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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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One of the more difficult issues facing you will be making sure you compare apples 'n apples while understanding the differences between apples 'n oranges.

Some things common to all:

How far from your (water) meter pit to the home?

Do you know what sort of water pressure you have?

Those two questions sortta drive the rest.  How many sprinklers you have is a piece of the puzzle but it is lower on the issues list than how much water pressure and gallons per minute of flow (gpm) you have.  Knowing the water pressure and gpm coming to the house is important because it is the info divided by the flow rate of the heads to tell you how many you can run at a time.

 That, plus the number of heads it takes to cover your yard will let them decide on how many zones to cut the yard into (each zone is X number of heads that run at the same time).

Will the different estimates be for systems that are all parts from a single manufaturer or will it be a collection of brands?  Some will tell you that the parts (controller, back-flow, heads and even specific heads) are better from different manufacturers while others will tell you that all from a single manufacturer will give you an optimized system.

And, are the contractors equally certified?  Not only education and experience but certifications from the various manufacturers who's parts they want to use.  And, will their installations be the same?  Will they open trenches all around your yard and be a week getting the stuff layed, connected and back-filled?  Or, will they pull the flexible pipe and be in 'n out in one day with water flowing to cover their intrussion before they leave that day?

Will your system need to be blown out with pressurized air at the end of the season to avoid winter freeze and bursts or will it drain automagically?

I know, I took your simple question and made it hard.

When I bought my system about 9 years ago, I had a variety of estimates and the differences sortta fell into the mess I listed above.  The low estimate was a person who seemed to be from the "get it in the ground and fix it later" school.

The highest estimate was from someone who seemed more concerned about my yard and the final result than I was.  The low person was using parts 'n pieces from a variety of manufacturers.  The high person was certified by the company that made all the parts he was wanting to use and he carried a fairly high rating from them for his past performance..  He would vary for me if I wanted but he had sound reasons from the controller to each of the heads as to why he preferred his "brand".

It doesn't look like you are a member of Angie's List.  Given the size of the investment you are looking at, this might be a great time to join and see how others in your community have rated the contractors you are considering or if there is one you should add to your list. 

My yard is between 12 and 15,000 square feet less the house, deck, two mini-barns and it is interrupted with a number of blocking (blocks the stream of water) evergreens and planting beds.

The low estimate I had was about $2,500 and would take three days to put in from the time they began to trench.  I don't recall how many heads he wanted to put in but if it was off, he'd be able to put another anyplace and tie it to the nearest zone to give me good coverage.  Uh, this was the get it in the ground 'n adjust later person.

The high estimate I had was around $4,500.  This proposal was for seven active zones each having 5 to 7 heads.  There was enough capacity (extra zone controllers and space within the system controller) built in to add drip irrigation at a later date for the planting beds without having to replace anything.  He drew the entire yard and gave me a copy with the heads marked showing the "throw" of each and the overlap he built in to avoid any missed areas.  And, they wanted to arrive in the morning and leave that evening with the system watering to cover their tracks throughout the yard.  One day and they would not leave until it was working as advertised!

I took the high estimate.  I have a neighbor who bought from the other folks.  Both of us are happy.  He is really happy because each time he calls his company for adjustments or corrections (yep, they got it in the ground and are still putzing with it) they are out within the week, they are really easy to do business with and their service calls' costs haven't gone up a whole bunch.

Sorry, you can't look at the price and divide by X number of heads and have a fair comparison.

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1) IF you are talking the root crown - the portion where it is not one solid truck or "bole", but still a solid or near-solid mass of roots coming off the base of the trunk, then that has to come out on way or another. Typically, once you get beyond about a 3 foot circle then you are in the radial portion of the roots where they spread out laterally, and are a foot or more apart, and new roots can grow in that area fro the new tree OK. Of course, be prepared to have to trim some volunteers so the old tree can't come back, and be sure to fertilize the new tree per recommendations because the old roots will still be trying to extract water and food from the soil to support the tree that they do not yet realize is gone. Do NOT put stump killer or poison in the old tree - will kill new one too.

