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came out to take a look at an existing landscaping that needed a lot of help for a home we had just moved into - things had become overgrown" and plant choice and placement was also inconsistent or incoherent. He got what we were looking for really quickly and did a great job incorporating our feedback and his knowledge into a design that made use of what was already in place that we liked while at the same time bringing some aesthetic consistency to the space with new plants. We had a lot of back and forth over email about finer details and he was always available to answer questions and fine-tune the design so that everything was done exactly how we wanted. The costs for the project were broken down into a pretty fine detail, which was also much appreciated. The work itself was done quickly and professionally (about 2 days). The sidewalks, driveway, etc were all left perfectly clean - not so much as a single muddy boot-print. A few months on and the plants all appear healthy and we're still happy with how everything looks. We're now planning on using TerraSol to work on more landscaping projects in our backyard as well.

-Cynthia H.

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for a number of years now. They completely re-landscaped our front beds, and we now have them come in to clean up and" mulch everything for us. Courteous and professional. Great price.

-Cynthia W.

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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.


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.


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 -


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.

'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.

Landscaping reviews in Iron River


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and the team did a great job from start to finish. They responded immediately to my initial request, provided a detailed estimate, assisted with plant selections and placement. They took my vision and made it a reality. My husband and I could not be happier. The team worked relentlessly to get the job done in 40 degree weather and were very responsive when I asked to add more plants or reconfigure something. They arrived every morning, and cleaned the area each night when they were done for the day, which I am sure my neighbors really appreciated. I will absolutely use them again for my landscaping needs.
- Faith E.

We are writing this review almost a year after the completion of our job to say that the
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work has been a continuing source of enjoyment for us. Our plants have matured effortlessly thanks to easy care system
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put in place. We appreciate the design of the hardscape and landscape, both done to our unique preferences. We recommend this company without hesitation.
- David L.

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created a compellingly unique yet relaxing space for our modest home which had many significant landscaping issues.
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listened to what we wanted to accomplish with our landscaping for both the front and rear yards. He offered several professional design suggestions in order to achieve more than our desired results. He found solutions to landscaping issues that had plagued us for years. He uncovered and resolved problems we didn’t even know existed. He took us to look at trees, shrubbery, and plants which met our design needs and flourished in our area. He did all this while remaining competitively priced.

In the front yard, he designed the planters with a very efficient drip system and decorative bark, the drainage system, trees, the grass replacement, and the two concrete accent walls. He also removed four inappropriate trees which were causing damage. In the rear yard, he designed the beautifully shaped planters with a very efficient drip system and decorative bark, the drainage system, the plants, shrubs, and trees (including fruit and citrus), the fountain, the artificial grass, and the cement work.

His team worked tirelessly with a minimal mess, always cleaning up at the end of each day.
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would periodically stop by to verify that his design was being completely and competently executed. He team worked well together, and we were comfortable with them at our home. They obviously took pride in their work.

The result was a unique, low-maintenance country-casual space which was both inviting and relaxing, to which both neighbors and family attest. We had rarely sat in the rear yard in previous years. Now we regularly enjoy its beauty and tranquility. We are very pleased to recommend
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for landscaping needs and dreams.
- David W.

This company was recommended to me by two other people that had dealings with
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. He was the first contractor I have hired to do work for my home. Even though his bid was the lowest, the work was top notch. He and his crew came in cool or rainy weather, kept the site clean, used local suppliers for materials and made proper efforts to keep the property from damage. I was impressed with his use of building materials to build the ramp and stairs. In addition to the retaining wall, he made a circle around my tree and culvert wall using the same block. Neighbors have also commented on the quality and speed of the work done. I waited 6 months to review
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's work to see how the retaining wall would stand up to settling, weather and use. I will also be using
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for future deliveries of firewood too. The one change I will be making to the construction is to glue the top course down and to add a top row of a different color.

