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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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Here's how to jump start your spring lawn and landscape projects.

Landscapers mulch to moderate soil temperature, conserve moisture, suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil as the shredded bark breaks down.

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"We are now able to enjoy the backyard with friends and family. The kids have somewhere to play, the family can roast marshmallows or just enjoy some music and a cold beverage." (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Tim Kelly of Huntersville, N.C.)

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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Philadelphia

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They dug a larger hole. They filled the hole with dirt and grass seed. The grass looks great now. They were very friendly and professional. was great, he has great people skills. We would use them again.
- Shirley A.
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My wife hired this company. They showed up when expected and did what they promised. Unfortunately, they ran out of mulch, but the the owner - after apologizing and assuring us that it would be taken care of the following day - did so. When I came home from work the following day, everything was just right.
- Steve J.
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They did a fabulous job keeping the lawn mowed, but we were a little disappointed in the flower beds so they had to come back a second time for us. They came back without any difficulty. I would use them again for the mowing.
- Dale M.
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Everything went well. responded to initial call quickly and professionally. The worked began and ended in a timely fashion.
- Susan M.
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The salesperson understood the scope and purpose of the job immediately. He understood my budget constraints and proposed a solution that was perfect. His crew was friendly, hardworking and professional. I felt totally at ease with every aspect of working with Liberty from initial contact to completion of the job. They went above and beyond, finished ...More the job quickly, and under budget! In my opinion, there's no reason to consider anyone else. This is the type of crew that will stand behind their work and do everything in their power to make sure that their customer is satisfied.
- Michael H.
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My wife and I were in need of some tree work and a bit of landscaping so we decided to Angie's List for the right person for the job. After having four different company's come out for a consultation and estimate we decided to hire Liberty. For starters, was the only one who showed up on time ...More for the estimate. He and I walked my property and discussed my needs and the solutions for them. He was more then attentive to my request and quite frankly I felt that he had my best interest in mind. I have dealt with many contractors in the past and you can tell that SOME OF THEM LOOK AT YOU LIKE A PAYCHECK AND I DIDN'T SENSE ANY OF THAT FROM AT ALL. He was genuine and quite knowledgeable. Afterwards we sat in my living room briefly to discuss details. He let me know how much it would be and when the job would start and be completed. I gave him the job on the spot. His price was right in the middle of all the other quotes we got but I wasn't looking for a cheap job, we wanted it done right and I usually hire off of "feel" and it all felt right. We are glad we chose Liberty!!!!!!!!!!!!! They arrived exactly when they said they would and did exactly what they said they would do. The ugly trees I had look beautiful now and my house really has some appeal. I have a ten month year old son who is obsessed with Mouse, must have observed this when he was in my living room for the brief time he was. When Liberty came out to do the job showed up with a large Mouse stuffed animal for my son!!!!!!!!! This almost brought my wife to tears of joy! What a thoughtful display of kindness to say the least. These guys are the "real deal" and I would highly recommend them in a heartbeat. I would go as far to say that one would be foolish not to call this company for tree and landscape services. The bottom line is that I got first class service all-around the board. Quality, customer service and craftsmanship that is second to none. Couldn't be happier.
- Matthew R.
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We could not have asked for anything better than what we received from and his staff, landscaping and signage crew. This project started in the early months of 2012 with many discussions & meetings with our church board to present the plans/ideas suggested by where he presented a list of every detail ...More of this project--a complete plant list, transplant materials, removals with new plants with their size, evergreen shrubs, groundcovers, fence options and site furnishing options. Best of all helped us stay within our budget, while still giving our church a new up to date look in the historic location where our church is located. Our church was never inconvenienced, due to .'s thoughtfulness of our church services and times when other events may be happening at the church or in the neighborhood. and his company are more than our designer/landscaper, but a friend who is always willing to help meet our needs. We are anxiously awaiting the to see everything in bloom later in the spring--we see the plants just beginning to peek through the ground. We are grateful for what accomplished here at Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. I would recommend you driving by during the day to see the blooms and at night to get a full appreciation of the lighting. We recommend for your landscape design needs!
- Laura H.
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Since it was a work intensive job which would take a full day, there was a bit of a wait, 2-3 days before the job could be started. The men came and worked very professionally and dilligently. Several trucks were in use to bring equipment and to take away
branches and other debris. A supervisor would stop by to check on the progress of the ...More job. An excellent job and clean up were done by the end of the work day. The only part of the job that could not be completed that day was the staking of the apple tree which was done within a week.
We have continued to use Liberty for lawn care which has been regularly carried out every 7-10 days.
We are very happy with the service thus far.
- Renee V.

