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"Last season we received an estimate for a garden sprinkler system for a historic brownstone in Boston. When we tried to schedule the work last season they were" unresponsive and eventually it became too late in the season as we planted our garden. We had pumbing work done in preparation for their estimate and they said they could do it in the fall or spring. When I recently contacted them they said they no longer serviced the area where I live: Boston. Because of not getting the system done in time last year we spent $600 paying the gardener to water the garden, in a addition to $1000 I spent for plumbing to prep the job. I am out $1600 and now still have to find a contractor. It is astounding to me how quickly these people forget how their business was just a few years ago, and now treat existing customers as if they are not worth their time. I never right reviews, but the attitude was astounding, and would warn potential customers that if you want a reliable contractor.... look elsewhere. Thanks to Angie's List for providing this venue for sharing.

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for 2 years now on our property. Their prices are high but we went with the company because they use natural products and we" have two small children (we wanted to avoid toxic pesticides). Their work is excellent. Lawn looks fantastic - like a golf course. I highly recommend them. If you are not troubled by the price (about $170 per treatment; about 6 treatments per year), your lawn will look great.

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Cost depends of course on your locale, and distance to nearest pit or quarry that carries your desired type material. Be careful also where fill is coming from - you don't want someone pawning off a load of construction/demolition or land clearing debris or petroleum/chemicals contaminated waste on you.

 

Generally, in broad terms and excluding inner cities where delivery round-trip time is long due to distance from pits and slow traffic or very remote areas far from material source, the delivery charge or trip charge will normally run from $50-150 per trip, plus cost of material being hauled. Note you may be quoted just a per-ton (or per cubic yard for topsoil commonly) price based on a full truckload which would include trip charge and material charge. Others will quote separately, and some will forget to quote trip charge and only give material price. For instance, if you call and say "what does topsoil run per yard" they may say $30 - neglecting to say you will be charged a trip charge for the truck trip regardless of whether you buy 1 yard or 25 yards, so if $150 trip charge would be net $180/cy for 1 yard, but  $40/cy net if a 15 yard full truckload, for instance - so get clear on TOTAL cost for specific amount of material. I am always amazed at hearing hauling contractors gripe about rejected loads because when they showed up the homeowner did not realize there was a trip charge - and of course many times the driver dumps it BEFORE getting payment - BAD idea, as it costs more to get a loader in there to pick it up than to just give it to them without charging for the haul.

 

General round numbers for types of materials (and some areas may fall outside even these broad ranges) - common (unclassified) fill around $3-12/ton, sand/gravel around $5-15/ton, sand/gravel or crushed rock screened to a specific specification (like for clean drain rock or pea gravel or driveway base or structural fill or such) $12-30/ton, cobbles and crusher oversize (generally 2" plus material to about 12-18 inches - size varies by source) $15-40/ton, quarry spalls (mostly 1/2-6") with some fines and occaisonal up to 12 inch shot rock roughly about $15-40/ton, small riprap (6 inch to maybe 2 foot) $35-100/ton, large rirrap (2 foot plus) $50-250/ton, topsoil $5-50/cubic yard, decorative garden/yard rock $40-500/ton depending on fanciness and how far away imported from. Wide price range because some areas have numerous close sources, other have to go to great effort to produce certain sizes - especially with crushed highly durable rock and riprap, where it may be very hard to find good quality bedrock sources like in the lower Mississippi valley and areas of the midwest with heavy glacial sourced cover over the bedrock. Ditto to topsoil, where very cheap in some midwest areas with active subdivision development producing waste topsoil, to very expensive in some far northern and desert-like and near-beach areas where topsoil is virtually non-existent.

 

If you are going to be walking on this material, for kid play areas you want rounded river gravel or sand because it moves around and cushions falls better, but for walking areas/paths you generally want crushed materials so it does not move and scrunch around under your feet, though with decorative stone each particular type will only come one way - like rounded river rock, or angular reef limestone or lava rock.

