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provided details about how the transplant would be handled and then provided an estimate for the work. His crew showed up when they said" they would and did an excellent job. They protected the lawn from any damage from the Bobcat that was used to move the tree; dug far enough out to make sure they had all the tree roots; wrapped the root ball to keep the soil around the tree roots intact. When the tree was put into the new hole they added all the fertilizer and nutrients that would ensure the tree thrived in the growing space. The crew even worked with us to ensure the tree faced the right direction when looking at it from our deck. The next day the owner called us to make sure we were happy and that the job was done right. Very professional crew and job well done.

-Cherl S.

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"Gnome landscape and his crew e-mail the time they will arrive to start the clearing process Starting with the driveway and the porches Later the crew returns clean" up the snow on the paths to the house. Finally the crew arrives to clear the flat roof of snow. And we can add jobs we would like done via e-mail.....which is very handy So by time the sun came out everything was cleared of snow....

-carol M.

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Finding the right landscaper can help ensure your yard is taken care of to perfection. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

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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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- Robin C.
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We were very impressed with the work. Rich saved us quite a bit of money by
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some of the plants he thinned out of our overgrown yard. His men were prompt and courteous, and Rich did a beautiful job of redesigning and planting. We plan to get him to maintain the yard and landscape our back yard in the future.
- Patricia D.
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We were very satisfied with the service. We got a very prompt call back, and visit to size up the work and provide an estimate. Work could be done soon, and all was done on schedule, and very professionally. We'd be happy to call this crew back for future landscaping business.
- Bill & Ann K.
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was prompt and professional when he came out to do the estimate, as well as the job. He made sure he understood what we wanted done with the retaining wall area. We shopped around and received other bids/quotes. We decided to go with
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because his price was fair and he had the equipment needed to get the job done. Before the scheduled work day, he made sure the utilities companies were contacted so the area was marked. On the work day, he worked steadily and leveled everything off nicely. My husband and I were very pleased with the quality of his work as well as the clean up afterward. We highly recommend
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- Marion R.
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I was very happy with
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service! He came to the job site first to inspect and found the right guys to do the job. His pricing was reasonable, and the result was outstanding. He did a very good job listening to what I wanted, and it paid off. I was very nervous about this particular job in my remodel going according to plan, and now that it is done I couldn't have asked for more.
- Kara H.
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Bill was prompt and professional with his estimate and made a number of good suggestions on the work we were considering. We did not have his company do the project for a number of intangible reasons, but we would not hesitate to hire them in
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- Cary C.
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We put this project off for some time because we have not enjoyed our past dealings with contractors. However, this project went smooth as silk.
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was prompt and professional with estimates and made some very good suggestions on a number of topics. His crew members did a very high quality job, respected our house and property and were true gentlemen.
One of the things that impressed me was the fact that he chose not to bid on a couple of the subprojects because they were not things they were good at. Instead, he referred us to specialists. A lot of companies do not have the ability to say no to potential revenue.
We highly recommend
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- Cary C.
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, the owner, walked our neighborhood this past Spring, letting us know about his family business's services. We contacted him and he has been our "lawn guy" ever since. His work ethic is outstanding, and the attention to detail is refreshing. After trying two other lawn services, which didn't work out, we feel that we have found the best in the area!
- Eric J.

