A home's yard is under constant assault, facing threats such as weeds, insects, and dehydration. Living Water Lawn & Tree Care's licensed technicians address these issues to keep grass, trees, and shrubs looking their best. They administer one-time and recurring services, such as fertilizer application and aeration. In addition to maintaining curb appeal, they also fight back against pests, such as spiders.
Jodee Fyfe opened Westwood Gardens Nursery and Garden Art in the spring of 2001, and every spring since then, it has blossomed with a vibrant selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and outdoor decor. Jodee’s loyal green-thumbed staff help customers design gardens and navigate the never-ending rows of plants, steering them towards the best perennials for sun or shade, and pointing out the subtle differences between organic vegetables and those carved from hard salami. Predesigned and custom-made planters overflow with flowers, herbs, and leafy greens in the facility’s gravel yards and airy greenhouses, while staff can also make gardening house calls to jump-start fledgling flower beds.
What once began as a gerontology master’s project soon became a time-saving solution for homeowners across the country. In 2000, Spectrum founder and physical therapist Jenny Nelson became alarmed by the number of senior citizens she met with injuries caused by doing work around their homes. While pursuing her degree in gerontology, she made it her master’s project to found a care company that assisted seniors living on their own with tasks that weren’t simply health related. Soon thereafter, Spectrum Home Services was born and became Nelson’s life’s work.
By 2008, when Hal and Jeanette Fairless opened the Pacific Northwest franchise, Spectrum had grown to serve everyone, regardless of age or presence of free cake in the home. Spectrum’s original focus is still seen in its handyman services, through which techs specialize in building wheelchair ramps, installing grab bars and lifts, and performing ADA bathroom modifications. Cleaning crews come out weekly, biweekly, monthly, or as needed to tidy up living spaces, and organization specialists help remove clutter from busy lives. For local moves or seniors transferring to an alternative living facility, Spectrum’s relocation team will plan the project from start to finish.
Each member of the landscaping squad at Alliance Grounds Management Inc possesses more than two decades of experience in performing services such as lawn mowing, fertilization, aeration, and pest control. Homeowners can sign their yards up for weekly lawn-mowing visits, each of which includes string-line trimming of all concrete edges and flower beds, or a five-application weed-and-feed program that helps reveal healthy and verdant grass blades. Staff members can also provide pest control, fall-leaf cleanup, and when foul weather wreaks havoc, they can deftly remove piled-up snow to reveal the network of penguin tunnels buried beneath.
With six aquatic centers scattered across town, Spokane Parks and Recreation champions summertime fun with well-equipped hydro-havens. With an adult (18 years old or older) or youth (3–17 years old) pass, swimmers can take advantage of unlimited recreational pool access. Most of the aquatic centers boast zero-depth entry for toddlers to safely wet their feet, as well as waterslides, separate lap pools, and the entire cast from Law and Order: Pacific Ocean Unit as lifeguards. Accompanying the maritime merriment, each facility also includes a large deck for lounging outside of the pool as well as adjacent parks and shaded areas for hiding from falling sunbeams.
Within the humid confines of Upriver Greenhouse Florist and Nursery’s 13 covered greenhouses, canopies of hanging baskets soak up the sun's rays and glossy fern fronds sprawl out across the floor. Since 1928, the Knorr family has owned this lush, tropical oasis, where their pet birds, including a macaw and cockatoo, frequently soar above the plants and squawk tips for winterizing guests’ flower beds. To ensure that budding green thumbs don’t get overwhelmed, the knowledgeable staff eagerly helps customers sift through thousands of plants to discover ideal greenery for their gardens.
Oftentimes, hobbies are neglected when more serious work comes calling—like a career in clinical psychology. But for Alan Tower, it was the contrary, as he quit his practice to dedicate himself to a lifelong hobby that germinated as a mail-order nursery. Eight years later, he established Tower Perennial Gardens, and went on to serve as chair for the American Hosta Society convention and founder of the Spokane Hosta Society.
Today, Tower Perennial Gardens is home to thousands of varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, which spread across 8 scenic acres and originate from every continent except Antarctica—by decree of Santa Claus. Myriad display gardens showcase cacti, shade plants, and flowering trees to provide inspiration for green-thumbed visitors. But for non-DIY customers, Tower’s team of professionals enthusiastically offers its services to forge a lush landscape from scratch or restore a rundown garden to its former glory.