Jaques Lawn Care keeps home landscapes neat and manicured all year long, maintaining yards in every season since 2000. Through spring and summer, its crews canvas lawns with mowers and fertilizer, decimating weeds and aerating grassy soil. As the weather grows cooler, staffers round up piles of leaves and truant scarecrows then return in the winter to remove snow and ice from walkways and driveways.
The fauna enthusiasts at SunGreen Lawncare and Landscaping turn flat, lackluster lawns into scenic vistas with fetching botanical designs. Then they maintain the masterpieces by mowing, fertilizing, overseeding, and aerating landscapes. To keep yards hydrated during sweltering summer months, they install irrigation systems and help spirit water to the root systems with aeration services. They also eradicate invasive plants by trimming tree branches, extracting trunks, and plucking weeds. As soon as snow covers lawns and flower beds, they trade in their mowers for shovels and plows to keep walkways free of ice and loitering snowmen.
Born of a marriage between Wright Tree Care and Heard Gardens, Wright Outdoor Solutions corners yards with a wide range of outdoor services and industry expertise stockpiled since 1928. Boasting a cornucopia of professional affiliations, including certification by the Iowa Society of Landscape Architects and the International Society of Arboriculture, the team handles a range of greenery groundwork. Landscape design starts via tree care, which can include pruning, controlling disease and infestation, or cleaning up after a treehousewarming party. The company's garden center lets green thumbs choose from many flower, shrub, and decorative options, and proffers expert advice to help bring envisioned environs to fruition.
Iowa Outdoor Products harbors a staff of experienced landscape designers and nursery staff to guide yard sculptors through various aesthetic accessories that can beautify their outdoor space. Customers can opt for a free design consultation for their yard, whether they’re hoping to fill an empty pot with a rainbow of perennials ($3.95+), or help the dog hide car keys under a new selection of shrubs ($34.95+). More ambitious lawn design can benefit from the panoply of hardscaping and waterscaping supplies. Meanwhile, fragrant bags of hardwood mulch ($35/cubic yard) protect against pesky weeds, and a soft cushion of topsoil ($35/ton) can help rusticate bedrooms.
Since 1932, Lumbermen's family of businesses have aimed to fulfill their motto of bringing quality to life—expertly cutting stone for projects including the face of The Village of Ponderosa, PF Changs, Scheels, Fleming's, and a tiny fireplace for Barbie’s upscale dream house. Their most recent store, Fireplace and Stone Center, specializes in hardscaping materials as well as stone veneers for home and commercial façades. The center’s vast display area also boasts an array of outdoor-living merchandise, such as outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and stylish patio furniture.
Ted Lare Garden Center, in operation for almost three decades and housed in a new facility since 2007, harmonizes a symphony of verdure and home-garden supplies. The center offers 88 acres of fall mums ($7.99+), house annuals ($3.99+), perennials ($9.99+/gallon), and unpredictables to populate flower patches, as well as pumpkins ($3.99+), or ornamental grass to spruce up drab carpets of regular grass. Customers can collect trees ($59.99+) and shrubs ($24.99+) for a burgeoning cubicle forest, and pottery ($8.99+) and garden art ($19.99+) can pass for colorful petrified foliage.
At Matthias Arabians, seasoned horse trainers Leon, Lon, and Kim Matthias teach visitors the art of steed steering in a scenic setting. In one-hour riding lessons, students of varying equine aptitude can take the reins of safe learning mounts, absorbing instructors' wisdom until their horses glide over terrain as smoothly as refurbished hovercrafts. Topics covered may range from horse-care fundamentals to proper discipline or mastering a stately trot, but all are presented with expertise and a sense of humor.