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"I'd let the back area which is mostly hardscape with potted plants get out of control. I called Buck for an estimate and he got back to me within a day. He" gave me three prices. Both front and back or just front or back which was great. I decided to start with just the back. Buck followed up the in person visit with an email with a detailed estimate of all the jobs to do. I approved the estimate and he set up the job for the first Monday back after the holidays. So Buck and his guys trimmed about 4' from a hedge, trimmed the creeping fig on the guest house and pruned several fruit trees. In addition they cleaned up weeds from the trees in pots and threw away a few dead plants that were hanging around. Then they mulched the trees both in the ground and in pots. In fact, they had some extra mulch and asked me if I wanted them to put it on the fruit trees in the front yard. What a great way to start the new year!

-Evan K.

" arrived on time for our first meeting, faxed us a detailed bid the following day, and began and finished the work exactly as he promised." I was most impressed with his design abilities--he and his crew wrestled 5 tons of huge boulders into a natural looking terrace wall on a hillside that was very difficult to maneuver on. He then placed a variety of plants in a very artful arrangement, making use of our existing plants whenever possible. His plant choices were excellent, taking our suggestions and adding his ideas to wonderful effect. He was unfailingly cheerful and polite, and managed to interpret my and my husband's differing suggestions in a way that made both of us happy, which is a feat in itself. His crew did some backbreaking work quickly and efficiently, cleaned up after themselves, and the entire project was done in a week! We are thrilled with the result. It's so rare to have a project run this smoothly and have the finished product look so perfect.


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Mulch & Wood Chips

Mulch can be a lot of different things, but at its core it exists as a material that is applied to landscaping, walking paths and flower beds for aesthetic purposes, to suppress weed growth, retain moisture and supply nutrients to soil through decay.

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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.

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arrived on time for our first meeting, faxed us a detailed bid the following day, and began and finished the work exactly as he promised. I was most impressed with his design abilities--he and his crew wrestled 5 tons of huge boulders into a natural looking terrace wall on a hillside that was very difficult to maneuver on. He ...More then placed a variety of plants in a very artful arrangement, making use of our existing plants whenever possible. His plant choices were excellent, taking our suggestions and adding his ideas to wonderful effect. He was unfailingly cheerful and polite, and managed to interpret my and my husband's differing suggestions in a way that made both of us happy, which is a feat in itself. His crew did some backbreaking work quickly and efficiently, cleaned up after themselves, and the entire project was done in a week! We are thrilled with the result. It's so rare to have a project run this smoothly and have the finished product look so perfect.

They had a good selection of plants and other items for the garden. Often the selection is better than Armstrongs. The quality of plants is wonderful. The staff seems to know a lot about the items in the nursery and if they don't know, someone there does. The prices can be a little higher but you are paying for great quality. The delievery arrived ...More with-in the time frame given and I had no problems.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with and . They were fantastic at executing all the elements that were involved in this major project. took all my thoughts and and created an incredible plan that served as an excellent guide as we embarked on the re - working of my front and back yards. ...More was effective in every aspect of the implementation of the plan. He was awesome when I called and wanted to alter things, he provided great options and was helpful every step of the way.
The scope of work.
Front yard removed all grass added proper dirt and mulch to nurture ground cover and local plants. Re designed sprinkler system and put up a hedge along the front of my wrought iron gate. Also built a concrete walkway from the driveway to the front walkway and widened the drive way with concrete.
Front - removed all grass, proper dirt and mulch to nurture ground cover and water friendly plants :)
Backyard - removed all grass and several overgrown palm trees, reconfigured backyard with concrete and concrete cut out planters. added beautiful plants and cactus also water friendly. rebuilt two large garden planters and a stone walkway in between. Ran power and gas to my new BBQ island and planted 4 trees.
My only concern was the sometimes last min communication from the office of when the crew was arriving etc. I would ABSOLUTELY work with this company again.
UPDATE May 2013 - I had a sprinkler malfunction I THOUGHT. I emailed G and L and came out discovered it was something completely different and helped me with that. I really appreciate G and L for all of their hard work and continued dedication to making sure their products are quality and continue to grow and develop as promised.

