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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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has been great to work with. He has many good design ideas and has been very patient as we've worked through the process of finding the best options for our yard. We were even more pleased when his team came for installation. They were a great crew - very pleasant, courteous and professional. We enjoyed working with ...More them and look forward to more projects with them in the future!
- laura W.
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Contacted for Landscaping Services, basically said it wasn't worth his time. I said I had found him on Angieslist and was trying to get a quote. My last conversation basically went :You had your landscaping done already call the person that did it. I find it interesting that a service provider would not seek long term clients, I had indicated ...More I was looking for a "go to" landscaper to provide services when needed.
- Greg R.
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Work was done well and with much care and enthusiasm, All of the hardscapes were very carefully graded. A surveyor's transit was used regularly as the many (thick) layers of gravel and brick were added. The result is a job where rain water rolls off just as expected with no pooling or ponding. And the creativity in selecting stones, plants, and ...More taking care of details was exemplary and extremely professional.
The project was moderately large with significant brick paving, grading, breaking up and hauling away old concrete, and delivering multiple (seeming endless) truckloads of gravel, soil, mulch, and other supplies. Other landscapers "no bid" the job because it was too large. made it seem routine. Impressive.
- Don G.
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The men who worked were very professional and nice. came by and did a great job cleaning up and redefining an old bed and making it look beautiful again. Since then, and DIantha have been great resources in terms of answering various questions regarding our lawn and guidance on tree selections.
- Evelyn W.
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I was seeking a quote for landscaping services. and his staff were extremely professional and friendly. They were very responsive and the quote was reasonable. Unfortunately, other project expenses I had to fix up my rental property were very high, so the landscaping was something I decided to attempt on my own. I will absolutely ...More consider for any future needs though!
- Max H.
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The company was great to work with. They were all extremely professional and friendly. It shows how much they care about doing things right - awesome company!
- Katy B.
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I called on 8/28 (Friday). He came the next day, Sat morning, to look at property. Very punctual, professional. We received a competitive bid the next day by email. He and his workers arrived on 9/14 to do the work and did an excellent job. He paid attention to details. A couple of days later he followed up with a phone call ...More to make sure the work was done the way we wanted it. We will definitely use again!
- SABRINA L.
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The initial walkway installation went well. The only glitch was the owner never followed up to allow my wife to pick the color pavers she wanted. Fortunately the ones his crew just showed up with were OK with my wife. We also got a quote for a second phase that was to include a rock creek bed plus drywells to deal with flooding in a part of our yard. ...More Given the sidewalk was done in early Oct 2014, the part 2 would be in spring 2015. To confirm the source of the flooding, the owner suggested digging several deep holes that October which we agreed. However we later in 2014 we decided not to do phase 2. In spring 2015, I contacted the owner via email and asked them to come back to seal the new walkway and refill the holes. That was in May/June. I was told it would take a few weeks to get to us due to other jobs. After 4 weeks and no crew or update, I called and was told "sorry, it's been crazy with all this rain. I will have a crew there in two weeks". Another 4 weeks passed, and when I contacted him a third time, again I got more apologies and sorries and empty promised to take care of it "right away" That was mid-Aug. It's now late Sept. Now I'm forced to find some one else to clean up 's incomplete job. I will file a complaint with the BBB. I would NOT recommend using them due to their poor responsiveness and lack of professionalism.
- Eva G.

