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In addition to replacing a 250-foot railroad tie wall with boulders, the contractor on this project also helped with the city, state and Corps of Engineers approval processes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Sally S. of Plymouth, Minn.)

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Landscaping can be a challenge in ordinary circumstances, but lakefront landscaping poses additional challenges from sloping and floodplain issues. What ideas will help you create your perfect lakefront escape?

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
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Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

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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 Landscaping reviews in Norton

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It went really good, only took them two and a half days to setup, do everything and to fix my back yard. My wife and I are very pleased and happy with the services that they have provided to us. We certainly will recommend them to our friends. We will be asking them to come back out in the spring to have them build a flower garden and a pond for my wife.
- David N.
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Two years ago, we contacted
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Landscaping for an estimate. Although he was not the least expensive, we decided to use his services for irrigation and lighting because he was referred by a colleague of mine. The work was done in a timely fashion and we were extremely pleased. I have used this company for several other smaller projects within the last two years. We have been happy with their work, all except for one time when they put mulch in our front yard. My husband called to complain but we never heard back. We have always had high quality 'black mulch' and this was not. I said let it go, maybe I was not specific enough. On
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3rd, 2014, I sent a text to Mr.
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with a picture of the landscaping light that was up in the tree. We inquired what type of light bulb do we need to buy to repair the light? (it was burnt out) He said you cannot replace the bulb, it has to be the light. He said he would come out. I had to ask again on
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11th and he eventually did come by and repaired the light. The light worked for approx. 3 weeks and went out again. On Sept 9th, I text and left messages. He text and said he would be out again that week. He never showed. Since that time, my husband has called and I also called and left a message about 12 days ago. He has not responded to our calls. I even asked if he was either 'not interested' in servicing our account or was 'too busy', could he recommend another company to us. I also offered and expected to pay for his services. We have not heard back. I still have a burnt out light fixture and the sprinkler system needs some maintenance & a couple of new sprinkler heads. Overall, we were pleased with the initial work but are very unhappy with their lack of responsiveness to our calls for servicing or repairs.
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- Lisa S.
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Came the same day I called. There was a weather related issue with an existing project, making him immediately available. Showed up at correct time. Quickly diagnosed problem and explained cost and benefits options. Had the pump I selected in his truck. Installed quickly. Works as desired now.
- Robert S.
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This is an AMAZING company. We had a nightmare experience in building a new home in S.
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. After 11 months, we had run out of time and consequently had to get a temporary CO. We removed the deck construction from the plans but in order to get the TCO we had to show the city that we had contracted with a company to complete the deck within a specific timeframe.
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came to our rescue. The pilings for the deck had been poured at the onset of the home construction, but the builder (Modern
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Bay Homes) refused to share them or the deck design with
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. He would only do so if he were paid $500. Within a matter of a few days,
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had gotten the original plans from the city, acquired the necessary permits, made arrangements for the decking materials to be delivered (from
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) and scheduled the job. We knew up front how long the job would take and what to expect. The crew was on site as scheduled (everyday at 8am sharp) and they went about the task of completing the deck in a very professional and focused manner. I was impressed how they really worked together as a well oiled team, not only enjoying their work, but also intent on making sure it was done correctly. When the job was completed, we were sorry to see the crew leave. The finished product is a "sight to behold" and the envy of everyone who sees it. Not only can you launch a boat from it (the underpinnings are so solid) but the workmanship is superb. The attention to detail is perfect. When the
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City Inspector came, he too was very impressed and noted that he had not seen a job so professionally done before. We are so thankful that we did NOT have the original home builder complete the deck and now realize that this encounter with
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does not hint that they construct decks, we would strongly recommend that you contact this company if you are wanting a well constructed deck installed that will withstand the test of time.
- ANDREW AND STENA C.
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NO contact despite two calls, leaving information including dimensions for the concrete work and the type of fencing desired. NO ONE even bothered to call for an appointment.. Glad we didn't get involved with this company if they treat potential customers this way. What do they do when they have the upfront money?
- DONNA M.
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Did not use this provider because he did not respond to my Angies List internal email inquiry for a quote.He did contact me after I gave him a bad rating for not responding, and explained that he did not know that there was an internal Angies List email inquiry system. I did not use him or get a quote after that, because I had already gone with another solution.
- Michael D.
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They scheduled a date, they arrived as scheduled, worked hard and long to complete the job ahead of schedule. Every technical question was addressed quickly and professionally. I would recommend them to others. I actually recommend them to a canal neighbor last week. The only issue I had was is with backfill that was placed without compaction which has resulted in holes in yard.
- dennis H.

