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Mulch and Topsoil

Mulch can be a lot of different things, but at its core it exists as a material that is applied to landscaping, walking paths and flower beds for aesthetic purposes, to suppress weed growth, retain moisture and supply nutrients to soil through decay. Topsoil is the nutrient-rich, uppermost layer of soil that is ideal for gardening and planting.

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Adding mulch to your landscape design plan can help plants grow, but how much does mulch cost? Should you buy mulch by the yard or the bag? Read to find out.

You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
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pros and cons of rubber mulch
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Dear Angie: I recently put down recycled rubber as mulch for my front flower bed. How reliable and sturdy is the rubber mulch compared to wood chips?

Landscapers mulch to moderate soil temperature, conserve moisture, suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil as the shredded bark breaks down.
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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Valrico

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On 2/10 they set the timers and sprinkler heads incorrectly. I called to complain so they sent someone out to fix the issue on 2/18. I then requested an itemized receipt for the $170 extra charge from both the gentleman at the office and the gentleman that came to correct the problem. I still have no received the itemized receipt and have not had any explanation as to why I was charged an additional $170. All the work has been corrected, but what is the $170 extra charge?
- Barbara F.
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I have been using P-
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for about 10 years now and the service and qulaity is superior. In fact, many of my neighbors saw their high quality work and hired them as well. The employees are always curteous and go the extra mile to do the job right. Highly skllled and takes pride in their work.
- Gary R.
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They spread the mulch in an area of my front yard. They did ok. They did the job they were supposed to do. I had a couple requests as far as spreading the mulch and they got right in and did it. The deal was worth the price.
- Teresa H.
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They do a good job. It's not complicated. They cut it on time. I have no problems with them. They're fine. You get what you pay for. I don't think it's a great price but it's not bad.
- Gary C.
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I had them do a fall clean-up. They worked on a mulch bed with shrubs and trees. They were professional and did a good job. They were timely and courteous as well. It didn’t take the full 3 hours to clean-up so they did some other clean-up in our rock bed to fill the time. They made sure to use the entire time that came with the deal. The deal was a good price for all that they did and I would definitely use them again.
- MARCELLA F.
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We have been pleased with all the work done by Pony.
We purchased a house 4 years ago and the front beds were landscaped with river rock. We had Pony remove the rock and replace with mulch. We were pleased with the work.
The back yard was not landscaped and 2 years ago we had Pony create large beds in the backyard. They pulled up turf, amended the soil and mulched the beds.
For the new beds we purchased plants from Oakland and had Pony plant everything but the tree's.
Pony does the front and back bed refresh as required by the home association every year.
I have Pony mow several times a year when I cant manage it.
We are pleased with their work and professionalism and will continue using them in the future.
- NiblackRickard N.
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This was landscaping on a new construction. We started by working with a Cypress Landscape Design to develop a landscape plan that fit well with the Hill Country look of our house, sloped lot, and native environment, was low water and low maintenance, and would accommodate the water drainage. Cypress recommended Pristine Landscaping.
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met with us and the landscape designer to go over the plan and understand what we wanted to accomplish. Within days we had a detailed itemization of the cost. It was broken down by area so we could opt to stage the work if needed. The initial scope exceeded our budget, so we eliminated some of the beds, added more rock, and
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helped us re-work to fit our budget. He started work right away, communicated daily work plans to me by text almost everyday, did everything he promised (and more) without any pricing surprises.... and he created a master piece!
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is a perfectionist! You would have thought our yard was his yard! His crew was outstanding as well. They are all very respectful and professional. We were very blessed to have found
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for this large, extensive project!
- Kathy D.
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This was done good and professional, but that#s not the outstanding thing I wonna talk about. Because the job needs to be done on a fixed date
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spreaded the mulch during one of the worst rains in the last 6 month. The pockets of
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filled in minutes completely with water, but
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did the job in an perfect way. He commented the sitiation: "Pretty good, not so hot!" Great guy, will take him again. Also
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, his wife did a perfect job in the backoffice.

- Klaus D.

