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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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Lakefront Landscapers in Elburn, IL

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1st Stop Realty & Management, Inc

2707 S. Ridgelend Ave
Berwyn

3D's Landscaping

PO Box 1778
Batavia

A&J handyman services

2032 s ingleside
Chicago

Apple Annie Awning

1611 Jennifer Ln
Mchenry

Apple Blossom Landscape Concepts Inc

PO Box 714
Saint Charles

Aqua Landscapes

397 Laguna Ct
Carol Stream

Architectural Gardens

736 N Western Ave
Lake Forest

ATD Lawn and Maintenance

1203 Homestead Rd
La Grange Park

B T CUT BRICK

42471 n linden ln
Antioch

BALANCED ENVIRONMENTS

17950 W IL ROUTE 173
Old Mill Creek

Basilico Landscaping Inc.

1426 Cary Road
Algonquin

Benito's Landscaping, Inc

P.O. BOX 453
Westmont

Beverly Environmental LLC

16504 S Dixie Hwy

Brancato Landscaping Inc

901 Nicholas Blvd
Elk Grove Village

Breezy Hill Nursery

7530 288th Ave

Bremen Construction Group LLC

9611 Grand Ave
Franklin Park

Brick-Tastic Landscaping Inc

2120 Poplar Ave
Hanover Park

BRUSS LANDSCAPING INC

1607 E ROOSEVELT RD
Wheaton

BUTCH & M DLT LANDSCAPING INC

106 N WHEELING RD
Prospect Heights

CLARENCE DAVIDS & CO

22901 RIDGELAND AVE
Matteson

CLARENCE DAVIDS & CO

23900 W 127TH ST
Plainfield

CO Landscape Inc.

3228 Illinois Route 53
Long Grove

Contreras Contractors

Melrose Park, Illinois 60160
Melrose Park

Cortez Sunshine Landscaping

4029 S Montgomery Ave
Chicago

CRAFTSMAN SERVICES

2212 ORCHARD BEACH RD
Mchenry

Createscape Inc

137 S West St
Cortland

Cs Enterprise Landscape Inc

501 N Avon ct
Oswego

Custom Grove Landscaping Inc

4418 Cumnor Rd
Downers Grove

Dano Construction

5435 110 St Unit 3
Oak Lawn

Dave's Contracting & Cleaning Inc

All over Illinios
Plainfield

Del Mar Builders

165 W. 10th Street
Chicago Heights

Derkson Home Remodeling

1390 Mulberry Lane
Crystal Lake

Desmond Landscape

727 First Ave
Des Plaines

Doll House

1407 Emerson
Evanston

ENVIRONMENTS Studio

403 Blythe Rd
Hometown

Estrada Fences

2144 Brummel
Evanston

Garden Dreamscapes LLC

605 S Louis St.
Mount Prospect

Gaw's Restoration

708 A Child's st.
Wheaton

Grant & Power Landscaping

700 E Roosevelt Rd
West Chicago

GREEN SCENE

PO Box 838
Saint Charles

Greenify Custom

5717 George
Richmond

H.O.M.E. LLC

Montgomery

HabitatHomeServices

4709 Cumberland Circle
Mchenry

HUCKLEBERRYFINNREPAIR SERVICE

308 E South St
Peotone

Jeck's Remodeling Experts

8150 N Clifton Ave
Niles

JEN QUANDT GARDEN DESIGN / MARIANI LANDSCAPE

751 N BOLINGBROOK DR
Bolingbrook

JOSEPH P KOHL LANDSCAPE

1540 DALE DR
Elgin

Kane Brothers, Inc

12137 W 159th Street
Homer Glen

King's Landcaping Co.

5545 S. Elm Street
Hinsdale

Kinsella Landscapes Inc

11900 S Division St
Blue Island

Kobez Co.

