Volume XI, Issue 16 ~ April 17-23, 2003

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Spring's ready. Are you? | Spring Home and Garden Services Guide

Find What You’re Looking for with
Bay Weekly’s Spring Home and Garden Services Guide

Lower Marlboro Nurseryowner: Mary-Stuart Sierra
While the lessons of a cold, wet winter and a hot, dry summer are fresh in mind, make this the spring you plant your garden with Maryland natives, which share our climate and have learned to thrive in it.

One of the few places in our part of Chesapeake Country where you’ll find these hard-to-come-by locals in array is Lower Marlboro Nursery. This small, privately owned retail operation offers a wide range of nursery-propagated native plants, including herbaceous perennials, aquatic plants, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs.

Also available is a selection of unusual exotics suited to this region to serve as non-invasive companion plants for natives. You’ll find not only plants but expertise from an environmentally responsible garden-owner with long experience working with rare and uncommon native species.

Visit by appointment or at our Spring Open House, May 9, 10 and 11. (Call for hours and directions). Or order our catalogue: POB 1013, Dunkirk, MD 20754 (two-year subscription for $2; mailed in February and updated in August).
301-812-0808 • www.lowermarlboronursery.com • Hours: by appointment

The Clutter Cutters • owner: Carol Simmonds
Is everything but your car parked in the garage? Are you so overwhelmed by the mounting clutter that you don’t know where to begin? Then hire a professional.

The Clutter Cutters can help you get your home and life in order. Ridding you of the anxiety and frustration due to the clutter that surrounds you.

We will come to your aid for all your organizing needs — from attics to basements, photo albums to collections, paper management to filing systems. Whether you are a senior citizen ready to downsize, a busy family in need of time management or just tend to be a packrat, The Clutter Cutters are just the help you need.

410-266–3664 • Hours: by appointment.

Echoes and Accents’ Unique Consignment Showroom • owners: Barbara Rasin Price and Leah Deane
Moving? Downsizing? Or just changing your décor? Whether you are buying or selling home furnishings and accessories, Echoes & Accents’ Unique Consignment Showroom is the place to start.

If you’re buying, you’ll be able to choose from gently used new and antique furniture and accents with names like Baker, Drexel Heritage, Hekman, Henredon, Hickory White and LaBarge. An experienced and friendly staff offers personal service and help for you to find those special pieces that suit your taste and your budget. Best of all, you can have your new furnishings in your home the very same day you purchase them.

You’ll find selling those home furnishings you can no longer use both easy and profitable. They’ll be displayed in our newly expanded designer–oriented 7,000–square–foot showroom and enhanced by beautiful art and accessories.

We even maintain a wish list for our customers, so that many times items sell even before they reach the showroom floor.

Step into this fast-paced showroom and discover why our customers say Echoes & Accents is the most fun they’ve had shopping in a long, long time.
410-280-8800 • 224 Chinquapin Round Road • Annapolis •
Hours: Tu–Sa 10am–5pm; Su Noon–4pm

Tilden Lawn Nursery • owners: Debbie and Mark VanLunen
Take stock and spruce up. Spring’s the time to reinvest in your lawn and garden for months of pleasure. At Tilden Lawn Nursery, you’ll find what you need to start from the ground up with our quality mulches and Maryland’s own Leafgro® — plus the finishing touches of pansies and primroses, trees and shrubs.

Extend your garden’s beauty with rock accents. From Mexican beach pebbles to boulders and hand–carved granite to staking and decorative stone, Tilden’s got it all.

You’ll find all you need for a blooming spring garden on a visit to Tilden Lawn Nursery. Visit us on Central Avenue just west of the Route 424 intersection. Look for our green and gold sign. We’re nestled back from the road for relaxed country shopping.

While you’re visiting, pick up brochures on Cambridge Pavers, Unilock and York Wall products.

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we especially want to thank our customers who have supported us over the years. We try to give the best quality of service on all our products. Again this year, we promise to make the best we can do even better.

410-798-4720 • 1008 Central Avenue • Davidsonville • Hours: weekdays 8–6 ; Sa 8–5; Su 9–5.