 

Topsoil, in areas which a choice of sources, you need to specify if you want loam/loess (silty, sandy with little organics), clayey, peat/organic rich, or blended (organic plus sand) to reduce packing and caking and improve drainage.

 

Typical load size - small individual hauling companies haul 1/2-2 tons/load in small pickup or trailer loads, common dump truck sizes are around 8-10 ton capacity for single axle, 12-15 tons double rear axle, and 18-25 tons for belly or tilt dump trailers - and some contractors have "pup" trailers than haul about another 8-10 tons on same trip if needed. However, in urban areas weight restriction may prevent full loading - ditto during spring breakup in areas with road weight restriction to protect roads that are thawing out.

 

Rough BALLPARK estimating numbers - about 1.3-1.5 tons per dumped (uncompacted) cubic yard except for topsoil, which can run 0.8-1.3 tons per cubic yard depending on moisture and organics content.

 

Excavation contractor is AL search category I think and I believe I saw a Topsoil category once - but if you google you can find Topsoil and Gravel/Rock haulers, then check them against AL for reviews. For small quantities (a truckload or two) of topsoil, or specialty landscaping rocks, then a landscaping/plant center is sometimes your best source, though pricier for common materials than from a local topsoil or gravel pit or rock quarry, becdause they have apid to have it hauled to them, then have to pay to have it scooped up and hauled to you,plus their own profit and overhead costs so plant centers commonly about double direct from pit costper ton or yard.

 

If you need advice on type of material you need for your job, use the Answer This Question button right below your question to reply back with a description of your project.

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Irrigation System reviews in Boston

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They knew the garden from previous owners. We were new and asked them to continue. Everything they did worked we'll and the team is wonderful to talk to, work with. They came no more than necessary, had suggestions. Planted, maintained, organized irrigation system for us, cleaned up, did herb boxes. Parterre is great--with a price tag for the 1%. Terrific so long as we can afford them.
- PHYLLIS F.

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ACORN TREE & LANDSCAPING INC

513 CODMAN HILL RD
Boxborough

ADAM LANDSCAPING

56 ACADEMY RD
North Andover

Advanced Agriculture Inc.

171 Dalton Rd
Chelmsford

Baker Elman Plumbing

671 Saw Mill Brook Pkwy
Newton Center

Barrell Plumbing & Heating

36 Spinelli Pl
Cambridge

Bellrock Construction LLC

1 Atkinson Dr
Saugus

Berardi Irrigation

1049 Turnpike St
Canton

BISCO

60 STERGIS WAY
Dedham

Boston Irrigation

330 Cochituate Rd
Framingham

Boston Tree Company

P.O. Box 780
Needham Heights

BRIAN J DINSMORE LANDSCAPING

14 TOPLIFF ST
Billerica

Clear Cut Landscaping

295 Lake St.
Bellingham

Colameta Landscaping - Groton

45 Pleasant Street
Groton

Crane's Property Maintenance

405 Groveland St
Haverhill

D.M. Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc.

301 Channing Road
Belmont

Diamond Plumbing Incorporated

113 Bradstreet Ave
Revere

Dumont Landscape Construction

302 Union Ave
Framingham

Ed Conway Landscaping

1795 River St
Hyde Park

Elicone Landscaping Co., Inc.

25 Elson Road
Waltham

EV Landscaping

9 Newbury Neck Road
Newbury

Fairway Landscaping & Lawn Care

718 Washington St
South Easton

GC McGowan Design

53 Curtis St
Scituate

Giancarlo Bianchi

31A Caldery St
Waltham

GLENN KRESCO CORP

98 E CHARLTON RD
Spencer

Greenman Inc.

