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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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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. 

 

 

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Fountain Installers in Carmichael, CA

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Alpine Ridge Construction

PO Box 3058
Diamond Springs

Aragon's Custom Construction

POB 41121
Sacramento

Babylon Gardens Landscaping

2657 Donner Trail
Riverbank

Bennett Building Company

2701 Del Paso Rd #130-201
Sacramento

Betlan Construction

PO Box 1134
Pine Grove

BETTER murals

8413 Washington Blvd #145
Roseville

Brian Faricy

904 Tanner Ct
Folsom

Buresh Electric

7152 Flanders Way
Sacramento

BW Maintenance & Remodeing

PO Box 1455
Yuba City

C.B. Tile & Stone Designs

3574 Bankhead Rd.
Loomis

California Backyard Design

P. O. Box 231134
Sacramento

Cascade Gardens

Applegate

CENTRAL DISTRIBUTING

4250 W SHAW AVE
Fresno

Creative Concrete Products

511 Natoma St
Folsom

Demetre Landscapes

3053 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento

Earl's Performance Plumbing

3880 Benatar Way
Chico

El Dorado Hills Landscape & Design

3941 Park Dr
El Dorado Hills

Elite Pool Tile Cleaning

10463 Grant Line Rd
Elk Grove

Erik Johnson Tile

6307 Main St.
Orangevale

Fassett Construction

17051 Climax Rd
Jackson

Fountain-Statues

7145 Watt ave #5
North Highlands

Granite Bay House Doctor

8180 Oak Knoll Dr
Granite Bay

Handyman mayberry

4124 Justin way

INSIDE OUTSIDE HOME REPAIR SERVICE

4714 GREENHOLME DR.
Sacramento

JB Construction

3295 Shelby Place
Fairfield

JM Quality Construction

4900 Minnesota Ave
Fair Oaks

JWA LANDSCAPE & CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

1314 Bidwell Street
Folsom

Landscapes By Rhodes

6110 2nd Street
Rio Linda

LEPE'S LANDSCAPE SERVICE

PO Box 245408
Sacramento

Liberty Construction

3848 Sherbrook Dr.
Santa Rosa

Mac's Remodeling

PO Box 1852
Rocklin

MackConstruction

4801 Marconi Ave
Carmichael

MAZZA HOMES

6309 ELKHORN MANOR DR
Rio Linda

Mogensen Landscaping

8209 Scarlet Oak Cir
Citrus Heights

Monster Contractor

4763 Ravenstone Wy
Sacramento

MVP Plumbing & Rooter Service

1079 sunrise ave.
Roseville

NIMBUS POND

2201 Francisco Dr
El Dorado Hills

Oak Creek Construction

PO Box 1633
Shingle Springs

Placer Concrete Construction

P.O. Box 1388
Roseville

Ramahi Tile

12181 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova

Reflection Landscapes

2351 Sunset Bl.
Rocklin

Royal Flush Plumbing

2280 Grass Valley Hwy.
Auburn

Russo Home Group

Orangevale

Sacramento Landscape

86 Oak
Sacramento

Sacramento Sprinkler Repair Company

980 9th Street
Sacramento

Sacramento Valley Landscape

7873 Magnolia Ave
Fair Oaks

Solinsky Gardens

9275 Beatty Dr
Sacramento

Sprinklers 24/7 - Roots Landscaping

3308 El Camino Ave
Sacramento

Stabilized Solutions

West Sacramento

Sticks & Stones Construction

3304 Cambridge Rd
Shingle Springs

Stone Creek Landscape & Construction

8533 Arcade Oaks Court
Orangevale

Stone Reflections Inc

4804 Granite Dr
Rocklin

Swihart Enterprises & Electrical

6100 Horse Shoe Bar Rd
Loomis

Szilagyi Construction & Landscape Co.

8345 Elegans Court
Antelope

The Pond Cleaner

Rancho Cordova

The Pool Guy!

8066 Sunset Ave
Fair Oaks

The Remodel Guys

5817 Coral Haven Court
Elk Grove

Thomsson Construction

1367 Weller way

TNT Window Cleaning & Home Services

6600 carmelwood dr.
Citrus Heights

Total Landscape Concepts

6164 Big Bend Dr
Roseville

Valley Home Centers

1415 N Beale Rd
Marysville

Vergara Construction, Inc.

4105 23rd St
Sacramento

William DC Hodgkin, General Contractor

2949 Ponderosa Road
Shingle Springs

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