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1st Class Landscaping

214 Larchmont Ln

A & G Lawn Care

13 Hackney Dr
Bear

A CRUZ LANDSCAPING

1590 RED LION RD
Bear

A Personalized Landscape

PO Box 316
Odessa

Arader Tree Service

10 Balligomingo Rd

ARBOR GREEN

371 SOUTHBANK RD

Area-Pro Contractors LLC

305 Fairville Rd

ARROW TREE SERVICE

66 N ALLENTOWN RD

AUTUMN HILL PATIO & LANDSCAPE

242 Barberry Dr.
Wilmington

BAILEY'S LAWN & LANDSCAPE

5101 Summit Bridge Rd
Middletown

Bancroft Homes Inc

44 Bancroft Mills Rd
Wilmington

BEAR GROUNDS KEEPER

725 ELIZABETH LN
Bear

BEECHWOOD LANDSCAPING

257 MOREHALL RD

Bianco's Lawn Services

PO BOX 1383
Wilmington

Biddle Landscaping

65 Foxview Rd

BLUE HEN LAWN CARE

PO BOX 913
Bear

BLUESTONE GARDENS

18 EASTON RD

Bluestone Landscaping Inc

100 Matthew Dr
Bear

Borsello Landscaping

720 Yorklyn Rd
Hockessin

BORSELLO MASONRY INC

PO Box 2841
Wilmington

Bravo Landscaping

1829 Saw Mill Dr
Wilmington

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CALLAHAN'S LANDSCAPING

45 CLIPPER CT
Bear

Casa Bella Builders Inc

3205 Bristol Dr
Wilmington

Clean Cut Lawns by Lou

59 W. Sarazen drive

Clean Cutt Landscaping & Tree Service, LLC

51 Shelburne Drive
Wilmington

Clear Solutions LLC

408 Denise Lane

CONCOVE LANDSCAPING MNTNC INC

3553 West Chester Pk.

Corbo Tree & Landscaping

2 Richfield Avenue

COUNTRYSIDE NURSERY & GARDEN

1604 PULASKI HWY
Newark

Creative Aquariums

45 E City Avenue #390

Creative Elements

1707 Walnut St
Wilmington

Creative Pavers, Inc.

1595 Imperial Way

Crewcut Lawn Care

215 South Front St.

Cross River Design Inc

1473 US Hwy 22 E

CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street
Wilmington

CURB APPEAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

37 BRIER AVE
Wilmington

Curry's Home Improvements

171 Hillside Circle

Custom Renovations

1879 Old Cuthbert Road

Datillo Landscape Management, LLC

400 Laurel Avenue
Wilmington

Davila Painting

6 Mervine Pl

Davis Lawn & Landscapes

403 East Broadway

De Michele Inc

390 Parkmount Rd

Del Vacchio Landscapes, Inc.

