In the early 20th century, Tate Farms was a social hub for sharecroppers, who congregated at farmer John Patterson's general store, blacksmith shop, and gristmill. More than 200 harvests later, John Patterson's grandson, Homer Tate's descendants continue to uphold the farm’s legacy as a community gathering spot. However, instead of waiting for a new batch of horseshoes or gossiping about which neighbor might be a spy for the Kaiser, people now come to pick from 90 varieties of pumpkins on the 70-acre pumpkin patch. Leading visitors across the wider 5,000-acre fields, tour guides not only illuminate the farm’s history but teach visitors rural-agriculture info, including lessons on the role bees play in pollinating pumpkins and cotton.
Though the Tate family strives to preserve the past, they have retrofitted the farm with a brand new 14,000-square-foot covered area. Here, visitors sample fresh pumpkin pie made with the farm’s own pumpkins at the Country Café or head to the bakery for fresh pumpkin muffins and cinnamon rolls.
The meticulous lawn techs at JTL Lawncare introduce their powerful mowers to overgrown grass blades every 7–10 days to help customers spend less time with their lawns and more time with their families. When they aren't leveling verdant surfaces, the crew trims hedges, removes clippings, extracts weeds, purges gutters, and pressure washes driveways for an additional fee. They ask that clients clear their lawns of all toys, garden hoses, dogs, and outdated moats before each appointment.:m]]
Signature Landscapes founder Sharon Heinz draws on more than 10 years of landscaping experience to transform outdoor spaces, increasing the beauty and value of clients' properties. Using special imaging software, she generates before and after images of homes so that customers can see how lush greenery, flower beds, ornamental ponds, and other features will look. If desired, she and her team can also install fencing, gazebos, and additional built-in elements.
Mustard Seed Landscaping's roster of professional green thumbs pampers verdant lawns and sculpts residential foliage with an eco-friendly cache of natural alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. With a slew of services, Mustard Seed's gang of terrain therapists tackle basic lawn care (a $45/hour value) to keep lawns looking healthy and feeling svelte. Evan Williams, Mustard Seed's founder and symphonic soil maestro, conducts his mowing team to glide over lawns, snipping errant wisps, trimming troublesome weeds, and edging sidewalk and driveway borders to mediate warring cadres of land gnomes. In preparation for the fall, Evan also trims and prunes perennials, prompting a speedy spring return from their subterranean winter's hibernation. Check out Mustard Seed's online gallery, where it displays past projects and sentient riding mowers.
The technicians of The Grass is Greener Lawn Services draw from a deep knowledge of seasonal landscaping techniques to keep lawns looking their best year-round. In warm weather, they apply frequent doses of weed and crabgrass preventer, and in the cold months, they skillfully prune trees and condition soil so that roots can grow healthfully when temperatures start to rise. Organic products are used whenever possible, and Integrated Pest Management techniques keep pesticide use to a minimum.
The professional horticulturists and architects at Turf Pro South’s work directly with clients to ensure that lawns retain a lush and healthy appearance and landscapes adhere to the owner’s creative vision. The professional landscapers are adept at a long list of services, including installing sod, planting trees, and repairing sprinklers so squirrels can once again shower. The team also handles hardscaping issues, complementing a home’s greenery with attractive patio designs and outdoor lighting fixtures.