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"Excellent job, did not realize the value of the fertilizing, made all my bushes and trees pop and looked great all season.
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In addition to replacing a 250-foot railroad tie wall with boulders, the contractor on this project also helped with the city, state and Corps of Engineers approval processes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Sally S. of Plymouth, Minn.)

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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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We met with
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Landscape rep at our home, agreed on which pool, signed the contract, was told would take 3-4 weeks for the pool to arrive, then between a week to at most 3 weeks to finish the install, allowing for weather. We paid the initial $15000 payment to order the pool, the pool took a month and a half to arrive, no real issue with this. We were told they would start on the pool the next day or two after they dropped the pool off in our yard, this turned out to be a month and a half later. Then we were told they would finish the install in about a week in a half to allow for settling of the ground, leveling the pool, electrical, and forming the concrete. Also was promised they would move the irrigation heads, make sure working correctly, sew new grass, and adjust the fence gate to be within county code, they moved the irrigation heads, but they were all broken, they threw grass seed on the dirt, but no grass has grown, and told us we had to do the fence to code after initially telling us they would handle that. To top all of this off, it did not take a week and a half to finish, it took an additional month. They did, from what we can tell, do a decent job on the pool itself, but all other aspects from the job were very sub par, very little contact or updating us as to what is going on unless they needed another payment, 3 payments in all, first one to order the pool (15k) second one when pool is placed on your property (10k) and final payment when finish install (12K), they were
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on the spot with communicating that to us. We would not recommend to use them if you a person that requires proper scheduling, promptness, and expect that what your told, you expect to receive.
- christopher A.
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was the first to respond. In fact, the only. My schedule was hectic at the time, so I postponed getting an estimate for several weeks. When I got back in touch via AngiesList message center,
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contacted me within minutes. ALL communication was super prompt and professional. We arranged a price and time to have the work done,
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was on time and called prior to the appointment to ensure everything was still a go. The work itself was first rate. I'm extremely pleased to have found
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as I now have a reliable and professional service.
- Jason G.
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Service was prompt, professional, and complete. The yard looked great and it saved us a LOT of time and effort. Definitely interested in hiring him again.
- Glenn F.
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We hired
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because we wanted a Japanese theme design for our front and backyard.
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's design proposal was exactly what we wanted.

He has a great eye for detail in creating the dry creek with beautiful surrounding plants/trees in the front and an azumaya, planter boxes, and the artificial grass for our backyard.

He is great at communicating via email, text and phone calls to answer all my questions and requests. His crew is very hard working, professional and makes sure my yard is cleaned of debris at the end of each day.

We love the garden and have enjoyed spending more time outside, even in the cold weather.
We would definitely hire him again for any future projects.
- Diparshi M.
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They check them twice a month during the summer. They treat the ponds for algae, clear debris, and take care of the weeds in the water. We’ve used them for years and will continue to.
- William M.
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Reflections does a beatiful job in design and installation. They keep the pond and stream in great shape, clean and looking fabulous. He helps me with the care of my Koi fish, as well as opening and closing the system each season. Pricing is great, too. I've used them for years now. I highly recommend Reflections for all landscaping, lighting and water feature needs!!
- Korina N.
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They were very professional fellas. They were on time, clean-cut, respectful, didn't take a ton of breaks or chit chat - they just got right to work everyday and really took my visions and brought them to life. They really cared and listened to what I wanted. And they gave me a GREAT DEAL!!!! I would recommend them over and over, and of course, will be using them again in the future!!
- Des L.
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He is very skilled in pond construction and knows much about the fish and plants.
He is honest and hard working, excellent value for money. We have used him for over 5 years now.
Highly recommended. We plan to have him enlarge and rebuild our smaller pond soon.
- Angela N.

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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

Chesterfield

American Virtual Associates

304 Whitelaw Avenue

Athmann's Tree Service

11523 Scepaniak Dr.

Atmospheres

221 Robert Ave
Saint Louis

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

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

Get it Done

7045 Lena Ave
Saint 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

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

Midwest Turf Design, Inc.

36 San Mateo Dr
Florissant

NatureScape Designs

Chesterfield

Paton Landscape & Construction LLC

PO BOX 9407
Saint Louis

Plaza Fountains, LLC

107 North Main Street

Priceless Gardens, LLC

35 Wistar Way
O Fallon

Pro Landscape and Retaining Walls LLC

12032 Jacobson Ct.
Bridgeton

Pro-Coat

10450 Thorpe Ave
Saint Louis

S & J 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 Central Concrete Const LLC

390 SW Hwy K
Montrose

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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