The landscaping pros at each local Weed Man outfit offer services that range from environmentally conscious fertilizing and weed control to aeration and pest management. Technicians create safe, healthy lawns and gardens that increase the home's curb appeal and invite regular enjoyment, whether by the family enjoying an outdoor barbecue or friends interrogating the lawn to find out where it hid the neighbor's shrunken kids. Before prescribing any treatment, however, the team inspects the grounds to tailor a unique lawn care program, which might include regular seeding, a proprietary 65% slow-release granular fertilizer, or preventive treatment of weeds and outdoor pests.
Owner and general manager of Baltic Security Systems, LLC, John Bielkus personally supervises every security job his company handles, from estimate to installation. John and his team of technicians help safeguard domiciles and businesses with security systems, burglar alarms, fire alarms, and access-control systems. The tech-savvy security packages ward off all manner of intruders with such features as motion detectors, flood-detection systems, and sirens that sound loudly at approaching malevolent or friendly ghosts. Homeowners can keep an eye on their property 24/7 via high-definition and ultra-high-resolution camera surveillance systems equipped with Internet and smartphone integration.
The furniture business has changed quite a bit in the more than three decades since Ken Silva founded Plymouth Furniture. Particleboard has replaced hardwood, and machines have, in some cases, taken over the duties of skilled craftspeople. Despite this, Silva and his son—vice president and director Randy Silva—have created and maintained a five-story gallery full of American-made furniture crafted from North American wood, often by the children and grandchildren of the men and women they represented 30 years ago. The store is a bastion of tradition, where staffers—usually family members—greet returning customers by name. While Ken recognizes the importance of showcasing their furniture online, he would rather you come by and sit on one of their sofas to experience firsthand the subtle smoothness of the leather, the comforting heft of the kiln-dried frame, and the durability of the eight-way hand-tied springs.
In keeping with the company's focus on quality, Randy shared his expertise with Shaunna Gately of the The Patriot Ledger, suggesting that buyers look for a hardwood frame, polyurethane-foam cushions with a high density rating, and a flow-matched pattern that continues fluidly over contours and panels. The family team also offers an in-home design service, putting together the ideal dining room or finding a lamp to match the blue-green face of a food-poisoned family member.