I signed a contract with
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to remove 3 landscaping timber walls and replace them with Pavestone Anchor Diamond block walls, with terms they would be installed to customer satisfaction and according to the conversation we had, which I recorded.
During our conversation Mr.
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stated that the 2 walls next to the driveway would be installed close enough to the driveway that if I bought the larger rectangular caps, which I did, they would cover the area between the Anchor Diamond wall and my driveway. That all walls would be installed to Pavestone Specifications. His crews would work off of their trailer and only bring out the material needed for the day and not stage material on my property. His crews would use a small piece of equipment to move material and blocks around my yard to keep from tearing up the yard. Payment terms were 50% down with balance due upon completion. The first day of the project the crew brought out 6 pallets of Anchor Diamond stone and staged it on site, with a bobcat, along with a couple of tons of base material, 2 days later they staged 6 more pallets of Anchor Diamond stone. This violated
our agreement.
The first wall was installed Wednesday next to the driveway and was not close enough for the larger caps to cover the area between the back of the wall and driveway, as we had discussed. The second wall was partially installed on Thursday and was to be finished Monday.
Over the weekend we had a rain storm and I noticed that several of the blocks settled at the base of the first wall. When I started checking I found that both walls had been installed without bases, and some of the blocks were sitting on top of the ground, this is not to Pavestone Specifications.
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lied and told me that the Pavestone Specification was 1” of base material for every foot of wall height. I asked to see a copy of the Pavestone Specification and Mr.
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said he had one in the office but it was too thick to bring out. I told Mr.
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that I would give him another opportunity to install the walls but I wanted an addendum to the contract with specific details on how the walls would be installed.
After numerous e-mails and attempts to write an addendum I met with Mr.
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, on site, and he said they could not install the walls any closer than 2” to 3” from the driveway, which isn’t close enough for the caps that I bought to cover the space between the wall and driveway. Mr.
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and I disagreed on how close the walls could be installed to the driveway. Mr.
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said maybe we should terminate the contract and he could write up a termination agreement we both could sign. I said I wanted to think about it and I would let him know. Later that day I contacted the District Pavestone Representative and she directed me to the Pavestone Specifications on their web site, where I found that the Pavestone Specifications for Anchor Diamond block walls is a 24” wide trench, with 6”of base material compacted in 3” lifts and one complete block buried under ground.
I sent Mr.
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an e-mail stating I didn't have the trust or confidence in their ability to install the walls as we discussed and terminating the contract based on the events would probably be the best solution at this time and he could draw up a termination document. After about a week I had not received a termination document and I sent Mr.
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an e-mail that I had been advised not to terminate the contract with
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’s Landscaping and to give them another opportunity to fulfill their contract obligation.
I met Mr.
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on site and he said they had made a lot of mistakes on this project and that they would install the walls to Anchor Diamond Specifications. Mr.
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requested that I pay for each wall as they were completed. I told Mr.
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I wanted the agreement as an addendum to the contract.
I received an e-mail from Mr.
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with an attached addendum. The e-mail stated. “Attached is a revised addendum to the original contract, we have terminated your contract #20280. If you would like the contract reinstated, please sign the attached addendum to contract #20280”. In the addendum Mr.
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increased the payment for installation of the walls.
I sent Mr.
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and e-mail stating since he terminated contract # 20280, without cause or a termination agreement, I was not willing to change the original compensation we agreed to, since I have no guarantee that he will not terminate the contract again and not complete the installation of all walls, and that I would sign a document that states the walls are installed to customer satisfaction as each wall is completed, with final payment after all walls are installed.
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final proposal was the $6402.00 deposit be applied as full payment for material and labor. I rejected his proposal as I contracted with
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for removal and installation of retaining walls, to Pavestone Specifications, not Anchor Diamond blocks and material and requested
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Landscaping remove the Anchor Diamond bocks and materials off
my property and return the deposit of $6402.00.

- Patty H.

This could not have been a better experience, from start to finish. Once we contacted the company,
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quickly scheduled a consultation in our home. He was very knowledgeable and professional, answering all of our questions and making good suggestions. He brought samples of various turfs and explained each one. He sent us a quote the next day and followed up with a call to answer any questions. Over a month lapsed before we decided to proceed;
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maintained contact during this time, but we never felt any pressure. As we decided to add more pavers, he returned to our house for an additional consultation and again offered good suggestions.
The work started exactly when promised, and
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also arrived when the workers did, to ensure everything was performed as we had agreed. Each day, the crew arrived on time and clearly worked diligently to get the job done. They also made every effort to leave our yard as clean as possible each day. The work they performed was very labor intensive, but they took few breaks and were always friendly and informative. The crew seemed to enjoy and take pride in their work, which we greatly appreciated. The job did take a day longer than expected, and they apologized for that. But, the quality of the job more than made up for that. The crew leader,
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, was very knowledgeable and professional, and if he had a question or concern he spoke with us about it. The crew, including:
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Orresola, and
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, were excellent (others may have worked on the job, but we didn't get their names...all were great).
When the job was completed, they had not only cleaned our front and back yards, but also the area around our neighbors yards, which had some debris from the work. Most importantly, our yard has been transformed and we couldn't be happier.
- Luanne G.

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and Ed provided prompt service and the wall was built quickly and as requested. I would use his service for landscaping services again.

I was not totally pleased with Cutting
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. There are different divisions within the business, so you get a different team depending on what you need done. That is not a bad thing, by itself. Each year we had sprinkler blowout and restart done for our home and two rentals. The sprinkler adjustment after sprinkler start up was poor. You should not have to go around and adjust your own sprinklers after start up if you paid for that.
The fertilizing and weed control were done quickly and professionally. They always called to say when they would be out, and then were out on that day.
Mowing was quick...they have a crew and multiple machines and take care of front and back very quickly. This is nice, so the noise goes away fast.
The landscaping we had done (about $5000 for re-grading, grass and plants) was good. There were a couple of issues, but when we brought them to the attention of the foreman they were rectified quickly. The resulting yard 1 year later is the prettiest on the street.
Overall good, not excellent. But they don't do residential anymore, so unless you have a large landscaping job or commercial maintenance they are probably not interested.
- Craig L.

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P.O. Box 747
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P.O. Box 7


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12637 S 265 W Suite 100
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