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Lakefront landscaping

Landscaping can be a challenge in ordinary circumstances, but lakefront landscaping poses additional challenges from sloping and floodplain issues. What ideas will help you create your perfect lakefront escape?

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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.

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. 




Lakefront Landscapers in Zimmerman, MN

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A People Service

PO Box 490774

Ace Remodeling and Repair

8140 McKinley St NE

Al's Check Cashing

1434 93rd Ln NE

Albrecht Company

1408 W County Road C

All State Companies, Inc.

28494 149th St NW

Architectural Landscape Design Inc

19151 Brookwood Rd
Prior Lake

Athmann's Tree Service

11523 Scepaniak Dr.
Little Falls

Autumn Oaks Landscapes

po box 328
Elk River

B.E. Landscape Designs

2010 3rd St.


940 Elm Street East

Barkley Landscapes & Design Group

10420 28th Ave. N

Ben & Eddie's Landscaping LLC

8481 Jefferson Hwy

Better Yards & Gardens

9840 Hwy 10

Boulder Images Inc

14555 S Robert Trail

C Brandt Pavers & Landscapes

7535 Military Rd
Saint Paul

Campbell's Signature Landscapes, Inc.

5125 134th St NW

Carstensen Construction

1551 Lyman Blvd


10904 Mississippi Dr N

Creative Earthscapes, Inc

7895 Padgett Ave NE

Creative Home Concepts

2745 Lancaster Ln N

Creative Lawn & Landscapes Inc

14005 Northdale Blvd


PO Box 388

Custom Stone Masonry LLC

38104 Wilderness Court

Darlington Construction LLC

606 25th Avenue South
Saint Cloud

Design-A-Scapes LLC

13921 Excelsior Blvd

Designing Nature Inc

3312 Red Fox Dr


12471 Rhode island Ave S

Designscape llc

12471 Rhode island Ave S

Diane Foote Design Associates

4159 Hillcrest Rd

Dirt Cheap Excavating LLC

1842 Colonial Lane Suite 2


5007 110th St SE

Edg Landscaping

4801 Florida Ave North

Elgard Bros. Landscaping, Inc.

32249 742nd Ave.
South Haven

Elite Construction Mn

14151 Willow Dr

Elliott Concrete and Landscape

4111 46th Ave S

EZPZ Backyard Solutions

2221 Bloomington Ave

Finnila Excavating

609 hayes drive



Gardens Revived Inc

16040 Jeffery Ave

General Service Contracting

PO Box 891
Saint Joseph

Green Dreams Landscape-Stone,Inc

89021 lyndale av s

Greener Innovations, LLC

2851 185th Ln NE


1744 1043RD CIR NE
Ham Lake

Greenleaf Landscape

1692 Jaber Ave NE
Saint Michael

HabAdapt Landscape Design

PO Box 22424

Hagen remodeling and construction

1114 sextant ave w
Saint Paul


8905 Autumn Oaks Drive

Hedberg Aggregates

1205 Nathan Ln N



Irrigation Doctor Inc.

7171 Commerce Cr W

JJH Homes

529 glendale street
Saint Paul

JLM Landscape LLC.

7141 Amundson Ave

JRL Services

10101 irwin road

Lakeland Building Services

728 Southcross Dr. W.

Landscape Creation Inc

8424 42nd Ave


12515 40TH ST S

Lulicon Inc

1627 Willis Ave
South Saint Paul

Master 1 Exteriors

25741 187th St NW
Big Lake

Metro Earthworks

18950 Territorial Rd

Michael's LLC.

732 8th ave. NW

Mickman Brothers Inc

14630 Hwy 65 NE

Mickman Brothers, Inc.

14630 Highway 65

Midwest Pro Services LLC

14273 Thrush St NW

MJW Landscape Contracting, LLC

P.M.B. 326, 11436 Marketplace Dr. N.

MT Carpenter Landscape, Inc

27301 Verdin St NW

Natural Environments Corp

1710 Douglas Dr N
Golden Valley

Natural Green Lawn Care

8605 Jefferson Highway

Nick's Tree & Landscape

21671 County Rd 81
Big Lake

Nick's Tree and Landscape Inc.

21671 County Road 81
Big Lake


33501 Duckwood trail


29905 HIGHWAY 65 NE

OBriens Landscaping

421 Constance Blvd NW

One Man Handy LLC


Orange Rock Services L.L.C

959 Charlton street
West Saint Paul

Outdoor Improvement

1177 Birch Lake Blvd N
White Bear Lake

Pelican Lake Nursery

7471 56th Street Ne
Saint Michael

Pietigs Plus, LLC.

10220 Chowen Ave. S.

Precision Contracting

8351 Lake Dr
Circle Pines

Rainmaker Outdoor Services

12185 Quinn St NW
Coon Rapids

Re NEW Construction

1410 130th LN NW

Rock Solid Landscape & Irrigation, Inc.

363 Coon Rapids Blvd N.W
Coon Rapids






13882 85TH ST NE
Elk River

Smitty's Lawn & Snow

PO Box 120356
New Brighton

Southview Design

2383 Pilot Knob Rd.
St. Paul

Spear's Landscape

11302 75th St NE

Star Spangled LLC

159 White Bear Ave.
Saint Paul

Stoneman Masonry Inc

7182 Claude Ave
Inver Grove Heights



Suburban Landscape Service

3486 Dodd Rd
Saint Paul

Tekton Builders LLC

243 Trillium Lane

Tier One Landscape

15280 S Robert Trl


5708 Bernard Place

Titan Property Services, INC

14335 Brunsvold Road

Tony's outdoor services

23797 315th ave

Tracer Landscape and Concrete

14269 underclift st nw

Trinity Landscaping & Excavating Inc

11988 30th St SE
Maple Grove


520 Front Ave
Saint Paul


PO BOX 783
Long Lake

WBL Home Improvement

4550 Evergreen Dr

Witt's End Landscaping

18956 480th Street

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