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"The owner returned calls promptly, showed up on time to all appointments and was very professional. I plan to schedule our project in the spring!

-Patricia N.

"This was a major project and its nearly done, so I'll post a long review. TLDR: timely, insightful, creative, responsive, great designs, professional work" team, extra mile, flexible on changes, not cheap but I'm happy with the price given the so-far excellent results. We wanted for years to fix our miserable, poorly planned backyard. After letting everything die due to the draught, we got serious. Coincidentally, I won a design review that
Aoyagi had donated to a charity auction. I was impressed—she was insightful and full of ideas from the first meeting. She noticed things about the levels in our yard and the odd drainage right away. She took photos and video and followed up with design concepts. We did the front yard too. So, far so good, so we asked for full designs, with a pool and without. Isara Ongwiseth and
interviewed us about what we wanted. Isara came with not just two great designs, but four. He and
sat at our dinner table for a long time while we tried to decide—working through different pieces from different options. We went without a pool. The yard was a multi-level mess, with lots of unusable space. The new design had to keep the levels, but rearranged them in a way that looks much better, enhanced the open space, removed trip-hazards & created a resort feel. Made the same size yard look enormous. Isara worked with us on the plants and color schemes. Pre-Inspection.
came to do a site study.
thought he smelled gas. We call the plumbers. Yep, very slow leak, buried under the concrete. Even the gas company's equipment could not smell it (until we dug up the concrete), but
had. Turns out the gas pipe was leaking in multiple places. Gas was building up under the concrete for years. Good catch,
. We adjust the plans to put gravel and paver stones there in case this ever happens again.
Cook came out to meet with us and explain everything that was about to happen. He and/or
notice things that need to be adjusted due to existing structures, neighboring trees, etc. and do so. Demolition. There was lots of concrete and brick, but the guys got it done quickly under the circumstances. No large equipment could get back there, yet they finished fast and with minimal disruption. The workers introduced themselves, showed up on time, and were professional and clean. Protected our house and kept the area as clean as possible. Always nice to our three nosy kids. Changes. I saw some interesting things with stone and concrete nearby. I mentioned to Isara, and he came with some design ideas to incorporate it. This was just before the already-planned concrete pour so we had to move quickly. No problem for Isara and the team. Planting. At the last minute we realized my wife did not like some of the colors. No problem to adjust. After the demo, Isara noticed there was not as much privacy provided in the original design. So, he adjusted. Looks great so far, can't wait to see all the plants grow in. Plants are warranted—if they have issues
will replace. Details. There are a few more things being done such as some concrete detailing and minor fixes. Mentioned them to
and he's on it no problem.
was on-site regularly to make sure everything is going smoothly. He provided daily emails on the work plan. Finishing 1-2 weeks early. At the final walk through,
explains everything—how the drainage works, what to expect with each plant (size and appearance), the watering plan, how all the new electrical works (we have lighting and web-app controlled drip irrigation), etc. Says he's around anytime we have more questions or issues. Maintenance. They provide 90-days of free landscaping maintenance.
, the Maintenance Manager, came. He explained exactly what his crew does and can do. Provided a detailed list & some options. Price. This wasn't the cheapest proposal we had. But the higher quality was apparent from Day 1. I'm happy with the price in light of the excellent results so far. They worked with us to budget things and still keep our major design concepts in place.
provides exactly what they say – a high quality, sustainable landscape. This is not just ripping out your yard and putting in some cacti, fake grass, and gravel like some much lower priced outfits offered. This is a thoughtful design and drought tolerant, yes, but still vibrant and with a green, growing lawn for the kids to play. Problems. During demo, they cracked through a weirdly placed water pipe. Mistakes happen. I judge by what happened next. I got a cell call from
immediately. He explained exactly what happened and what they were doing to fix it, which they did right away. I have no complaints on that. I would use them again and would recommend them. In fact, we will likely have them do my wife's mom's house in the near future.


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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.


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.


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 -


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.

'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 Smyrna


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is the worst company I've ever used. I originally hired them back in June, I put in a $500 deposit to fix the drainage. They had
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come by, put in flags to
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the utilities, then didn't do anything for months. I called and emailed them repeatedly with no response. Finally, months later, they contracted me to say they were starting the work "next week", and they needed some money up front to pay for supplies. I paid this, and they again stopped responding to emails, phone calls, and texts again. A couple of weeks later, they announced they had started on my yard. When I came home, they had cut my cable and phone lines despite them being clearly marked, and gouged up a piece of my neighbor's yard. They never informed me that they had done this, I had to come home, find my tv wasn't working, then call Comcast and sit on tech support for a while before I figured out the problem. They also broke a few of my sprinkler heads, and they put sod directly over a sprinkler without cutting a hole for it.
After the work had finished, they demanded payment the night they finished. I said no, and that I wanted to wait a reasonable period to verify the work and to figure out how much it would cost to fix the things they broke. They then started a campaign of harassing emails, texts and phone calls demanding payment this instant ( apparently they only communicate when money is involved ). Today, 2 days after the work was completed, a guy from their company came by our house and threatened my wife because she wouldn't pay him.
I really regret hiring
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, their business practices are extremely shady, their work is rushed, and their communication is abysmal.
- Greg L.

