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did a great job installing our 8 foot grilling station. Their work was so professional that another contractor we had on site for another" project - hired them after witnessing their efforts on our grill station. We even asked them to make some modifications after the fact which they did without question and without any additional costs. We also used
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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.

Hardscaping reviews in Rockford

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From the start I was very impressed with
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and his communication. He met my wife and I on numerous occasions prior to starting the project. He was always available to discuss and bounce ideas off of during the ideation phase. Once we confirmed the direction he was on schedule, worked with us with some tweaks and we were extremely happy with the final result. Once he started he didn't stop until it was finished.
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and his team are very talented at what they do. If you want to hire the best hire them. You will be happy with the quality and craftsmanship. I would highly recommend using Stone Pro. .
- Alan H.
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came promptly every morning with his helper and did not disturb us at all.In all, it took 7 days but they were not always here a full day.Most of the time was doing prep work and laying the sand and gravel in layers.
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made very precise calculations on where everything went-it was not easy to install the extremely heavy stone steps without heavy equipment( because of our septic pipes underground)--and align them exactly where the pavers would start at the right height.
It looks great!
- Catherine T.
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I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PROVIDER. 3 months, 3 weeks (113 days!!!!!) May 11th, 2015 I purchased a BIG
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:L from this provider. Cost of $1799 for up to 250 sq. ft. of concrete, sand base, reinforced. We also purchaseD additional area of concrete. At the time of the site inspection, I was informed that they were running 3-4 weeks behind. We had 4 weeks of rain delay in May, an additional week of rain delay in June. This job has completed the day of this review, 3 months, 3 weeks (113 days) from date of puchase. At no time did this provider ever contact me.. He only responds when you contact him, and only via text message or message on Angieslist. Over the course of this job, he would state a date (or small range of dates) to begin any one portion of the job, only to delay each and every time. 3 months, 3 weeks (113 days) from purchase to completion. The slab looks good, won't see what the quality is really like until a year or so has passed. Maybe at that time I will update this review. His crews arrived unannounced. His crews did an efficient job, but did leave a bit of a mess for me to clean up. Cured concrete in the front yard where they cleaned their equipment after the pour. Concrete gravel and pebbles all over the work area and the cleanup area. They did pick up most of the excess concrete and gravel.They did take the framing lumber with them. Overall, the crews did a good job. The crews were difficult to communicate with. There was no sandbase on the pour. Instead, they just poured extra concrete. They did not wash the slab after removal of the forms. Rebar was placed at about 15-18 inch intervals, in a square pattern and interlaced. REASONS for THE RATINGS. OVERALL- F (No-one should have to wait this long to complete a concrete pour. Given 6 weeks (generous) of delays, this job should have started and completed within a couple of weeks after 10 weeks. As you can see, that didn't happen. PRICE - C The discounted price isn't worth the headaches of the eternal delays and having to put your life on hold while you get no feedback or information from the provider. QUALITY - B. The slab looks good, but I still have cleanup remaining. True quality won't be known for several months to a year. He cited quality as reasons for his delays. We'll see. RESPONSIVENESS - F. When each and every portion of the project is delayed endlessly even when given an approximate start date, you can't say there is any responsiveness. He does review Angieslist messages and responds right away. But, that is meaningless if he can't keep his word and do the work when he says. PUNCTUALITY - Goes hand in hand with the above. When there are delays upon delays, you can't consider a provider punctual. His on-site rep did show up on time. PROFESSIONALISM - F It likely isn't completely illegal to take someone else's money and delay for as long as this, but it is highly unethical and certainly not professional. ANGIESLIST should not allow this provider to offer BIG DEALS. Given the reviews I've seen of his BIG DEAL customers, they are nothing more than extra money in his pocket and it becomes a BIG ORDEAL! Because of the endless delays and postponements, other jobs that hinge on completion of this job had to postponed or altogether cancelled. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PROVIDER And for ANGIESLIST users, beware. I used Angieslist to get this provider. His ratings weren't stellar, but they weren't bad, either. I guess his high dollar customers get treated a little better.
- Glen B.
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Company owner,
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and his team completed all work in approximately the
estimated 10 days despite many very hot and humid days, and several heavy downpours.
Access to the rear patio area was severely limited to a narrow passage which was reduced
to saturated mud due to the rains on heavily travelled clay soil. Near the end of the
project, the Bobcat became unable to navigate the passage thereby requiring the use of
wheelbarrows to deliver pavers to patio site over an alternate pathway.
All work was performed in a professional manner and the results are excellent.
The home owmer was on site throughout the project which expedited a few change orders
that cropped up along the way.
- Ronald H.
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and his crew did a great job, worked very hard. So, I recommended him to work on my brother's new home and to a number of neighbors. I'm learning that
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owes my brother money for a pavers that he didn't use back in May and he won't refund it. How sad, because he did a great job. I certainly can't recommend
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and am also notifying Angie's List to stop recommending them..
- c. F.
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came out and installed a patio with small retaining wall. It looks great. The workmen toiled non-stop all day and were able to finish the job in one day. There was great attention to detail and the workmen were very precise. The color of the pavers and the patio fit into the landscape beautifully. I think my neighbors are jealous. I plan to have a big party to show it off. I definitely would recommend
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they did a fantastic job!,
- Dale D.
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and his crew showed up when they said they would and they started on the project right away.
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explained that he was going to use an addtional road base on the driveway because cars would be parked there. After he did a bit of prep work he even showed me how the home builder did not install the road base under the existing pavers and that this expansion he was putting in for me would be better than what I currently had. I was very pleased that
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explained this to me. I did pay slightly more than I wanted to for the service, but seeing the end result and knowing that other companies I contacted about the work didn't even offer that type of additional material was reassuring I picked the right contractor for the job. My wife has an SUV and I have a truck. I feel much more confident that this installation will last longer than if I tried to save a couple hundred dollars and cut corners.
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did not cut any corners.
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and his crew were very nice and friendly and genuinely seemed like they cared about my little project and it was not "just another job" to them.
- Matthew J.
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Installation was suppose to take 3 days. It took 6 days as they typically worked only 6 hrs a day on my project. Only one employee was actually experienced in cutting and fitting coping and paver bricks. The other two were helpers. They all used my pool to cool off - never asked permission. The coping around the pool came out pretty good and they did fix problems I identified for them. They had to send back a different crew to install the step outside the Lanai doors. They were good - wish we had them for the whole job, but they were only here 1/2 day and were done.
- Richard H.

