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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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Lakefront Landscapers in Altamonte Springs, FL

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A & M Services

4327 S Hwy 27 ste 507
Clermont

A New Beginning Environmental

1324 Windmill Ridge Loop
Orlando

AC Lawn Service

10658 5 th ave ocoee
Ocoee

Advantage Landscape

605 Rising sun circle

All Pro Clean Ups Inc

3570 Mary Lane
Mount Dora

All Southern Outdoor Inc.

1430 Seminola Blvd.
Casseleberry

American Restoration and Remodeling Inc

4044 Commercial Way
Spring Hill

Argentine Landscaping Company Inc

3220 S Macdill Avenue
Tampa

Ave Environmental

700 Riverview Ave
Sanford

B&H Construction Inc General Contractors

4025 Morris Bridge Rd
Zephyrhills

Basil Handyman & Construction

360 Fairfield Dr
Sanford

Batten Services LLC

15204 Millwood Dr
Sanford

Big Ol Boyz Inc.

539 Moree Loop

Bonita's Lanw Service

5327 Goddard
Orlando

Brown's Property Maintenance, Inc.

4409 Hoffner Ave.
Orlando

Bug Free Backyards

5885 Marlberry Dr
Orlando

Busy D's Remodel Pros LLC

621 Wildmere Ave
Longwood

Cheap Fence and Sod

3468 W Washington str
Orlando

Chris' Handyman Service

183 Tollgate Br.
Longwood

City Beautiful Landscaping

4801 Patch Rd
Orlando

Cloud 9 Services, Inc.

1201 W JACKSON ST
Orlando

Common Ground Land Maintenance

P.O. Box 493651
Leesburg

Consolidated Window Services

11735 Lane Park Rd
Tavares

CutNedge Designs

po box 721034
Orlando

Distinctive Builders Inc.

811 Bill Beck Blvd.
Kissimmee

Dobson's Woods & Water Inc

851 Maguire Rd
Ocoee

Eby's Landscape Inc

1188 Andes Dr
Winter Springs

Epic Horticultural, Inc.

2702 Bass Lake Blvd
Orlando

Father & Son Landscaping, LLC

30403 Gidran Terr
Mount Dora

Fender Marine Construction

1201 West Jackson Street
Orlando

Ferpes Brother's DBA Landscape Solutions

115 Springhurst Cir
Lake Mary

Fisher's Landscapes and Designs

10914 Crescent Ridge Loop
Clermont

Food Health & Environmental Safety

563 Ferguson Drive Suite L
Orlando

FRENCH'S LAWN SERVICE

PO BOX 698
Eustis

GALAXY HOME SOLUTIONS

847 S Main St
Wildwood

Gibson Home Improvements, LLC

231 E Harding St
Orlando

Global Outdoor Innovations

13559 Texas Woods Circle
Orlando

Grass Belly Gator

PO Box 355
Davenport

Grass Roots Lawn & Landscape LLC

4765 N Seminole Ave
Winter Park

Green Masters of Central Florida

2021 Jones Ave
Sanford

Green Side Up Land Management LLC

2755 Border Lake Rd
Apopka

Grissom's Tree Services

2945 notre dame dr
Orlando

Guess Greens

4558 Redhawk Ct
Winter Park

H & M FARMS

2246 FARMINGDALE RD
Clermont

Harmon Landscaping

7711 lakewoods dr
Orlando

HELPING HAND LAWN CARE INC

393 GILSTON CT
Lake Mary

Hope Scapes Corp.

17524 Eve Dr.
Montverde

I & A Arreola Landscape LLC

2632 S. Laurel Ave

Idyllic landscape & design LLC

2213 Dardanelle dr.
Orlando

Irish Lawns Inc.

148 Clear Lake Cir

J & E Industries, Inc.

P.O. Box 881
Oakland

JACKSON LANDSCAPING

190004 LAKEVIEW DRIVE
Clermont

Jati Furniture Outlet

4669 L B McLeod Rd
Orlando

Jay Peterson INC

342 True Place
Lake Mary

John Madison Landscape Inc

3333 McCoy Rd
Orlando

Juniors full tree service's

1316 43rd street
Orlando

K&T Lakefront serves

722 woodland st
Winter Garden

kenneth cayson contracting

5033 Mustang Way
Orlando

KJ Landscape

1302 Lake Shore Dr
Orlando

KM Landscaping, Inc.

