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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".
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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.
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June 2014. The original plan was to start with work in the front of the house
and move to a much larger project in the back of the house. My initial
experience with the design process was good --
able to provide a design proposal within several weeks of our first meeting and
I liked this design and felt it captured my requests and style. My experience
went downhill once the project was going.
---I was initially told the project would take 2 weeks which
was important because I was leaving town and wanted it completed (it was to
build a retaining wall and install drip irrigation and re-plant the front of my
house). The project in fact took two months to complete. This wasn't unexpected
given what people have told me about the nature of this work.
---During the project there was a large pile of fertilizer
left in the street at somewhat of a blind corner. I asked the crew and
(the contractor) several times to please move the pile if it wasn't going to be
used in the near term. These requests largely went ignored or were acknowledged
but without a commitment to move the pile or confirm a date when it would be
used. After almost a month, I had to ask a friend to help me shovel the pile
out of the way
---The final planting plan was not set before the project
was started and I had to make several requests to discuss and try to finalize
choice of plants. I was told this was best done at the time the crew was ready
to plant. That was uncomfortable for me (I am a planner and like to have things
decided up front). Ultimately this worked out, but I will note that
choice of plants to the point where I gave up and just decided to do it their
way (last minute and on their terms in regard to timing).
really involved in this aspect or any of the job after the initial design,
which was disappointing.
---The more significant issues started after completion of the job. There was a large crack in
the wall present at the time the job was completed. I made the mistake of
paying the invoice in full, at which point
would take care of fixing this; however, it took several requests over many
months before the work was completed. In response to my email reminders, I was
told that my job was low priority, and that there were other professional and
personal obligations that would cause further delay (including reference to
some sort of party that was being planned).
---At the completion of the job I noted an area where gravel
was placed next to dirt but with no real
under the impression a plastic
could add that, he laughed at that and made me feel as if it was a ridiculous
request and he in fact never took care of it (I gave up and didn't
insist). I showed this area to a 2nd contractor and landscaper, and they both felt it was a small but completely
reasonable thing to do and they never would have considered the job finished
without doing that.
---Most significant has been the complete lack of support
provided once the construction was complete. On 2 occasions over the last 6-7
months I had concerns about the irrigation and asked for
coming to assess the system. The first time I was concerned about a lot of
moisture in the ground and thought I might have a leak. I contacted
text on a Sunday night to see if he might have time during the week to come by.
He did come by that week to assist but reprimanded me for contacting him on a
weekend and stated I should never do it again (I only did because I was
extremely concerned about a leak and was trying to make sure he could work me
into the coming week).
---The 2nd time I contacted him was in the last few weeks as
I've noted 4-6 weeks of an area of the wall with water stains that do not dry.
Again I was (am) concerned about a leak in the system given the water is only
in one area and the weather has been largely hot and dry.
email to dig up the drip lines and then run the system to look for a leak (note
it is a somewhat steep slope so that is no small or easy task, nor do I know
where the drip lines are buried). When I asked if he could have someone from
his team come do this with me, he replied: "We just
for something like this right now as we are looking in to the beginning of
I find this response particularly disturbing given the
system is still under warranty, it has only been 7 months since the wall was
built and only a few weeks since the crack was repaired.
I have subsequently have had to find a new licensed contractor to
evaluate the wall and help me with my irrigation.
--- I’ve taken a long time to think about writing this
review and have gone over a large number of prior emails and text messages with
that I’ve saved (not for any other reason than I’m too busy to delete anything)? the
records clearly show the above issues to be true. In my professional
life I have the highest expectations for myself and those around me
in terms of professionalism, responsiveness, and responsibility. I am
I obviously will not use
could never recommend them to anyone I know.
PS- I’m sure
to this review as I’ve seen them do with several others on this website. Look
carefully at the negative reviews on this site and proceed at your own risk.
that was needed. Thus far the first stage has resolved the water standing problems and I think we are done.
In other words, they did what I expected, when I expected it at a price that was lower than I expected. I would certainly recommend them.
Typically you'll find that at first gardeners do a great job and over time they get lazy, the work gets half done or just starts to look unkempt. I can honestly say that the yard looks better than it ever has before--the trees look healthy and properly groomed, the shrubs are flowering and look full but properly maintained and the grass looks amazing. I keep wanting to take pictures of it fearing that it won't look as good next month, but it continues to look fantastic. Whenever I have a question or request I can call and talk with
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