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was to do work on Monday,
20, but did no show up until Wednesday. Grass looked bad, especially on top of the pile." They said it was green under the top
and it would be nice and green in a few weeks. 48 of the squares never showed any green & I had to replace the 48 squares at my expense. ($254. My son did the labor). The grass was dead when installed. I sent pictures to Company representative but they did not bother to come and look at the dead squares. They broke two sprinkler heads and covered up another one while performing the work. I had to replace the broken heads and uncover the other one myself. After talking to the company once and texting them twice they did not return future contacts. They left a mess on the sidewalks and in the street which I had to clean up. When I explained to the company representative, on the phone, that I had paid $1,350 and I expected the grass to be fresh and the work done in a better manner. His response was "that's not much money" My yard is a small zero lot line property and they did the front yard only. This was my first use of a company that said they were a member of Angie's list. Very disappointing.
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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.
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Natural stones will have some degree of variance given the lack of pre-made consistency.

 

1/2" is too much from stone to stone and should be able to be fixed with additional leveling sand. 

 

 

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Landscape Lighting reviews in Middletown

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I was very pleased with the work that
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performed. He is very knowledgeable, professional and his pricing is reasonable. He was able to find a solution to the problems I had, with the heads not reaching the entire lawn. I highly recommend his service!!
- Nancy S.
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was awesome! We emailed a couple different companies to get some information.
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called back within a few hours and then even scheduled to come out the same night. He looked at our property online before coming out so that he would have an idea of what he would recommend before ever even stepping foot onto our property.
He took a good deal of time examining the landscape and then going over his ideas/recommendations with me. You can tell he is very experienced and knows what he is doing. He even knew the different types of trees and plants we had and how they could best be illuminated.
Once we had agreed upon a plan
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did a quick placement (by quick I mean wiring above ground, not that he rushed it; he took the time to make the shadows on our front porch and wall perfectly symmetric) of the potential lighting setup and left it at our house for us to experience a few nights and decide how we like it, or if we would like to change anything. Then after we loved it, he came back the next week to do the full installation and bury all the wiring (and of course added an additional light we had originally decided against, but after the few days of trial decided he was right :).
Overall,
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was prompt, punctual, courteous, knowledgable, and honest. Not sure what more you could ask for in someone you are looking for to provide this type of service.
We love our new outdoor lighting system, and we are glad we found
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- Andrew L.
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and his assistant arrived on time and promptly began the installation. He appeared to be very knowledgeable and really enjoyed his work. The work went smoothly and professionally. The job site was left as clean as when they arrived. Any questions I had were answered by
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- Thomas K.
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did what he said he would do. They were prompt and showed up when they said they would. (A rarity with any contractors or service providers these days.) He listens to your input and has an upbeat personality. I did not get a written bid - a risk, but all went well and I have already recommended them to a friend. Overall a very positive experience. Thanks
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- Sali R.
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This was very thoughtful and professional service. It was clear that they were committed to getting the job done right and to my satisfaction. I am in an apartment and unfamiliar with the prior work, and with
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- Michal C.
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We made the mistake of buying and Angie's List Big deal. That was our
first mistake. These deals always go wrong, and Angie's List is not
good about refunding them. Buyer beware. This company came out to look
at our fridge, never went beyond asking what the problem was. They said
that a part had to be ordered and they would contact us about the next
day. The called us back, gave us a quote, and said they were ordering
the part. 3 weeks later, I followed up, and no one at the company had
any idea we were waiting, and no idea what the problem was. Had to
explain everything all over. They apologized, asked for a model #. I
gave it to them and they said a technician would be out Friday. Friday Morning, the tech calls, has no idea why he is coming or what we were calling about. At that point we fired them.
- colin F.
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This contractor is unprofessional, dishonest and over priced. He hires untrustworthy workers who leave garbage everywhere, waste in the bathrooms, and possibly steal. He takes advantage of you however he can by lying about price, trying to steer you to the most expensive options and suppliers so he can cut his own deals, and takes shortcuts whenever he can pull one over you. I challenged him on price and workmanship, and like a child, he stopped work in the middle of a project he contracted for, leaving my house a mess, garabage everywhere, leaving me a bill for work he didnt complete, and refused to answer calls. Do not hire 4
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- Alexandra D.
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made the consult and work appointments quickly and arrived on time every time. He did all the promised work and the final product looks great. He was always professional and very quick to answer my questions. He even contacted after the work was done to make sure I was happy. Couldn't have gone better. Thank you
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- Carmen W.

Landscape Lighting Companies in Middletown, CT

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A NIRO LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

33 Shady Hill Lane
Newington

A S E Electric

8 Hearthstone Dr
Barkhamsted

A+ Electrical Contractors

157 Ward St
Naugatuck

A. B. Electric LLC

94 Carriage Way
Windsor

AAA Electrical Services inc.