, and their designer, , were really v. good. I thought
the design and execution were just right and what we wanted. We have
gotten compliments from many neighbors, gotten 2 unsolicited inquiries
into using our house as a TV show "front", had a relative ...More who had seen
the house before the work then drive past after the work and missed it
entirely, recommended them to four friends with new builds (one hired
them, two are waiting on finishing their houses, and the fourth is
decision-challenged). We have a no-standard look that sets the bar in
the neighborhood. Five months later we are still happy, the plants are
growing in, the minor things are being addressed, and we would hire them
again (we have an issue with the vintage driveway). 's guys are
really quite good and are a hard-working lot, they did some extra things
that I saved me some effort. was always good with other landscaping
advice too.
Only negative caveat is that it is tough to talk with or on the phone
directly, texts work fine. I hate answering services. was great and responsive with any form
of communication.
- Jonathan K.

The crew of the company showed up on time. They performed the checks on all the sprinklers and made adjustments so that the water is going to the plants and not the sidewalk.
I agreed to replace the broken sprinkler for additional charge, and they dug out the old one and replaced it with the new one.
They replaced the patch of grass around ...More the new sprinkler head and did not leave any mess in the garden.
- Rose K.

Buyer beware! After spending thousands on a new sprinkler system from I find myself still hand watering my new lawn on an almost daily basis. The design is so poorly laid out that I have pooling in areas and drought in others. These problems are all on the same valve so sufficient adjustments can't be made to correct. On ...More the same line he has heads on the "high and dry" part of my lawn spaced twice as far as the "low and cool" area. We are very handy and only hired a "pro" to do our irrgation because of the complexity that should be involved in designing an effective system. There are so many "basic" errors in the installation that I will be contacting the state board to determine what quality measures are required by his license. For example, they did not use pressure regulated pop ups, which I now know should be standard with an installation of the type we had done. When they filled their trenches in they did not properly settle the soil with water, so on our brand new lawn we had to bring in hundreds of dollars worth of additional dirt and seed to fill in these large trenches that appeared in our lawn after it settled. Then there's "irrigation 101" annoyances like the heads aren't even in a straight line. Unfortunately I got suckered in by him being such a nice guy and his much lower price, I guess I should have asked to talk to references. Now we'll be spending much more than the thousand dollars we initially saved by using him, to redo his work.
- molisa M.

Landscaping Mulch in Los Angeles

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3 Pinos Inc.

P.O. Box 370907

3D Landscape

P.O. 2123


PO BOX 20288

Advanced Patio & Landscape

21520 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda

Advanced Tree Care

17436 Lull St.

Alford's English Gardens

1840 E 29th St
Signal Hill

All Season Turf

29905 San Jacinto


Los Angeles

American Heritage Pool Corporation

PO Box 11996
Palm Desert

American Soil Amendment Products

1450 Tierra Rejada Rd
Simi Valley

Andre Landscape Service, Inc.


Art Construction

1301 W. Glenoaks Blvd

B2B Design / Build

6302 Whittier Ave.

Barba Landscape & Design

19533 Lorne St

Baron Bros Nursery

7568 Santa Rosa Rd

Botanicare Plant Services

11560 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles

Bragar Landscaping

6629 Buttonwood Ave
Oak Park

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.


12087 Lopez Canyon Rd Ste 40

C Perez Sprinkler & Landscape

7432 Hazeltine Ave
Van Nuys

California Arborist


California Construction Center

12509 Oxnard Street
North Hollywood


3747 Phillips Blvd

California Environmental Care

2298 North Batavia Street



CASAS Tree & Landscape

214 s Kroeger st

Champion Building Materials

7451 Foothill Blvd

City Pick Ups

422.2 Lagoon Ave

Climbers Tree Service

9621 Woodley Ave
North Hills


16656 Ventura Blvd.

Creative Concepts Landscape Management, Inc.

