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Natural Surroundings

11716 Scarlet Leaf Cir
Germantown, MD 20876301-515-4611

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Garden Plant Culture

20034 Frederick Rd Apt 42
Germantown, MD 20876301-476-0200

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Z & J Landscaping

14671 Seneca Rd
Germantown, MD 20874301-208-0214

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Beautiful Gardens

14501 Darnestown Rd
Germantown, MD 20874301-947-1243

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Eah Landscaping Service

23131 Ridge Rd
Germantown, MD 20876301-515-1252

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Greenestone Landscaping

18920 Fountain Hills Dr
Germantown, MD 20874301-869-0100

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Hardscape Solutions and Supplies

23000 Davis Mill Rd
Germantown, MD 20876301-528-7051

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Mid-Atlantic Nursery-Landscape

13602 Chrisbar Ct
Germantown, MD 20874301-540-2960

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Monseur Enterprises

34 Appledowre Ct
Germantown, MD 20876301-540-3344

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R J Landscape Contractors

11904 Rathbone Ct
Germantown, MD 20874301-540-6434

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Seed and Site Solutions

20200 Frederick Rd
Germantown, MD 20876301-540-4447

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Weller's Lawn and Landscape

22711 Ridge Rd
Germantown, MD 20876301-540-0095

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Methods and Limitations

Since most garden centers buy—rather than raise—most of what they sell, there is room for tremendous variation in buying ability and buying standards. The opinions we collected from consumers on garden centers reflect this big variation in quality.

Healthy though they appear most of the time, on occasion your trees might become shady characters, done in—and perhaps ultimately brought down—by disease or damage or both. We advise you on how to choose a tree care professional.

Once you have chosen a company that can do the work well, price becomes your primary consideration.

You don’t need to be an expert to spot many potential tree problems. Like most plants, trees have ways of indicating distress. Several times a year, examine your trees for the following...

Kermit the Frog once crooned “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” If you have a lawn, you can relate: It’s not easy keeping things green. Here's how to plot a course, whether you call in the pros or go it alone.

The proposals Checkbook's undercover shoppers get from lawn care services rarely agree on identification of weed species, presence of disease, need to correct soil acidity, and recommendations on core aeration.

Lawn care services work with different products and techniques, but the results they promise are similar. Companies usually offer customers a selection of “packages” that include specified treatment plans to take place over the course of a year.