Patio Pavers in Rockford, IL

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A Cut Above

821 Tamarack Lane
Rockford

Al's Landscaping Co.

706 Houghton St.

Algonquin Lawn & Landscape

1534 E. Algonquin Road
Algonquin

amigos flat concrete

2838 marshall st
Rockford

Andy's Professional Landscaping and Garden Center

4035 S PERRYVILLE RD
Cherry Valley

B P MANAGEMENT SVC INC

PO Box 9
Belvidere

Cherry Valley Landscape Center

7711 Newburg Rd
Rockford

Chrisman Lawn Care

124 Gables Dr SW
Poplar Grove

Creative Concrete & Landscape

2701 Starkweather rd

Creative Hardscape and Landscape

3807 N Trainer Rd
Rockford

Crimson Valley Landscape

1541 Westmoreland Ave
Rockford

D Dorrance & Son Builders LLC

38W020 Mcdonald Rd
Elgin

Dave's Contracting & Cleaning Inc

All over Illinios
Plainfield

DesignWorks Landscaping, LLC

204 Teal Drive
Winnebago

Five Star Home Services

1215 9th Ave.
Belvidere

FRITZEL'S LANDSCAPING INC

13416 FARM SCHOOL RD
Durand

G & O Landscaping Inc

PO Box 1171
Rockford

G R Landscaping

1103 Cunningham St
Rockford

Garas Brick Paving & Landscaping

9701 Shore Ct
Machesney Park

Gates Lawn & Landscape

1011 1/2 River Lane.
Loves Park

Hernandez Landscaping

3533 20th St
Rockford

J & M Home Services

P.O. BOX 1787
Belvidere

JB Professional Svc

8692 Polaris Dr
Machesney Park

JOHNSON DESIGN LANDSCAPING

4000 ORTH RD
Belvidere

Knolls Landscaping Design & Installation

6710 Woodcrest Point
Rockford

Landscape Unlimited

10546 N 2nd St
Machesney Park

LawnCare by Walter Inc

4235 S Perryville Rd
Cherry Valley

Mindset Enterprises

13236 Ventura blvd
Machesney Park

Mr D's Landscaping

547 N Island Ave
Freeport

Murphy Blacktop

2127 Hawthorne Dr
Davis

New Life Arboricultural Services

1917 Hutchinson Ave SE

Northern Illinois Concrete Lifting Inc

4181 Shorewood Dr
Rockford

Paragon Landscaping

2377 S Perryville Rd
Rockford

Rock County Fence & Deck

1220 McKinley Ave

Rocktown General Service

5430 Granite Dr
Loves Park

Ron Slack Lanscape Service

846 N. 12th St.
Rochelle

RU-N-NEED services

333 east state
Loves Park

Schmerse Lawn Services

404 E. North St.
Durand

Services by Gary

5445 Pebble Creek Trail
Loves Park

Superior Installations Corporation of Illinois

750 Lee Street
Elk Grove Village

T J HELD LANDSCAPE INC

PO BOX 5841
Rockford

Tree Care Enterprises Inc

5563 Kilburn Ave
Rockford

Troy's Lawn Care, Inc.

P.O. Box 8377
Rockford

Turek Construction Company, Inc.

9513 Henninger Dr
Belvidere

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