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Advancescapes Inc.

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Ameriseal Contractors Inc.

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Anfuso Family Tree Care

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Anthony And Sons Handyman Services

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Anthony Jr Builders

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ANTHONY LANDSCAPES

1733 DURHAM RD
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Aqua Pro

3580 witte st
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Aqua Reale

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ARJ lawn and landscape

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ATR Custom Painting & Construction Management

10065 Sandmeyer Ln.
Philadelphia

B & B Basement Waterproofing

1767 Laurel Ave
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B G Services

PO Box 361
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Ballance Lawncare

Philadelphia

Barlow & Son Tree & Landscape Service

14 S Bellvue Ave
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Broad Street Contracting

1113 Wharton Street

Brookover Fencing LLC

1115 Ashbridge Rd
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Cambridge Landscapes

Mullica Hill, NJ
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CEDAR RUN LANDSCAPES

1054 HORSHAM RD
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Chip Chop n' Grind

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Clear Solutions LLC

408 Denise Lane

Creative Pavers Inc

649 Swedesboro Road

Cross Gardens

Phoenixville

Cross River Design Inc

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CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street

D Mallozzi Concrete & Blacktop

2902 Pickertown Rd
Warrington

E&F Hardscaping & Landscaping Inc.

3414 Valley Green Dr.
Drexel Hill

Easy Care Landscaping LLC

2709 Alresford St
Philadelphia

EcoLandscapes

409 Bryn Mawr Ave
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Eden Landscaping Co

2016 Shadybrook Ln.
Feasterville Trevose

ELITE LANDSCAPING

8 PINEVIEW AVE

Endless Property Management, LLC

PO Box 2211
Southeastern

ERIC'S NURSERY

528 MT LAUREL RD

Extreme Landscaping LLC

27 Collier Cir
Ridley Park

EZ Landscape

707 cypress street
Lansdale

Falcone Landscaping

2332 Chestnut Ave
Norristown

FJP Services Inc

PO Box 465
Southampton

Garden Concepts Landscape Design

288 Pineville Road
Newtown

Greenstone Gardens

PO Box 657
Broomall

GreenWorks Designs

1208 Broad Street
Perkasie

Greenz Up Turf Mgmt

PO Box 234
Royersford

GroundTec Inc

3419 Trewigtown Rd
Colmar

Gtm Landscaping Inc

12712 Cabell Rd.
Philadelphia

H.E. Smith Landscaping

PHOENIXVILLE PIKE
Devault

HOME DEPOT

690 LANCASTER PIKE
Malvern

Ian Hackett's Painting

609 East Myrtle Ave
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Iggy's Landscaping Inc

187 Sunset View Dr
Doylestown

J & J Environmental

PO Box 370
Blue Bell

James Rogan Tree Service

118 Terrace Ave
Upper Darby

JC Outdoors

236 Steinmetz Rd
Schwenksville

JDS Contractors

632 Pierre Ave

Jersey Pro LLC.

3 Carter Ln

JG Landscaping

Philadelphia

Kennish Property Management

1121 Chelsea Rd
Aston

Kotwicki Landscaping Inc

203 Seminole Ave
Norwood

KP Landscapes

2509 Mt Carmel Ave

Kylin Arts LLC.