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360 Sport Systems

100 Cumming Center
Beverly

AD CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 180048
Boston

Adaptations Unlimited

1474 Mass Ave
Arlington

AHRONIAN LANDSCAPING & DESIGN

107 CONCORD ST
Holliston

BRIAN J DINSMORE LANDSCAPING

14 TOPLIFF ST
Billerica

Brothers Property Management

2 Langevin st
Spencer

Cahill Lawn Care

98 Central St
Foxboro

Charles River Landesign, Inc.

6 Naumkeag St
Medway

Colameta Landscaping - Groton

45 Pleasant Street
Groton

Combat Corp

24 Wright Ave

courtyard concepts

p.o box 373
Chelmsford

Crane's Property Maintenance

70 douglas st
Haverhill

CRYAN LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING

41 Walton St.
Attleboro

D.J.SALMON LAWN & LANDSCAPE, INC.

672 Millville Road
Uxbridge

Dale Design, Inc. Landscape Architecture

147 Cambridge St
Winchester

DECHAMBEAU LANDSCAPING

PO Box 138
West Bridgewater

E.T. Radiant, LLC

4 Flagg Road
Acton

Earthscape Landscaping Inc.

409 Martins Pond Rd.
Groton

EMERALD EXCAVATING CO., INC.

38 HEDGES POND RD
Plymouth

ForesTree Services Inc

5C Trader Cir
Tyngsboro

Gardens Are, Inc.

100 Violetwood Circle
Marlborough

GLENN KRESCO CORP

98 E CHARLTON RD
Spencer

Green Trees Arborcare Inc.

P.O. Box 206
Norfolk

Gulla Landscape Inc

467 Washington St
Norwood

Guthrie Bros. Landscaping, Inc

15 Munson Ave
Shirley

h2o Irrigation

6 Main St
Kingston

Harris and Company Landscaping

10 Cross St.
Bellingham

Hemenhalt Construction

PO Box 332
North Easton

Julians Landscaping

303 Pleasant St
Framingham

KRIS-JON'S LANDSCAPE DESIGN

685 N BEDFORD ST
East Bridgewater

LANDSCAPE AMERICA INC

840 Franklin Street
Wrentham

Landscape Oasis LLC

P.O. Box 262
Norfolk

LDS Design associates

886 franklin st
Wrentham

Lebrun Landscape & Design

PO Box 541217
Waltham

Linwood Tree

833 fitchburg state rd
Ashby

Lowreys Landscapes

379 Chestnut St
Uxbridge

MBS Property Maintenance

P.O. Box
Boxford

Mercer Construction

50 Webster st
Quincy

MetroWest Water Gardens

24 Moore Rd
Hopedale

Midurski Bros. Landscaping Inc.

118 Cushing Street
Stoughton

MJ Nicholl's Landscaping LLC

77 Gridley St
Quincy

Naturescape

5 Prospect Rd
Plympton

Pro Pave

1078 Pleasant St
Norwood

Quality Landscaping

427 bedford street
Lakeville

Quality Services, Inc.

29 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston

Ralph Williams Landscape Design

104 Yellow Birch Lane
Lancaster

Signature Grounds

23 Draper Road
Gardner

Silvestri Industries Inc

401 Wareham St # B
Middleboro

Simora Landscape & Lawncare Co

PO Box 386
Mansfield

Skapars Design Group LLC

2 Tower Dr
Dover

South Spencer Excavating

99 South Spencer Rd
Spencer

Steve's Lawn Care, Inc.

PO BOX 233
Arlington

T & D Remodeling

North Billerica

Terra Stone

Po Box 143
Marlborough

The Gardeners Landscape

6 Main St
Kingston

The Productive Earth

50 Maynard Rd
Sudbury

The Veron Company

112 FOREST ST
Marlborough

Third Pig Construction

231 Old Littleton Road
Harvard

tom gaudet

378 tremont st
Rehoboth

Tompkins Landscape & Irrigation

128 Main St
North Andover

Walnut Hill Contracting

PO Box 654
Natick

Walsh Plumbing & Heating

10 Conant st
Salem

Weed & Feed Inc. dba DHT Golf Services

8 Meadow Park Rd.
Plymouth

Weston Nurseries Inc

93 E Main St
Hopkinton

WHITMORE'S YARD CARE INC

656 Plymouth St
East Bridgewater

WSC Landscape Construction

P O BOX 2693
Framingham

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