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Mulch and Topsoil

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. Topsoil is the nutrient-rich, uppermost layer of soil that is ideal for gardening and planting.

You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
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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 Escondido

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He laid the sod over the sprinkler system. First rain the pvc pipes were all sticking out of the ground and the sprinkler broke off from the faucet he connected it to costing me to have a $400 water bill. I called to have him come out to repair and he wanted another $500 to put the pipes under ground. I refused to pay more so I filed a complaint because he is not licensed to perform this work and he would not guarantee or fix at his cost. I had to pay a license sprinkler guy an additional 300.00 to repair his work and will have to replace the sod as it's all dead. DO NOT HIRE THIS KID, DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.
- Karen P.
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The guys took great care to avoid our lower-hanging tree branches when backing up their truck on our horseshoe shaped driveway, and deposited the mulch exactly where we wanted it. The Angie's List coupon we used gave us such a fantastic discount, too! We will use these guys again and again in the future for sure!
- Melanie D.
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It went very well. We contacted each other via messages on Angie's List and arranged for them to come out to perform the service per the Angie's List Big Deal. When they came out on the appointed day, they called me to let me know my beds MIGHT be just a bit larger than expected and that they might not have enough mulch to finish the job. I told them that was fine and to do the best they could. Well, it turned out they did have enough mulch to finish the job, and that it was almost exactly the number of square feet from the deal! I wasn't home when the work was performed, but when I came back I was very pleased with the way it turned out. That's a very good deal for me not to have to mulch those beds myself!
- Don S.
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Very knowledgeable on what plants/flowers/vegetation will grow well with existing soil, sun, and weather conditions on my property. Highest level of professionalism. Always went the extra mile to make sure we were happy with design, flower and plant selection, and work progress. Kept well informed on progress. Provided plant list with photos prior to starting work and actual plants and flowers prior to planting so we could comment and provide input. Provided guidance on how to continue to care for gardens.
- Nora L.
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Work did not start on time. I was told that work would commence about 1 to 2 weeks after the final quote was agreed upon. But I did not see nor hear from them for more than 5 weeks.

The day they were ready to start, I got a cold call in the morning while I was at work, saying that they'll come in a moment's notice. I did not feel comfortable at the sudden notice for the fact that it's been a long layoff since my multiple yard projects had been verbally communicated to the estimator/supervisor, and I was afraid some intricate design details might have been forgotten.

However, I decided to put my trust in them and let them go ahead with the condition that the supervisor be there to guide the workers. It turned out that he only showed up initially to give some broad instructions and left promptly afterwards.

Needless to say, the work was unfinished and done wrongly. (E.g. a flagstone path was left half done in one location due to lack of materials, another path wasn't laid according to my requirements, and the gravel that I ordered was mixed up such that the color did not match.) The supervisor wasn't even aware of the problems until I called and for him to come rectify the situation.

Eventually we got to meet up and reiterate our original agreement and he made extra trips to my property and rectified each one accordingly.

The positive comments I have is, the workmanship is generally good and I did after all have all my projects completed satisfactorily. The supervisor is negotiable when I had second thoughts about the gravel bed he laid and was willing to make all the adjustments I suggested.

But the long wait without notification, the cold call and the lack of proper supervision leads me to rate them negatively in the responsI've and punctuality categories.
- Wei-Chuen C.
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From the initial phone call to the delivery took about 3 hours. They were very courteous and friendly. The price was very competitive and the quality was as described. Very good communication and prompt delivery. The website is also very good.
- Curzon H.
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was very professional. Setting up the appointment was easy over the telephone. They helped me select the kind of mulch and arranged for next day delivery and installation using the blower truck. The crew was hardworking and polite. I will definitely use
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- Matt S.
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They have 3 guys. They were honest, said that it was going to take 4 days and it took 5. They went went above and beyond what was expected. They cleaned up their mess and were very clean throughout the process. There was no extra charge for the added day of work. The end result looks like you would find in a magazine.
- Lewis W.

Landscaping Mulch in Escondido, CA

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A Passion For Gardening

10424 Burned Oak Ln
Escondido

A+ Landscapes

25317 Jesmond Dene

A. C. Loredo Landscaping

679 La Sierra Dr
San Marcos

A.H.INC.

