The Green Guardian nourishes landscapes with an approach that shuns harsh chemicals in favor of effective, all-natural fertilizers, herbicides, and pest-control solutions made from edible ingredients. A proprietary line of products includes vegan herbicides that fertilize lawns as they kill broadleaf and certain grassy weeds, and granular fertilizers that nourish turf with feed-grade corn, soil conditioners, and naturally-occurring microbial stimulants. Pest-control products use odorless garlic to repel mosquitoes, billbugs, grubs, geese, and displaced vampire squid, all without leaving behind an unpleasant smell.
In addition to lawn-care packages and à la carte treatments, The Green Guardian is also registered with DuPont to remove and replace trees killed by the chemical herbicide Imprelis.
Chris Beutz founded Green Horizons in 1988 to combine professional landscaping techniques with a growing knowledge of natural ecological cycles that restore spring vibrancy to yards shocked by winter months. In spring and fall, Beutz and his team clear away seasonal debris, lower the ears of lawns, and trim any remaining patches of scruff. Summer services, such as weekly shrubbery trimming and lemonade sprinkling, keep lawns looking good enough for a garden party. Services save homeowners valuable weekend time to attend their children's sporting events or the NBA Spelling Bee.
Long rumored to be the home of eerie happenings, a lonely stretch along Highway 61 has begun to attract even more sinister attention with the arrival of The Haunting Experience on Highway 61. Drawing from the site’s fabled past—including tales of cannibalism and mysterious disappearances—three haunted houses illicit goose bumps by way of deranged clowns, men with chainsaws, and ghosts plagued by unfinished business and half-completed doctoral theses. While waiting to enter the spooky abodes, guests can fortify their spirits by a bonfire and munch on snacks from the Ghoulish Grill and frosty mugs at the beer tent. Aside from these terrifying attractions, guests seeking a tamer experience can venture through a corn maze during the daytime, solving clues hidden within its paths to win prizes.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The ISA–certified arborists at Hayden's Ridge Tree Service specialize in one thing: trees. Since 1986, they have beautified landscapes with a range of installation, maintenance, and removal services. Insured technicians adhere to strict safety standards as they prune trees and shrubs, support struggling trunks with cabling and bracing, or plant burlap-wrapped saplings. Lot-clearing, brush-chipping, and stump-grinding services rid landscapes of tree relics, and tree-removal services accompany community-impact meetings with local Ents. After completing services, technicians clear away any remaining debris, leaving yards spotless.
The dedicated staff at Twin City Flowers meticulously arranges fresh flowers with an eye for detail, delivering vase creations and other gifts to local patrons, with same- or next-day delivery available for most orders. Like the acceptability of wearing white, flower offerings change with the seasons; recent bouquets include the autumnal Shocktail Martini Bouquet, which nestles roses and lilies in vivid fall hues inside an acrylic martini glass, playfully enhanced with straws and decorative spiders ($39.99+). A playful dash of color livens up cubicles in the form of a live African violet, cozily rooted in a 4.5-inch cube vase ($24.99), and a rose- and daisy-strewn Bucket of Birthday congratulates the receiver for their continued existence ($39.99+). Bedeck a Thanksgiving table with the Bountiful Cornucopia, in which an iconic basket is filled with fresh fruit and hand-tested by pilgrim impersonators prior to sale ($49.99+). Groupon holders looking to make larger purchases should call to confirm flora feasibility.