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1st Choice Maintenance

2921 W Main St
Tampa

A Cut Above Complete Landscaping LLC

3901 Bob Evans Dr
Valrico

A Quality Plant

1998 19th Avenue NE
Ruskin

A&J Tree Service

15005 teresa blvd
Hudson

Advanced Concept Construction INC

12407 Hawkeye point pl
Riverview

Aegis Insurance Group, LLC

2575 Ulmerton Rd., 200
Clearwater

Agreenline Company

2343 Gold Hill Rd
Brooksville

AJ Lawn & Tree Care

PO Box 5372
Plant City

All About Your Yard Lawn Care

13194 US Highway 301 S Suite 148
Riverview

ALLEN'S 4 SEASON LAWN CARE

8345 PADDLEWHEEL ST
Tampa

Allpro Tree & Landscaping

10431 Peppergrass Ct
New Port Richey

Allstate Tree Service Inc

506 S 50th St
Tampa

Alpha Tree & Lawn

5511 100th ave
Pinellas Park

American Mulch and Groundcover LLC

13838 Hays Rd
Spring Hill

Around The Bay Lawn Care LLC

8408 Fantasia Pkwy
Riverview

ASAP Pressure Cleaning LLC

4312 Rustic Pine Pl
Wesley Chapel

Ashlee's Environmental Service

3340 Sherertz Rd
Lakeland

Axley Bros. Saw Mill Inc

12300 62nd St N
Largo

BACKYARD GETAWAY

2807 S Duette Rd
Myakka City

Bargain Sod

5600 22nd Ave N
Saint Petersburg

Baywood Landscape Contractors Inc

P O Box 1327
New Port Richey

Big Earth Landscape Supply

9502 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Tampa

Big Earth Landscape Supply

2423 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton

Big Leaf Lawn & Landscape

6616 Clair Shore Dr
Apollo Beach

Bladerunners Lawn Care

9400 Lake Christina Ln
Port Richey

BROOKESIDE SOD & LANDSCAPE

P.O. Box 3344
Brandon

BYRD SEPTIC SERVICES

215 ROD LN
Davenport

C D Ocean Lawn Care

1571 Shirley Pl
Largo

C STORE MAINTENANCE INC

PO Box 12468
Brooksville

C&S Improvements Inc

PO Box 89128
Tampa

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CCE Landscaping, LLC

11606 Cummins Rd
Riverview

Charlie's Resod

3553 Beneraid St
Land O Lakes

Climb-AX Inc.

3348 Laurel Dale Dr
Tampa

Colvin Inc.

11382 81st Pl
Seminole

Corsetti Land Maintenance LLC

1218 Gwaltney Pl
Dover

Creation Through Construction

3262 railway ave
Lakeland

CURB APPEAL SERVICES

625 66th St N
Saint Petersburg

Cutting Edge Landscape

PO Box 945
Lutz

DuncanAmerica

4479 45th St S
Saint Petersburg

e-construction group Inc.

