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"There was a tree that needed to be removed prior to installing the pavers. They had difficulty removing the tree which then pushed the timelie for completion. The" guys worked late into evening and finished the job on time. The job was done well. And the guys were always professional. Very pleased with their work.

-Anne M.

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"Signed agreement in October. Didn't hear about scheduled start date so contacted office. I thought it was too late in the season and that job would need to" wait for Spring. But after Christmas the work began. 3 men and a bobcat had all shrubs removed and old bricks out in one day. All materials I wanted to keep were placed where I specified. The crumbled bricks and green debris all removed and street and driveway swept before they left for the day. Following week the stone arrived and work began. I think only a couple days weather was a problem. As stonework went down I was kept informed of any issues. All my questions answered onsite by
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by text. Any issues were resolved quickly and to my satisfaction. Each day the tools and dirt were cleaned up leaving driveway and walkway clear of debris. Bobcat made some ruts when pulling out yew stumps. The men were careful to thread the bobcat in between 3 established
trees and no damage evident. Ruts were filled at end of job with seed and straw over fill. The soil fill in flower beds looks to be good quality and amended. Job bid did not include shrubs. The sod is thick and beautiful. Hoping for great results in the Spring. Broken sewer clean out stack was fitted with PVC cap and rubber gasket.

-JANIS K.

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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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I could not be more disappointed and definitely feel like this company took advantage of me.
The deal was $200 for 8 hours with one landscaper or 4 hours with two landscapers. I will give them credit for this; the response was within hours of the purchase. However, he refused to let his guys come when I am on vacation in March and could be there to give direction and insisted that it needed to be that coming week. He blamed Angie's List for not including this in the listing; if it was in there, I don't recall it. He would not do a weekend when I could be home. Essentially, I was put on the spot and given to choices: take a vacation day from work to be home or just trust them to do it correctly in my absence. In retrospect, I wish I had taken the vacation day.
I was extremely excited about this purchase and actually put a fair amount of effort into marking the various places around the yard where I wanted the sod removed, color coding it, and sending detailed directions via email. I was completely caught off guard when I arrived home from work to find that all that had been done was one small area- about 1/4 of the area that I believed they would get done in the 4-8 hour window I paid for. Not only did they neglect to remove all the sod, but the small patio area they actually did was neither dug down nor leveled. I was sure that something had interrupted them or they were planning to return the next day, as this was clearly not more than 90 minutes of work for two landscapers.
Wrong. When I contacted him about how little was done, he sent just a two sentence reply saying that he made no guarantees about what items would be completed in that window. I followed up with multiple, detailed emails explaining exactly how little work was done by his crew and how unhappy I was. No response. I asked him to call me to discuss it. No response, no call. Finally, I explained that clearly we were not going to see eye to eye on this, but I would like him to at least come see the job his crew performed personally so that he could at least tell me that he believed it was equivalent to four hours of work by two professional landscapers. He not only didn't come to see it, but he wouldn't even reply to my requests for him to come.
I have had multiple people with landscaping backgrounds - both amateur and professional - weigh in on the job that was done, and the general consensus is that it is inadequate. Some have even laughed and commented that they could have done this amount of work ALONE in two hours; much less two professional landscapers in four hours.
I am completely dissatisfied by this experience; not just the insufficient work product, or the fact that they went to the wrong address on the day they were originally supposed to come, or the fact that they didn't use the equipment they said they were going to, but mostly by the complete lack of regard showed to me by
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regarding my dissatisfaction and the way he just cut off all communication once he had my money in hand and a mediocre job performed.
I never heard from him again.
- patricia B.
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and his crew took care of all of our landscaping requests and needs. Everyone was always on time, polite, and professional. Great communication between all of us. We felt so lucky to have
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and his crew working with us. The job was completed in a timely manner and the quality of his work is outstanding. Each day, great progress was made. And at the end of each day, the crew made sure to tidy up work area. Such a nice gesture. He really takes pride in his landscaping and masonry work and it showed each day they came to work. Extremely pleased with the final product. I highly recommend
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- Doris F.
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It went very well. We did have some minor issues but after the holiday was over they were corrected.
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was awesome to work with! She kept in touch with me a communicated progress with me consistently throughout the entire process start to finish.
- Angela V.
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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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Everything went terrific. The fireplace and patio are amazing and the backyard looks better than we imagined. Everyone who came to our home to work for them were extremely professional and very nice. We often took
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's advice during the project and his ideas worked out great.
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was very friendly and always helpful! Thanks to them we can not wait until the weather breaks so we can start to enjoy our new outdoor paradise! We would hire them again in a heartbeat!
- Tracy S.
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started in
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finshed in December for a two week job
Promised to return in Spring to finish.
Paid 100% of the money. Never came to finish job.
Took him to small claims and received a judgement based on his default to appear.
- Paul F.
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He is very creative and well educated on stone work. He is really good at designing and taking water into consideration. He is flexible with our schedule.
- Tracy T.
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is the best paver company in the LowCountry. They are very professional and their quality of work is second to none. I recommend them to make your project dreams come true.
- Sean & Colleen M.

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