A full-service lawn-and-landscape-maintenance company, Truckee Meadows keeps yards verdant with the help of plant experts, years of green-thumb training, and materials from local businesses. Staff members work closely with clients to actualize their wildest landscaping fantasies, consulting with horticulturalists and well-crafted machinery to construct scale models of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or topiaries shaped like the Lighthouse at Alexandria ($42/hour labor rate for planting and cleanup). Yard technicians shave the beards off of once-hibernating lawns, trimming grass with a package that includes mowing, edging, and blowing of sidewalks and driveways ($20 for 1,500 sq. ft.), and professional rakes de-thatch scruffy backyards ($100 for up to 2,000 sq. ft., $10 for every 500 sq. ft. thereafter), freeing grass from the suffocating press of natural debris. Each landscaping job is tailored to the unique needs of the site, with technicians accounting for eccentricities ranging from uneven surfaces to the appearance of teleporting pine trees.
Serving residential, commercial, and seasonal grass-patches since 1992, T & T Lawns Plus's terrace tamers gussy up senescent plots with an impressive armory of weed-whacking weaponry. Like an austere army of brush-toting matriarchs, T & T whips shaggy-mopped lawns into fine-trimmed noblemen with a manicure that includes bush and shrub trimming, lawn bed maintenance, weeding, and more. A thorough dethatching bids thick patches of brown, breathless blades adieu, allowing more water, fertilizer, and air to reach sprightly soil and resolute roots. A pressure washing, tree pruning, and leaf removal rounds out the service, resulting in healthy lawns perfect for touch football, games of catch, and gnome tossing.
Bushnells Landscape Industries boasts a vast array of décor for outdoor spaces and gardening tools, as well as flowers and plants, 90% of which are grown on-site. Shoppers can browse the nursery garden and green thumb through locally grown annuals ($3.98 each; three for $10.50) to add a splash of color to black-and-white front yards that were built in the 1950s. As 5-gallon hybrid roses ($27.98 each), 7-inch tapered candles ($4.50 each), or Cretan hand-thrown pottery ($75+) await to brighten porches, patios, and yards, thick-leaved succulents and spiny cacti ($4.98–$25.98) dissuade undiscerning vegetarians from devouring entire gardens.
For many businesses, running out of dough would be a bad sign. For The Place, it's an indicator of their popularity and their insistence on quality—they stop making pizzas for the day once all of the fresh dough is gone. Until then, pies arrive dappled with Italian sausage and sweet caramelized onions, or grilled squash and roasted red peppers. You can also order many pizzas neatly packaged as a calzone.
As for the rest of the menu, it evokes Italy with handmade meatballs, lunchtime paninis, and classic meat dishes such as chicken marsala with seasonal mushrooms. Pastas range from linguine with clams in a white wine and lemon sauce to penne with pesto. To kick the feasting up to the ears, Friday and Saturday evenings see Michael Antuzzi weaving Italian and American musical influences into the atmosphere. The musician sets a romantic tone with the help of a little jazz piano and a dulcet dose of accordion.
The greenery experts at Scotts LawnService respect each yard's eccentricities. By conducting an analysis that lists every lawn's strengths and weaknesses—from its turf density to the soil type—they can better customize their treatments to enhance a home's or business's outdoor landscape. The team uses professional Scotts products to fertilize the lawn and expel unwelcome weeds, spreading no more than necessary in order to help preserve the beauty of nature more tactfully than vacuum-sealing every tree. All technicians carry certification from the Scotts LawnService Training Institute. They brandish their expertise to perform specialty services such as aeration, winterization, and weed control.