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Rebholz Landscaping

807 Mohican Dr
Loveland

Reid's Lawn Care

1125 Church Ave
Cincinnati

ReNew Landscaping

3895 Ridgecombe Drive
Cincinnati

RESULTS BY CARROLL

1301 MIDDLETOWN EATON RD
Middletown

Robinson Outdoor Services

11264 Templeton Dr
Cincinnati

Ron Klei & Sons Inc

10329 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati

Rooted Design LLC

6615 Planefield Rd
Cincinnati

Roundtree Lawn and Landscape

1231 OLD OXFORD RD
Hamilton

ROYAL LAWN CARE

4776 READING RD
Cincinnati

Royse Lawn Care

PO Box 54118
Cincinnati

Sacred Earth Farms

8710 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati

SANDER BROTHERS CUSTOM GROUNDSCARE LLC

2840 BUTTERWICK DR
Cincinnati

SANSONE LAWN & LANDSCAPING

4837 WINONA TER
Cincinnati

SCENIX LANDSCAPE

4805 STATE RTE 276
Batavia

SCHEBOR BROTHERS LANDSCAPING

6067 STATE ROUTE 132
Goshen

Scotts LawnService

9940 Cincinnati Dayton Rd
West Chester

SEILER'S LANDSCAPING INC

7011 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati

Serene Aqua

249 Bonham Rd
Cincinnati

SERENITY LANDSCAPING INC

5765 S ST RT 48
Maineville

Service on Demand

6262 Manchester Ct.
Liberty Township

Setzers Lawncare & Landscaping

3216 New Year Drive
Cincinnati

SHARON NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER

7319 COLUMBIA RD
Maineville

Shaw Tree Surgeons

401 Hillcrest Dr
Cincinnati

SIMPLE IMPROVEMENTS

2885 MINTO AVE
Cincinnati

SMITH'S CAMARGO LANDSCAPE

3998 BACH BUXTON RD
Amelia

SmithScapes, LLC.

5837 Dry Fork Rd.
Cleves

SMYTH EXTERIOR DESIGNS

PO Box 11533
Cincinnati

Snip n Plow Landscaping

1307 Delta Ave
Cincinnati

Solutions by GROUND CREATIONS, LLC

252528 West County Line Road

Sparkle Clean Maid Services

PO Box 406
Felicity

Specialized Arbor and Design

1406 Larry Joe Ln
Cincinnati

Springleaf Outdoor Services

4533 Race Lane Rd.
Okeana

Stachler Landscaping, LLC

9944 Princeton-Glendale RD
Cincinnati

stan services llc

8 waco way
Hamilton

Station Road Landscaping

6749 Station Rd
West Chester

Stauffer Enterprises

4135 Socialville-Foster Rd
Mason

STEARS LANDSCAPING

8019 BLACKTHORN DR
Cincinnati

Steezo MIC Llc

1733 W North Bend Rd
Cincinnati

STEFANI LANDSCAPING, INC.

5256 WOOSTER PK
Cincinnati

Steiner's Lawn & Landscape

4779 Hillside Ave
Cincinnati

STEPHEN A SMITH & ASSOC

2194 VICTORY PKWY
Cincinnati

Stephens Landscape

1218 Edison Ave.
Hamilton

STERRITTS LANDSCAPE ARTISTS

6530 STEWART RD
Cincinnati

STICKLEY LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

5403 LESTER RD
Cincinnati

Straight Line Landscaping

1250 Ohio Pike #242
Amelia

Strohmeier Landscaping Ltd

8190 Sheed Rd
Cincinnati

Sullivan Services

PO Box 541163
Cincinnati

Sunset Lawn Services LLC

P.O. Box 13413
Hamilton

Superior Lawn Services

41 Warren Court

Supreme Lawn Care LLC

5407 Country Hills Ln.

Supreme Scapes

3857 Settle Road
Cincinnati

SURROUNDINGS INC

680 BAXTER RD
Loveland

SWEENEY SERVICES LLC

4611 E MIAMI RIVER RD
Cleves

Swisher Landscaping

3753 North Berkley Circle
Cincinnati

T & T Landscaping of Ohio LLC

4438 Appleton St
Cincinnati

Tall Oaks Lawn & Landscaping, LLC

9434 Princeton Glendale Rd
Hamilton

Taylor's Tree & Landscaping

986 White Oak Rd
Cincinnati

Taylormade Lawn & Landscaping

2984 Stony Hollow Ct.

TEAM GREEN L & L LANDSCAPING

4224 FOREST AVE
Cincinnati

TEAM GREEN L&L

2007 FREDA LN
Goshen

TELLO'S TREE SERVICE

1950 Bluehill Dr
Cincinnati

TENSING CONTRACTORS INC

4201 BLUE ROCK RD
Cincinnati

Tepe Environmental Services

7021 Cleves Warsaw Pike
Cincinnati

TERRY KATZ LANDSCAPING INC

2100 LOSANTIVILLE AVE
Cincinnati

That's Handy Man

4928 S Dixie Hwy
Franklin

The Canopy Crew LLC

5675 belmont ave

The Kluener Cut

7344 Locust View Lane
Cincinnati

The Organic Turf Co

4155 Gibson Dr
Tipp City

The Sams Group

7914 Jessies Way
Hamilton

THE STUMP GUY

Cincinnati

thecincihandyman.com

PO Box 498245
Cincinnati

THESING LANDSCAPING NURSERY INC.

