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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.
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Natural stones will have some degree of variance given the lack of pre-made consistency.

 

1/2" is too much from stone to stone and should be able to be fixed with additional leveling sand. 

 

 

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Lakefront Landscapers in Atlanta

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7Brothers Landscaping Co.

816 Eastwood Village Dr
Stockbridge

A-1 Pinestraw Inc.

155 garrison rd

AA Handyman

330 North Crosslane Rd.
Monroe

Absolute Landscape

5618 Kegs Cir
Oakwood

affordable landscaping designs

Lois Drive
Sugar Hill

Allen Clean Cuts

878 Short St
Lawrenceville

Allin Lawn Care

5916 E Lake Pkwy
Mcdonough

Alpine Tree & Landscape Service

2221 Deep Creek Dr
Marietta

American Grading Inc

4711 Bally Shannon Dr
Mabelton

American Landscaping Crew

290 Rucker Rd
Alpharetta

American Outdoor Home Services

905 Buckingham Cove
Fairburn

Arbor Creek Landscape Contractors

PO Box 2613
Peachtree City

Architectural Solutions, LLC

5556 Redan Road
Stone Mountain

Atlanta Construction Enterprises Inc

121 Courtland Circle
Powder Springs

Atlanta Home Solutions

390 Racetrack Rd
Mcdonough

Atlanta Sod Company

4004 Booth Rd NE
Conyers

Atlanta Turf Management

650 Langford Dr.
Norcross

Atlas Piers of Atlanta

535 Winkler Dr
Alpharetta

Backyard Paradise Inc

62 Bunker Dr
Rossville

Before and After Scapes

1748 Agnes St
Marietta

Blackhawk Construction Services, LLC

2270 Northwest Parkway
Marietta

BMW Construction Inc.

1144 Whirlaway Lane
Monroe

Bria Designs

2384 Dunwoody Xing
Dunwoody

Brothers Best

3461 San Antonio Dr
Snellville

Budget Kutz Landscape LLC

1261 Old Powder Springs Rd
Mableton

BullDawg Contractors, LLC.

487 Leaflet Ives Trail
Lawrenceville

C&M Landscape Pros

113 Mckinley Dr
Griffin

CEL Cutting Edge Landscape

1582 Williams Drive
Marietta

Con South,Inc

1560 mosaic way

Creekside Designs

427 2ND Avenue SW

Crescent Ridge Landscapes LLC

3700 HIGHWAY 20 NE
Conyers

Curb Appeal Landscaping and Lawncare

992 Connally St. SE
Atlanta

DC Management

923 McGinnis Road
Johns Creek

DMC Construction

3657 Medlock Brg
Johns Creek

Dorough Landscape Co

5444 Lawrenceville Hwy NW
Lilburn

Doug's Pinestraw

27 Cedars Glen Way
Villa Rica

ED CASTRO LANDSCAPE

1125 OLD ELLIS RD
Roswell

Elements Landscape, LLC

195 Cabots Cove Court
Alpharetta

Favors II Enterprises

1424 Elva Dr
Atlanta

Freemanscapes Landscaping

101 Hill Road
Marrietta

G&G renovations

31 Chelsea lane
Grantville

GARDEN'S EDGE LANDSCAPING

4361 MIKANDY DR NW
Kennesaw

Georgia Advanced Cleaning Service

302 Perimeter Ctr N Apt 1011
Atlanta

Georgia Lawn Solutions, Inc.

207 South fork way
Woodstock

Graham Brothers Stone Company

114 Mill Creek Ln
Hiram

Grass Clips Inc

6556 Pleasantdale Rd
Atlanta

Grass-Sations, LLC

62 Braemill Ct
Dallas

Green Acres Landscaping Lawn Service Inc.

P.O. Box 491567
Lawrenceville

Greenlawn Landscape and Irrigation

4840 Hubert Martin Road
Cumming

Greenscape Creations

1935 Bethwick Court
Lawrenceville

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd.
Douglasville

Heirloom Design Build

2485 N Highland Ave
Atlanta

Idas Cleaning Company

Meadow Rue Dr
Norcross

J.E.T. Development, LLC

1838 Mapmaker Drive
Dacula

Jacqueline and Son Landscaping service

2231 Emerald Castle Dr
Decatur

JBC Specialty Services, LLC

10 Perimeter Summit Blvd
Atlanta

JMTW Enterprises LLC

5665 Atlanta Highway, Suite 103-409
Alpharetta

JOHNSON LANDSCAPES

6025 MATT HWY
Cumming

JOSE SANCHEZ HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

1185 PEPPERWOOD TRL
Norcross

JW's Precision Lawn Care & Landscaping

220 Edna Ruth Lane
Mcdonough

K&N Lawn Maintenance

1785 McDowell Ct
Lawrenceville

KBG-ent Inc.

4115 Gold Mill ridge

KD Home Services LLC.

4227 Harris Ridge ct
Roswell

Ken Norris Landscaping

61 Linclon Rd
Mcdonough

Landscape Dr.

125 Enterprise Drive
Cumming

Landshapes Inc.

