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"Outdoor lighting was done well and continues to operate as planned. Retaining wall developed some loose stones. Despite repeated emails and
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"supposed to core aerate my entire lawn. Except they never called to schedule and just showed up a few days after i purchased the coupon. I had planned on moving" our firewood rack (when the work was scheduled ) so the crew could get into my back yard. They never called, i never moved the fire wood stand, they wouldn't help my wife move it and they never came back...SO, they only performed 1/2 the job I paid for. if they make this aeration job "right" -- certainly. They seem like a good company that got really busy with and Angie's list coupon and I fell through the cracks. I'm a small business owner and understand how stuff like this can happen...

-Philip D.

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How to find the right landscaper

There are several things to look for when hiring someone to work in your landscape.

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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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was very professional, prompt and easy to get ahold of if I had questions. Really listened to what I was looking for and prepared a plan with detailed pricing. He was very open to working with me on prioritizing areas and presented different options to help keep costs down. Looking forward to working with this company in the future.
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were great to work with. Very helpful and offered lots of good ideas. Worked with our budget. Completed the work very fast. They did a great job.
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was great to work with - very professional, very organized. They are not inexpensive, but they are good.
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did a great job with our design, had excellent input, listened to us, and worked with us over several revisions.
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the job supervisor was onsite every day, checking in with us and with the crew to ensure things were going well and made adjustments as needed.
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is very customer focused and was able to always solve the few challenges that developed quickly and creatively to keep the project moving along
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was one of the onsite foreman - excellent work on the paver walkway execution and a very hardworking guy. The entire work crew was very conscientious,
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punctual, and very hard working. They went from early morning til dusk every day, always cleaning up after themselves for the day. They took special care to respect our neighbors property and be mindful of any inconvenience for them. I can't say enough good things about the
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All and all a very good experience.
- Daniel C.
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Trinity did a great job with our new driveway. There were some additional concrete work that we wanted done around our pool while they were onsite.
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shared that he has a very long backlog of work due to the excessive rain early in the season. Technically,
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could have declined the work, but since we really wanted it done, he accommodated our request and worked it into the schedule. Everything was completed in 3 days. We would gladly recommend
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- Duc T.
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were a pleasure to work with. They went above and beyond in terms of service. They made a backyard that looked like collapsed forest and turned it into a perfectly clean and wonderful yard. They replaced all the sod, took down trees, as well as did the extra labor of stump grinding. Also they replaced pallets of stone and cleaned everything perfectly. It was like walking into a different yard. They also did full interior cleaning, and the new owners of the house were impressed by how well it had been cleaned. The price was reasonable, and very well worth the money. I would work with them again anytime.
- Max B.
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Everything went very well. When they arrived they went right to work and things got done so quickly I was amazed! Some of the beds had major changes with existing plants.
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's ideas were great, we were definitely on the same page regarding placement and appearance. I was consulted whenever there was a question as the work progressed, so I was assured of being happy with the outcome. Both my husband and I were very happy with the results, a major bonus as we have fairly different visions on landscaping. That
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was able to make both of us happy was Major!!! The only (minor) issue was keeping me in the loop on when they were going to be at my house. It was not particularly a problem, however. I am planning on working with Earthworm in the future as I continue to update my flower beds.
- Sue B.
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Final product is good, and working with the people contracted to install the sod and watering system was good, but working with the
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rep was painful: poor skills in communication and setting expectations. Meeting cancelled two hours before time set; unable to follow through on agreements (which plants to remove, which to keep; placement of replacement for plant wrongly removed; method of payment). Worse still: no independent follow up from
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on customer satisfaction... They don't seem to care about consistent presentation of their services.
- ROBERT E.
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I asked
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to come out and give me an estimate for removal of buckthorn and stumps from our backyard. We also have quite a bit of grape vine growing wild in our backyard and needed to be cut down from living trees. He was very
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in his assessment when he visited the house and explained that a tree-trimming company would be able to come in and cut down the vines and buckthorn trees much more inexpensively than he could do. He encouraged me to call a tree trimming service to remove the bulk of the buckthorn/vines and then said he would come in with a Bobcat and remove all stumps and underlying roots. After the buckthorn was removed, he stopped out to give us an estimate on stump removal (estimate was $500). He stated that he would be back at the end of Fall to do the work, which was fine with our timeline. When he returned with the Bobcat to do the work last week, he could see the stumps more clearly because all leaves were off surrounding trees and bushes. He was surprised to see many more stumps than he had anticipated. I offered to pay him more because the job was bigger than he realized, but he refused extra money. He stuck with his original bid and we paid $500. Not only that,
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operated the Bobcat himself and even came in at the end with a chainsaw and special tools to remove the more stubborn vines and stumps. He also took the time to gather up all the deadfall trees from the backyard and collect them for us in our firepit area. We told him we planned to burn the roots and stumps so he took extra care to knock as much dirt from the roots as possible when he was moving them with the Bobcat so burning would be easier. We couldn't be happier with the work he did and we look forward to hiring him again in the Spring for continued landscaping work.
- Jennifer G.

