications and years of experience—revamp green spaces using top-of-the-line equipment. Landscape renovation services range from garden makeovers to installation of irrigation systems. After lawns have been remade, meticulous landscape maintenance services such as fertilizing programs and tree pruning keep gardens, yards, and driveways presentable throughout the year.
To ISA-trained arborist Scott Mitchell, owner of Scotty Tree & Arborist, tree work isn’t just his job—it’s his calling. He draws on his 21 years of experience with the Ministry of Forests, where he was a hazardous-tree-removal instructor. Scott also keeps informed by attending arborist conferences and even gives lectures on tree and garden care to the community. At each home, Mitchell and his crew offer a variety of tree services, including trimming, removal, stump grinding, and diagnosing and treating tree issues, such as infestations or coughing.
A pesticide-free and carbon-neutral company, Lush Eco Lawns avoids harsh chemicals in lawn-grooming services. The crew includes a certified arborist and gardener. In addition to offering basic services, such as weekly mowing, core aeration, and hedge trimming, crew members also design rolling landscapes. The Lush Alive program feeds grass plots with a unique fertilizer, which brims with microorganisms and nutrients that work with nature rather than replacing grass blades with painted steel slivers. When the Lush Eco Lawns staffers aren't nurturing botanicals, they attend workshops and trade shows, where they proudly display their verdant thumbs.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.