5251 West Chester Pike

Delaware Tree & Landscape Inc

2611 Elm Ave
Claymont

Delaware's Finest

242 philadelphia pike

Donald Pell Gardens

104 Ridge Road

Dreamscape Landscaping LLC

950 Ridge Road
Claymont

Duane Quick Home Repair

2231 W Diamond st

F. Ramondo Inc.

1020 Garrett Mill Rd.

Fascella Construction Corp

512 Center Hill Rd

Fazzio's Landscaping & Tree Removal

1144 North Delsey Dr (Hidden)

FINNERTY LANDSCAPING

510 E BARNARD ST

First State Home & Garden, LLC

812A South College Ave.
Newark

Fish and Son Services

307 Brighton Ave
Wilmington

flannigan russo contractors

525 NEWTON LAKE DRIVE

Foulke Family Services

6308 Palmer Ave

FOUR SEASONS CUSTOM SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

677 SHALLCROSS LAKE RD.
Middletown

GroundTec Inc

PO Box 16

Gtm Landscaping Inc

12712 Cabell Rd.

GUMPMAN'S LAWN & LANDSCAPING

204 EGRET LANE
Camden Wyoming

H.E. Smith Landscaping

PHOENIXVILLE PIKE

H20 SYSTEMS

PO BOX 1403

Hand Tools Direct

1330 Conshohocken Road

HEARTH & HEDGEROW LTD

1079 W THATCHER RD

Home & Garden Culture

908 East Baltimore Pike

KEENER CONCEPTS

2850 NORCOM RD

KELLY LANDSCAPING INC

3521 NAAMANS CREEK RD

Ken's Lawn and Property Service Inc

1501 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington

Kerns Brothers Tree Service

P O Box 9324
Wilmington

Kerry's Handyman Service

3569 Station Ave

LAND & SEASCAPES

116 Locust Avenue

Land Creations

223 Southview Dr

Landscape Dimensions

419 Buchanan Ave

LAUREL GARDENS LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

334 Kennett Pike
Chadds Ford

Lawn Care Company

5719 Cottage St

LAWN MEDIC

512 RIVER DR

LAWN QUENCHERS

2633 DENNY RD
Bear

LAWN SOLUTIONS

2444 DENNY RD
Bear

LawnScapes

140 Sawmill Rd

Layaou Landscaping Inc

69 Albe Dr
Newark

LEMPER'S LANDSCAPING INC

PO Box 430
Townsend

MAJESTIC SERVICES

118 LUMS POND RD
Bear

Martinez Landscaping

317 S Red Lion Terrace
Bear

Max Tree Service & Landscaping

Serving within 30 miles of
New Castle

MIKE MITSDARFER'S LAWN SERVICE

108 ASCENSION DR
Wilmington

MLS LAWNS & LANDSCAPES

330 PEDRICKTOWN WOODSTOWN RD

Modern Renovations LLC

5 Speer Rd.
Wilmington

Montego Bay Professional Services

720 S. Black Horse Pike

Moore Builds LLC

45 Long Bow Drive

NaturaLawn of America

40 Germay Dr
Wilmington

Nature's Call Landscaping

1205 Talley Rd
Wilmington

New Jersey Repair

417 Lafayette Ave

New Look Builders Inc

3931 Bluebird Road

Old Country Gardens

414 Wilson Rd
Wilmington

Orzada Farms

1463 Otts Chapel Rd
Newark

OTW Masonry

PO Box 5011

Outdoor Kitchen Co.

2187 Hopewell Rd

Outlier Landscape Design

511 W, Chester Pike

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue
Wilmington

Peter Benz Landscaping

1067 Folly Road

Pieretti's Landfeatures

9174 Gap Newport Pike

POISON IVY HORTICULTURIST

5708 OVERBROOK AVE

Potted Perfection, LLC.

1302 McClellan Street

Precision Builders, Inc

1148 Pulaski Hywy Suite 107-458
Bear

Precision Cuts

1400 Baltimore Pike

Premier Electricians

726 anderson ave

Princeton Irrigation Specialists

3879 Crosswicks Hamilton Sq Road

R & J Landscaping LLC

169 Trimble Road

R D COLLINS & SONS

3415 WRANGLE HILL RD
Bear

Raffa's Lawn Care

335 Heron Dr

Razer Level Inc.

1250 adams ave.

Ron's Art of Construction

2618 South Dewey Street

RossLand Landscaping

P.O. Box 154
Newark

RoundTree Services LLC

8230 Williams Ave

Rovase Associates LLC

1100 Veteran Highway

SAMS QUALITY CONCRETE

173 S. Dupont Hwy.
New Castle

Scotts Lawn Service

200 Anchor Mill Rd
New Castle

Scotts LawnService

165 E 9th Ave

SPRINGHAUS LANDSCAPE CO

370 SCHOOL BELL RD
Bear

Stiefel Lawn & Tree Services

45 E MOUNT KIRK AVE

Stone Creek Landscaping

5694 Carversville Rd

Strobert Tree Services, Inc.

1806 Zebley Rd
Wilmington

STYER & ASSOCIATES

412 DEKALB ST

Suburban Handyman

14 Roberts Rd.

Sunny's Services

929 keystone rs

Sure Cut Landscaping

633 Cheyney Rd

Sylca Inc

539 Janvier Dr
Middletown

TBS Basement Waterproofing

324 Second St Pike

Terra Innovations LLC

501 Cambria Ave.

Tesoro Jewelers

1201 Buck Rd

Teva Landscaping

323 Osceola Ave

Thaddeus M. Cebula

125 Miller Ave

The Arrimour Group

1965 Byberry Road

THE FENCE AUTHORITY

100 COLONIAL WAY

The Lawn Arranger Inc

109 Watsontown New Freedom Rd

The Lawnscaper, LLC

219 Hoyer Court
Wilmington

The Tree Connection, LLC

810 Reeceville Road

The Yard Keepers

429 Stoopsville Rd

Thomas Brothers LLC

12B Oak Ave
Newark

TNT LANDSCAPING

28 HOLLY DR

Total Home Repair

2616 Dartmouth Woods Rd

TREE OF LIFE NURSERY

293 W STREET RD

TruGreen

Newport

Tucker Builders & Remodelers

2735 Pickwick Street

Turf Pro Inc

103 Sandy Dr
Newark

WamBam Fence

10616 Baily Rd. Unit H

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

West Chester Dental Arts

403 N 5 Points Rd

Woltemate Lawn Care

117 N Dillwyn Rd
Newark

WOODLAWN NURSERIES

254 Wilmington West Chester Pike

www.toohnetwork.com

1235 cayuga street

Yardworx

275 High St E #P309

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