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was terrific. He was punctual and honest, and provided a great deal of advice on how to repair my fountain. His cleaning service did not" take too much time. Now my fountain works great and literally sparkles as it never has before. I will certainly be calling
on a regular basis.

-Karl H.

"He does a very good job, arrives on time, gets the fountain clean and running well. Also did an electrical repair to fountain cord for me. Very nice young man.

-Denise T.

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Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

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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. 




Fountain Installation reviews in Los Angeles


I called
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on Saturday morning and he promptly called back and said he was available in the afternoon that same day! I told him that I had a unique fountain that was made for me out of a giant flower urn and that tree roots grow into the underground box that houses the water and motor and that it hadn't been working for about a year. I had the motor cleaned out once about 3 years ago but it was now 7 years old. When
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arrived, he said that it was unique and he had not seen something like it but managed to take it all apart (lifting the 100+ pound urn himself) clean it all and get the motor working fine which was great because he said it was a very good and expensive motor. It went from a dark stagnant murky swamp to a smoothly flowing, crystal clear water fountain! Works great and I'm very happy. Cost was a little more than I expected but I guess you get what you pay for. Highly recommend.

- Nancy C.

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arrived early (which was refreshing!) and looked at the fountain. He felt it wasn't a crack but that the seal was not seated properly. The fountain had been off for a few months and was also in need to cleaning. He cleaned the fountain, reset the seal correctly and used putty to reinforce. He made sure that the fountain was level and in working order. He was efficient, friendly and professional. I will definitely use him every 6 months to clean the fountain!
- Sherry C.

Rich was on time, upbeat, personable and allowed me to watch his entire process. Because this was my first water feature / pool, he gave some tips on how to maintain the pump/filter system since it looked neglected in the past. It's now been 2 weeks and the leaks are still fixed and we now love using the water feature in our new backyard!
- Francisco B.

I had planned to go with a different company to do our water feature that was a much larger company and had a good reputation. After that company had come out 3 times they finally gave me a final bid on the project that was significantly higher than the first estimate and all of a sudden didn't have any plants with it either. The other company didn't get back to me and ruined my plans to get it done while my husband was on vacation.

i was really frustrated so i tried calling
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. He had been out once before and was definitely the one person with the best vision, but i had decided to go with the bigger company. But after my frustrating experience with the other company i called
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again. He came out and gave me a great price, had his crew come out right away and they had the job done in 3 days.

the initial company was going to do a 20 foot long stream with no plants for $8500 and
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's team did a 28 foot long waterfall/stream with LOTS of plants and lighting ($7000) and even terraced a part of our sloped yard for a dining area ($1200). So we basically got almost half of our yard completely landscaped and it was still $300 less than the other company! We are so pleased with our decision and delighted with our yard! Everyone who has seen it thinks they did a great job - including the gardener and the electricians that came out. I would definitely recommend
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and plan to use them in the future for additional projects.
- holly Q.

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came in and looked at our problem, then gave us a creative beautiful plan to fix and improve on what we had. He and his crew were on budget and on schedule performing the work. Would definitely recommend them.
- Peter A.

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were fantastic from the very beginning. When they came over for their estimate, they sat down with us and had us go through a thick book of pictures and point to images we loved, colors we preferred, "looks" we wanted incorporated into our design, and specify which plants we didn't want. They took the time to really understand what we were going for.

When we decided to go with them, they had DKA Landscaping come in and do the hardscaping. DKA was incredibly professional, patient, quick, and skilled. They poured us walkways and a beautiful patio just the way we wanted it. I would definitely recommend them for any and all hardscaping projects.
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then swooped in and did all of the planting in no time flat. They walked us through each and every plant and tree, and told us how to give it the best care. They installed a new sprinkler system and had us test it out, walked us through the weekly watering schedule, had us re-test it just to make sure we had it down.

A few weeks later, after the unexpected rains in late spring, we had a problem with drainage in one portion of our planters. Water was seeping through the retaining wall, and the plants in that section were being drowned. DKA came quickly to the rescue, dug up all around the retaining wall, and re-sealed it to perfection. They then installed extra drains all around it. Canterbury replaced all of the drowned plants, and the place now looks marvelous.

We'd definitely work with them again. It was a painless and satisfying experience, all around.
- Andrew G.

My husband and I recently engaged
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(principal of
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) to assist us in turning our tiny back yard (a 20 by 20 space sandwiched by stucco’d garage walls) from what we called the ‘prison yard’ into a Mexican-inspired courtyard. Once we came up with our basic concept (a terracotta patio surrounded by planters), we called two nearby landscaping companies listed on Angie’s List.
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responded promptly to my inquiry and made himself available for a weekend consultation. During the consultation, he showed us another client’s garden and indicated that he could be available to start our project immediately. The project (scope listed above) was completed in three weeks. Though the final cost turned out to be higher than initially estimated (i.e., he asked us to cover overages not estimated in the original contract), we are pleased with the outcome. As with any garden, a few plants failed and the irrigation system required some tweaking, but so far (I’m writing three weeks after completion)
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has come back to address these issues and has indicated a willingness to assist and advise in the future. Perhaps the attached photos can tell the story better than
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, so have a look!

