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"If you are looking for a reliable and professional one stop shop lawn care service, then look no more!
and his crew have been my go to guys" for everything from tree removal, lawn care and back flow testing.

-Becky I.

"Initial contact with
was very positive. Outlined a plan for initial cleanup and maintenance that sounded great, including water feature," irrigation, lights, etc. Unfortunately, work actually performed bore little resemblance to contract. No one ever checked on irrigation or lights. Work described in initial cleanup was a fraction of work performed. Then they decided to increase monthly fee by $40 to $260 per month for no reason. Then they charged $200 to come out when I finally did complain about a water leak which had been ignored. Combine this with the response to emails, which was either to arbitrarily ignore you entirely or send out someone and do $200 of work without a quote, and It feels like such a relief to be rid of them.

-Matthew P.

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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 Esko


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, the owner, responded immediately to my call and was professional throughout the process. It was very hard to get a crew out to start because of all the rain we were having and that put us and other customers in a waiting list. They also had big projects going on, but eventually a crew of five was able to come out and do the work around the house. When completed, it looked wonderful. I had to wait a couple of weeks, but eventually two workers came out and completed the leveling, weeding and mulching around our fence line. They did a good job, but one patch contained a rosebud tree which was not centered in the mulch bed. Rich came out and personally corrected and mulched the outline. He did a very good job.
Overall, I was very pleased with the work and the workers were all very pleasant. Rich was excellent to deal with and I would use his company again.
- Rose C.

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worked with us in redesigning the project several times. He was patient and easy to work with. The quality of plants used were very good. We are pleased with the end result and the plants are all doing well. We have emailed
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several times about watering and plant care and he is always responsive . Our only complaint was the movement of several lawn sprinklers and the failure to adjust properly . Also, the placement of the control value was not properly filled in so it has created a depression in the yard. Again, we are happy with the final result.
- Betty K.

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and his crew did a fantastic job...very professional. The backyard is beautiful and exceeds our expectations. We gave
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a general idea of what we wanted and he took our ideas and turned them into a beautiful creation adding special touches we hadn't even thought of. He also gave us ideas for the future. The entire crew was easy to work with and eager to answer any questions. We will definitely recommend them to neighbors and friends! Great work!
- Reba H.

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returned all phone calls in a timely manner - he was courteous, professional and knowledgeable.
As we walked around my property, he identified portions of the job that could potentially exceed his expertise - very honest man. He recommended I reach out to a general contractor as the failed retaining wall was already adversely impacting my back deck.
I appreciated his honesty in addition to his professionalism - he'll definitely be my first call for landscaping related jobs.
- Michael L.

I have used
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for 3 landscape projects. I am an avid gardener on a teacher salary so I do small jobs as I can afford to do them. This is the beauty of
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. I cannot do the whole yard in one big job and they are happy to install hardscaping and landscaping incrementally. Over the past 5 years, they have installed an erosion control landscape on a steep, shady hill, my front yard landscaping which includes a dry river bed to cover a drainage installation and now the flagstone patio. Each job was done quickly, affordably and most importantly, beautifully. The designs have all taken my preferences into account and their designers offered creative solutions and suggestions as well.
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, the owner, communicates well with me. I wholeheartedly recommend this company to anyone looking for a landscape design/installation service.
- Thomas B.

This review is more about the company, vs. the person sent to do the work. As noted in other reviews, the service person arrived without being informed of needing hand tools (non electric). He had no tools, at all. I made sure I noted with the company what hand tools would be needed, this was ignored. Not even a shovel.
Since it's August in Texas, I asked the company to please send two people (as allowed in the deal) for 4 hours each, equaling 8 hours total. They could not honor that portion of the deal, and sent one person for 8 hours. He needed to come back over two days, due to heat, so that was very unexpected, but anticipated. The company openly admitted they were selling too many deals to adequately service and respond.
In general, it was apparent the company is a mile wide, inch deep on different services offered. The personnel can't possibly be expected to know everything, and they seem little informed to do the job prior to being dispatched.

- Scott S.

This was a complex project with a lot of moving parts.
Several thousand square feet of patio, complicated pool coping and a significant amount of reconstruction. The land I gave
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to work with was ugly and unstable.
I give
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an A for time and price because of the value he brings to the table. Not because he's the cheapest or the fastest sprinter.
Some significant challenges materialized over the course of the job that added time and cost to the project. The great thing is
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rolled with the
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, reacted fast, didn't compromise quality, and never asked for more money.
This was not an easy piece of land to work with. A 40 year old pool patio on shaky foundations.
His foreman/mason
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is the only person I trust to do anymore work on my hardscape/landscape. His ability, attention to detail and work ethic is unquestionable.
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brings 30 years of experience to the table; great design ideas, flexibility, problem solving, vision..........value!!
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has a fantastic network of partners that are just as reliable.
I would be happy to provide a reference to all serious buyers.
- Tricia T.

great great people great to have around very clean and respectful very knowledgeable end result --- very impressive
- James H.

Landscaping Companies in Esko, MN

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A Plus Landscaping & Garden Center

6150 Old Miller Trunk Hwy



CORE Landscaping

2431 Elmira Ave

EasyLiving Builders LLC

PO BOX 7278

J. Benson Construction

3230 Gorham Ave

John Gilles Construction LLC

23 S 66th Ave W

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Marshall Handyman Services

2415 W Superior St.

Nick's Tree & Landscape

21671 County Rd 81
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Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Premiere Tree Services of Gainesville

821 Dawsonville Hwy Ste. 250-247

S & K Land Services

7 Conestoga St

Steve's Sealcoating

2717 Lindale Ave.

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