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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.

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. 




Lakefront Landscapers in North Miami, FL

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3 Bid Solutions

4715 NW 113 Terrace

A & G Retail Maintenance

11890 SW 8 St


8255 SW 99TH CT


2000 S Ocean Dr Apt 1007
Fort Lauderdale

A1A Landscaping Services

525 SW 2nd Place
Pompano Beach

Above All Sprinklers

6511 Nova Drive

All American Arbor Services LLC

8581 NW 11th St
Pembroke Pines


18459 Pines Blvd #185

All Terrain Landscaping

7250 NW 84th Ave
Pompano Beach

Alpha South Construction

1101 NE 214 STREET

Amazing Landscaping

3600 NW 115th Ave

American Bobcat

Fort Lauderdale

American Design Engineering Construction, Inc.

2853 Executive Park Drive

Anderson Landscaping Inc

9995 SW 66th St

Anthony M Mingoia Jr Inc

12080 Tara Drive

Aqua Natural Landscaping LLC

601 NW 42 Ave

Aquatic Experts Inc.

4670 NE 1st Terrace
Fort Lauderdale

ARC Builders Corporation

2575 Northeast 183rd Terrace
North Miami Beach

Avanti's Construction Company, LLC.

260 Holloway Dr

B&G Property Maintenance

9680 Kendale Blvd


Fort Lauderdale

BC Enterprise Inc

93911 Overseas Hwy

BDV Construction, Inc.

2365 N.W. 70th Avenue #C-20

Bernal Lawn and Maintenance

12411 sw 192 Terrace

Big Mac Management

P.O box 5318

Blue Heron FL Group

3785 NW 82nd Av.

Brother&Sons Lawn Service

1040 Little River Dr.

Broward Exterior Design

201 Lakeview Dr, Suite 101

Can You Dig It Gardening Inc

130 NE 49th Street

Carter Landscape & Property Maintenance LLC

10750 Washington St
Pembroke Pines

Castle Tree Art

1560 NW 102nd Way
Pompano Beach

Chooko Multi Dharma LLC

4050 NE 1st Ave APT 106
Oakland Park

Conco Horticultural Landscaping

9399 153rd Road South
Delray Beach

Corte Lawn Services LLC

2623 SW 143 Ave


896 SW 70 AVE

Crescent Landscaping & Sprinkler Services

3071 N Oakland Forest Drive Unit 104

D'bright colors 1 corp

14850 SW 184th St

Delka Innovo Group

5701 Nw 114th CT

Details Garden Design

2713 Coral Shores Dr.
Fort Lauderdale

Diego Garcia Landscaping Inc,

P.O. Box 650728

Dino Turf Corp

7900 Oak Lane
Miami Lakes

Dovetail Landscape

72 E. McNab Road #51
Pompano Beach

Eco Trees

9460 SW 53 St
Cooper City

EDJ Service LLC

4861 SW 106th Avenue

epoca corp

800 Ne 125 Street


5316 Banyan Ln

Espinioza Lawn Service

PO Box 1204

Evankoff LLC

10705 SW 216th Street#215

Fivestar maintenance

14 nw oakland park
Fort Lauderdale

full action service

29835 sw 154th ave

Funk-E Designs

17911 NW 68th Ave

Grass Kissers USA

2901 NW 48th Ave Apt 158
Fort Lauderdale

Green Enterprises of South Florida

5281 NE 18th Avenue
Pompano Beach

Green Landscape Services

809 NE 23 Dr
Fort Lauderdale

Greenday Creations

7991 SW 117 Ave

Greensleeves, Inc

1970 NW 129th Ave.

H2eco Inc Land and Waterworks

1556 SW 13th Court
Pompano Beach

Handyman B


Heartsong Waterscapes Inc

13049 W Indiantown Rd

Illusion Landscape and Design

12545 SW 34th St.

Innovative Solutions Construction

1830 Radius Dr

J&J Property Solutions

9200 S.W 57th Ave

j.a.g. lawn maintenance inc.

2040 n.w. 113th terrace

Jason Kronk Landscape Design

4530 SW 55th Ave
Ft Lauderdale

JIREH Construction Services

7458 NW 178 Ter

Kelly's True Green Inc

1606 nw 7th place
Fort Lauderdale

Kramer & Co Tree Service LLC.

6574 N. State Road 7
Coconut Creek

L & S Transformations LLC

9110 Arrowhead Dr
Lake Worth

Land Effects

po box 972335




13720 SW 14TH ST
Fort Lauderdale


2602 Country Club Prado
Coral Gables

Landscpes by Paul Lorenzo

7924 East Drive #401

lawn wars

125 st biscyane

Litzs Fixes

333 N Ocean Dr

Mangham's beautifications

West Boynton Beach

MJM Services

1208 West River Drive

Modern Home Care

8004 NW 154th Street #392
Miami Lakes

National Brick Pavers

1391 E Sample Rd
Pompano Beach


7970 SW 120TH ST


PO Box 19416
Fort Lauderdale

Nature's Dream Landscape

12385 SW 73rd Ave

No Equal Design Company

14021 SW 143rd Ct

Palacios Landscape

16315 sw 95 ave


7001 SW 185th Way
Southwest Ranches

Paradise Found Landscaping

5390 SW 61 1st Ave.


16123 SW 139th St

Pete's Landscaping & Tree Service

224 Curtiss Parkway
Miami Springs

Phoenix Construction USA

2899 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach

Plant Perfection

PO Box 310488

Plant Professionals, Inc.

12027 SW 114th Place

Pond Doctors LLC

7741 Palmetto CT

Premier Horticulture

7477 SW 82 St


Fort Lauderdale

Prestigious Tree Care Inc

21008 SW 124th Ave Rd

Pro Handy People

27sw 11 St

Real Tree Trimming & Landscaping Inc

2731 Hammondville Rd
Pompano Beach

Royal Lumber Corp.

11541 NW 23 St

Seacoast Enterprises Group, Inc.

7965 SW 136 ST

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861

SH Home Improvement Services

5025 SW 87th Terr
Cooper City

Soflo landscaping

Pompano Beach

solid state construction and maintenance

1929 cleveland st

Suburban Lawn & Garden, LLC

640 NE 44th Ave
Coconut Creek

Sunrise Coast Landscape Design LLC

1770 S State Road 7
N Lauderdale


PO box 541237

Tame the Wild, LLC

3745 Amalfi Dr


310 SW 66th Terrace

Tindall Growers

5340 SW 64 Ave

TMR Enterprises

30000 SW 168 Ct.

Tropical Plant Provider

90 SW 3rd St #2804

Turn Key Management

815 NE 28TH ST STE 207
Fort Lauderdale

Tyler Schwartz Design Inc.


Vogel Construction

2001 NW 15th Ave Bay 103


Boca Raton

Wright Scapes, Inc.

4839 SW 148 Avenue
Southwest Ranches

Zito Landscape Design

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

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