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was fantastic! From their accurate estimate and project proposal to completion, it was a pleasure to work with them. On the scheduled date" of service, the crew arrived on time (even a little early!) and got right to work. Even the owner stopped by to oversee the work! They quickly demo'd our previous concrete slab patio and proceeded to level the backyard, install the retaining wall, and start the new stone patio - all on Day 1! They finished by lunchtime on Day 2 and the workmanship was fantastic. We highly recommend them!

-Peter S.

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"The job was not correct at first, which was a communication error between the salesman and the workers. The downspout was supposed to run under the pavers in the" originally instillation, but was missed plus the original paver arrangement and placement was not what was agreed to. They came back to correct the arrangement/placement error and place the downspout under the pavers quickly. Unfortunately the compressed ground was disturbed when they placed the downspout under the pavers and the pavers started sagging in a few months along the line of the tubing for the downspout. I stopped in at the business and the order was place for a repair just prior to Christmas. The repair was completed in a few weeks. The job is beautiful, functional and all is well. Plus they extended my warranty by one year for the inconvenience. I did not have any problems with getting the errors corrected.
, the office manager, is on top of the business and is a delight to work with. Good common sense and kind.

-Janis K.

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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.

Hardscaping reviews in Canterbury

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These folks did a
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job with some big steps in our yard. The also put in a pad for our Hot Tub and a nice paver patio. Neat, Courteous and Professional. I would use them again
- Diane C.
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After contacting Alco and speaking with
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, he arrived on time to look over the scope of work and provide a quote. The quote provided was very fair for the work that was to be done. On the appointed day,
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and his crew arrived on time and completed the job in two days. The finished product exceeded our expectations and we would not hesitate to use Alco in the future.
- Alfred C.
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Small townhome patio, about 200 square feet. I met with
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Pontikes who came out to go over my options and take measurements. He helped me decide what colors would go well with the face-brick back wall of my home and what would be best size and/or pattern. Two things I really appreciated: 1) He did not try to push me toward the most expensive options which I seem adept at selecting and 2) suggested I come out to their business so that I could see (installed) samples of the pavers I was considering (as well as patterns and edging options) as opposed to selecting from the book.
My patio had to be accessed through my neighbor's in order to haul out the old materials/bring in the new. The workmen were prompt each day, and extremely neat. The pavers are cut individually on site. I stopped by the office one day two pay the remainder of my bill and ask about sealing the brick. Another gentleman (owner?) spent A LOT of time explaining why sealing should wait a year and showed me several examples of
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and gloss sealing so I could think about what I would prefer.


- Joanne C.
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was terrific! He came to our home personally and gave us a quote. He is extremely professional. He was on time and performed the work exactly as he stated in the quote. Our driveway looks great! Thank you
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! I would recommend him to anyone!
- Amy B.
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and his team are excellent to work with from the design stage, through installation and invoicing. They are knowledgeable, respectful and just all around great guys. They actually came in under the estimate so they watch your budget closely and only bill you for the actual items and services they provide. I would highly recommend them!
- Barbara W.
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This is the second time I've used
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for landscape work in our yard. I was impressed with their work the first time, and I remain impressed with their services. They work quickly and did a great job on all the tasks I had them perform. I will be having them return to do other work in the future.
- David J. P.
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Very hard working crew, on time, cleaned everything up.
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the job supervisor was very good in explaining and dealing with the water drainage problem. The patio looks great. It was not cheap, but it looks so much better than concrete and will last longer as they made sure to put in a root
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- Laura W.
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3 months later...nothing but headaches and a partially finished job.
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's employees clearly did not want to be here working, much less care about their work. Months have gone by, every time they show up nothing ever gets finished. Always trying to move on to the next stage without finishing the repair. Having been involved with the employment of trades all my life...this is by far the worst contractor I have ever attempted to deal with...they just don't care and it shows!!! What's worse, friends of ours recently attempted to use them and had the same results...I wish we had compared notes, it would have at least saved one of us!!
- James B.

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ABCDExcavating, LLC

201 Lebanon Ave
Lebanon

Algiere's Landscaping LLC

132 Parks Rd
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PO BOX 314
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PO Box 12
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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Coastal Chimney and Masonry

212 Greatbrook Rd
Groton

COLEY & SONS LLC

43 EVERETT ST
Norwich

Connecticut Home Network, LLC

116 Wawecus Hill Rd
Bozrah

Cost Masonry LLC

824 Colonel Ledyard Highway
Ledyard

CT Asphalt Paving Specilaists

613 laurel hill rd
Norwich

D & M Masonry Contractors LLC

24 Rondaly Rd
Amston

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Ferrandino Enterprises LLC

18 Highview Rd
Ridgefield

Flynnscapes

482 Sterling Hill Road
Moosup

Girls 'n' Tools

27 Richmond Rd
Putnam

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road
Thompson

Griffscapes

30 Bishop Crossing Rd
Jewett City

Home Elements LLC

455 Levita Road
Lebanon

House Doctors

206 McKinley Ave.
Norwich

HYDE PARK LANDSCAPE

401 PLAIN HILL RD
Norwich

KRIS'S GENERAL JOBBING LLC

286 GRASSY HILL RD
Old Lyme

Lizardi's Fix4 You!

44 Pratt Street
Norwich

Matt The Handy Man

101 Summit Woods Dr
Norwich

Mike's Natural Stone Walls

118 Bloomingdale Rd
Quaker Hill

Morey Lawn Care

25 Aroostook Trl

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

Nice Work Network

9 West Island Beach Road
Lebanon

Ralph Williams Landscape Design

104 Yellow Birch Lane

Rock Solid Solutions

6 Porteous Terrace
Plainfield

Sprigs & Twigs Inc

8 Hurlbutt Rd (Office)
Gales Ferry

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

64 Bennett Circle
Voluntown

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