As children, many kids spend their days mowing lawns to supplement their allowances. Brothers Ben and Brian Marsh carried their grass-tending ways over to adulthood, and they now spend their days professionally beautifying lawns with full-service landscaping and maintenance services. All year long, customers can call on the duo for anything from routine mowing and edging to lawn aeration and fertilization. In preparation for spring, they take up special projects of hiding garden gnomes from nearsighted owls. The Marsh brothers can work up customizable contracts to help their clients' lawns look lush all year long.
A.B. Seed is a nursery and garden center that contains enough brightly colored and glazed garden pottery to stock a horticulturally inclined dragon's hoard. The selection includes small spherical candleholders with moon and star cutouts for extra shine and large planters with textural ridges and nubs. If opting for other gardening and landscaping supplies, customers can consult A.B. Seed's team of plant professionals on what types of greenery, fertilizer, spade, or seeds would best suit their patch of land or indoor jungle habitat. Holiday gift-seekers can also scour the themed rooms of the indoor shopping area for hummingbird feeders and picture frames, or stock up on Belgard cobblestone pavers to prepare for that patio-improvement project they've put off until spring.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Since 1930, Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping has greenafied lawns with vibrant shrubs, trees, and flowering plants grown by Toms' experienced cultivators. Prepare outdoor areas for a spring awakening with Double Knockout roses ($25/2 gallons) or a lush monkey-grass plant ($5/gallon), a flowering perennial that fills out gardens and looks adorable in a small fez. For vertical beautification, a Carolina Beauty crape myrtle ($15/3 gallons, $25/5 gallons) enlivens yards or oversized cocktails with its characteristic purple flowers. The direct-sales nursery also carries 50 acres of container plants and 200 acres of B&B trees and shrubs.
For more than 40 years, homeowners have entrusted their yards to the experts at Weed Man. Perhaps it’s because the employees do more than just perform lawn-care services—they cultivate close working relationships with their clients. This means they are available by telephone or smoke signal any time of the day, promptly respond to faxes or emails within 48 hours, and explain the technical side of lawn care to their clients. Of course, what keeps customers coming back is the attention the staff members lavish on grass during services, which range from eradicating weeds with EPA-approved products to aerating lawns to ousting destructive insects.
Oak Ridge ornaments needy lawnscapes with a bevy of dirt-dwelling trees, shrubs, flowers, nourishing soils, and garden accessories. Practiced tree huggers and lifelong brown thumbs alike will benefit from the staff’s 30 collective years of industry experience. Visitors can discuss fertilization techniques for new perennials, swap strategies for handling pesky infestations, or exchange favorite bedtime stories to read to hydrangeas. Nourish land with Daddy Pete's bagged organic products, such as mushroom soil, planting mix, and soil conditioner ($5.99–$6.99). Repeat blooms from Grandma’s yellow roses can make new spaces feel more like home ($29.99 for three gallons), while the Mardi Gras abelia inspires masked revelry with every sprouting ($27.99 for three gallons). The shop also helps reign in garden jungles with supplies and a range of path-paving gravel and stonework.