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"It went exactly how they said it would go. A very safe and experienced crew, and no mistakes or the house would have been damaged. The guys took the trees down in" sections with ropes and climbed up the trees like lumberjacks.

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have really enjoyed the high level of care performed on maintaining my landscaping. What I enjoy most is that they come on the same day" every month. When they come I can ask them to check out the drip system to see that certain plants get more water or to make a small repair on the system. Their extra services are great. I am getting ready to request a fall fertilizer treatment that is sprayed onto the plants. I tried this service in the spring and all of my plants are doing better than ever before. The cost is reasonable and the staff and owners are great to work with. After trying other companies in the past who would always leave me guessing as to when they would come or how to contact them about special needs,
is a welcomed relief. I really enjoy their coming by every month. There is always far more to landscaping than I would think and the monthly maintenance keeps everything looking really great. The crew arrives in a company identified truck, they haul away all trimmings, and they are a highly professional who get on the work that needs to be done. This is truly a 5 star company!

-Stephen A.

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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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After looking over the reviews and ratings on Angie's list decided to purchase the Big Deal to have them give me an estimate.
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responded immediately and within 2 weeks submitted a plan for the yard. After reviewing I asked if he'd come out and see some concerned areas in our lawn that I'd like him to add to the plan - he did come back out, offered suggestions that sounded good and returned a new revised plan to incorporate the changes which we agreed upon. It took awhile to get the landscaping started due to the extremely heavy rains we've experienced this summer - but once they started, the job moved quickly. It took two days for prep and plantings. The transformation is amazing. I know that the new landscaping has added much to the value of our home. Wish I had done this sooner. We are very pleased. See before - and after photos.
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- Linda E.
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Very well. True professionals. In my 30 years in home building business, this is the first time a contractor has impressed me enough to get motivated to write a comment.
- Sean K.
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These guys did very well. In fact, they did so well that I hired them a second time to install synthetic grass in my side yard. As to the main installation, they showed up on time, did the work until it was complete, and showed me the finished product. The work they did was difficult to do and very high quality. They installed synthetic grass around my entire backyard, including encircling difficult obstacles such as a stone pathway. They cut the lawn very precisely around the stone pathways and gardens. They also described, with detail, the precise job they were doing on the bid sheet. And, most importantly, they did it on time and within budget. I would recommend these guys to anyone. My lawn now looks great and it's maintenance free.
- Mark T.
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was easy to work with and very fair in his cost estimates. He and his crew did a wonderful job. They were courteous and professional and arrived on time. Their work was completed in a very business like fashion. We were very pleased with the work they performed.
- Edward R.
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showed up for the estimate on time and gave me a quote on the spot. I had gotten another estimate from another angie's list provider and their quote was almost three times as much. His crew did a fantastic job. There was a slight mis-communication on how the steps were to be done. But it was corrected quickly and exceeded my satisfaction. I will definitely be using them again.
- Julia C.
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They were responsive to phone calls, able to schedule the work fairly quickly, and were professional in their work - at a competitive price. I will call them again when needed.


- Daryl M.
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Very responsive, came on time and worked steadily for four hours.
Did the heavy lifting that we are unable to do for ourselves.
Easy to work with and friendly.
- Katherine M.
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J&G do a good job. They show up at the same day and time every week to cut my grass. I also hired them to remove many bushes and roots from my front yard. The price for the bush removal was a very good deal ($300), and they did the work very quickly. The only complaints I would be able to come up with is that sometimes they forget to
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my sump pump hose back out when they are finished, they have put a few divots into the yard with their mowers, and finally it's not always easy to get a hold of them. Overall, I am happy with the work they do and very happy with the prices they charge.
- Eric W.

