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" was Great! Arrived a bit early and started unloading his equipment from his truck. I showed him to the pond and we talked about the issues" I was having and future ideas with the pond. I was thinking about making the pond one open pond instead of 3 sections. He explained how to deal with what I thought were problems, and save money too. is very nice and easy to talk to.

-Rhonda S.

"We just purchased a house with a semi-neglected pond and knew nothing about how to maintain it. came out, cleaned it out the algae, gave" us some pointers on the pond's upkeep and got the pump and filter operating on all cylinders. knows his stuff. He showed up when he said he would and did an amazing job on our pond - all for a fair price. Would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody.


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Lakefront landscaping

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itemized or flat rate contract

Dear Angie: Should contractors itemize their bills? Is that the norm, or is flat rate becoming the norm? -- Roger E., Parker, Colo.

close up of grass lawn behind beige house

How do you find the best lawn service? Ask the right questions to compare lawn care companies and ensure proper all-year yard maintenance.

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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.


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.


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 -


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.

'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.

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. 




Lakefront Landscaping reviews in Columbus


I have used to clean and service my fish pond/fountain for years. My fountain is poorly designed (he did not install it)and he has worked with me over the years to keep it running, keep my fish alive and keep it relatively algae-free. He is very knowledgeable about fish, algae, pumps & aquariums. He does this as a side business ...More and I have always found his prices to be extremely reasonable. When my pumps need to be replaced, he always shops for a bargain rather than buying a pump at the closest (& possibly most expensive place). I highly recommend him.

It was like getting served coffee with a smile! The upbeat attitude of this company was the highlight of my year. We contacted five companies and two never followed up. Step by Step was not the cheapest but we were very impressed with and his Angies List reviews. It was as if he naturally knew what needed to happen to our ...More inherited mess! He did not provide a free drawing but his vision was exceptional.
was great with scheduling and accounting and my husband was beside himself when she pulled up with a large dump truck full of sod!! The workers were pleasant through the heat and I have never seen people work so hard in my entire life. They were receptive to changes as the projects progressed.
We hope we never have to move away from our new sanctuary and every night is like our own little 4th of when the when the lights come on. The "icing on the cake" was when showed up with 3 frogs for the pond!!! We will have them back for front yard work and we highly recommend this company and its creativity.
- jamie R.

Our yard was a mess! Since worked on our home and yard, our friends have a hard time recognizing our house! It looks great.They pulled out lots of poison ivy and trimmed up the trees nicely.They consulted with me on the type of mulch I liked and had it delivered quickly. They weren't stingy about the mulch which was nice. ...More They were prompt and very polite. I can hardly believe they did all that work in one day! My husband and I would never have done such a nice job and it would have taken us the entire summer!We will definitely be using their services again. It's nice to have a company that can do so many different things for home improvement instead of working with a bunch of different businesses. I trust these guys.
- Mark L.

Step by Step was patient with us as we got the estimate in March, and didn't initiate the work until October. They were flexible finding the type of material we wanted, and working with us to determine project specifics. They were also helpful, bumping up the start date to accommodate masonry work on the sidewalk and stairs that started a couple ...More of weeks early. They were very considerate- we had concerns about whether or not the stairs were centered with the door, and and the crew were very patient, spending a great deal of time measuring and calculating as best they could, where the stairs should be located.
They truly embody the step by step mentality. We're in a long process of renovating our home and as such often have to space out improvements. We never felt pressured into buying more than we could afford. There are a few final pieces we are adding on to the project- more sod and landscaping lighting and has expressed his willingness to come back out for these relatively small projects. We look forward to working with him again in the future.
- Clinton R.