They cleanup up the areas I requested, including areas that had poison ivy. They arrived and completed the job on time. I would definitely use them again. The only thing I would say is that I did not know I had to have yard bags for them, but in honesty it could have been something I missed, I just can't remember.
- Deborah S.

This is the second time we have used
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for landscaping work. He is always responsive, quick to provide an estimate, and completes projects in a timely manner. We appreciate
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's suggesting cost effective solutions.

Redid it all & it's beautiful. This pond had never been cleaned out like this & it was extremely hard work. This is the same company that designed & installed pond in 2004. They are always friendly, courteous and get the job done.
- Donna J B.

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provided an estimate for the work. He and his crew performed all of the work stated the estimate and did a very professional job. I would definitely use them again.

these guys were great, I'd definitely use them again, they were on time, professional, polite and finished the job early
- Sarah B.

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called back within half an hour of my message, on a weekend, and requested photos to provide a quicker estimate. I sent photos of the leaking sprinklers. He assessed the problem (correctly) as a broken valve and quoted the cost of the valve and installation charge. I've had valves replaced before, so I knew he was right on price. He came out the next morning, on time, and fixed the problem. I was at work, but my son told me that
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ALSO checked and adjusted all other sprinklers on the property before he left. That is when I was really impressed! He didn't have to, I didn't ask him to; but he spent the extra time and care to ensure that everything else was adjusted and working appropriately. Yes, I WILL call him again. I have a hillside of old inefficient sprinklers from 1960 that need replacement, and he'll get the job!
- Laura K.

I called the company several times in their busiest season, and they did not respond until I emailed them. Once I got their response, they did the work quickly and efficiently. I was especially grateful for
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's advice on which plants and bushes would give me the results which were best suited to my yard.
The crew who did the work was professional and efficient and responded to all of my concerns as I closely monitored the work.
While the price quote was on the higher end, I am more than pleased with the work they did. I strongly recommend this company.

Landscaping Companies in Smyrna, DE

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A Personalized Landscape

PO Box 316



All About Lawns Landscaping LLC

308 Becker Avenue

Ashton Group LTD

32731 Bridgeway Dr

B and D Contracting

684 Forest Street

Bayview Construction

1171 Bayview Rd

Big Bad Wolf Construction Co. LLC

752 Dorchester Ct

Bradley Service, LLC

PO Box 9673

Bryant's Property Contracting

308 Crystal Rd.

C & D Lawncare, LLC

45 Wilson Street

Crissman Cutters

4386 Westville Rd
Camden Wyoming

D & R Remodeling

2187 Hopewell Rd

David S. Lawson Contracting, LLC

2392 Flat Iron Rd



Diamond Cut Landscaping LLC

11 Hemlock Dr

DVH Turf Management

18766 John J Williams Hwy
Rehoboth Beach

Fenway Property Management

34 Wanoma Circle
Rehoboth Beach


New Castle

Green Lawn & Property Maintenance

980 Holletts Corner Road.

Green Lawns

437 Blue Heron Rd

Hiram Grace Contracting

201 Poplar Ridge Court

Jacob Landscape

212 A South Main St.



Just How It Seams

106 Mifflin rd

King's Court Grounds Care LLC

4608 S. DuPont HWY.

L.C.'s Inside & Out

18B Nascar Lane

Lawns Unlimited

15089 Coastal Hwy

LNS Services, LLC

9 Blue Spruce Dr

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Modern Renovations LLC

5 Speer Rd.

Mosquito Ranger

40 Germay Dr

NaturaLawn of America

40 Germay Dr

No Limit Lawncare LLC

20440 wil king

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Precision Builders, Inc

1148 Pulaski Hywy Suite 107-458

Pro-Cut Tree

PO Box 331
Little Creek





Rain Designs Inc

PO Box 575

Rehoboth Pressure Washing

15 White Haven Way

Roark Remodeling LLC

8171 Newark Ave

Row's Home services LLC

214 Shamrock Ave.

Spirit Building Concepts

792 Massey Church Road

TBS Basement Waterproofing

324 Second St Pike



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