2) The proper commercial way to do this is to have the entire root crown and larger roots removed with a stump grinder - looks like this -

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You need a tree service that can grind down at least two feet below ground level and remove the root crown and larger root segments. If you hve large roots running laterally quite a ways, he can grind them up too - ditto to "trippers" sticking up above ground. Just be sure to have it clear (spray painted) upfront how far he is going for what he quoted - typically about $150 for tree up to 1-2 feet in diameter, up to $500 for a massive sycamore or walnut or cottonwood or redwood with 6 foot diameter crown. While you can rent stump grinders at tooll rental places, I REALLY do not recommend it - the rental ones you can afford to rent for one use are pretty light duty, and they can chew a person up in no time flat if you lose control when it snags in the wood or hits a rock.

3) Another way is to go out to where the massive roots taper off to something you can reasonable cut - say 4-6 inches in diameter, and cut them all in a circle around the stump, then with a come-along or CAREFULLY (not more than a few hundred pounds) with a vehicle with a trailer hitch, put a steady pull on a good rope or strap or chain in a shallow notch cut around the top of the stump (so it does not pop off easy), then while it is being rotated up out of the ground walk around and cut any root you see still attached or trying to lift out of the ground. This works much better if the stump is left about 4-6 feet high so you get some real leverage on it with the pull, but if already cut down short run chain or strap over the top of it and around a large root on the far side of the stump. I use a Sawzall with foot long coarse tooth wood cutting blade for this - goes through roots really fast, and blade is only $1 or so apiece so ruining one or two hitting rocks is no big thing, and also reaches in under the stump better and safer than an axe. I helped a neighbor take out a back yard full of birches this way - took us about half a day to remove about 15 trees with about 6 foot diameter circle of crown and roots, leaving holes about 1-2 feet deep where each tree was. Remember this - whichever way you use to take it out, you will need maybe 1-5 wheelbarrow loads of good growth medium to replace the divot. 

4) Cheaper route - cut off flush with ground level (or leave some stickup as a planter or stool or feeder base or whatever), and plant new tree at least 4 feet away from old crown, in a spot between the old roots.

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'Reasonable' is one of those words that means wildly divergent things to different people.  Check with your local high school to see if they have  any sort of agricultural program.  If yes, perhaps someone in that program could help you.  Being a landscaper myself, I must say it sounds like you want something that is - first and foremost - cheap.   This is NOT the best way to look for any service.  You would be better served looking for 'competant' than with 'cheap'.  The nicer you want your flowerbed to look, the more important it is to find someone who REALLY knows what they are doing.

All Landscapers in 18343, PA

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1man1toolbox

137 S Penn St
Allentown

A.B.E HANDYMAN SERVICE

3409 Drighton Ct
Bethlehem

A.B.E Lawn & Tree Service

448 East 11th Street

A1 HARDSCAPE & LANDSCAPE DESIGN INC

2031 KEMMERER ST
Bethlehem

Acoterra, LLC

138 Holland St # A
Wernersville

AFFORDABLE LAWN & LANDSCPG INC

PO Box 32
Northampton

Aicher Design & Construction

2666 John Street
Easton

Allen's Handman Service

715 N 25th St
Allentown

Appalachian Creations Inc

P.O. Box 86
Northampton

Arbor Solutions Inc.

