The seed purchases I made through catalog and online orders back in December are starting to arrive in my mailbox. Why such a delay? Most seed companies don't ship until it gets close to planting time and they take starting seed indoors into consideration.
Starting plants from seed is a great way to not only save money vs. buying over-priced starter plants in the spring, but you get to customize what will be in your garden. You get to choose what goes in your garden rather than having to settle for what a garden shop has in stock.
Every spring, you see all those pop-up garden centers being put up in parking lots, whether at the local grocery store or Walmart. I still frequent those, but they are limited in plant variety and even bonafide garden centers might not have a particular plant variety you're looking for. And again, you'll pay a premium for starter plants, it's spring time after all....
I received an order from Park Seed the other day. My order included:
- Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
- Italian Large Leaf Basil
- Salad Bowl Mix Organic Greens
- Radish Park Beauty Blend
- Greek Oregano
- Organic Arugula
- Organic Roma Tomato
- Cilantro Calypso
That total for that order cost me just $15.94 and that includes shipping costs. I would have spent at least five times that amount for starter plants and I wouldn't have found all those varieties in just one garden center location, pop-up or otherwise.
As a locally owned and operated family business, you can expect honest pricing and quality workmanship from Olson Bros Sodding & Landscaping. We pride ourselves on giving you the best finished product.
Olson Bros Sodding & Landscaping has been in business since 1977 and they will put their nearly 4 decades of experience to work for any of your commercial landscaping projects in the Cedar Rapids Area.
127 Hindman Rd
Marion, IA 52302
Their attention to detail allows them to create masterpieces that are both beautiful and functional.
Our products are built specifically for you! This allows for customization and guarantees a brand new product.
At Hardy Lawn Furniture we carry only the finest!
- Amish-built Lawn Furniture
- Custom Gazebos
- Long-Lasting Sheds
- Children's Playsets
- Children's Playhouses
- Arbors & Pergolas
- Decorative Lighthouses
2370 Naples Ave, Iowa City
At Sanders Creek Company, we treat every project like it is for our own yard. We want to give you what YOU want, not what we have to sell. At Sanders Creek Company, we work hard to make all of your landscaping and concrete dreams a reality, and if you don't know what you want, we can help you with that too.
With over 50 years of experience combined in the landscaping and concrete industries, we strive to provide you everything you want installed at a standard few hold in the industry. We use the best materials and use our years of experience to make your yard exactly how you imagine it.
At Sanders Creek Company, we strive to keep our zero incidence rating with our insurance company. We are fully licensed and insured, and you can rest assured that when we are in your yard, we are doing everything we can to protect those things valuable to you. We stand behind our work 100%.
3018 Prairie du Chien Road NE
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Is your lawn and landscape the envy of others or is it the neighborhood's dirty little secret? Are you tired of spending your valuable time and hard earned money to achieve mediocre results at best? Have you ever caused injury or created more work by trying to do something yourself? Put your installation and maintenance needs in the experienced hands at Tompkins Lawn Care, Inc.
For the past 20 years, we’ve been the smart choice in the area for elite landscape management services. We don’t employ seasonal workers—our staff is comprised of salaried individuals who care about your property as if it were their own.
Phone: (319) 331-9357
Blue Grass Enterprises opened in 1969 to satisfy a demand in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas for quality nursery grown sod. Since then we have worked hard to establish professional working relationships throughout Iowa and to provide the best sod, seed and turf products possible. As a result of our hard work and knowledgeable employees, Blue Grass Enterprises has earned our reputation as your turf solutions expert.
We encourage our customers to visit Blue Grass Enterprises to experience the quality of our products. Just as there are different grades of carpet there is a wide range of quality in grass. And unlike carpet, it is unlikely you will replace your lawn in 15 years. Choosing the best quality now represents an investment in your future.
You can either choose years of enjoyment or a lifetime of work.
3965 C Ave Ext. Alburnett, IA 52202
At Aqua Pro Turf Irrigation Systems, we provide sales, service, new installation, and maintenance of existing irrigation systems and more. We also help enhance your water savings and efficiency.We service turf and landscape irrigation systems of all brands. Call us at 319-351-5356 for FREE estimates.
DDM aims to install both residential irrigation and commercial projects which include athletic fields. DDM was started in 1987 by two siblings Dan and Dave. They inception of the company happened following the completion of their college educations. Dan has a degree in Horticulture and Geography while Dave has a degree in business administration.DDM is a family owned, and privately-owned company, and it has been around for 30 years. DDM has been entrusted in the field for our exemplary work.We take pride not only in irrigation installation and design but also in our quality services ensuring that our system installation is meticulous. Customer satisfaction is our priority, and we walk with our clients through the whole system ensuring that they get what they want or even more.640 51st St., MarionPH: 319-377-9139
Owner and Founding Partner
Year started with Forever Green: 1982
Education, licensing, certification, and specialties: I am a Master Conservationist
Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and kayaking, anything to get outdoors, especially if I can take my grandkids along.
Fun Fact: I can’t resist a restoration project. Lucy and I have restored four properties, including adding a pond and 10 acres of prairie to a neglected farmstead. Our current project is restoring two acres of woods overgrown with invasives.
Owner and Founding Partner
Year started with Forever Green: 1982
Education, licensing, certification, and specialties: Associates degree in Horticulture from Kirkwood Community College. I am a Master Conservationist, have certifications in native plantings, rain gardens, and stormwater harvesting.
Hobbies and Interests: I love spending time with my family, especially our three grandchildren. I enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, biking, hiking, camping, anything I can do outdoors.
Fun Fact: I started my gardening career at a young age pulling weeds for my mom and 25 cents for a bucketful.
Our roots run deep in Iowa, as we’ve raised our families here and have grown our business from a small start-up over 30 years ago, to a nationally recognized leader in the landscape, lawn-care and snow management industry. We’re proud of the team of professionals we’ve assembled, and the fact that we’ve provided careers and jobs for hundreds of families in Iowa. We’re also proud that through our GREEN and sustainable practices we’ve protected and beautified the landscape throughout Iowa and the surrounding areas. We have an impeccable safety record, and we’ve kept thousands of peoples homes and commercial sites safe, clear and accessible during numerous snow storms and blizzards.
With a focus on ecological, economical and ethical landscape, lawn-care and snow management practices, our team of certified professionals have an in-depth knowledge of the local flora, soil and turf types,as well as the environmental and construction regulations and changing weather conditions in Linn and Johnson Counties.
We’re specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of beautiful lawns, outdoor living spaces, landscapes, hardscapes, and water-wise irrigation systems for your home or business. We are also professional snow removal specialists, and Greg was the very first person to become a CERTIFIED SNOW PROFESSIONAL [CSP] in Iowa. Currently, there are only two CSP’s in all of IOWA and less than 225 throughout the United States.
Our values include giving back to our communities through service and philanthropic activities, as well as conducting business with many of the local companies. We’ve helped improve both our environment and our economy over the decades and will continue to do so. We’re here to stay and we’re your trusted landscape and snow investment advisers.
We are proud of our impeccable record for keeping commercial sites and home owner’s yards clean, safe, weed-free and green without using harmful chemicals.
Cedar Rapids - 319-393-0101
Iowa City - 319-337-296 (Lawn)