Gary Morgan’s pest-control techniques have been refined through his encounters with insects in the most unexpected of places. Called in to help a business solve its carpenter-ant problem, Morgan checked all the usual spots but found nary a bug in the building’s wood or along the exterior. He then tracked the tiny creatures back to an unopened computer box. Inside, he found a nest in the keyboard, and saw that the ants were feeding on the rubber mechanisms that gave the keys their spring action.
Morgan thrives on solving pest problems like these, the jobs that make him “everybody’s hero.” Growing up an outdoorsy kid who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching trees how to read, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. Then his brother got him an interview at an exterminator, and he “knew this is what I was supposed to do.” After gaining experience by working for companies such as Orkin, the independently minded Morgan eventually struck out on his own in 2003, buying Aapex Pest Control a year later. Today, he continues vanquishing structure-infesting intruders from cockroaches to rodents and proudly proclaims he’s smote every bed bug that’s ever challenged him to a pillow fight. In addition to servicing clients’ homes, he also posts tips to help homeowners prevent pest intrusions.
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.
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.
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.
The fully insured professionals at Garlatti Landscaping Inc. groom residential and commercial grounds year-round, tackling overgrowth by cutting and aerating lawns, applying organic fertilizer, and cleaning up leaves. Landscaping teams can also plant trees and shrubs, install water features, construct charming vistas, and erect Romanesque coliseums for hosting garden-gnome gladiator fights. Before projects, Landscape Ontario–certified designer Sasha Hunter builds digital blueprints that allow for glimpses of the finished job prior to installation. See a gallery of Garlatti landscapes here.