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"Very impressive in the beginning and looked great. However, after one year, every time a bulb burned out if was a service call and bulb cost. It became costly. " In mid-2013, Outdoor Lighting Prespectives, apparently went belly up along with our prepaid warranty and service contract. I also learned what a crappy wiring job they had initially done. The entire yard had to be completely rewired in 2013 by another lighting outfit, who is also out of biz. Be very careful with these people. Yes the dog and pony demo is very impressive to a dark yard. It amazing what lights will improve the appearance of your dwelling.

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installed with no problems" that I can see and has made a night time visit to adjust lighting and to see the overall job at night. This was much appreciated. We have a few tweaks to be worked out as
noticed "hot spots" he called them (seeing the actual bulb from the street)
has ordered a specialized part to illuminate this. Over all very happy with them and very happy to have a professional look. I rated the pricing as good rather than perfect only because they took me up several notches from my normal lighting budget - overall you will get what you pay for and in this case it is excellent quality.

-Dawn E.

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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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Outdoor Lighting reviews in Des Moines

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Good, prompt, quality work. They were also very responsive when I called them to replace a faulty timer on the new system. Highly recommended...
- Karen D.
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This company is fraudulent. They have installed lights and over charged. They indicate that they are the only ones who can provide light bulbs but if you just
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the internet you can find the very same bulbs for 1/10th the price and it takes seconds to install them. They over bill. The entire
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Park Estates Home Owners Association has stopped doing business with them due to their outrageous pricing... If you do business with this company beware! Be careful!
don't make a mistake. They put on a good dog and pony show but once you bite, they reel you in and over charge along the way.
- David F.
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After my request for estimate,
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was quick to contact me and schedule an appointment. After our consult, he provided a verbal quote and promptly followed up in writing. Once I decided to procure his services, we scheduled a few weeks out. His team arrived on time and completed the job in short order.
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immediately followed up with an onsite review of the system.
A few extra comments. I already had an irrigation timer, buried pipes, and several valves, all fed by a hose-end timer off the house hose bib, to water my garden with drip irrigation. There were just enough zones available on my timer to cover the front yard. So,
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and team used my existing timer for the new yard zones. In addition, they connected my garden zones to the new irrigation pipework and removed the hose-end setup. This was a great little "bonus" and never caused
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to so much as flinch. Couldn't ask for more.
- Carl K.
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Very professional, very good communicator, wonderful product. But (the worst word in the English language) the products are SO expensive - I'm not an expert, but my guess is that if your house isn't well into 7 figures, you aren't in the budget for this type of lighting.
- Richard M.
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was engaged, punctual, responsive and spent time with us to make sure he understood what we wanted. He also provided thoughtful ideas, advice and direction that we never would have considered ourselves. He is very serious about landscaping and masonry and delivered on his promise to give us a great result. We asked for his thoughts on a masonry/driveway project we are considering, and he is now working on the design for us. We think we have found a landscape contractor we can work with for the forseeable future.
- Greg L.
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- Steven W.
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was easy to work with, punctual, very professional, and the work was done on time at estimate given. I have recommended Artistic TreeScapes, LLC to others who may be looking to have trimming and/or landscaping work done and intend to use them again this year for all of my landscaping work.
- Michael H.
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The service and install was OUTSTANDING!!
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came out and conducted an estimate on our yard providing design consultation with an demonstration of the proposed layout. He was SPOT ON! A week later,
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arrived with a team of electrical professionals and they completed the entire install in less than 1 hour! The install included a new electrical box for our existing water feature in the front yard which made the landscape much more appealing. We are so grateful for
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is a huge asset and because of his impeccable professionalism and attention to detail, we will certainly be sharing with our neighbors this gem of a company!!! Many thanks to
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A+ Lawn & Landscape

6084 NE 22nd St.
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A-1 ELECTRIC

1501 EVANS ST
Des Moines

A-1 Handyman

833 C Ave
Nevada

Amazed Design & Construction

PO Box 48
Saint Marys

BHS Handyman Service LLC

2719 E Grand Ave
Des Moines

Bob Lenc Landscaping, Inc.

5430 Lower Beaver Rd
Des Moines

Bridgewater Handyman Service LLC

2027 64th St
Windsor Heights

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines

Country Landscapes Inc

56985 Lincoln Hwy
Ames

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter

Excel Lawns & Landscape

P.O. Box 35401
Des Moines

Fireplace Stone & Patio

850 SE Alices Road
Waukee

Friend Landscaping

SE 9th Ave
Des Moines

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Handyman Connection- Austin

223 W. Anderson Ln.

Integra Electric Solutions

201 W 1st Ave. #303
Indianola

Iowa Outdoor Products

3200 86 St
Urbandale

LIGHTHOUSE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING OF IOWA

369 Georgetown Pl
Norwalk

Liquid Landscape Designers

9340 NW 70th Ave
Johnston

M-R 2 Services Inc

9847 SE 56th Ave
Runnells

McKay Landscape Lighting

11440 S 146TH St.

Minka Enterprises LLC

4140 100th ST #10
Urbandale

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

Mr. Snappy Electric, LLC

4503 E. 50th St.
Des Moines

Outdoor Concepts

P.O. Box 41095
Des Moines

Patriot Unlimited, Inc.

103 North Iowa Street
Colfax

Space Doctors Interiors

209 5th St
West Des Moines

Streib Electric Co

11011 Lin Valle Dr

Supreme Lawn & Landscaping

4679 Waters Edge Dr

Swieter Home Lawn and Snow LLC

2900 Capitol Ave
Des Moines

T & T Sprinkler Service Inc

P.O. BOX 710
Johnston

Ted Lare Garden Center

2701 Cumming Ave
Cumming

The Grounds Keeper

801 NE Main St
Grimes

Tim Sieverding

37285 346th Ave
Bellevue

TIMBER PINE TREE RANCH

18863 JEWELL DR
Earlham

Time Electric Inc

1332 Bonnie Ln.

Tru Contracting

6111 Meacham Dr
Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

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