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Wild Ways To Garden

8216 Nevens Ave. NW
Annandale

WILDERNESS LANDSCAPING

2317 BOXWOOD AVE E
Saint Paul

WILLIAMS CONTRACT SERVICES

24654 FONDANT AVE N
Forest Lake

Williams Landscaping

1516 Briarwood Lane ne
Cedar

WILSON'S NORTH WEST NURSERY

9150 GREAT PLAINS BLVD
Chanhassen

WINCO LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

1848 50TH ST E
Inver Grove Heights

Windsor Companies

1175 East Highway 36
Saint Paul

WINDSTONE INC

19362 CEDAR AVE
Lakeville

Wineman Services LLC

401 Island Ave Unit 66A

WINKELMAN LANDSCAPING

3157 210TH ST
Clearwater

Witt's End Landscaping

18956 480th Street
Zumbrota

Wolf Landscaping

18423 Jaeger Path
Lakeville

Wolf Restoration LLC

Po Box 320
Lakeland

Woodland Development Corporation

13632 Van Buren Street NE
Andover

WORKING FOR YOU

30199 FOXTAIL LN
Stacy

WRIGHTSCAPES

1017 BELANGER AVE NW
Buffalo

WYNGATE CO

3253 LABORE RD
Saint Paul

WYNGATE LANDSCAPE & CONSTRUCTION

3253 LABORE RD
Saint Paul

Xceptional Inc

285 Chelsea Ave
Mahtomedi

Xtreme Outdoor Services

PO BOX 284
Champlin

Xtreme Outdoor Services LLC.

PO Box 284
Champlin

Yale Creek Seasonal Care

Maverick Ave
Elko New Market

Yard Cents Landscaping

3712 14th Ave S
Minneapolis

Yard Pro

P.O. Box 23610
Minneapolis

YARD TECH

7411 3RD AVE S
Minneapolis

YARDESIGN LANDSCAPE SVC

6452 250TH ST
Saint Cloud

Yardmasters Landscapes Inc

4157 Omaha Ave N
Stillwater

YardPRIDE, LLC

2579 223RD Lane NW
Cedar

YARDS AHEAD LANDSCAPING

3868 COUNTY ROAD
South Haven

YARDSCAPES INC

8609 HARRIET AVE S
Minneapolis

YELLOW BRICK ROAD PAVERS & LANDSCAPES

3619 85th Avenue North
Minneapolis

Ylitalo Lawn & Snow Care Co.

9568 Quist Ave SW
Cokato

Your Handyman

Minneapolis

Zaback Services LLC

8020 Laketown Rd
Waconia

Zanecraft Homes Inc.

23347 Jonquil St. NW
Saint Francis

ZONE 4 LANDSCAPE SERVICES

PO BOX 25978
Saint Paul

ZUMBRO VALLEY LANSCAPING INC

711 3RD AVE
Wanamingo

ZYLLA LANDSCAPING & BOBCAT SVC

1015 105TH ST NW
Rice

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