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"In the first year we lost many trees and have continued to loose trees every year. We reached out to a university who was kind enough to send a subject matter expert" out, they found that all the trees were planted improperly (too low in the ground) which
to thousands of dollars down the drain thus far. When I reached out to
, they made it clear they would do nothing! I strongly recommend you avoid this company!

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is a highly organized and very intelligent professional. Once he assessed the exact details of the aquatic abatement which needed to be" performed, he outline a specific "plan of attack" in order to eliminate the noxious weeds, and then he came back once those weeds (including root ball) had died-off from his "surgical" application of selective and safe aquatic herbicide. He had the dead weeds removed and hauled away, making certain that the program was 100% within the boundaries of our property and our FWC permit. Based on his expertise, we decided to enter into a maintenance contract in order to assure the shoreline remains pristine. The beneficial aquatic plants he selected attracted many birds and fish to our shoreline within two weeks of planting, and they all continue to flourish.
has many years of expertise in aquatic management. He is not just a "weed cutter", but a true aquatic biologist and expert, and he has great relationships with the permitting agencies in the area, as well. You can be assured that with
running your aquatic management program, that nothing will be overlooked, and he will answer every question the customer has with stunning acumen backed-up by technical knowledge and expertise This is *not* the type of company that will get you "in trouble" for exceeding the parameters of your permit, and F.A.M.'s reputation with
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is 100% recommended without hesitation.

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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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Lakefront Landscaping reviews in Saint Charles

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was brimming with enthusiasm and ideas.Was enthusiastic to have us try her services.We set up time to "try her landscape services".She had expressed that she had definite openings in her schedule.
Day of service crew performed satisfactorily and she verbally agreed to assist us going forward. ...More /> One week later she does not call but writes she cannot assist us at all because she committed to another job . She does not have the courtesy to call after all the time we spent talking and committing to helping us. This was highly inconvenient as we spent quite a lot of time interviewing other service companies.This communication was inappropriate and felt very unprofessional. Now I understand when another landscape professional told us he had a similar experience with this individual. Potential customers beware.
- kathie F.
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and set up an appointment to meet with him he came out told me all the options that i had asked me what i was looking to do with my landscaping i gave him an idea of what i was looking for he came up with alot of things that we could do, i told him what i was looking to spend and he gave me more then my moneys worth and the work was perfect!!!! He was there when he said he was going to be had a quote with hours of meeting him sent me pictures of all the different shrubs and plants i could choose from overall it was such a pleasure to work with him and his fuys that they now cut my lawn weekly!!!
- Angela L.
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Really professional team. Very easy to schedule and work with. Went over everything with me, made sure we were happy with the result. It was A LOT of work - there was a lot of vegetation choking up the dock area and surrounding. They were very efficient and clean. We were so happy with them that we signed a service agreement. Highly recommended!
- Christy T.
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several times to get him to come out and look at the sprinklers. On the fourth time he finally showed up. He clearly knew that he was working on our property at this time. The sprinklers do not function right after they finished the job. When
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showed up he already had an attitude problem and was unwilling to trouble shoot the problems he caused on our sprinklers. We asked him to put our property back to its original condition and repair the sprinklers. He was not professional in any way, he used bad language and said that we would have to get the neighbors to fix our problem. The problem that
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Landscapers caused by doing work on our property that they DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO DO!!! We asked
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very politely to troubleshoot the sprinkler system. He then said "I don't need to i know what the F i am doing" and got in his truck and left without a word. We would never recommend this company for any landscape needs.
- Tim C.
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on planning our new deck. Within one meeting, they were able to give us a clear idea of what they could do for us, the costs, and the limitations. Then, presented us with detailed designs and computer renderings to help guide us in the process. We eventually contracted with them for construction of a deck, and front-yard landscaping. They were extremely professional, and took great care with our home and lawn during the process. What’s more, the final product was beautiful, and even better than we anticipated. We love it, and several neighbors have showed interest in having
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- VANESSA A.
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Since my repair was next to a City storm drain that was eroding the canal bottom near my
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- Gary B.
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devised a strategy for restoring our neighborhood pond's health and appearance. He understood our
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's knowledgeable and courteous crew worked efficiently to complete the installation in a couple hours. The system has helped to suppress the weeds and algae in our pond and we look forward to working with
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- BECKY AND GREG H.
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at PondsRx worked with our small loose-knit homeowners association
to craft a solution that worked beautifully for our pond. Our pond is surrounded
by large trees and takes on a great deal of organic debris each fall which was
resulting in unhealthy oxygen levels and unsightly algae growth. The
recommended solution of a two-station aerator, semi-monthly aquatic weed
control, and pond dye (as needed) has turned a sometimes eye-sore into an asset. We
are in our fourth season with PondsRx and our small association is thrilled with
the results!
- Robert L.

