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called to confirm a couple of days before, and then never showed up for our appointment. I called her office, and then never received a follow" up call. During our confirmation call she seemed uninterested in the work, asking me if I had gotten other stonework quotes, to which I responded yes. If you don't want to give a quote, don't make an appointment and then not show up.

-Jamie R.

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Landscaping, Inc. to install a stone wall with drainage, flagstone patio, screen lattice and gravel road for access to the west" side of our property. They showed up on time each day of the project, cleaned up after themselves, stayed within our budget and were very responsive to our questions. They installed a 3-inch poly sleeve on each end of the wall for future projects like a water feature or lighting. Crew mates
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built a beautiful custom lattice screen on site using just a vague idea from us and a photo of a similar design. We'll put in landscape plants later. This is the second time we've hired
for a project, and we are very happy to recommend them to others.

-Amy H.

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Hardscaping

Creating a unique look for your yard means more than just cut grass, trimmed shrubbery and pretty flowers. Hardscaping, the creation of any man-made structures on your lawn, is just as crucial for overall appearance.

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Dear Angie: I’m interested in a paver-style driveway. What kind of company is typically the best to hire for this? – Thomas S., Seminole, Florida

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An appetizing patio and fireplace accent the main course in this backyard

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This landscaping project was a win for everyone

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Dear Angie: Who can I hire to prepare my patio for spring, and what should it cost? — Eugenia C., District Heights, Maryland

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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 Ville Platte

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The first crew that came out were difficult to communicate with. They did a poor job resanding the pavers and came out 2 months later for a redo with the A team. This year i started calling them in May, sending texts with pictures of the sand all cracked
and missing in spots,then i sent pictures of the weeds coming up between the pavers. Their reply was we'll put you on our schedule back in June. THIS IS AUGUST and no one has shown up, I have called them numerous times, they either don't answer or promise to get back to me but never do. When i got the original estimate they assured me that they do warrantee work for up to a year,but they have not made any effort to do the work right. Both crews left a mess that I had to clean up. I wouldn't recommend this company. Their competitors sealed a driveway in my neighborhood and it looks a lot better than mine.
- Jack T.
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He did a terrible job on the grass and landscaping work. I wasted thousands of dollars with him as I had to redo all of the work he did. After I let him know about the poor work he came back to my house and ripped out plants and was belligerent, I would never use him again or recommend him to anyone.
- Steve A.
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and his staff were a joy to be around. They were very punctual and worked hard from approx. 6:00 am to 3:30-4:00 pm with only a brief lunch break. There was absolutely no problems, did everything he told us would be done, plus some. The backyard looks like something from a magazine. It is beautiful and we are very happy with the results. We couldn't be happier with the total, final outcome. When the weather cools off a bit we will out in the backyard a lot!
We would highly recommend
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Native Scapes and
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to anyone wanting to redo their front/backyards.
- Dennis M.
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We contacted
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and he was quick to respond. He came out to our house to give us an estimate for the scope of the work we were looking to get done. We met with
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a few times to go over the estimate and he work with us to get a final design that we liked. He broke down the overall project into 3 parts for us. At first we were only going to do the landscaping around the house, but decided to get all 3 jobs done at the same time. The major reason for that was that
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was the only contractor that we got estimates from that could do all 3 projects. Other contractors would only recommend someone else to do the front steps and walkway. With the job finalized, we had to wait a few weeks to get our job scheduled.
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kept in touch with us to let us know when he would be able to start the job. Once started, the job was done in 4 days!
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and his crew were very professional.
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, personally, did all the work on the resurfacing of the front steps with blue stone. The workmanship was outstanding on the steps and walkway. The new landscaping, front steps, and paver front walkway look great!
- LARRY R.
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Countywide Landscaping was wonderful to work with.
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was very responsive and answered all of my questions - came out a couple of times to discuss the project in person and on site. We were putting in a retaining wall on a VERY steep slope and he was able to envision a way to add the wall and open up the usable space in our backyard. His crew arrived promptly each day of work and even though each day they worked the temperatures were brutal and they were working on a slope they never slacked off - even when the machinery wasn't able to do all the digging and they had to dig by hand they never slowed down. They were very courteous and respectful of our property. I have many other projects in mind for
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and will definitely be calling them again!
- Staci K.
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did a fantastic job in removing the demolished portions of the fencing and taking them away. He kept it very clean. He then added new cedar boards and made our fence look for up-to-date (estate-style fencing) with caps on the posts. He removed portions on the gates that had door knobs put in years ago but were not latching properly. He took added in new boards and added new latches that work much better for keeping our dog in the yard! Overall, the fence looks great! He's very quick and very professional.
- ROBBIE G.
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was professional and competent from my first contact by phone . He was helpful and competent, giving excellent advice in person when he came to view the job site. I didn't have to explain a thing, he knew exactly which pavers would work in the oddly shaped area I wanted covered. I'm a painter, and quite fussy about color and texture, but
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understood immediately - and gave me a wide selection and explained how the pavers would look. He ordered materials immediately, and arrived to do the job two days later! Summer's a busy season, but he bent over backwards to accommodate my tight schedule.
He completed the job in a day, staying late to be sure everything was perfect. I'd neglected to tell him about an underground sprinkler system, but he was able to skillfully navigate the complications with lines despite the additional time and work required.
In confronting the unpleasant surprise of sprinkler lines,
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figured out quickly how to deal with this. Instead of getting angry, he set about resolving the problem practically and with expertise. He sacrificed much additional time to make my mistake right.
I appeared home to find an amazing patio, which completely transformed the space. The new pavers I selected were a different style than the original section of blue stone, something that might have been considered odd, but
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could tell the look I wanted, and set right to work on ordering the stone. They harmonized beautifully and truly made the area more wonderful than I imagined.
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returned on a Sunday to put the finishing touches on the pavers, carefully smoothing and brushing them to be sure they had settled optimally.
It's not often that something goes beyond your dreams, but
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made it happen. I recommend him highly for his knowledge, ability, work ethic, courtesy and superb customer service. It is rare these days to find someone who takes such care and pride in his work. I recommend him highly.
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- Kathryn S.
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First, I had some very large and very old junipers on the front and sides that were very hard to maintain due to their size and proximity to the house. I had them taken out to install something that is easier to maintain and essentially looks nicer. I then had a design that I received from another organization that I needed to hire a landscaper for. I already had a quote from another landscaper then had
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from
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Landscaping give me another quote. What I appreciated from
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was that he pointed out the issues with using the design and some issues that the other landscaper wanted me to do. He treated my house in terms of how he would do as if it were his house and his reasons made a lot of sense (I also did some research to confirm but he was right).

