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"Masterpiece Landscaping replaced a section of my driveway with brick pavers. The workmanship was absolutely beautiful, I have already gotten many compliments on" the job. They had to cut the bricks to make them fit and do miters and the cuts were perfect. I would recommend them to anyone needing hardscape work.

-Louis F.

arrived exactly when he said he would. He helped us finish covering our paver driveway and dumped 15 c ubic yards of gorilla hair mulch" on it. It took up the space
said it would. The gorilla hair mulch was a very good quality, much better than other gorilla hair mulch we had seen. We were very pleased with
's service and will use him again if we need other products he carries.

-Jaye P.

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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.

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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Escondido


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arrived exactly when he said he would be here. He helped us finish covering the driveway pavers and then carefully dumped 15 cubic yards of gorilla hair mulch in our driveway. He knew exactly how much room we needed for it and he was right. The gorilla hair mulch was very good quality, much better than we had seen elsewhere. We were very pleased to have found
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- Jaye P.

Top Soil was of exceptional quality and less expensive than other companies. They were responsive to my last-minute requests, courteous, and when delivered, did their best to deliver to the part of my yard that was convenient for me. I had three separate deliveries and was exceptionally happy with all.
- Marie G.

I specifically arranged to have a phone call prior to the delivery of the above products to my driveway turnaround and insisted that the order taker write it down on the invoice for the driver. Reason being, to move my camper van out of the way for the
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to be placed where I clearly indicated with a prominent white chalk box a bit larger than a standard sized
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. The driver ignored the indication on the work order and never called on or before the scheduled day & time of delivery. He placed the
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right in front of the garage door completely blocking my ability to get the car out of the garage. I called 3 or 4 times, being increasingly insistent that a mistake was made and the
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had to be removed promptly. Finally, after about 6 hours, they came out and moved the
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to the designated spot. I was stuck without the ability to get my car out of the garage for 6 hours. I explained repeatedly during phone contacts that the
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was blocking my access to the vehicle. Also, the loader put a gouge (about 8" long and 1/2" deep in my driveway with the initial
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placement. No one seemed to want to accept any responsibility at the
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on Riverside Dr. &
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Run. The supervisor was "out loading trucks", "unavailable at this time", "on break" etc. This was clearly a huge mistake on the part of
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& to compound it by ignoring/delaying correcting their mistake is deplorable and terrible business practice.
- Christopher C.

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(owner) came out the very first time to give us an estimate and hear what sort of landscape I wanted to develop in our semi-rural
subdivision in Spring Branch. Although I specifically requested xeriscaping and low maintenance plants, he developed a very expensive
Plan including flower beds all around the front of the house. He completely disregarded my dislike of the existing
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and wanted to plant
even more of them.

It seems he had his vision and it was not mine!

His crew was never on time and frequently did not show up. His excuse was
That we were the farthest route out that he had and some of his crew was sick or a truck was broken

His crew completely insulted my intelligence by
Telling me that they had sprayed for weeds on the
Beds and the reason I couldn't tell was that "it was invisible"!

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defended his crew and said that they must have done it. He told me how much a quart is his
Powerful weed
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cost and that they could not possibly afford to use that and make a profit.

I sent him a pic of the weeds, strong and healthy, in the beds. I BEGGED him to send a crew out because dandelions were about to go to
Seed and would blow all over our yard.

Re: the bookkeeper, she had no clue when the crew had actually been to our property. She sent bills like clockwork for the months it rained
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explained that it was too wet to work and that EVERYONE'S yard was overgrown. We have had a new service for two months and she continues to send us bills despite the fact that we FIRED them two months ago!! DO NOT USE THESE PEOPLE!!
- Susan S.

It was everything I wanted!
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, the owner of the company, called me back within a day of leaving a voicemail for him. Within the next few days he was over my house and we came up with a plan on what would get done. I told him I wanted a coy pond with rock features as well as shrubbery and trees and lawn maintenance. In less then two weeks I had the beautiful lawn he had promised me. He was a very nice person to work with and his crew were wonderful as well. He now comes biweekly to maintain my lawn, cut the grass, etc. and it is always a pleasure to see him.
- Carolyn L.

I'd ordered the mulch on Angie's List on June 30th and was expecting a call before delivery. A truck with mulch showed up the next morning with no heads up. Quick delivery, just caught me off guard. Decided to let him dump the mulch on top of a pile of tarped over dirt (his preference due to wet ground conditions) which made the mulch pile look fairly large. I read a couple reviews where some customers felt they didn't get the amount they had ordered, so I took the time to measure mine while I was placing it around my property. I used a 17 cuft cart filled right to the very top each load. 10 yds = 270 cuft /17cuft cart = 15.88 carts of mulch. When I finished I ticked off 15.5 carts of mulch moved with the rest being unrecoverable on the ground. Quantity wise they were right on. Quality wise the mulch is average. I had some clay fill I had to pick out of some of it (probably left in the truck from a previous delivery). The wood itself was poorly ground. I ordered brown, mine looks black. I would order from them again, but then I know what I'm getting. If I want better looking mulch for a different area, then I'll look elsewhere. Service and delivery/driver were very good.
- William F.

