The yard specialists at GrassPlus & Associates aerate earth-hair without the use of chemicals by way of a core plug aerator that opens up the thatch for breathing, seeding, and hiding family heirlooms. In the warm summer months, pasture primpers use a high-phosphorus, high-potash fertilizer by Lesco to nourish the soil from which picnic-friendly blades spring. When the temperature cools off, a high-nitrogen fertilizer is used instead. Those who opt for the overseeding service following aeration and fertilization see their turf bolstered by rye grass in the warm seasons and a rye-fescue mix in the cooler months.
JT's Landscaping & Lawn Care founder Jimmy Tompkins cut his first lawn as a professional landscaper in 1997, when he was still in high school. With a truck loaned to him by his parents, he went door-to-door in the Raleigh area and offered his lawn-manicuring services. Soon, his clients asked him to handle more complicated work, and a few years later, his one-man operation birthed a landscaping business composed of experienced team members.
Today, he and his staff install and maintain all manners of outdoor decoration, from designing and constructing patios to mowing lawns and putting up holiday lights. Their expertise also extends to the insect world, where their integrated pest-management systems stem off invasions from unwanted guests while reserving pesticides and small-scale explosives as a last resort.
For more than three decades, Beaver Tree & Lawn Service’s fertilizer programs, pest control, and landscaping services have defended verdant turf and topiary against feeble growth and invasive critters. Keep backyard grasslands thriving and lawn-mower ownership justified with a fertilization procedure ($50) that employs one of eight seasonally targeted lawn applications or spray down a front yard’s foundation trees with insecticide ($55) to ward off shrub-bungling bugs through summertime. A perimeter pest control ($50) staves off sieges from ants, crickets, and miniaturized Achaeans, and a grub-control ($100) or flea-and-tick ($100) yard treatment targets specific species of creepy-crawly.
Campbell Springs Farm’s expansive facilities were designed to help humans and horses collaborate in jumping, hunting, and the Olympic sport of eventing. Half-hour lessons, taught by an experienced and safety-conscious staff, emphasize the english saddle and its requirement for harmony between wearer and sitter. Beginners will walk and trot a horse around a ring, and intermediates can master the canter and get a go at jumping cross rails. Riders with experience and horse sense can gallop across the farm’s scenic course, cultivate skills such as dressage and jumping for advanced competitions, or practice the tricky transition from horse-led carriage to horse-led pumpkin. Students are welcome to bring their budding Seabiscuit for a joint learning experience, or ride a trusty steed from the farm’s ample stable.
The grass gurus at Spring-Green Lawn Care help usher sprouts into emerald adulthood. Lawns pestered by bugs will find spray-on solace thanks to the three-step insecticide program. Not only will turf taste a sweet summer mist that evicts ants, spiders, fleas, ticks, and Tinkerbells, but a springtime grub-control application will work to reduce their underground colonies as well. The five-step fertilizer and weed-killing program aims to arm lawns against spring and summer weeds through a quintet of sprays and fertilizer spreadings. First, a late-spring or early-summer spritz shields lawns from unsightly crabgrass outbreaks before a sequence of lime and fertilizer treatments strengthens strands and fosters root development. Spring-Green's terrain masters will also help homeowners decide how to best prepare yards for colder months, prescribing fall seedings or hot-chocolate sprinkler systems.