The nursery gurus at Bloomer's Home & Garden Center help fledgling green thumbs and experts alike design and cultivate flourishing gardens and lush landscapes. Browse display gardens to gather inspiration for backyard greenhouses, or pick out perennials ($4.99+) and azaleas ($8.99+) to enliven a flower bed with a flash mob of fragrances and colors. Learn about building a pond or water feature before adopting pond fish ($4.99+), or re-create the famed Hanging Gardens of Trenton with flowering hanging baskets ($17.99).
Brents Tree Service’s experienced crews of insured arborists tend to Austin-area arboreal life with pruning, branch clearing, and other tree-care services. A free in-person consultation precedes each job, the cost of which can vary based on the difficulty of the job, the size of the tree, and the number of rings the tree wears. Four-person teams tote chippers, chipper trucks, and other essential equipment to clear branches after storms, prune unhealthy limbs from trees, and remove troubled trees altogether. Tree owners can fortify their leafy charges with eco-friendly organic fertilizer that feeds roots directly, or take advantage of cabling and bracing services that support branch and trunk structure. After each job, crews clean up debris and haul it away to prevent ghost branches from hurling themselves back and forth across yards in an effort to torture the dog.
The team at Texas Lawn Services will sweep away the dead leaves, twigs, and brambles that are hiding your ribald azaleas from cute horticulturalists. They'll lop off the tree branches that snatch small children ($80–$300), chase the bison from your shoulder-high hedges, and tame any feral lawn that's started snacking on neighborhood cats (mowing averages $40). They'll also inspect your sprinkler system ($70), install your favorite plants, mulch the heck out of everything not rooted down, and test your slip-n-slide before its annual summertime unveiling.
An organic nursery captained by a mother-son duo, PlantEscape Gardens blooms with a verdant array of plants, gardening supplies, and seeds. Potting patrons can discover a selection of rare cacti and succulents ($2.25 for a 2" succulent, $10.99 for a 6" succulent), as well as citrus trees burgeoning with fruits ($79.99) and money trees sprouting future hotel tycoons. Customers can nourish their botanical babes with organic potting soil ($5.99–$11.99), organic fertilizers ($8.99–$18.99), and compost tea made in house ($3.99/gal.). Air plants, organic vegetable plants, and native species adorn the nursery with verdurous leaves, and packets of flower, herb, and vegetable seeds wait patiently for a green-thumbed life giver.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Fruit, when disguised as flowers, are still fruit. Today's Groupon gets you $60 worth of delicious fresh fruit masquerading as flowers for $35 at Edible Arrangements (pick-up or delivery). The fruit bouquets, which are preservative-free, come in more than 50 dashing displays and can include chocolate-dipped strawberries, apple wedges, bananas, and more. They're cut at the peak of freshness and ripeness, so the fruit is totally ready to eat when delivered to your Halloween party, Halloween office meeting, or fruit-loving loved one's forlorn, fruit-less front stoop decorated for Halloween (if no one is home, Edible Arrangements will leave a notification slip or leave the arrangement with a trustworthy neighbor). The Charade: Pretending to be happy that your girlfriend, Caroline, is breaking up with you. How to Fake It: Say it’s for the best and explain that your tears are the result of a particularly sad episode of Knight Rider.