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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 Landscapers in Willoughby, OH

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(ARC)form LLC

2301 Thurman Avenue
Cleveland

9TH Avenue Designs LLC

2916 Edgehill Rd
Cleveland

A Low Maintenance Landscape

448 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave
Akron

AMBROSE LANDSCAPING INC

10376 THWING RD
Chardon

AMERISCAPE LAND DESIGN

458 LOCKLIE DR
Cleveland

AQUATIC WEED CONTROL

PO BOX 631
Berea

B R LANDSCAPING

511 N RIVER RD
Munroe Falls

B. Hoover & Sons Contracting LLC

3700 Blackmore Rd.
Perry

Barnes Earth & Turf

7493 S Ridge Rd
Madison

Bluegrass Landscapes - Irrigation & Lighting

4855 Hills and Dales Rd
Canton

Bob Cultrona Landscaping Company Inc

7650 Bond Street
Glenwillow

BOBBIE'S GREEN THUMB

18405 VAN AKEN BLVD
Shaker Heights

CACIC LANDSCAPING & CONSTRUCTION

8250 BILLINGS RD
Willoughby

CHRONISTER TREE FARM

2825 SHARON COPLEY RD
Medina

Cleveland Contractor

4332 W132nd st
Cleveland

Creative Image Lawn Care

1166 lafayette road h6
Medina

D. Peterman Landscaping & Snow Plowing, Inc.

21000 Treat Rd., Suite A
Bedford

DESIGNING WITH NATURE

772 Franklin Blvd
Highland Heights

DGE LANDSCAPING

10160 FAIRMOUNT RD
Newbury

DMS REHAB PROPERTIES

5607 LAFAYETTE AVE
Maple Heights

DOUGLAS NEMECKAY & ASSOC

539 E WASHINGTON ST
Chagrin Falls

Dreamscape Design Inc

Mayfield Heights

DREAMSCAPING INC

35531 ROYALTON RD
Grafton

Druda Landscape LLC

PO Box 424
Willoughby

Extreme Excavating and Landscape L.L.C.

515 Malvern Drive
Painesville

firstexperts

2771 Stark Dr
Willoughby

Fix-A-Fence

8514 Friendsville Rd
Lodi

Giannetti Co

29845 Arthur Rd
Wickliffe

Global Outdoor Solutions

5000 Van Epps Rd.
Cleveland

Green Escapes llc

5185 Corduroy Rd
Mentor

Ground Works Land Design, LLC

869 Canterbury Rd
Westlake

Haymaker Tree And Lawn Inc

5695 E Blvd NW
Canton

Home Run Landscaping

5511 Chapel Road
Madison

hometownconst

3734 dotwood st nw
North Canton

Husband For Hire

14485 Essex Ct.
Chardon

Ianiro Landscape Development

P.O. Box 995
Chesterland

J & S LANDSCAPING INC

4500 Lee Rd
Cleveland

J and E Landscape Services

35340 E Shore Blvd
Eastlake

JBZ Construction

2720 Blake ave nw
Canton

JDF Landscaping

PO Box 22423
Beachwood

jelovac&son

1312 W 80th St
Cleveland

JLC Landscaping, Inc.

7482 Clover Ave
Mentor

johns landscaping

1433 cleveland ave
Canton

Johnson's Landscape Resources

1048 Galewood
Cleveland

LANDSCAPE CREATIONS NURSERY

13040 CHILLICOTHE RD
Chesterland

LANDSTYLES INC

246 FAIRPORT NURSERY RD
Painesville

Leaf It Alone Landscaping Inc.

35595 Curtis Blvd.
East Lake

LEESON'S HOME & Business Improvements

10303 ALMIRA AVE
Cleveland

M&M Lawn Care Professionals

11705 Hamlen
Cleve

m-m construction

serving north east ohio
Lorain

Mark Stevens Landscaping and Snowplowing LLC

4417 south ridge rd west
Saybrook

Norlyn LLC

5655 Chatham Dr.
Seven Hills

OHIO VALLEY GROUP

16965 PARK CIRCLE DR
Chagrin Falls

Old Time Home Improvement

1011 Clearview ave

Orderlawncareonline.com

PO Box 4743 Akron, Ohio
Akron

Organic Roots Horticulture,LLC

6158 State Rte 303
Ravenna

Paver Installation

P.O.box 261
Lagrange

Pirc Company Landscaping & Snowplowing

30202 Lakeland Blvd
Wickliffe

Precision Landscaping

9234 Page Rd
Streetsboro

Premier Landscaping

2178 Wyandotte Ave
Lakewood

Prime rose landscaping llc

481 n saint clair st painesville

Pro Cut Landscape Development

PO Box 575
Valley City

Renovators Choice, LLC

432 Maplewood Street
Ravenna

Rohr & Sons Nursery & Garden Center

5357 Everhard Rd NW
Canton

SCENIC SCAPES LANDSCAPING

5086 NAN LINN DR
Willoughby

Simply Greener LLC

7255 Industrial Park Blvd
Mentor

Sitework Developing Inc

17073 Munn Rd
Chagrin Falls

Skolyak Landscaping Services

1403 Francis Ct.
Cleveland

Sprinkler Man Ohio

5000 Van Epps Rd

SUMMERBREEZE INC

12475 Falcon Ridge Rd
Chesterland

Tab Property Enhancement LLC

4521 Newkirk Dr.
Brunswick

Technology Horizonz

441 West Grace
Bedford

Terra Scapes

Kirtland

The ERS Group LLC

5834 Mayfield Rd
Mayfield Hts

The HandyMan

1138 Cherokee Trail
Willoughby

The Ultimate Deck Inc.

4755 Park Drive
Sheffield Lake

TRC Landscape Services Inc

11220 Kinsman Rd
Newbury

True Landscaping, Inc.

958 Lloyd Rd
Wickliffe

TURF WORLD CO

16626 BROADWAY AVE
Maple Heights

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