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and his crew of P&A arrived early this morning, on time, ready to go. They planted a beautiful palm tree, lime tree, several decorative" plants, trimmed all of my shrubs, including a large hedge row, cleaned out and re-defined my beds, layed sod, cleaned up at the lake
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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.

Landscaping reviews in Ithaca

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Very prompt follow up to my initial inquiry via Angie's List - within 36 hours I had a detailed on-site consultation and itemized quote, and in 2 days the service was completed. Very professional crew (5) who obviously knew exactly what they were doing. Were very conscious of avoiding any limbs or cuttings dropping in my neighbors yard. Amazing completion time and clean up was first rate. Highly recommend and would use again.
- Michael F.
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We were referred to
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and could not be happier with our service. We are using them for lawn care and landscaping and also for large tree care. They come weekly and are a very good deal for the quality of work performed and their reliability. We have oak trees on our property and they did a fantastic job pruning our trees. One of the largest was being taken over by invasive vines. Our last lawn care company tried to cut back the vines but
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DEMOLISHED the vines . I am positive the tree would have died had they not stepped in. They are very knowledgeable and provide a wide variety of services. I always get a prompt return call from
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and you can be assured that whatever crew is working at your home is well supervised. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone. I was using another company and was paying less monthly but they were not as reliable and did not take as much care. I am happy to pay a little more, and it is not much more anyway, to work with people who take pride in what they do.
- Dominique P.
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and his team have been maintaining our yard for years,they provide great service and have reasonable rates.
- brian F.
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It went great. I LOVE my backyard. My kids and puppy play in the backyard. They didn't before. I am able to turn off my sprinkler and I live in draught torn Los
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did a very thorough job. I got quotes from 2 other companies.
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was less than the others. Very professional. Loved that is a family owned business. The office staff knew my name. So glad I did it. They only regret I have is putting in sod a year earlier.
- Adina P.
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because of their reputation and quality of work. My wife and I reviewed their website and saw all of the work that they had done previously and were blown away by how they could transform a plain back yard into a stunning, well thought out area for dining & entertaining.
Chip (owner) arrived neatly dressed and on time, ready to do business. I mention that because right away you feel comfortable with him and know that he is there to make sure your experience with SGL Contractors is enjoyable one. He started out wanting to know our overall vision of the backyard so that he could layout & design a plan that could accommodate any future projects and not add cost later.
After understanding the entire project, Chip provided value input and asked great questions that we would have never thought about until the project was done. He devised a great plan and turned the estimate and schematic around in a timely manner. He was able to understand exactly the style, shape and color schemes that we wanted and was able show that in his schematic. Chip is open and receptive to changes but also did not let us make a costly mistake if he saw something he thought was a wrong move. We appreciated his open and honest dialogue.
After we signed off on the plans, the crew started on the date as planned and showed up on time. His manager and crew were very neat and organized and worked hard all day long. They took pride in their work and stayed on schedule the whole time. They took time to make sure the yard was cleaned up and organized before they left for the day.
When the project was done, my family and I couldn't believe how they turned the idea on paper into a reality. The finished work was better than we could imagine and are looking forward to using our new outdoor kitchen and fireplace very soon. Not to mention the increased value that a project such as this adds to our home.
- James B.
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He offered a job for a price on a daily basis because he didn't want to commit to a contract (he was unclear of the cost the project would take).We agreed on a daily rate and I payed every week the days of work. He wanted to increase the rate after 50% of the job was performed. I did not agree to increase the payment for the daily rate and asked him to honor the deal we made. then, he just left without notice. He did not responded calls for days until I had to assume that he was not coming back. He left the lot with concrete waste all over that had to be cleaned, of rented material (forms for a retention wall) that I had to dismantle and ship back to the owners.

- Andres G.
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The person who came out to give us the estimate was on time, came with samples and answered all our questions. The day of the install they were on time. It took a little longer than I was expecting but we are very pleased with the end result. I would use them again.
- Felino C.
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Very professional, both there communication as well as their quality. They partnered well with the plumber and tile contractors I was previously using also. I provide a sketch of what I was looking for and within 3 days I had received drawings. Our schedule was tight by they stayed on track and finished on time. With other contractors the hand-off between the designer and the construction folks can frequently result in problems, but with Landscape E&W both designer and builder stayed connected through out as well as final inspection. Definitely would recommend them.
- David Y.

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4 Seasons Landscaping Inc

187 Muzzy Rd
Ithaca

A Cut Above Landscaping

17151 us rt 11
Watertown

ABG Contracting

115 Hilton Drive
Horseheads

BACK TO THE GARDEN

2 SUNNY SLOPE TER
Ithaca

BEN'S LAWN & LANDSCAPING

1291 New York 23
Craryville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carson Groundworks

2340 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca

Carson Groundworks

2340 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca

Cayuga Landscape Co.

2712 N. Triphammer Rd.
Ithaca

Elmore Enterprises, Inc.

South Applegate Road
Ithaca

Fessenden Dairy, LLC

1049 State Route 34B
King Ferry

GRAVEL GATOR SERVICES

3174 ROCKEFELLER RD
Moravia

GREENSCENE LAWN & GARDEN

7 Fox Hollow Rd
Ithaca

Greg Carman

119 N Applegate Rd
Ithaca

Homestead Property Services

67 Ellicott St
Corning

KIRKSWAY FARM INC

400 AUBURN RD
Lansing

Larsen Design & Development

1133 Oak Street
Syracuse

LEVEL GREEN LANDSCAPING INC

1151 Ridge Rd.
Lansing

MACLEAN'S LANDSCAPING

591 SHEFFIELD RD
Ithaca

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MORGAN LANDSCAPING

203 CONNECTICUT HILL RD
Newfield

OUTDOOR SCAPES

20 Sundown Rd
Freeville

Payne's A-Z

3815 county Rt #1
Campbell

Petrillose Properties LLC

179 E King Rd.
Ithaca

PLANTSMEN NURSERY

482 PERUVILLE RD
Groton

SBS Landscaping

1 Hillcrest Dr
Dryden

SDM LANDSCAPING

PO Box 4925
Ithaca

Tripp's & Carroll's Property Maintenance Services

18 Kendall Street
Clifton Springs

TROWBRIDGE & WOLF

1001 W SENECA ST
Ithaca

Twin Tier Landscaping & TREE Service

1252 Woodbine Ave
Elmira

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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