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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.

Landscaping reviews in Paw Paw

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is great and we really wanted to work with her. Unfortunately she quoted us a $1500 design fee less $200 for being an Angie's member. I had trouble with this price since everything else on Angie's indicates she has a design fee of $500 or $380. When I asked why the price was so high I was told it was the scope of the project. We were willing to invest in a low five figure project, but I felt if the design quote was coming in that high that we were going to run out of budget quickly. I asked if we could do the following instead:
"$800 for the design ($1000 discounted $200 for Angie's list), and a $500 non-refundable deposit on work to be done. If for whatever reason we don't move forward with you guys you keep the $500, but if as planned we do go forward that $500 goes against the cost of the work done. So $1300 would still be paid at this time."
They turned down this proposal. So unfortunately we didn't do any work together.

- Jeremy R.
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They did a phenomenal job again. I should have hired
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to initially do the job but I was talked into using my daughters friend. A very bad decision. Very upsetting when you pay big money to do a job ie retaining wall with patio and the wall starts leaning and nothing is squared.
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came in, analyzed what had to be done and did it. I will hired
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to do another patio and retaining wall on the other side of my house.
- Cynthia D.
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After SEVERAL YEARS OF BUSINESS, they let a 73-year-old woman find out they would NO LONGER BE DOING HER PLOWING, EVER, during a SNOWSTORM. AND WE ARE EXPECTING A BLIZZARD IN 2 DAYS.
And I only found out when I called to find out why I still had 8 inches of snow in the driveway. Incredibly unprofessional.
- Donna R.
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Yard work was done okay. We have had some confusion with scheduling but everything has been done.
Snow removal is haphazard. Some times they arrive with a big truck and can't get close to our structures; sometimes they come with a pickup truck and do an excellent job. Sometimes they shovel walks; sometimes they don't (we prefer they not shovel).
Too many times we aren't sure if they will show up or when. We haven't been plowed when we expect, so we shovel out ourselves to have them show up later. I believe they do a good job with their commercial accounts but as a small home owner I don't find them reliable.
- James B.
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came over this morning to check the problem. He took out the warrantied pump, it was not working, he had a spare pump in his
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and the problem was fixed. The place of business where the pump was purchased is closed until Monday.
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graciously left his pump in my pond until he can get the new pump. He will be here Monday to finish the job.
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has worked on my pond for less than a year.
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's employees;
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are always prompt when I need them. I can always depend on them. I would recommend
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, #1 to anyone who would need pond service. Very pleased with their service.
- Karen E.
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I outlined the electrical work needed over the phone. A date was scheduled to have the work done. Provider called the day prior to confirm the work date. Provider didn't show up on the scheduled work date, nor did they phone and explain or reschedule. They called the following week to see if I still needed the work done. I had the needed work done by another contractor prior to the provider's follow-up call.
- ARTHUR B.
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spent time meeting with me to assess our needs and carefully inspected our yard. I was immediately impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. When
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's crew arrived, they did everything as promised, and our front yard is back in shape! His team was professional and hard-working.
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's office manger,
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, is a prompt and excellent communicator. I couldn't be happier and look forward to having
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and his team back to tackle our back yard next!
- Patti W.
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is very responsive and does the job quickly after I phone him. Used his services last year and in 2015. Intend to negotiate complete lawn care services for this summer the next time I talk to him.
- C A H.

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A 1 Asphalt Inc

4634 Division St
Wayland

Arcadia Gardens, LLC

3191 Khan Path
Stevensville

Austin Sand & Gravel

6375 E K Ave
Kalamazoo

BOULDER LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

188 BAUR LN
Vicksburg

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CLARK'S LAWN CARE

40853 COUNTY ROAD
Paw Paw

Coastal Lawn And Landscape

10420 M-140 Hwy
South Haven

CREATIVE LANDSCAPING

337 E HINCHMAN RD
Berrien Springs

D. Mark Excavating

Battle Creek

DeVisser Landscape Services

4014 S 9th St
Kalamazoo

Elite Fertilizing & Lawn Care

3433 Easy St
Saint Joseph

Empire Construction Enterprises, LLC

912 Wheaton Avenue, Suite #2
Kalamazoo

F&D Lawn maintenance

622 Stassen ave
Kalamazoo

FARM AND GARDEN INC

1003 STAPLES AVE
Kalamazoo

Finelines Lawncare

PO Box 1505
Portage

FRANCO'S LAWN & TREE SVC

6759 TEXAS DR
Kalamazoo

Fusco Weatherization Services, LLC

515 W Kalamazoo St.
Bloomingdale

Gardner Brothers Lawn & Landscape

400 24th St N
Battle Creek

HADAWAY FACILITY MAINTENANCE

2500 Millcork St Ste B
Kalamazoo

Just Rite Painting Plus

1416 Howland Ave
Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Garden Design & Maintenance LLC

1737 Greenlawn Ave
Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Handyman

PO Box 2261
Portage

Kalamazoo Handymen Services

PO Box 232
Mattawan

Kalamazoo Landscape Supplies

5111 S 9th St
Kalamazoo

Klooster Landscaping Inc

8284 Gull Rd
Richland

LANDSCAPE DESIGN SERVICES INC

7351 W OLIVE RD
Holland

Landscape Designworks

200 Broad Street
Plainwell

LeClear's Assembly Service

5604 Cabot St
Portage

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Miracle Lawn Maintenance LLC

2123 Humphrey St
Kalamazoo

Molnar Construction

10061 West V Ave
Schoolcraft

Montell Construction

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

MSM Contracting Company LLC

2310 W Milham Rd
Portage

MURRAY LANDSCAPING LLC

5132 S 29TH ST
Kalamazoo

NATURE'S WAY LANDSCAPING

1113 W JOHN BEERS RD
Stevensville

NAYLOR LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT

1300 S 8TH ST
Kalamazoo

PALLAS LANDSCAPING

6504 Paw Paw Lake Rd
Coloma

PORTAGE GREAT SCAPES

341 W LOVELL ST
Kalamazoo

PREFERRED PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

5374 Keyes Dr.
Kalamazoo

Pro Cut Lawn Care

PO Box 471
Portage

Professional Horticulture Services

66210 Red Arrow Hwy
Hartford

QUALITY LAWN CARE

39673 67TH AVE
Paw Paw

Regal Home Services

Milwood Neighborhood
Kalamazoo

SABR Property Management LLC

64322 Windrose Way
Lawton

SANDSTONE CREATION

1016 E WALNUT ST
Kalamazoo

STAN'S YARD & SPORT

13383 35TH ST
Gobles

The Wright Fence

7615 Whispering Brook Dr Apt A4
Portage

Tuff Turf Molebusters

8788 Eastern Ave SE
Byron Center

Turf Guys

4729 Sadler Rd
Watervliet

VYLONIS CONTRACTING

55838 DAVIS LN
Dowagiac

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Weed Man - Kalamazoo MI

4014 S 9th St
Kalamazoo

WEST MICHIGAN LAWN SERVICES LLC

2597 BRACKETT AVE
Kalamazoo

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