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"Great interactions with everyone from the team. Amazing customer service. When the gravel arrived and was delivered, not one single stone wound up outside of the" pavers we had lined up, or on our driveway. This made my gravel driveway project easy and wasn't too labor intensive. We have never had anything but great experiences with
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"He laid the sod over the sprinkler system. First rain the pvc pipes were all sticking out of the ground and the sprinkler broke off from the faucet he connected" it to costing me to have a $400 water bill. I called to have him come out to repair and he wanted another $500 to put the pipes under ground. I refused to pay more so I filed a complaint because he is not licensed to perform this work and he would not guarantee or fix at his cost. I had to pay a license sprinkler guy an additional 300.00 to repair his work and will have to replace the sod as it's all dead. DO NOT HIRE THIS KID, DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.

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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Swampscott

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The guys took great care to avoid our lower-hanging tree branches when backing up their truck on our horseshoe shaped driveway, and deposited the mulch exactly where we wanted it. The Angie's List coupon we used gave us such a fantastic discount, too! We will use these guys again and again in the future for sure!
- Melanie D.
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It went very well. We contacted each other via messages on Angie's List and arranged for them to come out to perform the service per the Angie's List Big Deal. When they came out on the appointed day, they called me to let me know my beds MIGHT be just a bit larger than expected and that they might not have enough mulch to finish the job. I told them that was fine and to do the best they could. Well, it turned out they did have enough mulch to finish the job, and that it was almost exactly the number of square feet from the deal! I wasn't home when the work was performed, but when I came back I was very pleased with the way it turned out. That's a very good deal for me not to have to mulch those beds myself!
- Don S.
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Very knowledgeable on what plants/flowers/vegetation will grow well with existing soil, sun, and weather conditions on my property. Highest level of professionalism. Always went the extra mile to make sure we were happy with design, flower and plant selection, and work progress. Kept well informed on progress. Provided plant list with photos prior to starting work and actual plants and flowers prior to planting so we could comment and provide input. Provided guidance on how to continue to care for gardens.
- Nora L.
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Work did not start on time. I was told that work would commence about 1 to 2 weeks after the final quote was agreed upon. But I did not see nor hear from them for more than 5 weeks.

The day they were ready to start, I got a cold call in the morning while I was at work, saying that they'll come in a moment's notice. I did not feel comfortable at the sudden notice for the fact that it's been a long layoff since my multiple yard projects had been verbally communicated to the estimator/supervisor, and I was afraid some intricate design details might have been forgotten.

However, I decided to put my trust in them and let them go ahead with the condition that the supervisor be there to guide the workers. It turned out that he only showed up initially to give some broad instructions and left promptly afterwards.

Needless to say, the work was unfinished and done wrongly. (E.g. a flagstone path was left half done in one location due to lack of materials, another path wasn't laid according to my requirements, and the gravel that I ordered was mixed up such that the color did not match.) The supervisor wasn't even aware of the problems until I called and for him to come rectify the situation.

Eventually we got to meet up and reiterate our original agreement and he made extra trips to my property and rectified each one accordingly.

The positive comments I have is, the workmanship is generally good and I did after all have all my projects completed satisfactorily. The supervisor is negotiable when I had second thoughts about the gravel bed he laid and was willing to make all the adjustments I suggested.

But the long wait without notification, the cold call and the lack of proper supervision leads me to rate them negatively in the responsI've and punctuality categories.
- Wei-Chuen C.
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From the initial phone call to the delivery took about 3 hours. They were very courteous and friendly. The price was very competitive and the quality was as described. Very good communication and prompt delivery. The website is also very good.
- Curzon H.
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was very professional. Setting up the appointment was easy over the telephone. They helped me select the kind of mulch and arranged for next day delivery and installation using the blower truck. The crew was hardworking and polite. I will definitely use
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again next year.
- Matt S.
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They have 3 guys. They were honest, said that it was going to take 4 days and it took 5. They went went above and beyond what was expected. They cleaned up their mess and were very clean throughout the process. There was no extra charge for the added day of work. The end result looks like you would find in a magazine.
- Lewis W.
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This company has a place that you can take your tree limbs, brush and grass clippings to for a small fee. There are not a lot of places that will take the tree limbs in our area.
- Clarissa R.