Floor Systems, Inc. • owners: Bill Murphy and Roger Murphy
Beautiful interiors begin with quality floor coverings. Every homeowner who cares enough to want the very best can literally roll out a room full of beauty with new floor coverings from Floor Systems. They specialize in a complete collection of nationally known brands of quality carpeting, including Mohawk, along with colorful vinyl floor coverings, ceramic tile and hardwood flooring for kitchens, family rooms or basement rec-rooms.

If you are in need of new floor coverings for your office or home, let these friendly professionals serve you with valuable ideas, tips, suggestions and low prices. They can bring samples right into your home, if you like, that match your decor perfectly. Or you may prefer to come into their complete flooring showroom to browse and see for yourself their wide collection.

Call Floor Systems, your one-stop center for information or advice concerning all of your floor-covering needs. 301-855-0233 • 410-259-7380 • 15 Oxford Way – Huntingtown North Center • Huntingtown • Hours: M-F 9am-6pm; Sa 9am-3pm

Greenstreet Gardens • owners: Stacy & Ray Greenstreet
Shake off those winter blues and come join us at Greenstreet Gardens for our 2003 grand opening, Saturday, April 26. We are bursting at the seams with gorgeous spring color. Everything from Argyranthemums to Zinnias is grown right here in Southern Anne Arundel County, including a full line of tropicals, Simply Beautiful and Flower Fields products. We also carry a variety of soil amendments and bulk and bag mulch to help conserve water and keep out those pesky weeds. Come visit us where we have many experts on staff to answer all your landscaping questions. Greenstreet Gardens: We’re the place your neighbors are talking about.

410-867–9500 • www.greenstreetgrowers.com • 391 West Bay Front Road • Lothian • Hours: weekdays 9am–6pm; weekends 9am–4pm

Beaux-Artes • owners: Stuart and Melanie Kershner
Beaux-Artes begins where decoration usually ends, with ceilings, pilasters, grand entrance ways, custom door and window trim and wainscotting — the architectural detailing that adds character to the room. Our interior design and custom fabrication services range from ornate plaster ceilings (done the way Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, on high scaffolding) and architectural panels, to artful grills for HVAC vents and recessed lights, to cabinet make-overs to fabulous faux finishing on any surface.

Our niche developed when, as interior designers, we couldn’t help but see what others overlooked: raw, broad expanses of drywall, the same tiny door trim, ugly vents and dull, industrial-looking recessed lights everywhere. So we decided to bring classic style ornamentation into the 21st century and developed a product line to adapt such styles to modern building techniques. Beaux-Artes’ unique products include decorative medallions for recessed lights and HVAC grills plus architectural panels so easy to apply we sell them in kits.

Call us to finish your home to a level you never thought possible outside chateaux, manors and castles. 410-867-0790 • 1012 South Creek View • Churchton • Hours: M-F 9–6

Norco Fiberglass Pools • owner: Kenneth Norleen
866-582-1301 (toll free) • www.norcofiberglasspools.com
18730 Croom Road • Brandywine • Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

With winter behind us, summer can't be far ahead. You'll be ready to embrace Maryland's famous heat from the cool waters of your own
in-ground pool if you dig a little deeper than usual this spring.

Norco Fiberglass Pools, the latest division of Norco Landscaping and Maintenance, a company with over 30 years experience, is now proudly getting Maryland families into cool water for years of at-home enjoyment!

Invite us to your home for a free site analysis and demonstration of the superiority of fiberglass as your in-ground pool begins to develop into reality. From start to finish, a Norco Fiberglass Pool is a ground-breaking seven-day event that will bring only positive changes to your life and home.

As well as bringing you the best warranted and easiest-to-care-for pool on the market, our commitment to quality will ensure a sound investment. Our professional staff has been incorporating power patios, stone walls and perfect planting schematics for years. Let Norco change your life for the better. Begin your pool project now for fun-filled seasons ahead!

Sneade’s Ace Home Center, Inc.
Sneade’s is your local ACE store for all your hardware and home improvement needs. Now that it’s spring, you’ll find us stocked with lawn care products and gardening supplies including decorative stone for that new walkway. If it’s a deck you’re planning, check out our Epoch and Eon decking. To freshen up your existing deck, we recommend Sikkens deck products.

