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"Stay away from these guys!!! It took them 10 months to complete the retaining wall. We had his heavy equipment parked on our lawn all winter long. It took constant" calling to get them to come back & finish the work. His machinery ruined parts of our driveway. He never took responsibility for the damage. He blamed the asphalt paver for poor quality. Yet we've had other contractors here with no problems. The hydro-seeding was a mess. Soon after the grass came in, the lawn became infested with crabgrass. He told us not to address the weeds, that he would take care of it. 2 months later he finally showed up, by then the lawn was over run. We couldn't get him back to make things good. I'd rate this job a total failure!

-Ruth D.

"This was a great crew. They were attentive to my needs/requests and were very courteous, professional and efficient. They worked from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to complete" the job. When they dug up to move heads or repair leaks, they put everything back in place very neatly. They even filled in their work areas in my beds with mulch I had recently purchased.

-Alice S.

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How to find the right landscaper

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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.

Landscaping reviews in Los Osos


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and his brother were prompt, courteous, hard and fast workers. They knew what they were doing and i really appreciated that they were able to perform the work quick.
- Joann Q.

We had a crew of 8 workers for an entire 8 hour day. A crew of 5 began work on the wall immediately .
At the end of the day we weren't sure that we liked the aesthetics of the wall and the crew asked how they could improve it. We made suggestions that they agreed to, and they promised to return the next morning with the equiptment to make the changes.
In the end, we are completely happy with the end result, and grateful for the crews patience and professionalism

- james F.

we have a one acre property and were looking for an overall design for the landscaping. We didn't expect that in the $49.00 consultation, but we were looking for ideas, themes, big view kinds of discussions. Instead, we got "i can do whatever you want," and just tell me what you would like to have. So he was not actually offering a design consultation, but a
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to bid on a project. This was $49 wasted.
- Donald G.

Very professional crew. They removed the weeds and spread the mulch (missed one small spot in yard) but overall good job
- Sherry F.

They sent someone to house to trim my hedges with whom I could not communicate. He spoke very little English and I speak NO spanish. The experience was frustrating but I tried to make the best of it. When my hedges were done that had horrible valleys cut into them and we grossly uneven. I was very upset and spoke with Mr
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about it. After a phone conversation in which he offered me a full refund, but I was reluctant to accept because the weeding had done satisfactorily, Mr
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offered that I think it over and let him know my decision in a couple of days. After a couple of days and having previously received a quote for $225 for the hedge trimming, I called Mr
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to inform him that I would like have $225 returned so that I would the money to get the job redone. Then we began to text each other and the conversations are as follows:
6/11/2015 @ 5:21PM which reads:
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Springer wrote: "Ms
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, Please let me know how you would like your refund sent. I also would like pictures of the bushes after the work from the other company is done. I will send half of the refund now and the reminder upon the receiving of pictures showing the work done after us. As a business owner I want you to be happy, as a professional I am curious to see your desired result implemented for your bush trimming. Please advise if this is o with and how you would like the first half sent.
I wrote: "Two days ago you offered a full refund with no stipulations, however this will be fine. The other company is trying to get me scheduled by end of next week. If you are not able to refund to original credit card, then a check will be fine.
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Springer wrote:"We will be sending a check".
To date no check has been forthcoming. Next stop. small claims court.
- Carla C L.

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was always responsive and ready to answer my questions prior to the job starting. And, he had good thoughts and insights about avoiding potential problems that could arise. He and his workers did a very good and diligent job in all aspects of the digging and backfilling. Thank you,
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, for all of your good work on our project.
- David C.

My gardener husband has had meltdowns every other time I've employed people to help him manage his 3/4 acre, much loved property. It is a certified wildlife habitats, and he lives and nurtures every plant, always aware of what each provides to the others that live here--from butterflies to birds and squirrels. He's now, at 68 and in poor health. But he still treasures everything in his yard and is an avid collector of native plants. So...why no meltdown when I tried, over his protests, one more time to get help? Because Chis came and stayed and worked, in close communication, with me. He did not do what every other company has done: left the job to his "men" (one company sent teenagers) and armed them with chain saws. They did not pull out weeds and overgrowth. No, without any idea of what was a valued and/or important shrub, they destroyed things that were not to be touched and cut other things so that they all grew back even more. (That's one reason things got so out of hand!) BUT the thing about
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is that he actually KNOWS about plants. You'd think that wouldn't be unusual in a landscape business, but trust me. It is the exception, not the
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. I suppose lots of yard owners think a flat expanse of cut-too-short lawn, treated with chemicals that end up in the river, is what a yard should be. I'm amazed that anyone could think this, in this time of environmental awareness. But even more amazing is that there are so many businesses that call themselves landscapers and gardeners who share this unenlightened view. Lucky for me that I tried one more time to find help for our yard and found
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. We plan to have him come back over and over!$
- Deborah L.

