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"We had gotten competitive bids for this project and ILLUMINATION was the lower bid for KICHLER INTEGRATED
lights. (While a competitor was" able to offer a LOWER bid for Kichler NON-INTEGRATED
lights, we did NOT feel that the non-integrated lights provided the same level of illumination as did the INTEGRATED style.) All work was started and completed within the time frame of the work order and we were totally impressed with the professional manner in which the wires were run under the PAVER stones in the driveway as well as around the yard. In short, it was not possible to tell where they had run the wires after they completed their work. The person who took our order and designed the project has already confirmed his visit tonight to inspect the installation---which was completed yesterday---and will make any necessary adjustments tonight. While these lights are NOT cheap, they are OUTSTANDING quality and carry a 15 year guarantee on the lights themselves! There is simply NO COMPARISON of these Kichler
lights and the halogen variety sold in LOWES or HOME DEPOT and the difference in illumination is immediately VISIBLY apparent. I would definitely recommend ILLUMINATION for any landscape lighting project based on the work they did at our home!

-Stephen S.

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"I had used
a few times in the past 5 years since I have this waterfall. He had always been hit or miss ( not always available) but I continued" with him out of lack of any other source. The water fall always needed repairs. This last time, he said I should re-do everything spend a bit more for upgrades and that should leave me trouble free for a good long while. When that didn't happen, and I needed him to come back within 6 weeks to get it going again, he got frustrated. He said he couldn't do it without getting paid again. We agreed to $80.00 more for his time. He came, left me a bill since I wasn't home, then called me threatening the next day that he didn't get his check yet. The next day!! I was shocked. I felt so insulted. I am not a person who doesn't pay. He just thought that he really shouldn't have charged me and maybe I was sharp enough not to pay but not the case at all. I had mailed his check and he cashed it the next day. I asked him why he left me a nasty message like hat after all the patience I had with his failed work. He said he needed the money. I don't want to hear that nor do I need to feel bad about his wasted time. I want my water fall fixed. It isn't. Everyday I look at the green sludge mess in my backyard, I am reminded of his lack of professionalism.

-maria T.

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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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Outdoor Lighting reviews in Elk River

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He was on time for the appointment. Very friendly and did the job as directed. Took his time, but worth the money. Would definitely recommend to friends.
- Nanda R.
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Professional-start to finish. Did job as promised. One light need a repair and they returned same evening and made it right.
- William T.
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This experience simply could not have gone better. He was professional, knowledgeable, polite, helpful etc. He showed on itme for botht he estimate and the installation. the driveway and yard were spotlit when he was finished .
- Trygve A.
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The initial installation went well. When the lights started going out, and we contacted them they did not respond. We emailed and called them a few times and they never responded.
- Dwight L.
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The estimate was not the lowest price but
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was knowledgeable and professional, he earned my trust and our business. All of the wiring was buried by hand, the dock wiring was
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with molding, just a great experience, we highly recommend these guys
- SCOTT S.
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The work was done well, the guy didn't nickel-and-dime us, gave good advice and answered a lot of questions.
- Olya S.
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Great! Installation was
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and easy - I spoke with the installers and explained what I wanted. I love the way the house looks at night and I also feel more secure knowing the house is lit when I come home after dark, or we're away for the weekend. Esthetically, the house looks better but for security purposes, I'm really glad we did this! Hope to upgrade or add some more lighting in the natural area this Spring/Summer.
- Eileen H.
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He arrived on time and diagnosed the issues with the off-the-shelf Home Depot-style backyard lights. He fixed a number of connections and replaced some bulbs, and suggested that the transformer and system was underpowered for the application. He gave me some advice on the best steps for replacing the lighting and a cost ballpark for doing the job. He didn't charge me above and beyond what I had paid for the lighting tune up deal, and I certain feel like I got my money's worth.
- David O.

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6320 Jason Ave NE
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1575 Bush Ave
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All Poolside Service

121 E County Rd C
Little Canada

AMP Services

13717 Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka

Anisia Lighting Services Inc

109 Maple Ridge Dr
Delano

Architectural Landscape Design Inc

19151 Brookwood Rd
Prior Lake

Athmann's Tree Service

11523 Scepaniak Dr.
Little Falls

Atreas Contracting LLC

210 4th Street
Gaylord

Autumn Oaks Landscapes

po box 328
Elk River

B.E. Landscape Designs

2010 3rd St.
Minneapolis

BACKYARD REFLECTIONS

940 Elm Street East
Annandale

Barkley Landscapes & Design Group

10420 28th Ave. N
Minneapolis

Bolt Electrc LLC.

6840 Belle st.
Loretto

C. Johnson Landscape Design Group

P.O. Box 390534
Minneapolis

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carstensen Construction

1551 Lyman Blvd
Chanhassen

Cedar Creek Sprinklers Inc.

4671 Jamison Ave NE
Saint Michael

Ck Remodeling & Maintenance

309 Harrison Ave
Saint Paul

Creative Lawn & Landscapes Inc

30083 149th St
Princeton

Crown Electric Inc

7361 245th Ave NW
Zimmerman

D R Electric LLC

237 Mac St
Elko New Market

Dakota Landscape & Design Inc

16455 122nd St SE
Becker

Darlington Construction LLC

606 25th Avenue South
Saint Cloud

Design-A-Scapes LLC

13921 Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka

Designing Nature Inc

3312 Red Fox Dr
Hamel

Designscape llc

12471 Rhode island Ave S
Savage

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dreamscapes By Shawn

524 Tower Pond Ct
Anoka

Erickson Outdoor Lighting

1840 Shadywood Rd
Wayzata

EZPZ Backyard Solutions

2221 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis

Fan Man Lighting

15465 Cedar Ave S
Apple Valley

FINNILA EXCAVATING

609 HAYES DRIVE
Northfield

Gary Anderson Landscaping, Inc.