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6: Since writing the above report,
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and we have parted ways on less than ideal terms, so I’ve changed my ‘yes I’d use again,’ to a ‘no.’ In a nutshell, he had come back to inspect an area of sod that failed, said he would return on a given day to replace it, and then came back that day only to restart a debate about whether we should have planted sod there at all (ultimately not doing it, and just walking out). As I had taken time off from work to be there – and as we were talking about less than $20 in sod, I felt it was
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of him (and unwise as a business person) not to do the work he’d promised/scheduled. If he didn’t want to replace that section, he could have said so the day he came back to inspect the area. Though he is a nice guy who works hard, he is not as knowledgeable as he seems to think he is. As we didn't know much about SoCal gardening/landscaping, we chose to retain a ‘landscaper’ rather than our weekly gardener, as we wanted someone who would know to ask relevant questions and think about critical issues. Having worked with him, I’d say
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is a creative gardener, but certainly not a ‘landscape firm’ (as his voicemail says). We basically went to the nursery, picked out a portfolio of plants we thought were cool, and
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planted them nicely. In hindsight, we realize that we didn’t get the kind of design work and/or professional advice you might expect from a 'landscape firm.' While I
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’t want to steer anyone against working with him, I will say that if you work with
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, you should be prepared to do some of your own homework on what kind of water, soil, and light certain plants need and how big things will grow over time. Also, be sure you either create a portfolio of plants that is compatible or that the irrigation system can help compensate for differing water needs. It turns out that we have to do a lot of hand watering, as our groundcover (
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thyme) needs loads of water while the succulents do not, and the irrigation system drowns the succulents while barely wetting the ground cover. Since the initial planting, we have had to move some things around (as some plants that will stay short were planted in the back, and plants that will grow tall were planted in the front). We have been strongly advised by our weekly gardener and others to remove the Yuccas as soon as possible - as they get really invasive, cannot be ‘held back,’ and are not appropriate for a small space such as ours. We have also realized that it was not smart having the same items on the sunny and shady sides of the yard, as some plants that need shade are burning in the sun, and bouganvilleas (which need sun) on our shady side are not happy. Also, we had said that we didn't want anything that flowered (so as not to aggravate allergies or attract bees) and it turns out that our groundcover (
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thyme) flowers like crazy. So, once again, just do your homework, or be sure to press
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to think about these kinds of things, so that your garden (which, like ours, as you can see, was beautiful on planting day) will thrive and suit your needs over the long run. Happy gardening!
- Traci C.

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was wonderful. He changed the pump, changed the hoses, and got a very temperamental old fountain to work beautifully. As problems came up (not of his making) he kept coming back until they were fixed and everything worked perfectly. He always showed up when he said he would, and was pleasant and professional.

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Sherman Oaks

Trinity Builders & Design

7022 Darby Ave Ste A

Trinity Construction

1538 W 84th St
Los Angeles

U.C. Handyman Services

8541 Foothill Blvd.

Ultimate Construction

1370 Jasmine Ct



Urban Eco Design

Santa Barbara

US Developer & Property Inc

4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Valley Village

US Home Developers Inc

19737 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills

Uva Construction

41785 Elm St #102

VBI Construction

2733 Harbor Blvd


Buena Park

Villa Bella Construction

10 Mondrian
Aliso Viejo

Vision Design

La Puente


Granada Hills


Simi Valley

Water Fountain Guy

PO Box 13221


Culver City

Waterfall Painting and Remodeling

15 N San Mateo

Watershape, Inc

8330 Jake Ln
Canoga Park

West Coast Commercial Construction

3403 Heather Field Dr
Hacienda Heights

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

West Coast Deck Waterproofing

6804 Rosecrans Avenue


9491 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga

West Coast Pool & Spa

PO Box 50156
Long Beach


PO BOX 953
Los Angeles

Windtex Inc

14601 Arminta St


5460 White Oak Ave

Woolf Electric

5938 Autry Ave

Yanke Brothers Construction, Inc.

100 East Verdugo Ave

Yorba Ridge Pools

4071 E La Palma Ave Ste L

Your Favorite Contractor, Inc.

18375 Ventura Blvd

Your Handyman & Construction

1187 Coast Village Rd
Santa Barbara

Your Local Handyman

736 Canyon View Dr.
Laguna Beach

Zion Corporation Management

8484 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills

​Botanicare Landscape Inc

788 W 16th St
Costa Mesa

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