6390 WESSELMAN RD
Cincinnati

Thornton Landscape Inc.

24 E. U.S. Highway 22 and 3
Maineville

Tinkerturf Lawn & Landscape

443 Oak Rd
Cincinnati

TL Collins Landscape & Maintenance

5424 Lever Ct
Cincinnati

Tlc Landscaping & Garden Centre

PO Box 42324
Cincinnati

TM Landscaping

Cincinnati

TMT Turf Solutions LLC

68 Rockwood Ave

TODD LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

6896 PADDISON RD
Cincinnati

TOM LUCK

7132 VIRGINIA AVE
Cincinnati

Tony Taphorn

5450 Overlook Rd
Milford

Top Scapes Design

New Richmond

Trade Solutions Inc.

10925 Reed Hartman Hwy.
Blue Ash

TREE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

6016 MONTGOMERY RD
Cincinnati

Tree Images

489 Cinnati Batavia Pike
Cincinnati

TREE SPECIALISTS

5867 MARATHON EDENTON RD
Williamsburg

Tree Wise Guys Tree Service

1255 Deblin Dr
Milford

Treemark Tree & Landscaping

5121 Romohr Road
Cincinnati

TruBlue Cincinnati : Total House Care

5378 Palisades Drive
Cincinnati

TruGreen

4041 Thunderbird Ln
Fairfield

TUKE LANDSCAPING

4505 Anchorage Rd
Cincinnati

TURF TECHNOLOGIES

10901 REED HARTMAN HWY
Cincinnati

Turfworks Pro Landscape & Lawn Care

6339 Hillside Ave
Cincinnati

TURPIN FARMS

3295 TURPIN LN
Cincinnati

Two Brothers Brick Paving

95 Clearsprings Dr
Springboro

UNCLE BILL'S GARDEN CENTER

8642 WINTON RD
Cincinnati

Upscale Lawncare Inc

3831 Trevor Ave
Cincinnati

Vaught's Lawncare and Landscaping

4973 Monterey Maple Grove Rd
Batavia

VICTORY GARDENS LEARNING CTR

77 SHEFFIELD RD
Cincinnati

VIVIAN LLAMBI & ASSOC

2312 PARK AVE
Cincinnati

VRCustoms

4125 Easton Ln.

W.D. Services

929 Dayton Pike

WAGERS LANDSCAPE SVC

1988 Sandcliff Dr
Cincinnati

Walker "Heat & Air "

620 20th ave.
Middletown

WamBam Fence

10616 Baily Rd

Warren's Landscaping Inc

1334 State Route 131
Milford

Watson Carpentry

5015 McKay Rd
Batavia

We Do It All

Cincinnati

We Do Lawns Plus

9210 Long Ln
Cincinnati

Webbs Remodeling

2361 Harper Ave
Cincinnati

WENNING LANDESIGN STUDIO

5100 Breckenridge Dr
Cincinnati

Werbrich's Landscaping

7368 Buena Vista Dr.
Cleves

Wessling Tree Service & Landscaping

3834 Round Bottom Rd
Cincinnati

WHITE OAK ENVIRONMENTALS

3579 BLUE ROCK RD
Cincinnati

Wiesman Services

8290 Wuest Rd.
Cincinnati

Wilde Nursery

3956 Rybot Road
Cincinnati

Wiley Landscaping and Lawn Care

5677 S Dixie Hwy
Franklin

WILLIAM H GEAR LANDSCAPING

1579 GOODMAN AVE
Cincinnati

Wimberg Landscaping

5401 Hetzell Ave
Cincinnati

WITTE LANDSCAPE SVC

5614 RIDGE AVE
Cincinnati

WOLFE LANDSCAPING INC

22 owl ridge lane
Milford

Wynn's Services LLC

1439 Woodlan Court
Amelia

Wyoming Remodeling & Redesign

9949 Springfield Pike Ste A
Cincinnati

Yard Pro Landscaping

3803 Dina Terrace
Cincinnati

Yardscapes By Dianne LLC

1033 Walnut Lick Rd

Young Entrepreneur Landscaping LLC.

3543 Round Bottom Rd.
Cincinnati

Young's Lawn Care

2234 Adams Ridge Dr
Cincinnati

Yuprs Inc.

4286 August Pl
Cincinnati

Zimax Inc.

1193 State Route 131
Milford

ZONE SIX LANDSCAPE SVC

5707 CARTHAGE AVE
Cincinnati

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