Lakefront Landscapers in Columbus

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3rdKind Development

3415 Fishinger Rd

A & M Landscaping & Lawncare

2263 Johnston Rd
Upper Arlington

A Treemendous Design LLC

PO Box 4042

A1 Contracting

3 Skyline Dr.
South Bloomfield

Able Tree Trimming LLC

3895 Alum Creek Dr




1900 Polaris Parkway, Suite 450


113 West Wheeling Street

Aurea Gardens

7437 HylandCroy road
Plain City

Benchmark Landscape Construction Inc

9600 Industrial Pkwy
Plain City

Bobcat And Backhoe Service - Gil Goodheil

2777 Liebs Island Rd.

Briarwood Farm

631 Cherry Glen Rd

Buck & Sons Landscape Service Inc

7147 Hayden Run Rd

Buckeye Lake Barge Co LLC

10615 Honeycreek Rd

Cheap Lawn Care

1023 Harrisburg Pike

Common Ground Contracting

118 Graceland Blvd.

COMO Landscapes

PO Box 758

Creative Hardscape

580 Barbara Dr
Tipp City



CSL & Associates

5768 Ravine Creek Dr
Grove City


PO Box 340161

Custom Landscape Contractors

2411 US Hwy 22 SW
Washington Court House


Plain City

Dematteo's Patios

6230 Lafferre Lane

Distinctive Lawn And Landscape

198 Shull Ave

Earth Graphics

4677 Huntwick Dr

Eastwood Artistry

7111 Sawmill Village Dr

Environmental Management, Inc

8220 Industrial Parkway
Plain City

Envy Landscape Management LLC

1295 Treehaven Lane

Following Steps Landscaping

2528 Abington Rd

Foreground Studio LLC

PO Box 29533

Frazier's Landscape & Lawncare

774 Peachblow Rd
Lewis Center

Gardens By Monette

1685 E Long St

Greiner Landscaping

326 E Deshler Ave

Grit360 LLC

Riverside dr

Hamilton Landscaping & Design

3999 Parkway Ln

Hedge Landscape, LLC

6270 Frost Rd


8059 Steitz RD

Hickory Lane Farm's Nursery & Landscape LLC

25575 Coder Holloway Rd

In The Yard Landscape

2745 E Powell Rd
Lewis Center


23615 STATE ROUTE 245
Milford Center

Knight Construction

107 S Belmar Dr

Landscape Design Solutions, LLC

8036 Corporate Blvd
Plain City

Landscapes By Terra, Inc

5965 Wilcox Place

Loving Family Landscapes

6678 Estate View Dr N

M & D Construction

129 E Taint St
Washington Courthouse

M & I Landscapes

1680 Johnstown Alexandria Rd

McCarty Customized Improvements

158 Southgate Drive

MH Aquatics

4115 Wilson Road

Midwest Water Gardens

4425 Columbus Pike

MLH Design and Build

13005 Duncan Plains


PO Box 2415

Oakland Nursery

1156 Oakland Park Ave


3555 COUNTY RD 170

One Source Lawncare, LLC

7 North Oak Street

Outdoor Space Design

289 W Weisheimer Rd

Phoenix Tree Care and Trees By Louise

2174 Britains Ln.


Mount Vernon

Ralph Rhodes Custom Homes and Remodeling

11316 Watkins Rd

Resolute Construction

12782 cook yanketown rd

Riepenhoff Landscape Ltd

3872 Scioto Darby Creek Rd

RTG errands


S.A.T. Landscape (Spray A Tree)

1585 Pemberton Dr

Schilling Property Design, LLC

5026 Fenwick Ct

Slone Technology And Construction

4390 Maize rd

Super 8 Motel

1900 Stringtown Road
Grove City, Oh

SYNLawn of Ohio Valley

484 W. Olentangy St.

Tailored Tasks

P.O Box 362

Thurman Reflections LLC

3014 Alwine Road

TM Design

520 B South State St. Suite 139

TNT Home Renovations

1889 Victory Dr

Universal Construction

PO Box 785

wells landscaping

6626 thomas rd

Wright Landscape Supply & Market Place LLC

4333 Westfall Rd SW

Yard Gallery Landscaping LLC

3617 Cheshire Rd

Youngquist Mowing

5534 sweetwater valley cir
New Albany

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