1813 Vivian Way Ct.

Koreman Landscape Company

21032 80th. Ave
Frankfort

KOZAK CUSTOM LANDSCAPES

701 First St
Batavia

LA ALEGRIA LANDSCAPING CONSTRUCTION CO

2062 WALNUT AVE
Hanover Park

Lagunas Landscape

2510 63rd St
Downers Grove

Lakeland Building Services

728 Southcross Dr. W.

LATINOS LAWN CARE LANDSCAPING

802 ROYCE AVE
Joliet

Laughing Waters, Inc.

13030 South 80th ave.
Palos Park

Linda's custom brick inc.

6454 s. Karlov ave
Chicago

M/MCD Enterprise, Inc.

24158 Marble Road
Channahon

MAB & Sons Inc.

8310 Maple St.
Marengo

Mack Land, LLC

27184 N. Mack Dr.
Wauconda

Manuel And Sons Landscaping Inc

640 Laurel Ave
Wauconda

MARIANI LANDSCAPE

300 ROCKLAND RD
Lake Bluff

Matustik Builders, Inc.

2413 W. Algonquin Road Suite 145
Algonquin

Mazzei Homes & Renovations, Inc.

5351 N. Pittsburgh Ave.
Chicago

McKay Nursery Company

750 S Monroe St

Meadow Green's Landscaping

Dundee & Rand Road
Palatine

Michael J Rosian Construction Inc

8147 Bob O Link Rd
Orland Park

Mueller Landscape Co.

Highland Park
Highland Park

Naper Lawn Works Inc

24227 W Commercial St
Plainfield

NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

23520 N OLD MCHENRY RD
Lake Zurich

Nelson Design Associates, inc.

1241 North Ave
Batavia

Nursery Now

3201 W Leland Ave
Chicago

Paver Care Inc

500 E Cossitt Ave
La Grange

Pine Landscaping

27 W 021 Saint Charles Rd
Carol Stream

Ponds Inc. of Illinois

P.O. Box 6223
Elgin

Power Tree & Stump Removal Inc

1442 S. Division St.
Harvard

Premier Service

16 W. 179 Jeans Road
Lemont

Pulaski Roofing & Construction

7301 West 25th St
North Riverside

Quality Services

851 Hemlock Dr
Dundee

Renovatio Landscape & Design

26w161 Plank Road
Naperville

Rock Solid Hardscapes, Inc.

1620 Forest Ridge Rd.

Rollins Aquatic Solutions

PO Box 57
Bloomingdale

Salina's Landscaping Inc

2015 Cherokee Dr
West Chicago

Salinas Brothers Inc

12 N 633 SR 47
Hampshire

SCOTT BYRON & CO INC

30088 N. SKOKIE HWY
Lake Bluff

Scotts LawnService

1030 Internationale Pkwy
Woodridge

Skik Enterprises, Inc

14509 S. Hill Crest Rd
Homer Glen

STONE CREEK LANDSCAPING

565 Westmore Meyers Rd
Lombard

The Basement Men & The Concrete Man

PO Box 435
Highland Park

The Davey Tree Expert Co-West Chicago

395 Industrial Dr
West Chicago

The Garden Consultants Inc.

484 Central Ave.
Highland Park

The Johnson Organization

1150 W Dickens Ave
Chicago

The Oak Crest Group, LLC.

641 Glacier Court
Roselle

The TLC Group ltd.

751 Bolingbrook dr.
Bolingbrook

Tommy Pollina Landscape Co Inc

3656 Acorn Ln
Franklin Park

Tree & Timber

11103 Lakeview Rd
Richmond

True Remodeling Inc.

9753 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn

TUBLOOM GARDEN DESIGNS

1239 W FOSTER AVE
Chicago

Valley Maintenance & Landscape Inc

3N098 FREELAND RD
Maple Park

Velocity Software LLC.

1919 Highland Ave.
Lombard

We Group Renovations & Improvements, Inc.

9163 S. Harvard Ave.
Chicago

WINGREN LANDSCAPE

5126 Walnut Ave
Downers Grove

Zeesgroup.com

6850 W. Montrose Ave.
Harwood Heights

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