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did excellent work re-engineering and installing new pluming for my water feature and now works great. They know how to do it right the first" time. This water feature was installed by Lan-de con in 2012 at the cost of $2,500.00. The feature never worked and was designed and installed by Lan-De Con. I asked Lan-De Con to repair there work but ignored me for the last three years.

-Kreg L.

"They really did a great job. Really nice guys. They went the extra mile to check everything to try to figure out the problem. I would definitely hire them again." And I would definitely recommend them!

-Christie M.

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Fountains can add a tranquil component to any backyard landscape or outdoor living space. Learn what styles are available and what it takes to have one installed in your yard.

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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 San Jose


On a Sunday afternoon about a week or so before Chaz and his crew were set to start the work, we had a mid-afternoon heavy rain storm. I was at the rental property painting and Chaz was home with his family, but as soon as it started raining hard, he jumped into his truck and raced over to my rental property. He did this because he wanted to see first hand how the water was getting into the basement. He stood there in the rain and watched how the gutters were overflowing and pouring onto the sidewalk and thus, into the basement. We learned that the gutters weren't clogged, just designed and hung poorly. There wasn't enough fall for the water to flow to the downspout. Also, water was coming off the hillside and flowing right up against the house.
Chaz and his crew dug a trench along the back of the house and down the side. In the back at the foot of the hillside they installed a french drain. This drain was attached to a pipe that ran the length of the house. To fix the gutter problem, a gutter on the back of the house was re-hung and a downspout was added. Then, all the downspouts were connected to this pipe and the water from the roof and the hillside was carried away from the house. They also dugout and installed window corregated steel windo wells.
Then all along the side of the house, they regraded the topsoil to "swale" the landscape away from the house. Lastly, they replaced portions of the sidewalk that they had to dig up and also replaced the ones that they did not disturb but still needed to be replaced because they were crumbling.
Chaz and his crew were polite, prompt and professional. Even with it being 90 degrees plus, the job took only two and a half days. These guys never complained nor did they let the heat slow them down.
Needless to say, I would recommend
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& Company to anyone with irrigation or water proplems. They were awesome.
- Richard H.

Amazing work by
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in fixing an outdoor water fountain. The problem had been poor water pressure with the self-leveler causing a flood in the backyard.
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adjusted the water floater & checked the pump. His assessment was the large landscape rocks had placed pressure on the floater which interfered with its integrity. No replacement parts were needed and he was completely finished within the hour. It's been 24 hrs since the completed job and the fountain is working great and the flooding has stopped. Very impressed with him and his wife
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in providing excellent service.
- Donna H.

Wow! End result was a beautiful work of art that blended perfectly in our new backyard landscape. Work commenced on time and on budget. The crew was professional and efficient, even in 100+ temperatures. like a scultpor,
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could visualize a masterpiece out of bare ground.
- Dennis M.

!We had a very difficult to diagnose problem with our waterfall feature in our landscaping.
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and his staff worked diligently to find three places where our waterfall was losing substantial amounts of water. I felt from the moment I met
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that he would find a way to solve the problem. They worked clean, efficiently and kept me updated on the project. When they finished, they buttoned up everything even better than it was before and it works perfectly! No more leaks! The price was fair for the work completed.
These guys were great at finding out what was wrong with my water feature and making it right! Definitely would recommend them.
- David G.

It took several weeks for them to send us an estimate and that was only after we requested it several times. They asked us to send the initial deposit with no start date. They were hard to get in contact with.

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takes the calls and
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makes the repairs but both come together and they preferred to go through the gate than through the house. I had several problems, some that I didn't even realize I had. They work fast and fees were quoted before work was done. I'm very satisfied with the speed, convenience and cost.
- Carol N.

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arrived exactly on time and quickly determined the issues we were having with the two year old fountain on our patio. He fixed the problem, configured the fountain to our preferences and most importantly, showed me how to trouble shoot the problem if it reoccurs. Great service, reasonable price, courteous and professional. We couldn't ask for more. Will definitely use him again.

- Lawrence O.

From start to finish,
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was a pleasure to work with. He is professional, reliable and knowledgeable. Unlike the other companies I talked with,
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was willing (and enthusiastic) about doing the job that I wanted done, for a reasonable price and getting it done when I needed it. The others were very locked into their own approach and design, and not interested in my needs or budget.
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was able to get a good sense of what I was looking for, and was totally focused on meeting my needs from beginning to end. In fact,
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created more work for himself at various times throughout the project, as he came up with ideas to improve the look and functionality of the pond (and he did this while keeping the price the same). I was very particular about what I wanted and insisted on being present during the project, which does not make things easier for any contractor, but
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made it work and the result is fantastic - far better than I had originally envisioned! His work was very neat and professional in all aspects. I highly recommend
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- Paul F.

