For more than three decades, Beaver Tree & Lawn Service’s fertilizer programs, pest control, and landscaping services have defended verdant turf and topiary against feeble growth and invasive critters. Keep backyard grasslands thriving and lawn-mower ownership justified with a fertilization procedure ($50) that employs one of eight seasonally targeted lawn applications or spray down a front yard’s foundation trees with insecticide ($55) to ward off shrub-bungling bugs through summertime. A perimeter pest control ($50) staves off sieges from ants, crickets, and miniaturized Achaeans, and a grub-control ($100) or flea-and-tick ($100) yard treatment targets specific species of creepy-crawly.
The Mosquito Authority responds to summer scourges of biting pests with its kid- and pet-friendly mosquito spray systems. Barrier spray service eliminates mosquitoes with an EPA-approved solution?specialized enough to not repel beneficial bees or butterflies?that technicians apply to trees, shrubs, and foliage around yards, guarding against pests for three weeks.
With summer in full force, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.99, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($19.99), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.49 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($24.99 a day to rent).
Sown since 1919, Johnson's Orchards' 200 fertile acres buttress the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and checker the landscape with thousands of apple trees. Patrons hand-select 10 pounds of nearly 200 varieties of apples, ensuring the fruits suit specific standards for weight, hue and doctor-repelling abilities. After stocking up on apples, visitors are welcome to meander the foot trails cutting through the orchard, while tots encouragingly pat the heads of amiable farm animals. Visitors can also tipple cold cider straight from the press and weigh down restless hot air balloons with jellies, relishes, and 25 different fruit wines from the on-site winery. A picnic pavilion affords idyllic views and a space to dive into vitamin-packed feasts.