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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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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 Wilmington

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The estimate was not the lowest price but
Wilmington Landscape Lighting Provider Name Locked
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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On 2/10 they set the timers and sprinkler heads incorrectly. I called to complain so they sent someone out to fix the issue on 2/18. I then requested an itemized receipt for the $170 extra charge from both the gentleman at the office and the gentleman that came to correct the problem. I still have no received the itemized receipt and have not had any explanation as to why I was charged an additional $170. All the work has been corrected, but what is the $170 extra charge?
- Barbara F.
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Provider showed up at the appointed date and time for an estimate.
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was personable and seemed knowledgeable and professional. We discussed different lighting options, and he said that he would send a written estimate via e-mail. After waiting two weeks for the estimate, I contacted the provider via the company website. I received no response. I followed this up with a phone call, leaving a message. After waiting another week or so, I called again, leaving a message to please get back to me. I received no response to either of my phone messages. It is now the last week in February with no contact, so I am assuming that
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is not interested in the job. I am of the "three strikes and you're out" philosophy, so I won't be contacting this provider again. Very disappointing.
NOTE: I would have given an "F" for the Responsiveness rating, but since the initial contact did go as scheduled, I thought the "D" was fair.

- Richard M.
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I was referred to
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from a neighbor after I had already met with another company. I was very impressed with their demonstration that they did to show me what the lights looked like on my house, the previous company did not do that. What really made me decide to use them was the "complete package", being able to add my porch lights and coach lights to the automatic timer and replacing switches in my home that I could control from my IPhone. I really felt like they were professionals with the quality of products and extra services. I was very happy with the installation and their employees were very polite. I feel like the price difference between them and the other company was justified with the professionalism, and I would pay for it again.
- holly H.
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He showed up and didn't have a business card or offer to even write his information down. It was totally unprofessional. I told him that I had two areas that I wanted to discuss lighting for. I gave him my ideas and he agreed with my ideas and that was all. I asked him to write the estimates separately so that I could do the two areas at different times. He told me that he wouldn't give me an estimate in writing unless and until I signed up to have the work done, otherwise it was a waste of his time. I would never use him again, and I don't think anyone should.
- Patricia B.

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Southport

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5207 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington

BRIDGERS LANDSCAPES & GARDEN

8210 River Rd
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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolina Coastal Builders

206 Causeway Dr
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Carolina Lot Care

901 Gilbert Rd SE
Bolivia

Coastal Building Concepts LLC

518 Trails End Rd
Wilmington

Coastal Structures

8130 Rachel Wynd
Leland

Contemporary Landscapes

2204 villamar drive
Leland

Creative Cascades

316 North 15th St
Wilmington

Custom Ponds and Fountains

PO Box 12364
Wilmington

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dutil Electric LLC

3994 Carriage Ln.
Leland

E & P CARPET & TILE CLEANING SERVICE & MORE

122 S 29th St
Wilmington, Southpot

Eager Beaver Handyman Service

6300 Cameron Forest Ln
Charlotte

Elite Sight and Sound

5401 Neuse Meadow Cir
Raleigh

Fishwater LLC

1926 Hillsboro Rd
Wilmington

Flora Landscapes LLC

108 Giles Avenue
Wilmington

Grass With Class LLC

1603 grace st
Wilmington

Green Chapel maintenance professionals

251 N Wallace Ave
Wilmington

Green Side Up!

p o box 15208
Wilmington

Hampstead Landscaping Inc

1973 NC Hwy 210 W
Hampstead

Handy Men & Mrs Helper

117 S. Cook St.

Handyman Services in Wil., by Christmas Const. Co.

1208 Williamsburg Court
Wilmington

HH Construction Services

P.O. Box 538
Wrightsville Beach

iMOW Lawn Service LLC

1617 Gander Drive
Wilmington

Inside Out Home Designs

2308 Brookfield Dr
Grover

JB Lawn Sprinklers Inc

PO Box 12786
Wilmington

Karnes Lawn Care & Landscape Inc

3112 Enterprise Dr
Wilmington

LANDSCAPE RESOURCE GROUP

5200 Old Myrtle Grove Rd
Wilmington

LUMINA ELECTRICAL CO

907 S LUMINA AVE
Wrightsville Beach

mcleod electric,llc

201 Rockwell Rd
Wilmington

Mr. Fix It Rite

Wilmington

NATIVE LANDSCAPES INC

6212 STONEBRIDGE RD
Wilmington

OBRAD ELECTRICAL

1601 Midway Rd SE
Bolivia

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

5202 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington

Pyramid Construction Services

2213 Sloop Point Loop Rd
Hampstead

Register Service Group

Wrightsville Beach

Roby Electric Inc

2401 W Morehead St
Charlotte

SMILING FACES LANDSCAPING

PO BOX 12316
Wilmington

Southern Accents Landscape Design, Inc

325 Ashford Ave.
Wilmington

STREAMLINE PLUMBING & ELECTRIC INC

6521 Mt Herman Rd
Raleigh

Sure Thing Contracting

2116 Colony Plaza
Jacksonville

Sycamore Landscaping

PO Box 1374
Leland

Symbiotic Builders LLC

531 Tanbridge Rd
Wilmington

UnitedUnlimitedServices.com

5221 Sardou Rd
Wilmington

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