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.
The fully insured professionals at Garlatti Landscaping Inc. groom residential 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.
The experienced bloomsmiths at Delux Floral Boutique bundle fresh and charming posies into vivid, artful bouquets. One dozen long-stemmed red roses, adorned with ribbon, swaddle themselves in paper or a box to ensure safe delivery of cargo as precious as a dozen Fabergé smurfs. Two dozen long-stemmed roses peek out of a complimentary vase in the Cupid's Arrow arrangement and make a perfect Sweetest Day gift, along with a flourish of seasonal blossoms, such as hydrangeas, celosia, or mums. Delivery is extra, starting at $10, depending on area.