Landscaping Companies in Wilmington, NC

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7 Star General Contracting LLC

4805 Christian Chapel Church Rd
New Hill

Applied Resource Management

P.O. Box 882
Hampstead

ARMSTRONG LANDSCAPES

4014 WILSHIRE BLVD
Wilmington

Ava Gardens Lawn Care

1306 Wakefield Ct
Winnabow

B & O DESIGN STUDIO

1319-CC Military Cutoff Rd.
Wilmington

Barewood Services Inc

PO Box 323
Hampstead

BIG T HAULING

211 Stokes St
Durham

BLUE HERON LANDSCAPING

349 KNOLLWOOD DR
Hampstead

BOONE'S LANDSCAPE INC

736 GRATHWOL DR
Wilmington

BOWMAN'S BEST LAWN CARE:

5207 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington

BRIDGERS LANDSCAPES & GARDEN

8210 River Rd
Southport

BYRON'S LANDSCAPING

6040 NETHERLAND DR
Wilmington

BYRON'S LANDSCAPING

6740 NETHERLANDS DR
Wilmington

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CAPE FEAR LANDSCAPING LLC

3416 ENTERPRISE DR
Wilmington

Carolina Aquatecture

118 James Teachey Ln
Rose Hill

Carolina Coastal Builders

206 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach

Carolina Green Bulding

1508 Marstellar St
Wilmington

Carolina Lawn Service

213 Lel Ogden Dr.
Wilmington

Carolina Lot Care

901 Gilbert Rd SE
Bolivia

Carolina Mold Experts

16800 BRANDON BROOK
Charlotte

Christmas Construction Company

1208 Williamsburg Ct
Wilmington

CLASSIC LANDSCAPES

330 MILITARY CUTOFF RD
Wilmington

CLASSIC LANDSCAPES

2005 EASTWOOD RD
Wilmington

COASTAL LAND DESIGN LLC

PO Box 1172
Wilmington

COASTAL LANDSCAPING & IRRGTN

1190 Hickman Rd
Calabash

Coastal Structures

8130 Rachel Wynd
Leland

Contemporary Landscapes

2204 villamar drive
Leland

Corbett & Barrow

516 Dock St
Wilmington

Craftmaster Services

7210 Oak View Drive NE
Leland

Creative Cascades

316 North 15th St
Wilmington

Custom Ponds and Fountains

PO Box 12364
Wilmington

Eager Beaver Handyman Service

6300 Cameron Forest Ln
Charlotte

East Coast Cuts Inc

78 Northwood Dr
Wilmington

Edge Landscaping

1319 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington

Evergreen Products

2605 Blue Clay rd
Wilmington

EXCELLENCE IN LAWN CARE

4623 BARNARDS LANDING RD
Wilmington

Falcone Crawl Space & Structural Repair

1883 Scott Futrell Dr
Charlotte

FERGUSON LANDSCAPING

7089 DARWIN DR
Wilmington

Fishwater LLC

1926 Hillsboro Rd
Wilmington

Flora Landscapes LLC

108 Giles Avenue
Wilmington

Floyd's Lawn Care

7306 Courtney Pines Rd
Wilmington

FOUR SEASONS LANDSCAPING

2925 BOUNDARY ST
Wilmington

FOUR SEASONS LANDSCAPING

940 RIVAGE PROMENADE
Wilmington

FREEMAN LANDSCAPE INC

4333 GORDON RD
Wilmington

GARDEN CONCEPTS

105 SPRING CREEK LN
Wilmington

Green Chapel maintenance professionals

251 N Wallace Ave
Wilmington

Green Side Up!

