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"We had arranged for landscape services to be provided by
services beginning in 2014 season. The previous homeowner had recommended
" ' but warned us that they were considerable higher priced than other service providers. Despite a significantly higher price quote, we elected to use
' as we assumed they would provide a much greater level of service than their competition. Unfortunately, we were wrong. The service was sub-par and the prices were much higher than their competition. The quality of work provided for lawn care services is not particularly stellar, but the prices were out of this world! After mutual agreement on a 2015 lawn care program, we established
' as our provider of choice, again thinking that their familiarity with our property would be beneficial. They performed a spring clean up and cut the grass for 50% more than the cost of our neighbors virtually identical lawn and then just stopped showing up. They virtually disappeared and we were left to seek alternate service provider mid-season. I must credit them for some of the heavier duty landscaping that they did on our property prior to our ownership which involved building walls and creating flower beds. However, they "stink" at providing more mundane services like lawn care and light duty landscaping tasks. It seems they want to make a fortune from a small job. When the jobs aren't large enough their support is nil. We merely wanted decent lawn care and seasonal maintenance from a reliable vendor.
' did not fit the bill. In summary, they are very high priced and unreliable for "regular" lawn care and "maintenance landscaping."

-TRIONA O.

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was absolutely awesome, he gave me a great price from the get go and an additional discount after I decided to use his services for bi weekly" yard work.
also had his team sweep and clear the weeds at the front of the house which I did not request. all in all I had a great experience with
and expect to continue working with him moving forward :-)

-JENNIFER O.

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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.

Landscaping reviews in Bear

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We initially had some trouble setting up the initial consultation. After a game of phone tag, we finally met on a Monday. They were going to come on Tuesday (which was sooner than I expected and a pleasant surprise). They did not come Tuesday and did not call to make alternate plans, but they did come on Wednesday.

I am extremely pleased with their work. They got through everything on my list and everything looks great. Would definitely use them again.


- Laura L.
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We had a gunnite swimming pool removed from our backyard. We did not want to plant grass in that area but weren't sure what else we could do. From the first phone call to Elegant Landscaping, we were responded to quickly. We also called two other landscapers who are listed on Angies List. One did not return our phone call for about a month and the next landscaper came out, looked around, said he'd get back to us but we never heard from him again. So being treated with respect by Elegant Landscaping was a big plus in their favor. Their designer,
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, came out when he said he would and asked lots of questions and took measurements. On his next visit, he had several drawings with various suggestions on how to make our backyard look nice. He had to come out several times before we decided on a plan. But he was always courteous and patient and very easy to talk to. I think it's important to point out that we were on a strict budget and let
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know this immediately. We were so pleased that he assured us this project could be completed in stages, it did not have to be done all at once. That took alot of pressure off of us. Then he would recommend ways to keep the costs down while still giving us a nice, quality product. So their team came out to the house on Monday and began the hard work. Today is Wednesday and they completed the job early in the day. It looks beautiful. We couldn't be happier. We have plans to make raised flower beds and plans to put lots of plants in in the spring. But in the meantime, we have a nice, neat space in the back that we're happy with. This will be a fun project for us to work on for several years to come and we plan to call
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and his team back out to help us complete it over the next couple years. We would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone. They're easy to work with, show up when they say they will, they use quality products and they do the job the right way.
- Marlene S.
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I wasn't home when they did it but my wife said they were very professional and asked for her input where they had questions. They actually did a little more than I expected them to do which was very nice - exceed your customer's expectations!

Overall, a very good experience. I would have no problem recommending them and plan to use them in the futue.
- Andrew L.
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was great in helping us pick exactly what we needed. When the people came to do the work they were very polite and made sure they were planting everything exactly where we wanted. They did an excellent job of cleaning up! We will definitely be using them in the future!
- Brian B.
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The retaining wall looks great - professionally done. $4 to $5 thousand but I'm assume this is reasonable for this type of work. On the negative side - several of the landscaping plants died and we haven't received replacements after several attempts to contact via e-mail and by phone.
- SUSAN R.
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Everything went well! Everyone was a pleasure to work with. We loved
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' enthusiasm and passion for what he does. We enjoyed the dump truck driver and the 3 brothers that delivered the topsoil.
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was knowledgeable about planting and fertilizing and took the time to answer a question I had about the grass seed. The people in the office were always helpful and would get back to me if they didn't have the answer.
- CAROL D.
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was a pleasure to deal with. He is very professional and courteous, and a genuine nice guy. He had good vision and creativity based on the needs of my project. He worked really hard to complete the project and even went the extra mile in going to the store to purchase equipment I needed, like hoses. He stands by his work and will check back with me to make sure everything is looking good. The landscaping turned out beautifully. I would definitely recommend
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for your landscaping needs as I plan on using him in the future.
- GREGORY P.
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We closed on our new home on 12/23/2014. At that time some of the plants provided in the front yard landscaping looked dead. We were advised by the builder's representative to wait for warmer weather to see if the plants were ok. After a very rainy spring, I contacted
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Warranty about the dead and dying plants. I was informed that the builder did not warranty the landscaping, but to contact the landscaper.
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staff informed me that plants were guaranteed for 6 months. Since it was 2 weeks past the 6 month deadline (The plants were placed on 12/5/14), they would probably not be covered. Upon further investigation, we found that the valve to provide water to the irrigation system had never been turned on. It required a special tool to turn it on. Though we had increased the watering schedule on the automated drip system, we were unaware that there had been no water to the plants. When I informed
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that the irrigation system had never been started, I was informed that "since it is an irrigation problem, it is not our responsibility." I was further informed that no water had been supplied to the plants after they were planted because "it's bad for plants to have water in the winter."
- Marcy S.

