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The lawn-care specialists at Haney Landscape cater their expertise to the season. In spring and summer, they mow perfectly straight stripes into grass and fertilize flowerbeds. Come fall, they haul away fallen leaves, spruce up hedges, and launder scarecrow clothing. As winter sets in, the crew takes to the streets with plow trucks, removing snow swiftly and efficiently from driveways and curbs. In addition to these seasonal specialties, Haney’s able-bodied team handles such tasks as irrigation and tree removal across landscapes of any sizes.

3080 Fruit Ridge Ave NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Since 1908, the Huizenga family has tended to the same parcel of land that is now Huizenga Brothers Greenhouses and Garden Center. There, fifth-generation family members work alongside the staff in the greenhouses, where annuals or perennials for planting in pots or flower beds are doted upon.

3055 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

"As a culture, we’ve gotten away from digging our fingers into the dirt," says Craig Koetsier. At Koetsier’s Greenhouse, co-owner Craig is trying to change that and remind people—particularly the next generation—how to work with the earth. "We’re kid-oriented," Craig says, describing his center's plethora of youth-friendly diversions such as crafts and train rides; their smorgasbord of children’s spring activities was even featured on FOX17.

When he was a child, Craig ferried flats of petunias and impatiens around the family greenhouse. Today, he and his brother are third-generation owners of the business, and their sister works with them at the 100,000-square foot greenhouse where visitors spy hanging plants, annuals, container gardens, and flowering shrubs, asking them where they see themselves in five years to asses if they're a good fit. Although the Koetsiers still coax blooms from traditional favorites such as geraniums, their greenhouse has thrived over the past century by keeping up with contemporary gardening trends and transforming its stock in coordination each season. In the autumn, families arrive to play amid mazes and inflatables and assess the structural integrity of pumpkins before outfitting them with wheels and hitching them to horses. When winter blows in, guests browse the center's pine boughs and live evergreens to decide which to take home and string with decorations.

1601 Spaulding Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Celebrating more than 59 years in business, Katerberg VerHage, Inc.’s greatest strength is the experience and expertise of its staff. Current owner Tom VerHage has helmed the company for 49 years, leading an impressive team of horticulturists and technicians as they blend form and function to design, construct, and maintain award-winning landscapes. Registered landscape architects work closely with home and business owners to plan gardens that can accommodate any lifestyle or gnome zoning ordinance, and lawn-care specialists create a lush, green foundation for all projects. Dedicated garden experts help customers select and care for plants and other yard essentials, keeping options as affordable as possible by pulling options from the company's own tree farm and distributor. The company also offers mowing, mulching, fertilization, and pruning services and can put down pesticides to help keep yards free of irritants such as moles, insects, and door-to-door pesticide salesmen.

3717 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Advantage Irrigation handles sprinkler-system installation and repair needs of both commercial and residential lawns. Ensuring that lawns and gardens get the moisture they need to thrive, the technicians install complicated sprinkler systems that connect in a network of lawn-quenching pipes. Beyond installation to provide optimal warm-weather systems, the team heads to homes and businesses in order to prevent sprinkler pipes from freezing, cracking, or slipping into hibernation as winter arrives. The crew accepts appointments Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5047 Wabash Ct
Grand Rapids,
Michigan
US

For more than four decades, founder Hank DeVries and his team of dedicated professionals have manicured local yards, backing all their services with a satisfaction guarantee. Technicians beautify grass not only by mowing and watering but also by methodically eradicating crabgrass and other weeds with phosphorous-free products. Aeration services let air circulate through soil, and hydroseeding stocks soil with a seed blend resistant to common diseases, such as the nausea that often turns grass even greener. Pruning jobs keep trees and shrubs looking presentable, and pest-prevention treatments liberate lawns from white grubs for up to seven months. Crews stay useful when trees are leafless by shoveling snow during the winter months and decorating rooftops in Christmas lights or glowing Thanksgiving dioramas.

6439 Center Industrial Dr
Jenison,
MI
US