Landscaping Mulch in Swampscott, MA

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3D Landscaping

PO Box 692063
Quincy

A J Camillucci Co. Inc.

2 Woodland Rd
Ashland

A. J. Tomasi Nurseries, Inc.

299 OAK ST
Pembroke

AA WILL SAND & GRAVEL CORP

125 TURNPIKE ST
Canton

Advanced Agriculture Inc.

171 Dalton Rd
Chelmsford

Affordable Landscaping

61 Crimson Rd
Billerica

Ahronian Landscaping & Design

107 Concord St
Holliston

ALLBUILDERSERVICES

PO BOX 376
Lynnfield

Artistic Landscapes

1 Sawmill Way
Georgetown

ASC Tree Service

11 Wilson St
Reading

BACKYARD BUILDERS INC

80 MIDDLESEX ST
North Chelmsford

Bailey's Landscaping

1 Felton St
Peabody

Barnard Landscaping Inc

3 Allen St
Lexington

Big Bear Tree

35 Reed St
Kingston

BRIAN J DINSMORE LANDSCAPING

14 TOPLIFF ST
Billerica

Brick Ends Farm

464 Highland Street
Hamilton

C&J Home Services

25 Washburn ave.
Auburndale

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cappadona Landscape Inc

25 Nutting Rd.
Waltham

Carpenter Costin Landscape Management

233 Burrill St
Swampscott

CARR LANDSCAPE

PO Box 1213
Marblehead

Central Mass Landscapes

PO Box 60423
Worcester

Ciano Development LLC

143 Main St
Reading

Colameta Landscaping

3 Saint Anne
Pepperell

Combat Corp

24 Wright Ave

Community Tree Service Inc

163 Billerica Rd
Chelmsford

Covered Bridge Outdoor Construction Corp

339 Primrose St # 1
Haverhill

Crane's Property Maintenance

405 Groveland St
Haverhill

D Brown Landscapes

12 Winter Street
Peabody

D&D Mulch and Landscape, Inc.

236 Maple Street
Bellingham

D.J.SALMON LAWN & LANDSCAPE, INC.

672 Millville Road
Uxbridge

Dayco Construction Inc

410 Loring Ave
Salem

DC Contractors Inc.

243 Bridge Street
Raynham

Destefano Landscape and Snow

98 Trowbridge Circle
Rowley

DG, LLC

103 Lowell St.
Methuen

DiMeco's Nursery & Landscape

374 Sterling St
Lancaster

Dynamic Property Management LLC

203 Washington St
Salem

EAST COAST TRUCK EQUIPMENT

171 BOSTON ST
Salem

european stone workers

475 Staples St
East Taunton

Favreau Forestry

109 Chace Hill Rd
Sterling

FIREWOOD-INC COM

9 GARDENBROOK RD
Billerica

Five Star Landscaping

6 Pillings Rd
Saugus

Flynn Landscaping

taylor st
Gloucester

GENERAL SANDBLASTING

45 TURNPIKE ST
West Bridgewater

Geo Brothers Fence Co

PO Box 29
Beverly

GLENN KRESCO CORP

98 E CHARLTON RD
Spencer

Hegarty's Landscaping

662 Turnpike st.
North Andover

Howard's of Framingham

1127 Worcester Rd. - Rt. 9 - Ted Williams Hwy.
Framingham

iROOF LLC

24 Page RD

J and R Fine Landscaping

23 Vine St
Andover

J Martin Landscaping

34 Bartherick Rd
Westminster

Jablonski and sons Inc.

