In 1967, buddies Bob Magda and Tony Giordano started a humble lawn-care outfit that now has more than 460 locations in more than 40 states. The business was born of a serendipitous overlap between need and expertise: Bob recognized the frustration on the faces of the customers who attended his hardware store’s Sunday-morning lawn-care workshops, while Tony was hard at work on the industry’s first automated lawn-care machine. Together, they decided they could cure lawn-care woes by joining forces and—with a little fertilization from hard work and customer service—the seeds of Lawn Doctor were planted.
Today, those foundations can be recognized in the free lawn evaluation that kicks off every service call. A professional lawn-care technician performs a full overview of the lawn in question, classifying grass type and identifying pests such as weeds or insects. The technicians also review maintenance habits such as watering, mowing, and styling each blade of grass with hair gel. The team takes these factors into consideration when concocting a tailored treatment plan, which might include such services as application of the proprietary Turf Tamer application, pest control, or tree and shrub care.
Ever since flowers evolved beyond the need for vocal chords, these aromatic beauties have been delightfully seen and not heard atop tables in the most elegant homes of America. Johnson-Paschal Floral Company offers dozens of arrangements in contemporary and traditional styles. The bird-like flowers and Asiatic lilies of Paradise Found (starting at $59.99) are a surprise for anyone expecting a traditional arrangement such as the colorful Brighten Your Day vase (starting at $49.99), full of roses, alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and asters. Strike a balance between the two with a bestseller such as Teleflora's Uniquely Chic bouquet of vibrant pink and orange lilies and roses in a clear cube (starting at $59.99) or the refreshing Teleflora Fragrance vase (starting at $49.99), a quaint bit of country charm that features spray roses, mini carnations, and alstroemeria with a gingham ribbon.
At each locally owned Weed Man outpost, professionally trained and certified landscapers bring decades of lawn-care experience to their weed-control, fertilizing, and aeration services. They strive to keep lawns green and healthy by using an exclusive, 65% slow-release granular fertilizer, performing regular seeding, and doing regular pest management to combat insects, weeds, and disease.
Founded by the creators of Carolina Pottery in 2013, Home South offers affordable, southern-influenced décor to fill houses with style and charm. Browse the shop’s carefully curated merchandise, ranging from weather-friendly furniture for the patio to bottles of wine for the cupboard. In the outdoor cushions and pillows section, you’ll find textiles designed to withstand the elements. Embrace your inner craft-maker or interpretive dancer at the ribbons and floral department. There are colorful pots and pans alongside baking sheets and mixing bowls in the kitchenware department.