Lakefront Landscapers in Saint Charles, MO

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5 Star Outdoor Solutions

3719 Candlewick Dr.
Saint Louis

Advantage Pro Solutions

27 W Garden Walk Dr
St Peters

All Outdoors Inc

PO Box 432
Chesterfield

Athmann's Tree Service

11523 Scepaniak Dr.

Atmospheres

221 Robert Ave
Saint Louis

BAKER LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING

5017 Double Tree Dr
Imperial

Basile Landscaping & Lawn Care LLC

736 Evans Ave
Saint Louis

BIG C CONTRACTING CO

4886 Country Club Dr.
High Ridge

BOB & PAUL'S NURSERY, INC.

1055 HACKMANN RD.
O Fallon

Brent's Outdoor Solutions

9917 Woodland Rd.
Hillsboro

Bright Mann Contracting Inc

2579 Rock Hill Industrial Ct
St Louis

CCR Landscaping

1002 N Lincoln Ave

Contemporary Home Servies LLC

1135 Gahan Dr
Florissant

Creative Turf and Landscape Design Inc.

825 Mullanphy Rd
Florissant

Custom Built Retaining Walls, LLC

5373 Doe Run Dr
Imperial

Dermody & Associates, LLC

2338 Wescreek
Maryland Heights

DG2 Design

125 S Central Ave
Eureka

EARTHSCAPE SOLUTIONS LLC

168 CREEK BOTTOM RD.
Labadie

Florissant Ornamental Iron Works, Inc.

225 St. Francois
Florissant

Gateway Construction Solutions

1033 Corporate Square Drive
St. Louis

Get it Done

7045 Lena Ave
Saint Louis

Handy Joe

7130 Jamieson Ave / Suite 2F
St. Louis

Harvestowne Irrigation

326 Depot Ave
Saint Peters

Jon and Sons Tree Trimming and Removal

748 Wortham Road
Park Hills

Kaestner Lawn Care

223 Salt Lick Rd #328
St. Peters

KLEIN DEVELOPMENTS

209 Lindburg Rd.
Cuba

KRK LLC

5541 Oak Pointe Dr.
Imperial

Landmasters

2731 Treston ave
St. Louis

landscapes-n-more

PO BOX 1390
O Fallon

LandWorkshop

901 S 11th St Apt 21

M.A. Enterprises

336 Magoffin Trails Court

Mance Outdoor Solutions

121 Chouteau Trace Pkwy

Mark Walters Walls

3443 Frontier Dr
Saint Charles

McGlynn Landscape & Lawn Care

3248 Watson Rd
Saint Louis

McGlynn Pros

128 Enchanted Pkwy
Manchester

McGlynn Pros

167 Lamp & Lantern Village
Chesterfield

METRO RETAINING WALLS

4672 Wilson Rd
Defiance

Plaza Fountains, LLC

107 North Main Street

PONDCRAZY

7950 Watson Rd
Saint Louis

Priceless Gardens, LLC

35 Wistar Way
O Fallon

Pro Landscape and Retaining Walls LLC

12032 Jacobson Court
Bridgeton

Pro-Coat

10450 Thorpe Ave
Saint Louis

S & J's Landscaping LLC

2601 Mary Ave
Saint Louis

S & P Lawn Care

1143 Wilson Ave
Saint Louis

S.R.S Outdoor Solutions

415 Westridge dr
O Fallon

Schwartz Brothers Landscape Solutions Inc

569 Muirfield Dr
Saint Charles

SFP Landscaping Inc

9814 Gravois Rd
Saint Louis

Shelton Landscape & Maintenance

1515A Lonedell Industrial Ct
Arnold

St. Louis Ponds & Waterfalls

223 Weber Dr
Eureka

STILWELL ENTERPRISES INC

2940 Highway F
Defiance

Tainter Landscape LLC

130 Justus Ln
Old Monroe

TAYLOR LAND MANAGEMENT

P.O. Box 1262
Florissant

The Lawn Champs

1550 Wall St
Saint Charles

Thebeau Outdoor Services

18 North 78th St.

TRC OUTDOOR

6515 San Bonita Ave
Saint Louis

Weathertite Exteriors

113 Triad Ctr W
O Fallon

Weilbacher Landscaping

5436 Bohleysville Rd

WEST WINDS EARTHSCAPING

18714 BONHOMME CREEK ROAD
Chesterfield

Wilson Landscape

187 Old Chesapeake Dr
Wentzville

Young Innovations

5235 Butler Hill Estates Drive
Saint Louis

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