Fountain Installers in San Jose

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A Affordable Handymen Maintenence Services

870 E El Camino Real
Mountain View

A Nor Cal Handyman Company

4497 Latimer Ave
San Jose


PO Box 41073
San Jose

Adrian Interior Design

4284 Deer Trail Rd
Santa Rosa


1875 Coastland Avenue
San Jose

Aesthetic Tile Imaging

17739 Deemar Way

AJH Construction

16360 Flaming Oak Lane
Morgan Hill

American Building Construction

996 Minnesota Ave
San Jose

American Built Construction

P.O. Box 804

B Side Construction

1940 Union St

Babylon Gardens Landscaping

140 McHenry Ave



Better Landscape

6017 Snell Ave #427
San Jose


220 Mar Vista

Botany Of Design

161 N 11th St
San Jose

Bright Eagles Construction

10381 Singleton Rd
San Jose

Buhler Construction Company

3614 16th St. #1
San Francisco

Caffrey Landscapes

108 Belle Ave
San Rafael

Cary C Hover Construction Inc

5768 Pontiac Dr
San Jose

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave


PO BOX 320909
Los Gatos


San Francisco

Cornerstone Concrete Company

1873 Seville Way
San Jose

Custom Landscape

800 Longbrook Way Apt 175
Pleasant Hill

Custom Pools & Remodeling

5200 Motsinger Rd


San Jose

David E Conroy Construction

1512 Sweetwood Dr
Daly City

Detail Construction

117 South Street

Diana's Toolbag

35815 Augustine Pl

Eco-Systems Landscape Solutions, LLC

410 Maple Street
Redwood City


1940 Lafayette St
Santa Clara

Exterior Designs

2108 San Carlos Ave

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Fine Home Renovations

PO Box 6165
San Jose

Fleece Construction

PO Box 6001

Floors R Us Construction

2324 Lafayette St
Santa Clara

FMG The Landscape Professionals

2225 Saint George Dr

Foster's Constructon & Electric

5554 Amby Drive
San Jose


7145 Watt ave #5
North Highlands

French's Waterscapes

PO Box 4085
Walnut Creek

Generation Builders

P.O. Box 23

Goulart Designs

22244 Main Street

Green Earth Landscape

430 Harmony Lane
San Jose

Green Valley Services

981 Jackson St
San Jose

Huettl Landscape Architecture

3496 Buskirk Ave Ste 106
Pleasant Hill

Hunter Designs

2131 Delaware Ave.
Santa Cruz

J Romero Bros Construction Inc

1336 Old Bayshore Highway
San Jose

Jazzy Joel Productions

921 Transport way

Jewels Museum

842 Stanton Road


1670 S 7TH ST
San Jose

Landcon Landscape Construction

1689 Garvey Pl
San Jose

Landscape Solutions

16674 Chirco Dr
Los Gatos

Larson Landscape

833 Promenade Ct
San Jose


8494 Lone Tree Way


P O BOX 750213

Lifescape Custom Landscaping, Inc.

191 Coriander Ave
Morgan Hill

M&M Construction & Home Design

1647 Willow Pass Rd

Manuel G. Souza

10205 Madird Drive

Maximum Builders, Inc.

908 Copal Ct.
San Jose


48 Chester St
Daly City

MB Landscaping

1177 Branham Ln. #409
San Jose

Michael H. Casey Designs Inc

1510 Indiana St
San Francisco


San Martin


PO BOX 123
San Geronimo

Mooresolutions Handyman Services San Jose

2246 Los Gatos Almaden Road
San Jose


PO BOX 373

Nationwide Secure inc.

3215 Calhoun Ct

NatureWorks Landscape Services

17360 Grand Prix Way
Morgan Hill

Nor Cal Landscape

3385 Dryden Avenue

North Arrow Landscape Design

334 Encina Avenue
Redwood City

PH Pool & Spa, Inc.

6017 Snell Avenue
San Jose

Precision Contractors

5779 Amend Rd.
El Sobrante

Prime Landscape Services Inc

3635 N Main St


4068 24th St
San Francisco

Quick Plumbing Inc

1044 Martin Ave
Santa Clara

R & M Builders

PO Box 4583
Santa Clara


PO Box 505

Roca Enviroworks

1734 13th str

RPM Contractors

2510 Carlmont Dr.

San Jose Sprinkler Repair Company

2033 Gateway Place
San Jose

Sarah Ray Design

714 Cornell Ave

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083

Sigura Construction Inc

1300 Memorex Dr
Santa Clara

Sky Renovation

5632 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

Smart Remodeling and Design Inc

1501 19th Ave
San Francisco

Solid Rock Inc

1060 Willow Street
San Jose

SolyLuna Landscapes

143 Mariposa Ave
Daly City

Sonoma Old World Cast Stone

2995A Wiljan Ct.
Santa Rosa

Sophia Othman

723 Marin St

SouthBay Design & Landscaping

1725 Rogers Ave
San Jose

Stonelight Tile

609 So. First St.

T.W.R. Construction

PO Box 54121
San Jose

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View


San Carlos

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

Unique Concrete Creations

1079 Elm Street
San Jose

United Artworks

8730 E St.

V Rivera Concrete Inc

6749 Metcalf Way

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr

Walnut Creek Landscaping

3607 Village Rd


San Jose

West Bay Landscape Co.

468 Perrymont Ave
San Jose

WildRose Gardens & Ponds

3615 Ardley Ave

Wilkinson Design+Construction Inc.

72 Clayton Street
San Rafael

Wskonnekt LLC.

1900 Camden Ave
San Jose

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