Called to get lawn services done at our residence. No call back. I understand its late in the season, but it would have been nice to at least hear from someone.
- Vincent B.

Landscaping Companies in Los Osos, CA

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A & T Arborists

PO Box 1311

AAA Landscaping

235 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo

Accelerated Building Contractors

P.O. Box 15453
San Luis Obispo

Addison Landscape

PO Box 96
Arroyo Grande

All American Restoration

1130 E Clark Ave
Santa Maria

All Seasons Gardening & Landscaping

1167 E Grande Ave
Arroyo Grande


340 La Panza Rd

Barefoot Pools

5310 N River Rd
Paso Robles

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cal Coast Construction

2747 Broad St
San Luis Obispo

Cassia Landscape

P.O. Box 1511
Arroyo Grande

Chaparral Pavers of Santa Maria

PO Box 2517
Santa Maria

Coastland Inc. Coast Landscape

540 Stagecoach Rd.
Arroyo Grande


881 Francis Ave
San Luis Obispo

Dan's Landscaping Company

284 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo

David's Home Repair

3003 Valmont Rd

Dr.Sprinkler Repair (San Luis Obispo, CA)

1260 Chorro St
San Luis Obispo


PO Box 5405
San Luis Obispo


P O Box 6036


325 W Church St
Santa Maria

Ethereal Gardens

407 Jeffrey Dr
San Luis Obispo

Exterior Images-Landscape Architect

72877 Dinah Shore Drive Suite 103191
Rancho Mirage

Five Star Landscaping/Gardening

2302 treeline dr
Santa Maria

Four Seasons Landscaping

535 Veronica Dr
Paso Robles

Gardens By Gabriel, Inc.

448 Estero Ave
Morro Bay


Los Osos

Grateful Gardens

2199 Buckskin Dr
Los Osos

Ground Scapes

237 West St #324
Santa Maria

Handyman Jeff

San Luis Obispo

Irrigation Management Services

P.O. Box 1895

JB Landscape Management

PO Box 173
Morro Bay


1212 2ND ST
Los Osos

Kirby Designs

P.O. Box 1114,
Los Altos


Los Osos

linos landscaping

1617 oxford ave


Los Osos

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.


PO BOX 700
Paso Robles

O'Shea Construction

447 Stuart Ave


Los Osos

Pacific Coast Landscape Center

921 S McClelland St
Santa Maria

Pacific Rim Landscape

Po Box 1774

Palafox Constrution

P.O. Box 747
Santa Margarita


PO Box 678
Arroyo Grande

Paramount Landscape

14150 Morningside Dr

Parris Turf, Inc.

1745 Adelaida Rd.


Los Osos

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd


1421 9th St
Los Osos

Precision Maintenance and Repair

P.O. Box 807
Santa Maria

R Macias Landscaping

412 Monterey Rd
Santa Maria


San Luis Obispo

Rebaza Landscaping Maintenance Services

6605 Santa Lucia Rd

Robert Palacios Masonry Inc

2189 Latham St
Simi Valley

Rodriguez Landscaping

940 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo

Ruddell Tree Service

1468 10th St
Los Osos


1188 Los Osos Valley Rd
Los Osos

Sam The Handyman Five Star Services

1652 Hansen Lane
San Luis Obispo

San Benito Supply

1060 Nash Rd


PO BOX 6418
Los Osos


PO Box 7077
Los Osos


915 W. Foothill Blvd.
San Luis Obispo

Solid Oak Tree Management

1113 Morro St
San Luis Obispo

Sport Court of Southern California

21 W Easy St
Simi Valley

Sprinkler King

PO Box 1000


325 Valdez Rd.

Synthetic Grass Solutions Pismo Beach

137 Limerick Lane
Pismo Beach

Tamagni Trees & Landscape Consulting

1632 Christina Court
Paso Robles

Teague Electric Inc

PO Box 4177
Paso Robles

Tolosa Gardens & Landscapes, Inc.

1241 Johnson Ave #353
San Luis Obispo


Los Osos

Tru Turf Scapes

3787 E Bellaire Way

Turf Evolutions

3621 West Commonwealth

Venable's Tree Service

17347 Brimhall Road


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Water Fixers

2004 Preisker Ln Ste J
Santa Maria

West Coast Construction and Clean Ups

13765 Georgia rd
Santa Margarita

Wright Landscape

1593 Stormy Way
Paso Robles

Yard Wurk McGurk

Paso Robles


Los Osos

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