8601 4th Street N.
Saint Petersburg

Eagles One Property Services

9722 Lake Dr
New Port Richey

Elton Seals Property Services Inc

27617 Sky Lake Circle
Wesley Chapel

Eric's Land Management LLC

3216 Mcintosh Rd
Dover

EXPERIENCE TREE SERVICE CORPORATION

10204 DOVE MEADOW CT
Tampa

Fairway Lawn Care Co

11235 Yewtree Ave
Port Richey

Flat Tops A Landscape Company

10006 Cross Creek Blvd
Tampa

Florida Ground Pros

2827 Parkway St.
Lakeland

Florida's Tru-Professionals

5014 Brook Acres Cir.
Tampa

FORRESTER ENTERPRISES

3411 HOLLAND DR
Brandon

Four Leaf Landscape and Maintenance

7915 Bracken Drive
Port Richey

Fred's Landscaping and Design

1512 40th St. NW
Winter Haven

GARDEN SCAPES AND DESIGN

9508 E MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
Tampa

Get-Er-Dun Lawn Care & Tree Service

11219 Rice Creek rd.
Riverview

Gladiator Sod and Landscapes Unlimited

5311 State Rd 54
New Port Richey

GOLDEN SUN LLC

1105 Camphor Glen Ct
Valrico

Grass Monkey Lawn and Landscaping

2650 Rosehaven Dr
Wesley Chapel

Grass Paint Pros

10006 #462
Tampa

Green Gator Landscape Maintenance Service, LLC

27251 SR 54 Suite B-14 Box 125
Wesley Chapel

Green Turtle Outdoor Services Inc

346 Grove St N
Saint Petersburg

GREENTOUCH ENTERPRISES

5543 OLD RANCH RD
Sarasota

GREGOR'S LAWN CARE

10017 N PAWNEE AV
Tampa

Griff's Mulch Service

8601 Land O Lakes Boulevard
Land O Lakes

Handy randy to the rescue

905 e osborne ave

Handyman Services by Tom Perry

21632 Ocean Pines Dr.
Land O Lakes

Handyworks Property Services Inc

PO Box 953
Safety Harbor

Haviland Lawn Care

21221 Hobbs Road

Hurricane Tree Specialists

167 South Little John Avenue
Inverness

J & B Loving Lawn Care

11204 Creekview Dr
Riverview

J & H Pressure Washing and Lawn Care

PO Box 1172
Land O Lakes

J & L Lawn Maintenance

2312 Idlewild St
Lakeland

JNL Property Solutions

2338 Golfview Street
Lakeland

JOHNS PALMS LANDSCAPING

7302 MUSHINSKI RD
Tampa

KENNETH E. BARTON'S TREE SERVICE

10516 Main St.
Thonotosassa

Kingdom Lawn Maintenance

PO Box 20166
Saint Petersburg

Kings of Clean

703 66th Ave West
Bradenton

KTLS LLC

1909 DORMIEONE CIRCLE NORTH
Saint Petersburg

Landscape By Design

PO Box 17553
Clearwater

Landscapers, Inc

1128 Hagen Dr
New Port Richey

Landscaping By Richard Story

340 causeway blvd
Dunedin

Landscaping Services

6989 George M Lynch Dr N
Saint Petersburg

Landscaping Tune-Ups Inc

PO Box 291191
Tampa

Lawn Grazers LLC

1615 Sand Hollow Ln.
Valrico

LeBel Landscaping LLC

12217 Grovewood Ave
Thonotosassa

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

McGee Lawn Care LLC.

17658 Jamestown Way Apt.C

McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors

10746 Land O Lakes Blvd
Land O Lakes

Menard's Lawn & Landscaping

301 Hollowtree Dr
Seffner

Morgan Lawn & Landscaping

1600 Villa Capri Cir Apt 206
Odessa

My Lawn Guy

Valrico

NATURE'S LITTLE HELPER

3811 ARLINGTON AVE
Tampa

Nazario landscape services llc

5201 s macdill avenue

OB SOD GARDEN CENTER INC

2529 W COLUMBUS DR
Tampa

PALMSCAPES

PO Box 2
Riverview

Peninsula Tree Service

4548 8th Ave N
St Petersburg

Perkins Concrete Inc

6692 119th Ave
Largo

Plants2you.com

Plant City

PLP Group Inc.

6825 Main St
New Port Richey

PRINCE LAND SVC INC

200 S F ST
Haines City

Property Services by Musitech

7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando

Proturf Landscapes

P.O. Box 8174
Madeira Beach

PROTURN Property Solutions

634 Blue Taverna Ln
Clearwater

R B Sod Service Inc

PO Box 89114
Tampa

Rainmaker Irrigation & Landscaping, Inc.

36181 East Lake Rd.
Palm Harbor

Rehoboth Pressure Washing

15 White Haven Way

Reyes Handyman Services Inc.

1010 N Parsons Ave
Brandon

Royalty Lawn & Landscaping Inc

PO Box 7512
Wesley Chapel

Sadree Landscape Design

7339 Mulberry Drive
Webster

SANTANA TREE SERVICES

7392 118th Drive N
Largo

Sattefield Home Repair

1039 Old South Dr.
Polk City

ScottshandyManService

490 Cape Cod Loop

Second Nature Landscaping

5750 44th Ave. N.
Saint Petersburg

seeds, weeds & trees property maintenance

po box 35255
Saint Petersburg

Seffner Lawn Care

710 easy living trl.

Sergey Kalnoy

1206 Crossbow Ln
Tarpon Springs

The Fixit Chix LLC

12512 Herons Path Pl
Riverview

THE GARDEN GNOME

2306 TOWERY TR
Lutz

The Honey Do Crew LLC

210 N Miller Rd
Valrico

the people who cut my grass

1003 n clark st
Plant City

The Plant Stop

11838 Foxfire Drve
Hudson

Tiger Tom's Handyman Service

8200 Dogyard Rd
Lake Wales

TOM'S SOD SERVICE INC

11413 49TH STREET N.
Clearwater

Toms Tree & Crane

7801 13th St
Tampa

Total Outdoor Maintenance

4220 W Pearl Ave
Tampa

Trademark Property Services LLC

6527 Sand Shore Ln
New Port Richey

Tree-One

90 Highland Ave
Tarpon Springs

TRIANGLE TREE SERVICE & LANDSCAPING INC

7851 55 Way N
Pinellas Park

Tropical Elegance Construction Inc

PO Box 1512
New Port Richey

Turf King Lawn Care

302 Apache Ln
Seffner

Veteran Landscape

11006 Laurel Brook Ct
Riverview

VIP Construction Services. LLC

317 Whitaker Rd
Lutz

Visual Landscape Designs

1971 W Lumsden Rd
Brandon

WESTERN AUTO HOME AND GARDEN CENTER

7101 STATE ROAD 52
Hudson

Whiteley Trucking Inc

1730 Pink Guara Ct
Trinty

Woodplay Of Tampa Bay, Inc.

3744 W. Lambright St
Tampa

Yard Masters

1104 N Forbes Rd.
Plant City

Yutzy Tree Service

3828 3rd Ave N
Saint Petersburg

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