Landscaping Companies in Bear, DE

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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

A&W Flagpole LLC

PO Box 1126

Advancescapes Inc.

322 Palmer Drive

Advocare LLC

714 E Main St

ALEXANDER LAWN & LANDSCAPE

101 W SUMMIT AVE
Wilmington

All About Lawns Landscaping LLC

308 Becker Avenue
Wilmington

Angela B. Vasquez

1720 Pennsylvania Ave Unit B

Aqua Reale

1621 Upland Ave

Area-Pro Contractors LLC

305 Fairville Rd

bbabuilds

2723 E Madison St

BEAR GROUNDS KEEPER

725 ELIZABETH LN
Bear

Bergo Fencing Inc

2030 Grant Ave.

Bianco's Lawn Services

PO BOX 1383
Wilmington

BLUE HEN LAWN CARE

PO BOX 913
Bear

BLUESTONE GARDENS

18 EASTON RD

Bluestone Landscaping Inc

100 Matthew Dr
Bear

Bravo Landscaping

1829 Saw Mill Dr
Wilmington

Brison Landscaping

PO Box 791
Hockessin

Bromm's Lullaby

5125 Route 313

CALLAHAN'S LANDSCAPING

45 CLIPPER CT
Bear

Casa Bella Builders Inc

3205 Bristol Dr
Wilmington

Cenova

2745 W Allegheny Ave

Cheetah Trees & Landscaping

3048 Old County Rd.
Newark

Creative Aquariums

45 E City Avenue #390

Creative Elements

1707 Walnut St
Wilmington

Creative Pavers Inc

649 Swedesboro Road

Cross River Design Inc

1473 US Hwy 22 E

CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street
Wilmington

Curb Appeal Property Management

37 Brier Ave
Wilmington

Delaware Tree & Landscape Inc

2611 Elm Ave
Claymont

Delaware's Finest

242 philadelphia pike

Delpa Builders

1082 Old Churchmans Rd

F. Ramondo Inc.

1020 Garrett Mill Rd.

Fascella Construction Corp

512 Center Hill Rd

Fazzio's Landscaping & Tree Removal

1144 North Delsey Dr (Hidden)

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

Hand Tools Direct

1330 Conshohocken Road

HEARTH & HEDGEROW LTD

1079 W THATCHER RD

Home & Garden Culture

908 East Baltimore Pike

Home improvement buddy

713 Swarthmore Dr
Newark

JC Contracting

40 Linestown Rd

JDS Contractors

632 Pierre Ave

Jonick LLC

1132 Gilham St

KEENER CONCEPTS

2850 NORCOM RD

Ken's Lawn & Property Service Inc

1501 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington

LAMP & SHADEWORKS

160 DELSEA DR

Land Creations

223 Southview Dr

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

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

Miguel's Tree Service

2243 Princeton Avenue

MLS LAWNS & LANDSCAPES

330 PEDRICKTOWN WOODSTOWN RD

Modern Renovations LLC

5 Speer Rd.
Wilmington

Orzada Farms

1463 Otts Chapel Rd
Newark

Outdoor Kitchen Co.

2187 Hopewell Rd

Outlier Landscape Design

511 W, Chester Pike

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 D COLLINS & SONS

3415 WRANGLE HILL RD
Bear

Raffa's Lawn Care

335 Heron Dr

Razer Level Inc.

1250 adams ave.

Rc property LLC

995 new Brooklyn rd

Stiefel Lawn & Tree Services

45 E MOUNT KIRK AVE

Stone Creek Landscaping

5694 Carversville Rd

Strobert Tree Services Inc

1806 Zebley Rd
Wilmington

STS Lawn Care Inc.

PO Box 9646
Wilmington

STYER & ASSOCIATES

412 DEKALB ST

Suburban Handyman

14 Roberts Rd

Sunny's Services

929 keystone rs

Sylca Inc

539 Janvier Dr
Middletown

TBS Basement Waterproofing

324 Second St Pike

Terra Innovations LLC

501 Cambria Ave.

The Arrimour Group

1965 Byberry Road

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

Tri-State Paving

685 E Christine Rd

Woltemate Lawn Care

117 N Dillwyn Rd
Newark

WOODLAWN NURSERIES

254 Wilmington West Chester Pike

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