PO Box 9496
New Haven

AAA Sammy Masonry

37 Bosse Rd
Waterbury

Accurate Electrical Contractors LLC

60 Sunrise Cir
Naugatuck

Additional Help LLC

66 Ridge Rd
Middletown

AgriCare of CT

1329 Waterbury Road
Thomaston

Alamo City Arbor Care

289 Maske Road

Alexia Lighting Design llc

297 Reservoir Rd
Newington

All Electric Construction

190 B Buckingham Ave
Milford

All Electrical&Telecom

PO Box 986
East Granby

All Star Electric

372 N Brooksvale Rd
Cheshire

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

B & D Earthscapes

88 main st
East Hampton

B&F Landscape Construction

483 Silver Sands Road

Bahler Brothers, Inc

24 Jeffrey Drive
South Windsor

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Better Business Services

118 Main St
Manchester

Bill's Electric LLC

484 Farmington Ave
Berlin

Birch Hill Landscape & Design LLC

700 N Mountain Rd
Newington

Brown Property Maintenance, LLC

53 Rockwell Road
Newington

BRYON FRYER LAWNCARE LLC

P.O. Box 3114
Waterbury

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

connecticut landscape & construction,llc

116 ayers road
South Windsor

Connecticut Lighting Centers

235 Queen St.
Southington

Connecticut River Valley Hardscape LLC

15 Sadler St
Windsor Locks

connecticutwindow

PO BOX 809
Somers

Cornerstone Electrical Services, LLC

93 Westledge Rd
West Simsbury

CPE Electric LLC

259 Wolcott Road
Wolcott

Creative Designs LLC

159 John St
Newington

Crescenzo Electric

P.O. Box 231
Cromwell

Cromwell Concrete Products

667 Main Street
Cromwell

CTGutterPro, LLC DBA CTHandiMan Inc

1563 Meriden Waterbury Tpke
Milldale

Custom Exterior Landscape

632 North Mountain Road
Newington

DCT LLC

222 West Main Street
Hebron

Designscapes

237 Main St
South Glastonbury

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Diversified Electrical Contracting Inc.

P.O. Box 221
Falls Village

DwWos

59 Amity Road

E.S.P. ENTERPRISES

2 NORTH STREET
East Haven

EAST SIDE TURF CARE LLC

30 LOWE AVE
Meriden

Electrical Connection Inc

36 Holland Dr
Newington

FEB LANDSCAPING & LAWN SVC

123 AUSTIN ST
Suffield

Global Hill Construction Corp.

2566 Radcliff Ave Apt 54

Grade A Home Improvement LLC

490 Main St.
Middlefield

Green Acres Tree Service of Glastonbury.

43 Summer Sweet Dr
Glastonbury

GRO-LANDSCAPE INC.

1704 Reinhard Rd
Cheshire

HANDY DANS

121 METACOMET DR
Meriden

Hardscapes Landscaping LLC

29 village st
Northford

Harrington Electric

167 Cherry St
Milford

J & J Construction

2402 Harbor View Drive
Rocky Hill

J GARDINER ELECTRICAL SVC

51 STAGE HARBOR RD
Marlborough

JOSE THE ELECTRICIAN

125 HOUSE ST
Glastonbury

JS Electrical LLC

230 South Washington St
Plainville

K.Z. Construction

55 Woodland Road
Lebanon

L.E.D. Electric LLC

East Hartford
East Hartford

Lady House Doctors

101 Grove St
Windsor

Line Electrical Contractors

11 E Aurora St
Waterbury

Manchester Electric

226 Charter Oak St.
Manchester

MARTIN'S LANDSCAPING INC

150 BOYDEN ST
Waterbury

MC Electrical LLC

60 Woodmere Rd
West Hartford

Millennium Lawn Services

299 Timber Ridge Rd
Middletown

MJD Builders

PO BOX 314
Farmington

Modern Solar

1181 Main Street South
Southbury

MRL Construction

955 Killingworth Rd
Higganum

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

NIRO LANDSCAPING

60 Peter Ct
New Britain

Over the Headge landscaping llc

100 liberty street
Meriden

Pallas Electric LLC

38 Gilead Street
Hebron

Pasture Of Dreams Landscaping LLC

1010 New Rock Hill Rd
Wallingford

Phase to Phase Electric LLC

PO Box 2945
Bristol

Pinnacle Electric, Inc.

223 main st.
Berlin

Pondview Landscaping

29 Rio Road
Burlington

Porto Building & Remodeling LLC

40 Arthur Rd
North Branford

Possidento Lightscapes, LLC

224 Buckland St.
Plantsville

Ralph Williams Landscape Design

104 Yellow Birch Lane

SDW Property Maintenance, LLC

50 Gillett Street
Hartford

SEARS HARDWARE STORE

852 N COLONY RD
Wallingford

Sierra Electric LLC

715 Stafford Rd
Somers

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

Small Job Specialist Electric

100 Filbert St
Hamden

Thomas Connolly Electrical

19 River Highland Dr
Milford

Titan Electrical Services, LLC

280 Schoolhouse Road
Cheshire

Top Notch Landscaping LLC

9 Botsford Ln
Newtown

Voltz Electric LLC

6 Overlook Dr
Wallingford

West Shore Electric LLC

32 Peppermill Drive
West Haven

Winter Management Group

P.O. Box 2161
New Britain

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