1009 Windbrook dr
Deltona

KWIK KERB USA

109 CENTRAL PARK PL
Sanford

LAND TECHNOLOGIES

4770 ORANGE BLVD
Sanford

Landscape Company

1631 Country Ct
Apopka

Landscape Tech Services

P.O. BOX 520150
Longwood

Lane's tree service LLC

1230 Cupid ave
Christmas

LawnMakers

Winter Garden

Lawns Made 4 U

4651 eagle peak drive
Kissimmee

Leisure Time Lawn Service

8535 Lake Bosse Dr
Orlando

Mancuso Tree Trimming Service & Removal

2844 Spyglass Cove
Longwood

Mansfield Landscaping LLC

8440 County Road 48
Yalaha

Meadows Realty and Construction Co. LLC

10360 Sandy Marsh Ln
Orlando

Meticulous Landscape Services LLC

1599 Druid Road
Maitland

MG Complete Services

12511 Blazing Star Drive
Tampa

MICHAEL'S YARD CARE

12466 S.E.62ND AVE
Belleview

Native Building Services, LLC.

776 E. Osceola Rd.
Geneva

new age horticulture A+ tree sevice

14764 cableshire way
Orlando

O'Malley's Landscaping, Inc.

5840 Red Bug Lake Road, Box #255
Winter Springs

Orange Irrigation

741 Ryal Oak Dr E
Winter Garden

ORLANDO OUTDOORS

5001 W Sandlake Rd.
Orlando

P.A.L.M. Pool & Land Management, LLC

PO Box 160716
Altamonte Springs

Panda Lawn Care

220 Graham Road
Fern Park

Patrick's Resodding Service

2557 Brampton Court
Orlando

Precision 1 Tree Services

1725 S Oxalis Ave
Orlando

Premier DesignZ LLC

6775 S Tropical Trl
Merritt Island

Premier Lawn Maintenance, LLC.

1026 Savage Ct
Longwood

Prestige Clean Up and Tree Service

11335 Rocket Blvd
Orlando

Prestige Landscaping Services

321 Seminola Blvd
Casselberry

PRINCE LAND SVC INC

200 S F ST
Haines City

Progressive Pump and Irrigation

1506 Industrial Dr
New Smyrna Beach

Property Services by Musitech

7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando

PRS Lawn Care

125 Snow Hill Rd
Geneva

Pulcini Construction, Inc.

6923 Narcoossee Rd.
Orlando

Rays Home Repairs

739 woodvalley way
Orlando

Remax Premier Properties

404 Broadway
Kissimmee

Renovation Experts, Inc.

2750 Lake Howell Lane
Winter Park

ROMAN ROADS INC

715 W 1st Street
Sanford

Ron's Tree Service and Lakefront

4845 Old Oaktree Ct
Orlando

Root's Complete Lawn And tree Care

3515 Dr Love Rd
Orlando

ROYAL LANDSCAPE NURSERY

2204 HEMPEL AVE
Gotha

S and C Remodeling

2750 Ruleme st

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami

Signature Landscape Contractors

216 S. Park Avenue, Suite 2
Winter Park

SOD MASTERS, INC.

PO Box 915123
Longwood

Solid Iron Earthworks LLC

528 Orange Dr.
Altamonte Springs

Southern Dock Designs

P.O. Box 491
Mount Dora

SPECIALTY MARINE CONTRACTORS

7151 ROSE AVE
Orlando

Staleys Lawn & Home Service

6425 Sheryl Ann Dr
Orlando

Stayclean2impress, Easy as 1-2-3 LLC.

Alafaya & Lake UnderHill
Orlando

StraightLine Lawn Maintenance

115 E Dicie Avenue
Eustis

Sustainable Design and Consulting

4817 Palm Tree Court
Winderemere

Swamp Guys, LLC

2944 Oak Park Way
Orlando

TC PAVING INC

40448 HOLLY BRANCH RD
Eustis

The Lake Doctors Inc

3523 State Rd 419
Winter Springs

TIP TOP TREE EXPERT LLC

41711 Lillian Lane
Weirsdale

Top Quality Lawncare & Landscaping

31039 Westchester Ave
Sorrento

Total Land and Tree, Inc

19708 State Road 44
Eustis

Total Turf

3775 Colmart St
Deltona

TREE MASTERS OF ORLANDO

5650 ABERCORN DR
Orlando

Tri-City Outdoors LLC

707 E Voorhis Ave
Deland

W.R. Lawn

Fern Park

X-treme Building Contractors Inc

PO Box 521832
Longwood

XRC LLC

478 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

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