Now is the time to plant new grass seed as well as the time to fertilize lawns and gardens. It is also the ideal time to dethatch your lawn by aerating it, allowing more air and water to enter into the soil, which stimulates new growth. At Sneade’s, you’ll find all you need to get lawn jobs done.

We’re the place with the Helpful Hardware Folks, fully staffed with customer-minded employees to help you choose the right products for your project. We’ll also sharpen your saw and mower blades, refill your gas grill’s propane tank or cut a new set of keys for you while you shop.

Coming soon, you’ll be able to order your great ACE products on-line and have them shipped to your home or shipped free to your local Sneade’s ACE Home Center for pick-up. You can access this great new site at our new and improved web site: www.aceretailer.com/sneades.

301-855-8120 • 410-257-2963 • 1750 Prosper Lane • Owings and 410-326-3222 • 11861 H.G. Trueman Road • Lusby • www.aceretailer.com/sneades • Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 8am-5pm; Su 9am-3pm

P.G. Awning ~ Covers By The Bay • owner: Wayne Brechtel
One of the larger home improvements is the addition of a sunroom. For this reason, homeowners should do their homework before starting. The question is not only who will do it but will the new addition look good on the home? What size is needed to give you what you want out of the new room? And what will the room be used for during the year?

Here’s just one technicality to consider. If you want to use the room year-round, perhaps to extend the living room and possibly open it up to the house, you should consider only the most thermally efficient windows, such as vinyl-framed windows, double pane, with low-E and argon gas. These are the standards for a window appropriate for a year-round room. If the sunroom is being designed specifically for use from spring through fall, then single-pane glass windows or their equivalent should be fine.

To learn more about your upcoming sunroom expansion project, call P.G. Awning ~ Covers by the Bay.

410-729-1801 • 800-725-9501 • www.sunroomsandawnings.com • 415 Headquarters Drive, Suite 7 • Millersville • Hours: 9am-5pm

Exterior Concepts, Inc.
owners: Richard Severson, John Dunbar and Tim Severson
A roof over your head is so essential that it’s become a figure of speech for security.

A good roof enhances the value of property, and if you ever decide you want to sell, you’ll find an attractive, durable roof will make your home more desirable to buyers. The firm well known in this area for complete roofing and re-roofing services is Exterior Concepts. This firm has made a complete study of roofing and the problems of roofing in our area. They know that a well-built roof sheltering a satisfied customer is the best recommendation that any company can have.

Exterior Concepts will be happy to assist you with any of your roofing problems. “Whether it’s a hole in your roof … or a whole new roof … They do it all!” They feature residential and commercial roofing, re-roofing and repair. They offer free estimates, all work is guaranteed and they are licensed and insured for your protection.

Why take foolish chances with the major investment of your lifetime, your home or business? Call Exterior Concepts for all your roofing needs.

410-956-0376 • 307 Fairmount Drive • Edgewater

Chesapeake Spas • owner: David Ward
You paid for the yard: Enjoy it!

After this year’s hard winter, you must be itching to get outdoors into sun, warm breezes and stary nights. Finally, it’s time to grill burgers and escape evening’s chill with a soak in the hot tub. Or laze about in the warm spring air in the comfort of your fine patio furniture while the children frolic on their custom play center.

Oh, you don’t have any of those? What do you do with your yard?

Chesapeake Spas will turn that ordinary chunk of turf into your personal resort. For your complete outdoor ensemble, we’ll install a hot tub or sauna, furnish your outdoors living area with a beautiful patio furniture suite and set up a kids’ play center that the adults will envy.

Visit Chesapeake Spas’ new Edgewater location with its huge spa showroom featuring Tiger River, Hot Springs and Hot Spot spas and our large outdoor display yard featuring Childlife Play Systems and Telescope casual patio furniture.

800-974-8827 • 410-798-5674 • www.chesapeakespas.com • 2806 Solomons Island Rd. • Edgewater and 360 Ritchie Hwy. at First Mariner Square • Severna Park. Hours: MWF 10am–6pm; TuTh 10am–8pm; Sa 10am–4pm

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