206 kenoza st.
Haverhill

JARVIS LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS INC

65 Forge Village Road
Groton

JE Masonry

32 Brimblecom
Lynn

KCC Excavation llc

668 main st
Wilmington

Kostkutters1.com

113 Albion St
Wakefield

KRIS-JON'S LANDSCAPE DESIGN

685 N BEDFORD ST
East Bridgewater

LALICATA LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS

33 RYDER ST
Arlington

Landscape Depot Inc

350 Irving St
Framingham

Landscape Visions Corp

P.O. Box 1294
Concord

Leo landscaping

1 fortesque terr
Lynn

Lloyd's Cleaning & Landscaping

48 Folger St
Billerica

Lowreys Landscapes

379 Chestnut St
Uxbridge

Mahoney's Winchester

242 Cambridge St
Winchester

MARTIGNETTI ENTERPRISES INC

32 MERRILL ST
Amesbury

MasonWorks Landscapes

25 Shadow Rd
Melrose

MATT'S LANDSCAPING

120 POND ST
Seekonk

McCarthy's Landscaping & Irrigation

143 Hartwell St
West Boylston

Mento Landscape & Paving Inc

1157 Washington St
Braintree

Mercer Construction

383 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester

P K LANDSCAPING

PO BOX 128
Rockport

Phil Mastroianni Corporation

17 FOUNTAIN ST
Waltham

Pkm Home Improvement

19 Boston Post Road
Wayland

Plus Landscape Solutions, Inc.,

120 Parker Street
Acton

Pride Fence

20 Eustis Street
Saugus

Primo Paving Inc

PO Box 750107
Arlington Heights

Pro Pave

1078 Pleasant St
Norwood

REDMOND DESIGN GROUP

153 Lexington Rd
Lincoln

Richard Ivers Landscaping

82 Westminster Ave
Arlington

ROBERT R CONSTRUCTION

8 MARTENS ST
Wilmington

Ryan's Lawns

15 Thompson Rd
Beverly

Salt Box Nursery

PO Box 1041
Billerica

Schulte Grounds Management

11 Railroad Ave.
Peabody

Scotts LawnService

95 Ryan Dr Ste 5
Raynham

Scotts LawnService

149 River St
Andover

secret gardens

74 curtis st.
Rockport

Seven Zero Development LLC

34 Shingle Mill Drive

Signature Grounds

23 Draper Road
Gardner

Silvestri Industries Inc

401 Wareham St # B
Middleboro

Simple Greens Landscaping

86 Kimball St
Malden

SnS Services

26 orne st apt 2
Worcester

Socelvic Co

425 Washington St
Brighton

Sorabella Corporation

20 Clematis Ave
Waltham

South Spencer Excavating

99 South Spencer Rd
Spencer

STEVE & SONS HOME REPAIR

46 BOSTON AVE
Somerville

StoneAge Masonry

75 Mystic St
Methuen

SUBURBAN YARD SPECIALISTS

P.O. Box 310
Winchester

Terra Landscape & Construction Inc

138 Fisher St
Westborough

Terra Lawns Landscaping

44 Merrimac St
Newburyport

Terra Stone

Po Box 143
Marlborough

The Pickard Farm

155 Great Rd
Littleton

The Productive Earth

73 Saunders St
Medford

Tomaz Construction & Landscape

107 Durbeck rd
Rockland

Tompkins Landscape & Irrigation

128 Main St
North Andover

tuckerlandscape

88 Middlesex Ave
Natick

Twin Pines Landscaping

PO Box 248
Wayland

Watertown Landscaping Inc

67 Smith Pl
Cambridge

WHITMORE'S YARD CARE INC

656 Plymouth St
East Bridgewater

WJC Services

320 Central St
Rowley

WOLF HILL GARDEN CENTER

60 TURNPIKE RD
Ipswich

WSC Landscape Construction

P O BOX 2693
Framingham

Young Landscapes

Po box 142
Westminster

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