During the job he gave directions on how to take care of the plants and gave me some options on what would look nice and what wouldn't. so we moved and changed things around based on what we discovered during the job with no problems or issues without nickel and diming the statement of work.
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did accidentally break my subpump pipe but owned up to the mistake and said he would fix it no charge since it was his fault, truly appreciated the accountability.
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took progress pictures while I was working to make sure everything looked good and going according to plan. The job took about 7 business days as
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did the entire job on his own! Which is great because any problems or issues I can ask him directly. I rather have it done slowly and done right then fast with problems.

Payment was easy he has an electronic payment system and quotes and statements were electronic as well (landscapers should be green shouldn't they?) He gave me some additional tips on my pear tree and if i need any help just contact him and he will fix it. Again I appreciate the "partnership" experience I would highly recommend working with
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in the future as well as recommend to others. Truthfully if I do not even know your name and you were at my house for a week chances are I probably can't use you again nor can i recommend someone a name I can't remember which happens all too frequently in the contractor world.
- Davie P.

Patio Pavers in Ville Platte, LA

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All Seasons Nursery & Landscaping

2974 Johnston St
Lafayette

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CTI of Acadiana LLC

PO Box 91180
Lafayette

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Eaton Masonry LLC

205 Wheatfield Dr
Duson

Eden Scapes

102 Westmark blvd
Lafayette

Jerry's Pools LLC

PO Box 1177
Breaux Bridge

MARKUS TRAUTMANN DESIGN BUILD

323 POLK ST
Lafayette

SJS Construction

413 Coolidge St
Lafayette

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