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, I emailed him pictures of the damage to my wall . He was able to give me an estimate based" on the pictures alone. I was happy to learn that the work could still be performed in December.
actually performed to work on a Sunday, a day before the planned Monday start. He had with him all the materials needed to do the work. He did the labor himself. The work done and materials used, matched the estimate. I was very impressed with
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"I contacted 5 different Landscapers/Hardscapers listed on Angie's List. 4 of the 5 companies I contacted gave us "estimates" that consisted of writing" a dollar amount on the back of their business cards. No details on what they were charging for. The only one to give us a detailed estimate and explanation of what they were going to do was
Hardscaping, Inc.
gave us 3 different estimates in writing on what he was planning on doing. This included removing the existing pavement and installing rebar, etc to ensure the new walkway would be stable. We made our choice and he worked closely with us to match existing bricks/pavers with the new ones he was installing. The job was done in a timely and professional manner. His crew was in and out seamlessly. Everything was cleaned up, swept up and hauled away after each days work was completed. The walkway did not disturb the existing landscaping and meets the driveway without any change in pitch. While removing the old walk, they discovered some problems with the cinderblock foundation of our house. They repaired the damage and replaced a threshold that was also problematic. The end result is an entrance and front step that exceeded our expectation! I would gladly recommend Dabs to anyone needing work done.

-Nancy O.

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Creating a unique look for your yard means more than just cut grass, trimmed shrubbery and pretty flowers. Hardscaping, the creation of any man-made structures on your lawn, is just as crucial for overall appearance.

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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.

Hardscaping reviews in Albany

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Old concrete patio and front walk were crumbling and eroding away, as well as front steps needing repair.
Albany Patio Pavers Provider Name Locked
and his team removed old concrete on the first day, then on the next day, poured and formed new concrete and patched the front steps. They completed the job quickly and were courteous. Upon first request for proposal,
Albany Patio Pavers Provider Name Locked
responded right away and pricing was very fair. When the job was done, all messes were cleaned up. The new patio and sidewalk look great.
- Brendan B.
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Everything was done with care and efficiency. They worked very hard and very well together. The price was reasonable, they were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Furthermore, several weeks later they called to see if the lawn needed more seeding, and said they would stop by in September to check on it. They came and seeded the bare patches...no charge...friendly manner and of course, good job! Thank you
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....thank you Angie.
- RAIN M.
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I was consulted by the owner, he came out and we made a deal. The owner had his men do the appropriate work. The pricing seemed fair. The men that did the work showed up and did the work in a timely manner.
- ROBERT H.
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They did it under an area where grass would never grow. They put in a lot of greenery and planted flowers that would bloom in different seasons. They did a really nice job. They did the work in a timely manner and they were very friendly.
- DOLORES V.
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I rated them the way I did because we gave them a price range that we had in mind and they went over that without consulting us. However, they were very prompt when coming out and dealing with everything. The work is excellent, but when you get the bill and it is $1000 more than expected it is a big shock.
- TRACY S.
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The job was very professionally done.
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had the right equipment and enough helpers to complete the extensive job in just two days. He followed up to check on the progress of the seeding and to offer advice on caring for the new lawn.
We weren't totally sure how we wanted to handle certain sections of the project and we were happy that
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had a great sense of landscape design and the attention to detail to carry it out.
We couldn't be more pleased!
- Mary Helen C.
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From start to finish, working with Bill was such a great experience! He came to us after out first contractor fell through. I called Bill for an estimate and he immediately came out that same day. Upon inspecting, he instantly had a vision on how to rebuild, strengthen, and beautify our 65+ year stone wall. His quote was competitive and he informed us he could start right away. Bill and his son,
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, work well together. Both are scrupulous when it comes to their craft and it can be seen in the final product. Bill and
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were polite, courteous, and displayed the utmost professionalism on a daily basis. Each day they made progress and were diligent enough to keep me up to speed on the timeline to completion. Also, Bill was kind enough to teach me a few basic masonry techniques to use around my house. He allowed me to use his tools and guided me through a step-by-step tutorial on repointing and
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foundation repair (one would most certainly be hard pressed to find another mason who would take the time to do this!) The wall was finished in a timely fashion and right on budget. After having such a rotten experience with out first contractor, working with Bill and
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was a blessing. Words can't express my gratitude to Bill for the wonderful job he's done. He is truly an artist and master craftsman!
- Jon K.
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Contractors arrived on time with numerous trucks. Tractors removed dirt and placed it in trucks. Ground was leveled, Blocks were placed, stone placed, more blocks added, more stone.....3 truckloads to be exact.....Drainage system added as well. Retaining wall is beautiful! My wall was put up in 4 hours by very punctual, professional people! I was amazed by the workers, each appeared to know what the other was thinking! They knew EXACTLY what they were doing! (This is the company I called to replace another wall I had already paid $1,500 to Sons Masonry to do that took 3 weeks!). Anyway, I would highly recommend this company.
- Mella W.

