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he was nothing less than professional. He quickly responded and was very flexible" and worked with my schedule so that we can meet and talk about my project. Shortly after our meeting he e-mailed me with a detailed quote which was very specific about the steps he was going to take to get the job done and anytime I had questions he responded immediately. The project was suppose to take 3-4 days and I was amazed the project took only 2 days and the even more impressive part of the whole project was 1.
was present practically the entire time and also picked up a shovel and helped out. 2. not one step was missed in what
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uses his own crews which after speaking to some of them they spoke highly of him which impressed me and that reassured me that I made the right choice going with
. In a nutshell my experience was excellent. If you are like me and you like punctuality, efficiency, and professionalism
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is the person you need to talk too. He is the one that I will use for my next project.

-Jose G.

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"WARNING! DO NOT USE THIS CONTRACTOR! Buyer Beware. I was referred to
Khacherian, ST LIC. # 808447 to do work on my fence that I share with" my neighbors. Before the neighbors and I signed his contract he is very attentive, return calls, show up on time, especially to collect his money. So far what he has promised and wrote in the contract he has not delivered. He has not completed the job I paid and hire him to do, which is to replace the wooden fence with wall fence (Block wall) and I have not heard from him again. He argued with me about the height of the fence, which in my contract says 5'8" and it is only 5'8" at one spot only. Then he had to do a change order because he made the left side of my fence shorter than the right side and said that my elevation was uneven. However, my old fences both lined up at the same spot and you can still see the markings and his new wall don't measure up evenly. So in order to make them even he said I have to pay him more and he will issue a change order. Once he collected my money, he had his workers build up the wall to match the left side and we agreed and wrote into the change order for the fence to be 27 feet long because I didn't want to pay to extend the fence all the way down to the front of the house. Once again he delivered a 26'5" feet wall. Then we argued and he didn't have a good explanation for this error. During construction his workers removed my pavers to install the wall, once the wall went up, they replaced my existing pavers running along the fence however, I am now missing 12'11" of my old pavers which I believe was hauled away with all the dirt, cement and junk that was dumped in the back yard during construction. See pictures attached. Also he never finished adding more pavers to the back area of my patio which was also in the contract. Besides all this he also used chipped blocks for our walls and said they come that way. They also chipped one of my existing pavers, which was just recently installed. During construction, they did damage to my existing pavers with the cement they used to put the blocks together. I pointed this out to
Khacherian, that the cement was stuck all over my pavers and that he better figure out a way to remove it. Well whatever he did to clean that off, my pavers now have an orange color to it. See pictures.
Khacherian, also promised the job to be completed by January 31st. Well it is now Feb 25th, 2015 and my job is NOT finished. I have emailed, left voicemails and actually spoke to him 2 weeks ago in which he promised to come last Wed. to finish installing the pavers that was part of this job. Well I haven't heard from him and he has now defaulted on the contract. I am very disappointed and want to warn others about his work ethics. Let another email and text for him yesterday still no response.

-Tasha H.

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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 -

http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachments/build-yourself/117273d1230307978-stump-grinder-questions-stumpgrinderred.jpg

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.

Hardscaping reviews in Kankakee

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returned my call quickly and quickly provided a quote. The quote showed that he understood our needs better than we were able to express them ourseelves. The work began quickly and on time, and it finished early. Both the outcome and the cleanup were excellent. Several tasks arose during the project that weren't part of the original job;
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's charges for this extra work were quite fair. His price overall was quite competitive.
- Daniel R.
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We have had Woody do a couple of landscape jobs for us and will probably use him again. He is very good at visualizing what the completed project will look like and offers good suggestions. His crew is good at getting the work done in a timely manner.
- Vickie C.
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It had nothing to do with the company but we had an expense come up, so we had to cancel the deal for now. The young man who helped us,
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Woods was very nice and met with us at our home.
- Susan & Fred W.
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The work was good and the price was very reasonable. I thought that the price was fair. I didn’t compare the rates anywhere. They were on Angie’s List and we just used them. The work was excellent.
- Michael N.
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He was friendly, punctual, and knowledgeable. It was clear he was an expert and he explained the process well. We ultimately decided to use another company to get a lower price. But, we would consider using this company in the future.
- Julie S.
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There were a couple sharply curved areas on my front walkway where they didn't cut the bricks to follow the curve, they just left them rectangular and filled them in with sand so it looked sloppy. A few bricks cracked in the first winter. They came out in spring, said it was within their tolerance but said they would correct all of it and never did. I made numerous phone calls and emails. When the snow came again I knew they for sure weren't coming back. I wound up selling the house this winter and bought another house that needs another $20k patio. I would have used them again had they spent an hour fixing the work on the last house.
- John W.
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We were very pleased with
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was very helpful as we were going through the selection of the color and style of the pavers. He was able to articulate all the steps of the process for us. We had several questions throughout the process that either
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or the Field Project Manager,
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, responded to right away. We love the results. Not only do the pavers look great, but the walkways are very level. We will eventually redo our driveway with pavers and will use
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when we are ready to proceed. We would recommend
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- SUSAN F.
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They were very prompt and informative. The workers showed up when they said they would and completed the job when they said they would. The work was very impressive, I can't be any happier. They were very helpful and made suggestions on things that I hadn't thought of. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to have a yard installed.
- Nancy H.

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97 Marion Street
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17919 Grandview Dr
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PO Box 55042

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17357 S 69th Ave
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1541 Westmoreland Ave
Rockford

D & D Stone Brokers

346 Creekside Drive

Darcy Bean Custom Construction

PO Box 1758
Champaign

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Plainfield

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Fivestone Foundations

915 Benton Street
Belleville

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Montgomery

Hardscape Specialties

2557 East stellon st.
Diamond

Nature Green Paving

629 Montgomery Rd
Montgomery

Paul Swartz Nursery

30728 93rd St

Premier Brick & Stone

2769 Stonegate Ct.

Scenic Landscaping LLC

499 Brian Dr.
Manteno

Sharp's Landscape

304 spence st
Norris City

Skoog Landscape & Design

2612 W Le Fevre Rd
Sterling

Solutions Contracting

1173 BAinbridge St
Barry

The Oak Crest Group, LLC.

641 Glacier Court
Roselle
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