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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 Torrance

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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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again next year.
- 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 Torrance, CA

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3 Pinos Inc.

P.O. Box 370907
Reseda

3D Landscape

P.O. 2123
Orange

A G ORGANICS, INC

PO BOX 20288
Riverside

A.H.INC.

4570 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego

Advanced Tree Care

17436 Lull St.
Northridge

Alford's English Gardens

1840 E 29th St
Signal Hill

All Season Turf

29905 San Jacinto
Nuevo

American Heritage Pool Corporation

PO Box 11996
Palm Desert

American Soil Amendment Products

1450 Tierra Rejada Rd
Simi Valley

Andre Landscape Service, Inc.

521 N VIRGINIA AVE
Azusa

ARMSTRONG GARDEN CENTERS INC

25225 CRENSHAW BLVD
Torrance

Art Construction

1301 W. Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale

Artisan Light & Landscape

15261 Windjammer Way
Lake Elsinore

B2B Design / Build

6302 Whittier Ave.
Whittier

Barba Landscape & Design

19533 Lorne St
Reseda

Bennett Landscape

25889 Belle Porte Ave
Harbor City

Botanicare Plant Services

11560 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

C & M TOPSOIL

12087 Lopez Canyon Rd Ste 40
Sylmar

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calhouns Lawncare & Gardening

319 E 220th St
Carson

California Arborist

14068 LAMBERT RD
Whittier

California Construction Center

12509 Oxnard Street
North Hollywood

California Environmental Care

2298 North Batavia Street
Orange

Campos Landscaping

22602 Grace Ave
Carson

CASAS Tree & Landscape

214 s Kroeger st

Climbers Tree Service

9621 Woodley Ave
North Hills

Constructionowl.com

16656 Ventura Blvd.
Encino

Creative Concepts Landscape Management, Inc.

2523 Foothill Boulevard
La Crescenta

Creative Innovations Landscape & Design

5026 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera

CTAI Pacific Greenscape

23520 Kettle Rd
Murrieta

Design by Nature Studio

149 S. Barrington Ave. #930
Los Angeles

Douglas A Hatfield

10001 Grunewald Rd

Dr Benson's Natural mix

4012 S Rainbow Blvd

ELT. PLUMBING

2509 W. HARRIET LN.
Anaheim

Erazo's Tree & Landscaping Inc

3220 1/2 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles

FOOTHILL SOILS INC.

24981 RAILROAD AVE.
Newhall

Forest Green Tree Service

814 S Fir Ave
Culver City

Frankie's Construction and Design

420 N McKinley St
Corona

Fsg Topsoil

12000 Paxton st

Garibay Landscape

4031 W 106th St
Inglewood

GREAT LANDSCAPING

11902 CEDAR AVE
Hawthorne

Green Valley Construction

8024 Quartz Ave
Winnetka

Greenwise Construction

1875 N. Echo Park
Los Angeles

HAULER RESTORATIONS

4339 Emerson St
Riverside

Hawkeye Landscape Design

380 Thorpe Cir
Thousand Oaks

Hi-Tech Builders Inc

5435 Balboa Blvd
Encino

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

Jay's Gardening

3833 W 107th Street
Inglewood

JC Cleaning Services

1966 W. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim

JN Land Maintenance, Inc.

904 W Hydepark Blvd

L.A. Green Landscape Maintenance

PO Box 191864
Los Angeles

Lenkin Design Inc

1112 Lagunita Road
Pasadena

LEONARD CHAIDEZ TREE SVC

2298 N BATAVIA ST
Orange

Levi's Landscaping Inc.

3467 Twogood Lane
Riverside

Mathew Gray Landscaping

602 Hauser Blvd
Los Angeles

Modern-Touch Design

6399 Wilshire blvd., #710

Natural Touch, Inc. Pool & Landscape Construction

98 Morning Glory
Rancho Santa Margarita

Nature's Touch

622 E. 111th St.
Los Angeles

NCC Construction

7426 Cherry Avenue, Suite 210-429
Fontana

Ponce Construction, Inc.

22 Bell Vista
Foothill Ranch

Prados Garden Maintenance

13906 Osborne St
Arleta

Preferred Home Builders Inc

6271 Variel Ave
Woodland Hills

PRO1DAY

301 Eunice Cir
La Habra

PRODEK INC

2629 Foothill Blvd
La Crescenta

Rahn Contractor Associates

24646 Devonport Circle
Laguna Hills

Rain Forest LA Inc

442 Alandele Ave
Los Angeles

Russ's Transmission Inc

8441 Reseda Blvd
Northridge

S B Landscaping Inc

29975 Knoll View Dr
Rancho Palos Verdes

Seth Pompey Landscaping

5821 Bright Ave
Whittier

Singleton Construction Company

53221 Flutterbye St.
Lake Elsinore

Smart Design Landscape

1730 Fairmount Ave
La Canada Flintridge

Smart Yards

1105 Chavez St
Burbank

So.Cal Landscape & Pond

12881 Lemonwood Ln
Garden Grove

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd
Sunland

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd. Ste A250
Los Angeles

Sugar Gardens

3500 Overland

The Home Depot

1451 W Foothill Blvd
Rialto

The Home Depot

2450 Cherry Ave
Signal Hill

Torres Gardening &Landscaping

8834 Stansbury Ave
Panorama City

Villa Bella Construction

10 Mondrian
Aliso Viejo

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

William Joyce Design

1404 Tyler Ave
San Diego

WJ Landscape Maintenance, Inc.

738 N. Loren Ave
Azusa

YARD DOCTOR's Expert Yard Detailing

1866 ROXANNE AVE
Long Beach

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

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