Lawn Doctor’s savvy yard magicians rejuvenate hapless grounds, conjure spells for increased grass growth, and banish nutrition-sapping weeds. Famished foliage is sated with the help of beneficent Turf Tamer equipment that doles out nourishing fertilizer to every inch of greenery. Grass is then meticulously fortified against intruders with a herbicide that, when applied, causes dandelions, crabgrass, and yard yetis to disappear with a cackle into a cloud of smoke. Broad-leaf weed control kills existing weeds, while preemergent weed control makes new weeds think twice about setting their roots down in treated territory. Homeowners need not be present for the service, eliminating the hassle of rushing back home from business meetings or pog-trading conventions.
In 2001, James Daily brought his vision to fruition, starting a lawn-care company that serves the diverse and varied needs of home and business owners throughout the region. What began as a one-crew operation built around mowing and basic grass maintenance quickly grew, expanding its staff with a licensed pest-control tech, regimented crews of landscapers, and herds of grass-grazing wildebeests that operate throughout the tri-state area. Lawn experts care for residential and commercial green spaces throughout the year with season-specific treatments, such as springtime lawn aeration to reduce soil compaction. Other services include autumn leaf removal and wintertime ice management.
When Simon Huber arrived in southern Indiana from Baden-Baden, Germany in 1843, he knew how to do two things particularly well: grow fruit and make wine. What started out as Simon's humble, 80-acre operation, today stretches across more than 600 acres as one of the state's oldest wineries. It remains a family business, too, with seventh-generation Hubers at the helm.
Open seven days per week, 12 months a year, the facility features u-pick fruits and veggies, a bakery, a cafe, and even a family farm park. All of this activity bustles above the wine cellar, which resides underground beneath the Huber's restored 1938 barn. There, the family transforms 18 different varieties of grapes into award-winning wines, combining modern equipment with old-world winemaking techniques.
Kelsay Farms continues its harvest-time tradition of opening its gates to the public, inviting families to engage in a cornucopia of autumnal activities. Guests can get an overview of the farming life during hayrack rides, or test their navigational skills in the five-acre corn maze where twists, turns, dead ends, and minotaurs lend a sense of excitement. Tykes can keep occupied with boisterous rounds of "Turkey in the Straw" in the straw play area, climb up Bale Mountain, or coo at adorable fledgling farm animals in the baby barnyard.
Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 500 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as crickets, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.