Client was very happy that landscaper was able to reach out after hours in order to complete the job as soon as possible. He was very prompt at coming to do the work as well.

I called and left a message inquiring information, within minutes I received a return call where Mr.Bonsera whom provided me with all the information I was looking for. I explained to him that I had a large space that needed to be filled asap where a pool was removed and needed the work done as quickly as possible due to other projects I had in place. The price that I was given was very reasonable and fair. Within 24hrs I had a truck at my residence ready to fill in the void. It was completed quickly, professionally and was even given some additional assistance with projects I had. Mr. Bonsera recommended a
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-cat service to assist in projects that I found extremely helpful. Overall my experience was great. I highly recommend
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due to their quick response, efficiency, and work ethic!
- Swenhilda L.

Landscaping Mulch in Escondido, CA

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A Passion For Gardening

10424 Burned Oak Ln

A Tree and Tree Service Inc.

1862 Washington St
Lemon Grove

A+ Landscapes

25317 Jesmond Dene

A. C. Loredo Landscaping

679 La Sierra Dr
San Marcos


4570 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego

Ace Hardware Carlsbad

7188 Avenida Encinas #110

Anthony's ALL Service

Valley Center

Bedrock Boulders and Landscape Products

1998 E. Chase Ave
El Cajon


225 La Mesa Dr
La Mesa

Brothers Landscape

PO Box 704
El Cajon

Calderon's Landscaping

PO. Box 5212
San Diego

Carlos Cares Landscaping

P. O. Box 1694

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

CTAI Pacific Greenscape

23520 Kettle Rd


PO BOX 1201

Dame Landscape Inc

306-N W El Norte Pkwy

Daos Landscape Services

P.O. Box 26363
San Diego


San Diego

DEW Sprinkler and Services

35655 Rainier Street


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

Famiglia Construction

5981 Trojan Ave
San Diego

Flanagan's Landscape

12204 Holland Rd

Fujiwara Landscape

1578 Via Risa
San Marcos

GE Fay Construction

930 Deodar Rd

Go Green Services

1245 2nd. Ave.
Chula Vista

Goldberg & Segal LLC

7770 Regents Road
San Diego

Greatsoil LLC

641 Rock Springs Rd

Green Acres Nursery

2600 Ramona Dr

Green Gardening Today

3636 Front St
San Diego

Green Life Studios

3592 Caminito El Rincon Unit 122
San Diego

Greenridge Landscape Inc.

4257 Bobby Ln.
La Mesa


San Diego

Happy Earth Gardens

Faraday Rd.

Happy Hauling

870 Nolbey St.

Hi-Tech Builders Inc

5435 Balboa Blvd

Higuera's Tree Service

2737 Pikake St
San Diego


San Diego

Irrigation Turf Management Specialists

3322 Sweetwater Springs Blvd. #100
Spring Valley

Jeromes Home Improvements

4595 Mount Henry Pl
San Diego

John Landspace

3936 58th St
San Diego

Juniper Landscape Company

10638 Prospect Ave

Kokaila Lawn & Garden Services

12515 Woodside Ave Ste 911




San Marcos

Landscaping AM

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

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

Moberly Landscape




MS+Larq Landscape Design-Build

42361 Harwick Lane

MurrElls Service

410 S. Santa Fe Ave

Natural Aspect Gardenscape

PO Box 2055
La Mesa


El Cajon

North County Landscape

12112 Los Amigos Way


San Marcos

Panjia Outdoors

1309 Simpson Way

Plantopia - Interior Plant Service

10457 S. Roselle St.
San Diego

Plateau Pest Solutions Inc

1922 Odell Cir

Raimero Tello

2234 Montemar Ave

RamFLEX Builders

PO Box 1012






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

San Diego Tree Care Inc

9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd
San Diego

San Pasqual Valley Soils

16111 Old Milky Way

Scott's Tree & Lawn Service

414 S Tulip St

SD Urban Gaden Service

2779 katherine Street
El Cajon

Shibui Landscape Inc



5002 2ND ST

Steven's Hauling

1400 Madera Street
Lemon Grove


Valley Center

TLC Landscaping Services

4988 Mt. Almagosa Dr.
San Diego

Tony Gomez Tree Service

700 N Johnson Ave
El Cajon

Toro Home Maintenance & Repairs

1270 Phillips Street

torres and sons landscaping

5539 fredonia st.
San Diego


San Marcos

Unique Touch Landscaping

4250 north lane
Del Mar

Urban Bloom Landscape, Inc.

El Cajon

VARGAS Handyman Services

160 E Street C104

Western Outdoor Design and Build

1210 E. Barham Drive
San Marcos


El Cajon

William Joyce Design

1404 Tyler Ave
San Diego


2163 Monarch Ridge Cir
El Cajon

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

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