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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Tulsa

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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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also helped with recommendations on plant materials. Installed decorative rock in front of the house which made it look sharp. I will use
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again this year and for the foreseeable future. Top shelf service.
- Bert F.
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The crew did a great job moving all the oak leaves from the yard and big flower beds into the woods.
- Lynn W.
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I've dealt with this company before with good results which is why I bought the deal for mulch. The gentleman was very prompt, very professional, and easily reached by phone and email. However, the mulch wasn't quite what we had expected based on the terms of the deal. It was actually an off-black color as opposed the dark black color.
- Eleanora H.
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They delivered clean mulch, another company I worked with had dirty mulch with pieces of plastic in it. They were perfect! They were on time and friendly.
- christine M.
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was very responsive. I called him for an estimate at 11 a.m. and he was at my home just a few hours later. He provided an estimate which was fair and reasonable. I asked him when he could start and he said "right now". He had sufficient much already on his trailer and was accompanied by another employee. So I said "go for it"; and they were completely finished by 6 p.m. I was very impressed to receive same day service since the job was quite extensive. They also removed weeds from some of my beds which I had not expected them to do.
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was also willing to accept my Visa card which was a big convenience to me. I would definitely use
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again in the future.
- Walter H.
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They did a fantastic job. In fact, there were little projects around the yard that they also completed on top of what we originally agreed to be done. I would highly recommend
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and his team to take care of your yard.
- David B.
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It was excellent. They've always provided really good service. They cleaned up after themselves. They went above and beyond what they needed to do to make us happy. I would highly recommend them. The patio that they put they installed was a great job as well.
- Silvia R.
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They did the work but it took a while for them to actually do the work, about 3 weeks at least. When it was finally done, they were really sweet and did a fine job. There was a conflict between getting the service out so I felt they were overwhelmed with the amount of deals they had sold. For the amount of mulch and not having to go to the store, the price was really good!
- ANN E.

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AAA Firewood

5767 E. Hwy 82

ABC Home and Commercial Services

8448 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W

Best Quality Lawn & Landscapes LLC

21909 E. 96th St. S.
Broken Arrow

BLUUM OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

1820 S Boulder Ave Ste 400
Tulsa

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cleaner Cut Lawn Care

3736 S 49th West Ave
Tulsa

Cut Right Lawn & Tree

2820 S Hickory St
Sapulpa

Cutting it close lawn & tree

10380 S 240th W Ave
Sapulpa

Cutting it close lawn & tree

10380 S 240th W Ave
Sapulpa

Dumpin' with Debi

18554 N Jamestown
Skiatook

E L Plunk Masonry Inc

15291 S 353rd East Ave
Coweta

Easton Sod Farms

P.O Box 1041
Bixby

ELI'S IRRIGATION

9840 S WINSTON AVE
Tulsa

Elm Creek Landscape and Design LLC

8311 E. 111th. St. South
Bixby

Flowerbeds R Us

27575 E 101st S Coweta
Broken Arrow

Gem Dirt LLC

101st St S & 33rd W Ave
Tulsa

Gorilla Brothers Lawn and Landscape In

4400 S 1987th E pl
Broken Arrow

Grow with the Flow

1627 E 32nd St
Tulsa

Handy Rays Handyman

23 N Knoxville

Hardscape Materials Inc

11610 S Memorial Dr
Bixby

Hometown Handyman Services

108 E 21st St
Owasso

Irr-Tek

2302 New Orleans st n
Broken Arrow

L & R Tree Service

5101 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City

Lanterman Tractor .com

13779 s 353 east avenue

Lawn Craft

1509 W Ulysses St
Broken Arrow

Lawns By Nature Inc

PO Box 691918
Tulsa

LBR LLC

7279 east poser road
Claremore

Lucky Turf Services

1400 W Blue Starr Dr
Claremore

Mesa Landscape LLC

12812 S Memorial Dr
Bixby

Moody Construction

P.O. Box 1678
Owasso

OUTDOOR PRO

3138 EAST 144TH ST
Bixby

Rent A Guy

462 E. 138th Pl.

RIVER OAKS LANDSCAPING

2718 E 72ND ST
Tulsa

The Turf Butler

19448 E 51st St S
Broken Arrow

TULSA SOD & MULCH INC

5630 S 107TH EAST AVE
Tulsa

Turf Envy Tulsa

Broken Arrow

Upper Cut Lawn Services

9854 E 119th St S
Bixby

Watkins Tree Service

608 S 132nd E Ave
Tulsa

Williamson Turf Maintenance

9233 Riverside Pkwy Apt T
Tulsa

Yard Dawg

13322 South 90th East Avenue

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