6352 Pleasantdale Rd
Atlanta

LARA'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

807 PALATINE AVE
Atlanta

LawnService.com

PO Box 250309
Atlanta

LDC Management Group

4850 Golden Parkway
Buford

LEMON LAWN LLC

Alpharetta

Marcia Weber Gardens to Love

1432 Woodmont Ln NW
Atlanta

Mark Turner Grading LLC

1518 Highway 3 north
Hampton

Maxsus Inc Roofing & Restoration

1233 Buford HWY
Buford

MD House Doctors

1234 Spooner Street
Alpharetta

Melrose Investments Inc.

1704 Melrose Dr
Atlanta

MEM LANDSCAPING LLC

5170 W TEAL DR
Fairburn

Mendoza's Landscaping

1057 Ohara dr.
Jonesboro

Metro Home Care

4725 Cobb parkway

MFH Homes & Communities, LLC

2506 Lakewood Avenue
Atlanta

N T Pool Landscaping

5597 Brooklyn Lane
Norcross

NATURALISTIC GARDENS LLC

108 LATHEMS MILL LN
Ball Ground

Nesbit Landscape

6818 Lockridge Dr
Peachtree Corners

Nestor's Lighting

341 Broyles St SE
Atlanta

NewSouth Property Development

4177 whyndham ridge ct
Buford

NiteWorx Illumination Inc

600 Dartington Way
Alpharetta

OASIS LANDSCAPES & IRRIGATION

4958 WINTERS CHAPEL RD
Atlanta

Outdoor Expressions

981 Little Rd
Canton

Outdoor Solutions Inc

PO Box 1406
Hiram

Outside Landscape Group

11435 N Fulton Industrial Blvd
Alpharetta

Overgrown Backyards.Kudzu Removal. Lot Clearing.

6781 Chamblee Tucker Rd
Chamblee

PERFEKT ERTH

2183 ABBOTT DR
Buford

Picture Perfect Scapes

3440 Sherrod Drive
Marietta

PK Masonry

5090 Highway 92
Douglasville

Pollock and Associates

2502 Abbey Court
Alpharetta

Pond Pros

6555 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Cartersville

Prodigal Son Remodeling

170 Dogwood Dr
Fayetteville

Regal Stone LLC

1954 Westover Ln
Kennesaw

Renascent Consulting, LLC

4002 Hwy 78 Suite 530-150
Snellville

Retaining Walls Company

725 Branch Dr
Alpharetta

Rhino Services LLC

19 Johnston Cir
Palmetto

Riverstone Landscapes

600 Ellen Way Apt. 206
Woodstock

Rowe Property Management

419 Legacy Park Drive

S D & B Services

5963 Overby Rd
Flowery Branch

Safe and Affordable Handyman, Inc.

92 East May Street
Winder

SANCTUM DESIGN GROUP

2300 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell

SCAPES

5115 Old Ellis Point
Roswell

Scenicview Landscaping

375 Rockbridge Rd NW
Lilburn

SEASONAL SOLUTION INC.

8730 ROSWELL RD
Atlanta

Selective Designs

105 Depot Ct
Peachtree City

SITE WORKS INC

PO Box 2799
Mcdonough

Skiver Contracting

6625 Mockingbird Rd
Cumming

Sod Sales Direct

5091 Miller Rd SW
Lilburn

Southern Elegance Design and Landscape, LLC.

5885 Cumming Hwy #108-201
Buford

SPRINKLES IRRIGATION & LANDSCAPE INC

516 PLANTATION PARK DRIVE
Loganville

STEVE BREWER LANDSCAPE CO

2437 LAVISTA RD NE
Atlanta

Stoeckig Landscape Group

2700 Braselton Hwy
Dacula

Stoneside Scapes LLc.

64 Waterford Pl.
Acworth

Storm Safe LLC

PO Box 767724
Roswell

StressFree Contractors, LLC

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross

Surreal Scapes Inc.

3310 South Shore Ln.
Cumming

Synergy Outdoor

2131 Kingston Ct SE Ste 100
Marietta

SYNScapes of Georgia

4550 Sloan Ridge
Cumming

T.O. Starks and Associates

PO Box 1168
Lithonia

Tai's Landscaping

PO Box 54611
Atlanta

The Grounds Guys of Roswell

PO Box 1447
Roswell

The Howard Group, Inc.

1010 Lakeview Knoll

The Lawn Stylist

41 old holcomb bridge way

The Yard Man Inc.

5165 Rabbit Farm Rd.
Loganville

Travis Tree Care and Landscaping

1407 Reinhardt College Parkway
Canton

Tree Landscape and Concrete Services

6403 Edenfield Drive
Lithonia

Trotter Co

6575 Preachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross

Twinzbrother Services

4748 Ben Hill Road
Douglasville

Twisted Tree Landscapes, LLC

2990 olympic industrial drive,
Smyrna

UNLIMITED LAWN SVC

1981 TWO SPRINGS WAY
Lawrenceville

Upgrade Landscaping

PO Box 2838
Cumming

Urban Agriculture Inc.

8945 Old Keith Bridge Rd
Gainesville

UST Cleaning

5847
Weddington

Walter's Landscape Inc

1205 Buford Hwy
Surgar Hill

WATER WIZARDS

780 Spring Valley Dr
Cumming

Wilson Bros Landscape

1759 McGarity Rd
Mcdonough

Winder Electric

604 Cascade Way
Canton

Wizard Home Care

33 Joree Rd
Cartersville

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