p o box 15208
Wilmington

GUNNELL LANDSCAPING SVC

105 SPRING CREEK LN
Wilmington

H BURKERT & CO

2212 CHESTNUT ST
Wilmington

H&H Painting & Remodeling

2109 White Rd
Wilmington

HADEN STANZIALE PA

201 N Front St Ste 611
Wilmington

Hampstead Landscaping Inc

1973 NC Hwy 210 W
Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD MULCH & STONE

12981 HWY 17
Hampstead

Handy Men & Mrs Helper

117 S. Cook St.

HARDEE LANDSCAPE & IRRIGATION

3800 MASONBORO LOOP RD
Wilmington

Hardee's Grassworks

PO Box 10007
Wilmington

HOWARD T CAPPS & ASSOC INC

4106 Breezewood Dr Apt 102
Wilmington

iMOW Lawn Service LLC

1617 Gander Dr
Wilmington

In God Hands Lawn & Landscaping Company

6018 Myrtle Grove
Wilmington

Inside Out Home Designs

2308 Brookfield Dr
Grover

JACKSON LANDSCAPING

446 AQUARIUS DR
Wilmington

Joseph Adamec

340 Club Ct
Wilmington

labor for a day

2828 penn st
Wilmington

LACC INTERNATIONAL INC

1017 Ashes Dr Ste 204
Wilmington

LANDSCAPE RESOURCE GROUP

5200 Old Myrtle Grove Rd
Wilmington

Landscapes Nouveau

105 Bottle Branch Dr
Burgaw

LANDSCAPES UNIQUE

1620 Oleander
Wilmington

LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED

6413 WINDMILL WAY
Wilmington

Liquid Assets Pools

211 N 25th St
Wilmington

Long Leaf Organics Lawn & Garden

PO Box 12712
Wilmington

LOW COUNTRY LANDSCAPING

808 GULL POINT RD
Wilmington

Lowe's - Mooresville

509 River Hwy
Mooresville

Lyon-N-D-Grass

311 Harper Ave
Carolina Beach

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAINSSCAPE

1500 POINT HARBOR RD
Wilmington

McGraw Hardscapes

241 Shorepoint Dr
Wilmington

MIDDLE SOUND LANDSCAPING LLC

103 PICKWAY CT
Wilmington

MIHALY-CIRELLO

5725 OLEANDER DR
Wilmington

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive
Smithfield

Mott Landscaping Inc

PO Box 629
Wilmington

NATIVE LANDSCAPES INC

6212 STONEBRIDGE RD
Wilmington

Organic Home & Lawn Inc

211 Challenge Road
Raleigh

PAMELA T KERSTING

330 MILITARY CUTOFF RD
Wilmington

PARKER LANDSCAPING

4431 PARMELE RD
Castle Hayne

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Phelps Irrigation & Landscaping

113 Stonehead Ct
Wilmington

Port City Lawn Care

233 Brightwood Road
Wilmington

PORT CITY PLANTSCAPES

114 Dogwood Dr
Wilmington

Prestige Pools of Wilmington

5307 S College Rd
Wilmington

QUALITY TEAM SVC INC

1240 EASTWOOD RD
Wilmington

Raynor's Irrigation

7217 Anaca Point Road
Wilmington

REAVES LANDSCAPING & MNTNC

209 CHEYENNE TRL
Wilmington

Register Service Group

Wrightsville Beach

Riptide Lawn & Home Care

6710 Hailsham Dr
Wilmington

SALTSCAPES

1419 Salty Bay Lndg
Wilmington

Saunders Landscape Supply

14016 Sullyfield Cir

SEACOAST LANDSCAPING

100 Old Eastwood Rd Ste 34
Wilmington

Secret Gardener

Wilmington

Shoreline Lawn & Landscaping

1507 Military Cutoff Rd Apt 107
Wilmington

Single Ladies Lawn Care Svc.

Mobile Service
Wilmington

SMILING FACES LANDSCAPING

PO BOX 12316
Wilmington

Southern Accents Landscape Design Inc

325 Ashford Ave.
Wilmington

Southern Grown Landscaping, LLC

608 Trace Drive
Wilmington

SOUTHERN LAWNS & LANDSCAPING

718 VALLEY BROOK RD
Wilmington

SUNSET LIGHTING & GRIP

5812 OAK BLUFF LN
Wilmington

Superior 7 Services

205 Disney Dr
Wilmington

Sure Thing Contracting

2116 Colony Plaza
Jacksonville

SURRATTS CUSTOM BUILT FENCING

418 WINDWARD LANDING PL
Wilmington

Sweeps

2302 Fairview Rd.
Raleigh

Sycamore Landscaping

PO Box 1374
Leland

Symbiotic Builders LLC

531 Tanbridge Rd
Wilmington

TERRA METRICS

1421 HAWTHORNE RD
Wilmington

Terrain Masters

5461 overbrook rd
Willmington

TETRA LANDSCAPES INC

6412 AMSTERDAM WAY
Wilmington

Thorpe Landscapes LLC

2111 Metts Ave.
Wilmington

Trecco Builders

Po Box 1225
Wrightsville Beach

TRU GREEN LAND CARE

2005 BLUE CLAY RD
Wilmington

Turf Masters Sod Farms

1721 North Kerr Ave.
Wilmington

UnitedUnlimitedServices.com

5221 Sardou Rd
Wilmington

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Watts Landscaping & Lawn Care

1109 Thompsontown Rd

WOODALL LANDSCAPING & IRRGTN

2418 WHITE RD
Wilmington

ZONE 8 GARDENS

3802 S COLLEGE RD
Wilmington

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