With more than 500 locations in 40 states, the Lawn Doctor franchise vaunts core care programs that cover everything from shrub care and pest control to natural, synthetic, and organic lawn fertilization. A free evaluation of residential and commercial plots uncovers the distinct characteristics of the area, such as soil type, weather patterns, and annual rate of pink-flamingo theft. After technicians spread seeds with patented Turf Tamer equipment, home or business owners can solicit color-free treatments to coax away weeds or special pesticides to stave off fire ants, millipedes, and Hollywood movie producers scouting locations for another FernGully installment.
Ulysses and Florence Cleveland opened their first flower shop in Toulminville, selling arrangements and seeds to locals in 1948. Five decades and three generations later, the flower shop may have moved but its dedication to fresh florals and greenery remains strong. Cleveland Florist showcases a variety of imported flowers, arranged into colorful bouquets to celebrate weddings, birthdays, and births. Clients can have a pitcher of yellow roses delivered to a sweetheart or send a spray of pink buds to express sympathy for a lost loved one. The shop makes every effort to bring these flowers into people's everyday lives from creating displays at the local library to hosting a segment on how to create a holiday centerpiece on the Rachel Ray show.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below (twin mattresses start at $414, box springs start at $135). Couture catnappers can snag a Vera Wang mattress for a fashionable 40 winks, with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with careful attention to detail and style (mattresses start at $689, box springs start at $160). Customers can catch Z’s on a luxurious iComfort mattress, a dream-deliverer constructed of memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. Because the shop is offering a special on select twin mattresses ($79–$99 each), this Groupon can assist mattress misers in hoarding up to four beds-to-be or cushiony improvised sleds. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
By the Numbers
1974: The year a band of horticulturists founded Mobile Botanical Gardens to preserve the local environment
100: The number of acres filled with cultivated gardens, woodland trails, and longleaf pines
12: The oldest age a visitor can enter the gardens for free without parachuting in past the gate
The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
The forest blooms with more than 165 species of plants, including longleaf pines, southern magnolias, and native wildflowers.
The Founders? Fragrance and Texture Garden
Benches, a Japanese footbridge, and a small koi pond distinguish this garden, which was designed for the visually impaired.
The Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden
Nineteenth-Century architectural artifacts line the brick paths. Hummingbirds and butterflies often buzz about the shrubs and annuals.