4826 Osage Ave
Philadelphia

Land Creations

223 Southview Dr

Land Details

1832 Ardin Dr
Norristown

Lawn & Order Landscape Management LLC

PO Box 39406
Philadelphia

Lawn Loppers, LLC

PO Box 151
Nottingham

Liam's Landscaping LLC

101 Elderberry Dr
Levittown

Liberty Tree & Landscape Management

116 Limekiln Pike
Glenside

Limerick Hardware Company

712 W Ridge Pike
Limerick

Loyal Contractings Services, Inc.

125 Montgomery Avenue
Bala Cynwyd

MARIANI ENTERPRISES

2437 AVON ROAD
Ardmore

Mark P. Boon Landscaping Design

572 Hollow Horn Rd
Ottsville

McCreesh Tree Service Inc

1647 Republic Rd
Huntingdon Valley

Mellandscaping & Tree Svc

PO Box 111
Ridley Park

Mena's Painting & Landscaping, LLC

P.O Box 27309
Philadelphia

N.L. SERVICES

Pottstown

Natural Beauty Lawn & Landscaping

84 Woodstock Dr
Newtown

OTW Masonry

PO Box 5011
Springfield

Passionate About Landscaping

1752 Hood Lane
Ambler

Paz Landscaping & Services LLC

2208 david dr
Bristol

Pixel Millions Online

2034 S 21 Street

Plymouth Nursery & Landscape Co

1043 Belvoir Rd
Plymouth Meeting

PRIMEX GARDEN CENTER

435 W GLENSIDE AVE
Glenside

Quality Landscapes and Hardscapes

242 snapdragon st
Warrington

Rc property LLC

995 new Brooklyn rd

RDG Construction

39 Tanglewood Dr.
Langhorne

RDLconstruction llc

621 andrea rd

Round Tree Services LLC

8230 Williams Ave
Philadelphia

RoundTree Services LLC

8230 Williams Ave
Philadelphia

Rusty Nails

3321 Princeton Ave
Philadelphia

SAMS QUALITY CONCRETE

72 Holden Drive

Sargent Landscaping

90 Pine Tree Drive

Scotts Lawn Service

200 Anchor Mill Rd

Scotts LawnService

165 E 9th Ave

SEARS APPLIANCE & HARDWARE

305 2nd Ave.
Collegeville

Shechtman Tree Care

1722 Rockwell Rd
Abington

SIDE JOBS

118 W 6TH ST
Bridgeport

Skilled Builders Plus, LLC

4223 Pechin St.
Philadelphia

Sure Seal LLC

PO Box 301
Danboro

Tate Property Management LLC

1032 Forest Lane
Glen Mills

Terra Innovations LLC

501 Cambria Ave.
Bensalem

Teva Landscaping

323 Osceola Ave
Elkins Park

The Arrimour Group

1965 Byberry Road
Huntingdon Valley

The Davey Tree Expert Co - King of Prussia

131 E Church Rd
King Of Prussia

The Davey Tree Expert Co - Wilmington

21 Mount Pleasant Dr
Aston

The Grass Groomers LLC

6180 Craig Ave
Bensalem

The Yard Keepers

429 Stoopsville Rd
Newtown

Titan Landscaping & Property Maintenance

5300 Umbria St
Philadelphia

Top Notch Contracting

461 Pensdale St.
Philadelphia

Top notch tree care

Red lion road
Philadelphia

Topnotch construction

2363 E Dauphin St
Philadelphia

True Cutz

Wallingford

Turpin Landscaping, Inc

287 Martins Corner Rd
Coatesville

Underdog Landscape Supply

701 Washington St
Conshohocken

Universal Enterprise

240 Fleet Wood St.

Vasey Landscaping

4935 Wismer Road

We Do It All

5486 Silo Hill Rd
Doylestown

WEAVER MULCH LLC

3186 STRASBURG RD
Coatesville

Wexford Property Management

4112 Station St A
Philadelphia

William A Kilian Hardware Co

8450 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia

WT Burns Logging & Firewood

1561 Newport Rd
Bristol

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