13540 Hanson Blvd NW
Andover

General Service Contracting

PO Box 891
Saint Joseph

Genuine Electric

16676 Valley Dr NW
Andover

Grave Groomers

855 Village Center Drive
Saint Paul

Green Dreams Landscape-Stone,Inc

89021 lyndale av s
Bloomingon

Greener Innovations, LLC

2851 185th Ln NE
Wyoming

GREENERY SCHACK LANDSCAPING

1744 1043RD CIR NE
Ham Lake

Greenleaf Landscape

1692 Jaber Ave NE
Saint Michael

GREENSCAPE

11684 219TH AVE NW
Elk River

Greenside Inc

7401 W 126th St
Savage

Handy Home Repair

9020 Pillsbury Ave. S.
Minneapolis

Heart and Soil

1016 Ashland Ave Studio
St. Paul

Hedberg Aggregates

1205 Nathan Ln N
Plymouth

HIGH PROFILE GROUND MNTNC

8236 ARTHUR ST NE
Minneapolis

Innovative Irrigation Specialists

1756 149th Ln NE
Ham Lake

Irrigation Doctor Inc.

7171 Commerce Cr W
Fridley

Jerry's Home & Garden Center

4381 Nichols Rd
Saint Paul

JJH Homes

529 glendale street
Saint Paul

John Kivel Electric

3553 Bailey Ridge Dr
Woodbury

Lakeshore Construction

16587 253rd ave nw
Big Lake

Landscape Creation Inc

8424 42nd Ave
Dayton

LANDSCAPE RENOVATIONS

12515 40TH ST S
Afton

Larkins Construction, LLC

165 James Ave N
Minneapolis

Lawn and Home, LLC

55997 132nd Street
Mapleton

Lee's Landscaping & Design, Inc.

7990 69th Ave
Rockford

LITTLE DAVE'S ELECTRIC INC

204 GREENBRIAR LN
Buffalo

MD Property Services, LLC

3505 Rosewood Lane N
Plymouth

Michael's LLC.

732 8th ave. NW

Mickman Brothers Inc

14630 Hwy 65 NE
Andover

Mickman Brothers, Inc.

14630 Highway 65
Andover

Minnesota Irrigation

3149 162nd Lane NW
Andover

Mister Sparky Electric - Minneapolis

1427 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis

MR SPRINKLER IRRIGATION

7176 233RD AVE NW
Elk River

Natural Environments Corp

1710 Douglas Dr N
Golden Valley

Natural Reflections LLC

No Address
Buffalo

Nature's Touch Landscaping, Inc.

1424 88th Ave N
Minneapolis

Nick's Tree & Landscape

21671 County Rd 81
Big Lake

Northland Irrigation Inc

PO Box 280341
Saint Paul

NORTHLAND LANDSCAPING

29905 HIGHWAY 65 NE
Isanti

NorthStar Maintenance Solutions, LLC

9391 Partridge Rd
Saint Bonifacius

Orange Rock Services L.L.C

959 Charlton street
West Saint Paul

Outdoor Improvement LLC.

2515 White Bear Ave Suite 8A-164
Saint Paul

Pace Inc., Landscape & Design

9110 Rich Valley Blvd
Inver Grove Heights

Pioneer Outdoor Lighting LLC

7281 Pontiac Circle
Chanhassen

Radwan Construction

15550 Galaxie Ave Apt 105
Saint Paul

Rainmaker Outdoor Services

12185 Quinn St NW
Coon Rapids

Randy's Electric

13756 Reimer Dr N
Osseo

Re NEW Construction

1410 130th LN NW
Andover

Remodel Card

2575 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul

Rock Solid Landscape & Irrigation, Inc.

363 Coon Rapids Blvd N.W
Coon Rapids

Rowe Landscape Services Inc

19960 Chippendale Ave
Farmington

SARAH'S COTTAGE CREATIONS

14556 MANNING TRAIL N
Stillwater

Signature Electric Co

1855 80th St
Minneapolis

SIGNATURE PATIO & LANDSCAPE Co.

13882 85TH ST NE
Elk River

South Metro Handyman

10442 209th St W
Lakeville

Southview Design

2383 Pilot Knob Rd.
St. Paul

Stonepocket Unique Landscapes

317 Bluff Road
Carver

Suburban Landscape Service

3486 Dodd Rd
Saint Paul

Sunshine Landscape and Irrigation

22633 Co Rd 10
Corcoran

SURE LOCK HOMES SECURITY & COMM

14450 EWING AVE S
Burnsville

Tier One Landscape

15280 S Robert Trl
Rosemount

Total Electric Inc

11967 Eldorado ST NE
Minneapolis

Touchstone Accent Lighting Inc

2425 W Industrial Blvd
Long Lake

TPC LANDSCAPE

PO Box 1718
Burnsville

Tru Property Solutions, Inc

716 74th Ave N
Minneapolis

Twin Cities Yard and Light LLC

31530 Eveleth Ave
Northfield

WBL Home Improvement

4550 Evergreen Dr

WC Services LLC

4581 Hwy 7
Lester Prairie

WEBCO Security

901 Highway 10
Anoka

Witt's End Landscaping

18956 480th Street
Zumbrota

Xtreme Outdoor Services

PO BOX 284
Champlin

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