3602 Ironstone Rd
Bethlehem

Artistic Hardscapes Inc

173 Boro Vu Dr
Northampton

Artistic TreeScapes LLC

190 W 30th St
Northampton

Atlantic Ridge

1511 Sullivan Trl
Easton

Avery Landscaping

820 N 2nd St
Whitehall

B H Paving Inc

553 Fehr Rd
Nazareth

BARAKET CONSTRUCTION

1322 TWEED AVE
Allentown

BEACH MOUNTAIN QUALITY GROUNDS

541 JACOBY CREEK RD
Mount Bethel

Bob’s Lawn Care

555 Georgetown Rd
Nazareth

BOYER'S BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

lehigh Vally
Orefield

BRIAN'S LAWN CARE

4652 Willow Ln
Nazareth

Buddy's Landscaping & Lawncare

406 S 9th St
Lehighton

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Clean Cut Lawncare

108 E Aluta MIll Rd
Nazareth

CM Contracting

2330 Easton Avenue
Bethlehem

Cm masonry

427 n 11th st

Corner Stone Gardens LLC

1109 Colmar Ave
Easton

Cornerstone Industrial Services

PO Box 190
Bowmanstown

CREATIVE LANDSCAPES INC

4961 Flora Lane
Bethlehem

CUT-RITE LAWN CARE

2935 Georgetown Rd
Nazareth

D3 Lawn Care

3851 Bath Pike
Bethlehem

DEILY CONTRACTORS

4173 Newburg Rd
Bethlehem

DeLeon Excavating & Construction

2140 Saucon Ave
Bethlehem

Devine Escapes

402 Eastbrook Road
Effort

Diphillipo's Landscaping

Adams St
Allentown

DOGWOOD LANDSCAPING

3861 CREST VIEW DR
Allentown

DORNSIFE LANDSCAPING

110 PAPERMILL RD
Barto

Easton Lawn Care

2312 3rd St.
Easton

EDGE OF THE WOODS NATIVE PLANT

2415 ROUTE 100
Orefield

EMERY LANDSCAPE CO

3030 NEFFS LAURYS RD
Schnecksville

ERB PAVING & EXCAVATING

4172 BEST STATION RD
Slatington

Eversen Landscaping

PO Box 297
Pocono Pines

Exterior Innovations Inc

3140 W Tilghman St
Allentown

Fernrock Landscapes Inc.

119 E. Berger St
Emmaus

Finishing Edge Inc

123 Weaver Rd
Zionsville

Freedom Lawn Care & Landscaping

1489 Willowbrook Dr
Bethlehem

FRENCH GARDENS

PO BOX 206
Center Valley

Frontgate Landscaping

P.O. Box 3212
Bethlehem

Fuhrer Consulting, LLC

2704 Auburn ave

GAK Construction

202 Washington St
East Stroudsburg

Garden Angels

93 Ramblewood Dr
Saylorsburg

Garden Design Inc

4905 Hamilton Blvd
Allentown

Gary's Tree & Shrubbery Service

4583 Shimerville Rd
Emmaus

GILROY NORTHEAST INC.

