Dan and Dana, the D's of D & D Professional Mowing, have been buzzing local soil coifs since 2004. Thanks to the business' lawn-owner-friendly practices, multi-day jobs keep a consistent crew, so clients have time to get to know them, and they have time to learn the route through the hedge maze. Prices depend entirely on the size of the job, but the average lawn runs around $30–$50, including edging and leaf-blowing the sidewalk and driveway. The flora-fashioners will happily give a free price estimate for other services, such as mulching ($80–$400 on average), garden-tilling ($50–$100 on average), or tree-debris removal ($50–$200 on average).
Chartreuse ribbons encircle a bouquet of pink roses and other delicate, unifying accents elevate My Secret Garden’s collection of blooms to gift-worthy realms. They also helped earn the shop its status as Inside Columbia’s Best Place to Buy Flowers in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Florists happily work with patrons to construct custom arrangements with the shop's 40–60 varieties of fresh flowers that may include exotic blooms from Hawaii or locally grown wildflowers. Additionally, they can enhance bouquets with add-ons such as chocolates and balloons. They also deliver their floral masterpieces to homes, businesses, or beehives in Columbia.
With green thumbs and a passion for creating a more sustainable environment, the certified arborists at Cevet Tree Service specialize in tree-related services such as trimming, stump removal, and disease diagnosis. When the team pares down a tree growing too close to power lines or giving mischievous cats a free ride to the roof, it adheres to the pruning guidelines set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture. The outfit also performs duties outside the arboreal arena, such as lawn maintenance and snow removal.
For more than 120 years, Busch’s Florist has dispatched flowers across the country. The family-owned company recruits its own drivers for local deliveries, and entrusts all other orders to upstanding industry partners. Regardless of destination, each order contains the freshest flowers. Florists arrange blossoms for traditional occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, but also maintain a holiday calendar that denotes other possible motivations, such as sister's day or third Tuesday of the month.
Amax Maintenance beautifies homes inside and out. The team can target home exteriors, mowing lawns, laying mulch, and landscaping. Or they can perform full interior makeovers, removing trash, and executing a series of general repairs to get apartments ready for new renters. And just because something's invisible doesn't mean Amax's team can't handle it. Its workers can remove odors and evict bacteria from the air with quick, efficient ozone-generator treatments.
In 1910, fourth-generation German immigrant Alvin O. Eckert set up a small produce stand on a roadside in Belleville, Illinois. More than 100 years later, that roadside stand has flourished into the expansive Belleville plot of Eckert's Farm: a pastoral acreage where orchards surround a country-style restaurant, bakery, and handmade-custard shop. The Eckert family's sixth and seventh generations ensure this farm remains a true family affair. Sixth-generation member Jim Eckert is the chief horticulturist, and his cousin-once-removed, Chris, oversees retail operations and the sale of the farm's homegrown produce and spare scarecrow parts. Chris's sister Jill helms the food program, and his wife Angie oversees the Country Store and colorful Garden Center.
Throughout the year, visitors arrive on the Belleville farm's grounds for a range of seasonal activities, including peach-, apple-, and pumpkin-picking. During the summer, a concert series features live outdoor music on Friday and Saturday nights, and in the fall, staff lead bonfires and evening hayrides through the orchards. Inside the farm building, instructors teach cooking classes for adults and children, as well as a wine-pairing class.
Family-friendly activities also abound at the Eckert family's other two farms. The Grafton farm, where public apple-picking began in 1964, offers daily animal feeding and miniature golf. The seasonal Millstadt farm is home to a workshop, haunted hayrides, and an array of warm-weather children's attractions—including a 70-foot underground slide.