2523 Foothill Boulevard
La Crescenta

Creative Innovations Landscape & Design

5026 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera

CW Affiliated

217 e. ave. 41
Los Angeles

Design by Nature Studio

149 S. Barrington Ave. #930
Los Angeles

Dr Benson's Natural mix

4012 S Rainbow Blvd

Eco Landscape

PO Box 1691
Studio City



Erazo's Tree & Landscaping Inc

3220 1/2 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles

Farmers Insurance

325 N 2nd Ave

Flores Artscape

3959 Eagle Rock Blvd
Eagle Rock

Forest Green Tree Service

814 S Fir Ave
Culver City

Fsg Topsoil

12000 Paxton st

G&L Design Building & Landscape Inc

23508 Strathern St
West Hills


Highland Park
Los Angeles

Garibay Landscape

4031 W 106th St

Grannde Landscaping

4533 W Imperial Hwy Ste. F

Green Generations

2853 Avenel st.
Los Angeles

Green Valley Construction

8024 Quartz Ave

Greenwise Construction

1875 N. Echo Park
Los Angeles

Gregory Davis & Associates

8570 Washington Blvd
Culver City

Growquest Nursery

1413 Grand Avenue

Harold R Brazee Tree Service

PO Box 4598


4339 Emerson St

Hawkeye Landscape Design

380 Thorpe Cir
Thousand Oaks

Heart 'N Soil Landscape Design and Consultation

11531 Riverside Dr
North Hollywood

Hi-Tech Builders Inc

5435 Balboa Blvd.

Hollywood Lawn&Pools

6363 N. Figueroa St
Los Angeles

I'm Home 2 Landscaping & Design

1629 S. sycamore Avenue
Los Angeles

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

Jimmy's Custom Upholstery


JN Land Maintenance, Inc.

904 W Hydepark Blvd

Joe's Pro Services

1134 Orange Dr.

Johnny's Contracting & Handyman SVC

5433 Rochester St

L.A. Green Landscape Maintenance

PO Box 191864
Los Angeles

Landscape West Enterprises

2013 Belhaven Ave
Simi Valley

Le Quattro Stagioni

11693 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles

Lenkin Design Inc

1112 Lagunita Road

Leoline Handyman Services

Po Box 2542
Huntington Beach



Levi's Landscaping Inc.

3467 Twogood Lane

Mathew Gray Landscaping

602 Hauser Blvd
Los Angeles

Mellinger Tree Service

PO Box 1135
Pacific Palisades

Modified Landscapes

PO box 411506
Los Angeles

Nature's Touch

622 E. 111th St.
Los Angeles

NCC Construction

7426 Cherry Avenue, Suite 210-429

Oasis Home construction, Inc

1236 North Orchard Drive

P & G Remodeling

9000 Orion Ave

Paul Viers Landscaping

114 S Gramercy Pl
Los Angeles

Pinon Construction

1860 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Los Angeles

Prados Garden Maintenance

13906 Osborne St

Preferred Home Builders Inc

6271 Variel Ave
Woodland Hills

Prescott General Contracting

401 Avenida San Carlos
San Clemente


301 Eunice Cir
La Habra


2629 Foothill Blvd
La Crescenta

Rahn Contractor Associates

24646 Devonport Circle
Laguna Hills

Rain Forest LA Inc

442 Alandele Ave
Los Angeles

Russ's Transmission Inc

8441 Reseda Blvd

S B Landscaping Inc

29975 Knoll View Dr
Rancho Palos Verdes

Santa Monica Landscape

4144 La Salle Ave

Singleton Construction Company

53221 Flutterbye St.
Lake Elsinore

Smart Design Landscape

1730 Fairmount Ave
La Canada Flintridge

Smart Yards

1105 Chavez St

So.Cal Landscape & Pond

12881 Lemonwood Ln
Garden Grove

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd. Ste A250
Los Angeles

Sugar Gardens

3500 Overland

Sundial Gardening

6054 Rhodes Ave
North Hollywood

Team Expedite

554 Frankfurt Ave. West Covina

The Cleaning Machines

7311 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

The Golden Tree

6072 Shadycreek Dr
Agoura Hills

The Home Depot

1451 W Foothill Blvd

The Home Depot

2450 Cherry Ave
Signal Hill

Torres Gardening &Landscaping

8834 Stansbury Ave
Panorama City

Tree Preservation Inc

9722 Marcus Ave

Villa Bella Construction

10 Mondrian
Aliso Viejo

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

William Joyce Design

1404 Tyler Ave
San Diego

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

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