Patio Pavers in Albany

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3 E's Landscaping

PO Box 991
Clifton Park

518 Remodel

411 Rte 146
Altamont

518Landscapes LLC

10 Dresden Ct
Albany

783-SEAL, 783-PAVE (Smith's - Latham, NY)

776-D Watervliet Shaker Rd
Latham

Augars flower gardening and Landcaping

1423 Indian Fields Rd
Feura Bush

BDB Paving & General Contracting Inc

831 State Rte 67
Ballston Spa

Bennett Contracting Inc

693 S Pearl St
Albany

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr
Niskayuna

BLUE SPRUCE LANDSCAPING

PO Box1319
Clifton Park

BOLLMAN LANDSCAPE MGMT

851 Saratoga Rd
Gansevoort

Brad Rose Landscaping Inc

3609 River Rd
Rensselaer

C D Landscaping & Maintenance

523 Saratoga Rd
Schenectady

Capital Land Companies

346 Ferris Road
Schenectady

Capital Region Masonry

1 Wood St
Albany

CARIBBEAN POOLS & SPAS

1223 FORT HUNTER RD
Schenectady

Cats Landscaping

401 Huston St.
Schenectady

Celeste Sealcoating

South Street
Glens Falls

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Collar City Concrete

19 Central Ave.
Troy

conway custom works

5198 RT 81
Greenville

Cousins Construction

20 Hibbard St
Schenectady

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Craigs Mowing & Landscaping LLC

PO Box 1506
Clifton Park

Creative Interiors

58 Arcadia Ct.

Custom Stone & Waterscapes Inc

3829 Parkhill Place Southwest Calgary, AB, Canada

D & R Paving

1 Apollo Drive
Albany

Delanson Gardens

639 Cole Rd
Delanson

Deschamps Brothers Landscaping

13 Woodland Drive
Schenectady

Diversified Trades

319 Stop #2 Lockwood Rd
Craryville

DL Industries

1010 Washington Ave

DL Property Maintenance

2425 Skyline Dr.
Schenectady

EARTH & STONE LANDSCAPE

11 SHOOK ROAD
Hudson

Eco Quality Landscaping

6 Berkshire Dr W
Clifton Park

Elite Property Care, LLC

111 Braintree Street
Albany

Excellent Exterior and Deck Company

481 Miller Rd
Clifton Park

FADDEGONS NURSERY INC

1140 TROY SCHENECTADY RD
Latham

Goodscapes

Ballston Spa

GRASSHOPPER GARDENS INC.

318 MOTT RD
Gansevoort

Green Way Pavements

PO Box 2927
Binghamton

Gsl Landscape & Nursery LLC

PO Box 604
Duanesburg

Haley Bros Inc

3561 Guilderland Ave
Schenectady

Halfmoon Handyman Services

316 Rte 146
Clifton Park

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

HORTICULTURE UNLIMITED LANDSCAPING

4052 State Route 8
Wevertown

J S Asphalt

2670 State Rte 9
Ballston Spa

J.D. Michaels Landscape Corporation

16 Pineview Drive
Guilderland

JBC

289 South Rd
Averill Park

JPH Property Solutions, LLC

1121 McClellan Street
Schenectady

JS Services

340 Dunham Hollow Rd
Averill Park

Kassel Construction

684 River Rd
Glenmont

KPK Property Management Inc

209 Taborton Rd
Averill Park

KRUMKILL NURSERIES

927 KRUMKILL RD
Slingerlands

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

Larry's Landscaping

2155 Helderberg Ave
Schenectady

Loiselle Associates LLC

4 Hillside Drive
Wynantskill

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd
Mechanicville

Mike Darling Construction

220 Oakwood Ave
Troy

Morehouse Enterprises

203 oregon ave
Schenectady

Morgan Construction Services L.L.C.

440 Route 146
Clifton Park

North Country Landscapes, LLC

10680 State Route 9W
Coxsackie

ORSINI LANDSCAPING LLC

2245 1ST AVE
Schenectady

OSBORNE MILL NURSERY

231 OSBORNE RD
Albany

Peak Environmental Concepts, Inc

28 Diamond Rd.
Ballston Lake

Perennial Landscaping

23 Clarks Chapel Rd.
Nassau

pierre baldwin contractor

30 south rd.
Gansevoort

PREGENT PAVING

Ballston Spa

R & K NURSERY INC

1470A RT 9
Clifton Park

Redbud Development Inc

2 Commerce Park Dr.
Gansevoort

ROSS BLACKTOP & BRICK PAVING

1230 CENTRAL AVE
Albany

S M Young Construction, L L C

871 Bull Hill Road
Gilboa

S.Y.N.N. Enterprise

3 Elm St
Nassau

Saratoga Hardscapes

po box 159
Victory Mills

Saul's Paving

2927 County Route 51
Hannacroix

SCALI O LANDSCAPING

6850 ROUTE 9
Hudson

SealMaster

30 Railroad Ave.
Albany

SEASONS SUPPLY

852 GROOMS RD
Rexford

Sherwin P. M. And Construction

3219 E Lydius St
Schenectady

Shrub-Right Landscaping Inc

217 South Albany Road

SKYLANDS SERVICES, INC

50D Delaware Ave
Delmar

SnowGo

po 4219

Southwood services

31 Fisher Blvd
Slingerlands

Statewide Excavating

440 County Route 75
Mechanicville

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

THE GIRLS & MORE

126 BRIGHTMAN RD
Mechanicville

THOMAS J LOEHR EXCAVATING INC.

2744 AQUEDUCT RD
Schenectady

TOADFLAX NURSERY LLC

1604 SARATOGA RD
South Glens Falls

Todd Jobs LLC

PO Box 423
Latham

Top Course Masonry

1549 burden lake rd
Averill Park

TURFCO LAWN & LANDSCAPE

19 SANDALWOOD LN
Schenectady

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

USA Paving

28 Walter Smith Rd.
Catskill

Wesscapes

705 engleman avenue
Schenectady

WHITE BIRCH LANDSCAPING

812 COUNTY LINE RD
Schenectady

Your Style Design Build

334 Northern Trnpk
Johnsonville

Zemken Property Services Inc

6 Pershing Drive
Latham

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