PO Box 167 2885 Route 611
Tannersville

Green Giant Lawn & Tree Care

5 Cemetary Rd
Fleetwood

Green Lawn Fertilizing Inc

1004 Saunders Ln
West Chester

Greene Edge

214 W 40th Street
Reading

GREENS TREE SERVICE

723 Lehigh St
Jim Thorpe

Gubitosi ground maintenance

518 west emus ave
Allentown

HALLMAN FENCE

434 ARROWHEAD LN
Breinigsville

Hardy Construction

17 West Catawissa St
Jim Thorpe

Harmony Tree Services

716 N Saint Lucas St
Allentown

Highland Landscapes

2450 West Highland St.
Allentown

HILLTOP LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS

545 MOORESTOWN DR
Bath

Huber's Lawn/Landscaping

Chestnut St
Mertztown

Hunter Hardscape

4375 Little Gap Rd
Palmerton

Integrated Property Solutions Co

5208 Hoffman Dr S
Schnecksville

INTERSTATE LANDSCAPING INC

545 MOORESTOWN DR
Bath

Jerry Gross & Son Landscaping

41 Adamson St
West Easton

Jim's Tree Svc & Landscaping

1614 Shady Ln
Mount Bethel

Joseph Pazienza Masonry

138 Oak Tree Rd
Kunkletown

Joshua Tree

310 Center St
Stockertown

Joswick Concrete

Point Phillips Rd
Bath

Kerry's Handyman Service

3569 Station Ave
Center Valley

KING At Your Service

2709 Route 737
Kempton

Kospia Farms/Kospia's Nursery

2288 STATE ST
Alburtis

L R Landscaping

Bethlehem

Landscapes By US

4483 Steuben Rd
Bethlehem

LASTING IMPRESSIONS LANDSCaping

214 Foglio Lane
Stroudsburg

LIPFERT LAWN & FENCE

75 RIDGEVIEW DR
Lehighton

Liv Interiors, LLC

60 West Broad Street
Bethlehem

Mack's Lawn Care

104 Kriebel Rd
Barto

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Martin Shaw LLC

PO Box 18
Furlong

Mason Landscaping LLC

211 Becker Rd.
Northampton

Master Cuts Lawn Care

3380 Lower Saucon Rd
Hellertown

MasterPLAN Landscape Design

141 Karen Glen Way
Brodheadsville

MJK Construction

3122 Christine St
Bethlehem

Motta's Country Gardens and Landscaping

7090 Ben Franklin Hwy
Birdsboro

N.S. Paving & Landscaping

1330 Packerton Dam Rd
Lehighton

NaturaLawn of America - Kutztown PA

509 College Blvd
Kutztown

Nature Valley Landscaping

2192 Thompson Rd
Coopersburg

Outdoor Design Landscaping Inc

425 Frantz Rd
Brodheadsville

Paradigm Landscape Concepts

15 Church Rd
Hellertown

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue

PARKLAND NURSERIES

4820 HOFFMANSVILLE RD
Orefield

Paul's Tree Svc

695 North Church Rd
Wernersville

pbicontractors

25 Halina Way
Kunkletown

PENNSYLVANIA LAWN & LANDSCAPE

3439 WEIDASVILLE RD
Orefield

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Plantique

6344 Schantz Rd
Allentown

Professional Landscape Associates

PO Box 262
Schnecksville

PROLIFIC LANDSCAPE INC

6574 Sullivan Trail
Wind Gap

Pyramid Construction Group

1285 Forest RD
Whitehall

QRC Contracting Co., LLC

625 Itaska St
Bethlehem

Renneissance Handyman

17 Willow St
Catasauqua

Rgreen Organic Lawn Care

1801 Union Rd
Allentown

Richards Excavating & Landscaping

PO Box 127
Martins Creek

RidgeCrest Landscaping & Lawncare LLC

2521 Ringhoffer Road
Hellertown

Scenic Walkways Inc

1020 Moravia St
Bethlehem

Scotts LawnService - Phoenixville

1000 Schell Ln
Phoenixville

Season After Season

1011 Frost Hollow Rd
Easton

Shan-Gri-La Contractors

6176 Haring Rd
Perkasie

SIGNATURE CONCRETE DESIGN

2430 Butler Street
Easton

Smiley's Lawn Care & Landscaping Inc

692 Blue Mountain Dr
Cherryville

STRENGTH SERVICES

609 Raub St
Easton

Sunlight,Water and Us, Inc.

3320 Nazareth Rd
Easton

T.W. Keesler & Sons Inc

PO Box 568
Saylorsburg

Tall Timbers Nursery

4187 Huckleberry Rd
Allentown

The Grass Guy

5009 Cherryville Rd
Northampton

The Outdoor Room, LLC

4487 Maple Dr
Walnutport

Timber Rock Landscaping

5880 Front St
Easton

TP Seaman's Concrete Construction Inc

1023 n. 29th st.
Allentown

Trugreen - Allentown

764 Roble Rd
Allentown

US Tree Service LLC

2240 Greenwood Rd
Allentown

WALKER'S LANDSCAPING & DESIGN

516 WALNUT ST
Lehighton

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Werley's Home Services, LLC

221 W Federal St
Allentown

WHITEHALL LANDSCAPING

3115 N 2ND ST
Whitehall

Willowcrest Homes

3014 Livingston Street
Allentown

Woodford Bros Inc

6500 State Rte 80

Zacks Tree Service

229 Weiss Rd
Stroudsburg

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