4570 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego

Ace Hardware Carlsbad

7188 Avenida Encinas #110
Carlsbad

Brothers Landscape

PO Box 704
El Cajon

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calderon's Landscaping

PO. Box 5212
San Diego

Carlos Cares Landscaping

P. O. Box 1694
Vista

Considerate Tree Care Inc

P.O. Box 2595
El Cajon

Craig Shelton Landscapes

PO Box 9718
San Diego

Cris Castro Landscape Maintenance

971 Darwin Dr
Oceanside

CTAI Pacific Greenscape

23520 Kettle Rd
Murrieta

D G CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 1201
Carlsbad

Dame Landscape Inc

306-N W El Norte Pkwy
Escondido

Daos Landscape Services

P.O. Box 26363
San Diego

DAVE SUDA LANDSCAPE

4385 TWAIN AVE
San Diego

DEW Sprinkler and Services

35655 Rainier Street
Yucaipa

DIRKS BOBCAT & HAULING

4640 COCONINO WY
San Diego

Down Under Services

PO Box 6609
San Diego

Dr Benson's Natural mix

4012 S Rainbow Blvd

Dreamscapes Landscape Design

1106 Second St #848

EL Corozon Compost Facility

3210 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside

Famiglia Construction

5981 Trojan Ave
San Diego

Flanagan's Landscape

12204 Holland Rd
Poway

Fujiwara Landscape

1578 Via Risa
San Marcos

GE Fay Construction

930 Deodar Rd
Escondido

Go Green Services

1245 2nd. Ave.
Chula Vista

Goldberg & Segal LLC

7770 Regents Road
San Diego

Greatsoil LLC

641 Rock Springs Rd
Escondido

Green Acres Nursery

2600 Ramona Dr
Vista

Green Gardening Today

3636 Front St
San Diego

Green Life Studios

3592 Caminito El Rincon Unit 122
San Diego

H R SCHLEGEL & SONS INC

2736 GARNET AVE (REAR)
San Diego

Happy Earth Gardens

Faraday Rd.
Vista

Higuera's Tree Service

2737 Pikake St
San Diego

INTERIOR PLANT SERVICE INC

3971 GOLDFINCH ST
San Diego

Jeromes Home Improvements

4595 Mount Henry Pl
San Diego

John Landspace

3936 58th St
San Diego

Juniper Landscape Company

10638 Prospect Ave
Santee

Kokaila Lawn & Garden Services

12515 Woodside Ave Ste 911

KRC ROCK INC - LAKESIDE

11655 WOODSIDE AVE
Lakeside

KRC ROCK INC - SAN MARCOS

700 N TWIN OAKS VALLEY RD
San Marcos

Landscaping AM

SEMILLON blvd
San Diego

Lindholm Landscapes LLC

4114 Hilldale Rd
San Diego

M&T Landscape Studios

21st & Broadway
San Diego

Mark's Handyman Service

5021 Shore Dr
Carlsbad

McKowski's Maintenance Systems, Inc

10979 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego

Medlin Landscape Services

132 Avenida San Dimas
San Clemente

Michels Landscape

878 Via Soledad
Vista

Moberly Landscape

8552 HOLDEN RD
Santee

MOLINA'S EXTERIOR

2010 ALVARADO STREET
Oceanside

MS+Larq Landscape Design-Build

42361 Harwick Lane
Temecula

Natural Aspect Gardenscape

PO Box 2055
La Mesa

NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE INC.

1162 N. MARSHALL AVE.
El Cajon

North County Landscape

12112 Los Amigos Way
Lakeside

NORTH COUNTY SUPPLY

443 E MISSION RD
San Marcos

Panjia Outdoors

1309 Simpson Way
Escondido

Plantopia - Interior Plant Service

10457 S. Roselle St.
San Diego

Plateau Pest Solutions Inc

1922 Odell Cir
Vista

ProScape of San Diego

City Heights
San Diego

Raimero Tello

2234 Montemar Ave
Escondido

Raymond Torres & Daughter Landscaping

3162 Dovecrest Ct
Spring Valley

RAZO MAINTENANCE

1718 QUAIL RIDGE RD
Escondido

RCP BLOCK & BRICK

1070 W MISSION AVE
Escondido

RCP BLOCK & BRICK

8240 Broadway
Lemon Grove

RCP Block & Brick

8240 Broadway
Lemon Grove

RCP Block & Brick

75 N 4th AVE
Chula Vista

Rivers Landscape Construction Inc

1175 Industrial Ave
Escondido

San Diego Tree Care Inc

9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd
San Diego

San Pasqual Valley Soils

16111 Old Milky Way
Escondido

Scott's Tree & Lawn Service

414 S Tulip St
Escondido

SD Urban Gaden Service

2779 katherine Street
El Cajon

Shibui Landscape Inc

11862 HI RIDGE RD
Lakeside

SOUTHWEST BOULDER & STONE

5002 2ND ST
Fallbrook

Southwestern Builder Inc

9134 Valencia St
Spring Valley

STEVEN'S TREE SERVICE

Valley Center

Timberwood Landscape

7543 Davidson Ave
Lemon Grove

Tony Gomez Tree Service

700 N Johnson Ave
El Cajon

Toro Home Maintenance & Repairs

1270 Phillips Street
Vista

torres and sons landscaping

5539 fredonia st.
San Diego

TROPICAL LANDSCAPE CONNECTION

1353 GRANITE RD
San Marcos

Unique Touch Landscaping

4250 north lane
Del Mar

Urban Bloom Landscape, Inc.

1017 EL CAJON BLVD
El Cajon

VARGAS Handyman Services

160 E Street C104

Western Outdoor Design and Build

1210 E. Barham Drive
San Marcos

William Joyce Design

1404 Tyler Ave
San Diego

WINDMILL LANDSCAPE

2163 Monarch Ridge Cir
El Cajon

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

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