340 Chestnut St.
Lynnfield

Greenworld Landscaping

1226 Columbia Rd.
Boston

Gulla Landscape Inc

467 Washington St
Norwood

Halliday Construction

1408 Centre St
Roslindale

Hartney Greymont Inc Needham

433 Chestnut St
Needham

Hemenhalt Construction

PO Box 332
North Easton

J & D LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

2000 Main St Ste 1
Walpole

J F TROCKI LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

P.O. Box 672
Stoughton

J Martin Landscaping

34 Bartherick Rd
Westminster

Kostkutters1.com

113 Albion St
Wakefield

KRIS-JON'S LANDSCAPE DESIGN

685 N BEDFORD ST
East Bridgewater

Landscape Visions Corp

P.O. Box 1294
Concord

Larchmont Engineering & Irrigation

11 Larchmont Ln
Lexington

LEMBO CORP

125 BROOK ST
Hudson

Lowreys Landscapes

379 Chestnut St
Uxbridge

LUCAS IRRIGATION CO INC

12 Sibley Rd
Weston

MACLELLAN PLUMBING & HEATING

106 Finnell Dr.
Weymouth

Martins Property Management LLC

55 Bennett St
Brighton

MasonWorks Landscapes

25 Shadow Rd
Melrose

Midurski Bros. Landscaping Inc.

118 Cushing Street
Stoughton

MJ Nicholls Landscaping LLC

77 Gridley St
Quincy

Modern Landscaping Inc

328 Main St
North Easton

Moodscapes LLC

216 Hillside Ave
Arlington

New England Star

255 Whipple St
Fall River

Nick's Construction

2 Raymond Ct
Hudson

Nicolazzo Bros Landscape Corp

183 Webster St
West Newton

Odd Jobs Done Right

33 Sylvanus Wood Ln.
Woburn

Old Farm Landscaping

254 Millbury St
Auburn

Organic Soil Solutions

38 Fuller Rd
Needham

Ostiguy Landscape

235 South Rd
Bedford

Parterre Garden Service

2235 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge

Phil Mastroianni Corporation

17 FOUNTAIN ST
Waltham

Plus Landscape Solutions, Inc.,

120 Parker Street
Acton

Ponch Excavation LLC

3841
Roslindale

Pride Fence

20 Eustis Street
Saugus

Pride Landscaping Corp

143 Bow St
Everett

Rain Masters Lawn Irrigation

P.O. Box 780
Brookline

RCP

1181 Morton St
Mattapan

REDMOND DESIGN GROUP

153 Lexington Rd
Lincoln

Salt Box Nursery

PO Box 1041
Billerica

SavATree - Lincoln

15 Lewis St
Lincoln

Scotts LawnService

95 Ryan Dr Ste 5
Raynham

Scotts LawnService

149 River St
Andover

Seth Berman Gardeners LLC

19 Walden St
Cambridge

Seven Zero Development LLC

34 Shingle Mill Drive

SGH PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

293 COMMONWEALTH AVE.
Boston

STEVE & SONS HOME REPAIR

46 BOSTON AVE
Somerville

Steve's Lawn Care, Inc.

PO BOX 233
Arlington

Stone Wall Designers Inc

114 Wheeler Rd
Stow

SUBURBAN YARD SPECIALISTS

P.O. Box 310
Winchester

Tatiana de Queiroz

46 Edgeworth St
Worcester

Terra Landscape & Construction Inc

138 Fisher St
Westborough

Terra Stone

Po Box 143
Marlborough

The Gardeners Landscape

6 Main St
Kingston

Tompkins Landscape & Irrigation

128 Main St
North Andover

TRINITY IRRIGATION INC

116 PLEASANT ST
Berlin

W R Scanlon Inc

78 Fremont St
Needham Heights

Walsh Plumbing & Heating

10 Conant st
Salem

Weed & Feed Inc. dba DHT Golf Services

8 Meadow Park Rd.
Plymouth

WHITMORE'S YARD CARE INC

656 Plymouth St
East Bridgewater

Your Garden Curator

176 Albion Street
Somerville

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