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"I had a raised patio in mind and
grabbed hold of the idea and improved it to deal with above ground roots of the trees in the back yard." Rather than dig down and disturb the roots, they brought in fill and then put beautiful stone about 6 inches raised from the ground. In addition, I wanted a slightly amorphous shape working with a
and the trees. They totally got it and lined the "floor" with contrasting border stones. It is absolutely stunning! I get so many compliments on it. Also, there is a raised garden bed separate from the patio so that I can grow herbs outside the kitchen door. They also threw in a rock border around my air-conditioning unit and hose area. It is quite beautiful in all.

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-Kevin Q.

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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 Hershey

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The provider,
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, was on time, very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. He recommended "layering"
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lights in our front yard, to create depth in what is basically a small yard. He was absolutely right, and the lights that he and his helper put in could not be more pleasing. Out back, where the yard is even smaller, he recommended a "wash" of lights to go into the vegetation behind our house. He also recommended a row of downward-facing spots to surround the pool. Everything looked spectacular when they were done. My only problem was that the lights around the pool gave me a headache. Even though our kids loved the downward-facing spots, and said we were crazy to get them on a separate circuit so they would not come on,
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VERY kindly came back and put the pool spotlights on a separate switch. He did this, despite the fact that that job was not on his busy schedule. He really goes above and beyond, and loves to discuss the details, if you are interested. My husband is an electrical engineer, and WAS interested! We recommend LLR without reservation.
- Diane D.
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Extremely responsive, as they came to the house the same day that I initially called. Professionally installed at a reasonable price. Fixed unexpected issues, showed up on time, and completed the project on schedule. Outstanding! I would highly recommend them.
- Eric H.
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quick response, all english speaking/ veteran crew, very courteous, professional, amazing prices, beautiful work, job is done properly and quickly, no time wasted, worth every penny I've spent, I recommend them to anyone in the tampa bay area
- Cean A.
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It was great. He did quite well. He even fixed my spa for me, which I was real pleased with. I also had him replace 3 outside light fixtures. He also put in some new bulbs in some high outdoor light fixtures. He put a new light switch in my bathroom as well.
- Linda M.
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They have had to come back a couple of times because some of the plants died and had to be replaced. Also, the tree they put in is possibly diseased, so we are waiting to see if it comes back in the spring. If not, I will be calling them again.
- Janice B.
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Went great. Work was done very quickly. I was so happy with the lights that a couple of months later, I had three more installed. The only unconventional thing that happened was that
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, the owner, stopped by pretty late at night, unannounced, at my door for final payment.
- Kathleen C.
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We have used
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a number of times to do work in both a rental home and in our newly-constructed home here in West Palm Beach. In the rental home they did an overall GENERAL CLEANING at the time we moved into the property as well as minor electrical repairs and plumbing repairs. They also hooked up our Stereo and TV systems and installed speaker equipment.
After we moved into our new 5,000 SQ FT home in SEPT 2014, we have used them to provide a variety of services including both minor and major electrical work (installing additional electrical outlets, lights, dimmer switches, and electrical wiring). We have also had them do a variety of basic 'handymen' work including laying Paver stone walkways and door-entry sections to the patio, extending gutter downspouts to run
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away from the foundation to the home, and general repair work around the house that I can no longer perform.
In all cases,
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personnel have been very reasonable on their prices, very professional in their work, showed up when scheduled to work, and completed their work in an OUTSTANDING MANNER.
(While your web site will NOT allow me to 'check' two addresses where work was performed, they worked at BOTH the 1834 Breakers West Ct home and the 11105
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Palm Way house.)
Their motto on their web site "
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is a “ONE PHONE CALL” company–with just one call, you can get all your home improvement needs accomplished! CUSTOMER SERVICE IS GUARANTEED"...very accurately sums up my opinion of their services.
- Stephen S.
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upgraded our outdoor lighting several years ago after shoddy installation from another contractor. They did an excellent job on what we asked them to do.
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was extremely knowledgable and professional. The quality of their work was outstanding. We would definately use them again and would highly recommend them to others.
- NANCY G.

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89 Governor Stable Road
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all around contracting

510 Woodward St
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ALL Renovation and Design, LLC

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324 FAULKNER DR
Lancaster

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502 N 69th St
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135 North Fairview Ave
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BHC Handyman

1111 Tiverton Rd
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Black Landscape Contracting

1360 E Lisburn Rd
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Blu Creek Co.

1472 Pine Tree Ave
Harrisburg

BRANDT LANDSCAPING

282 Maytown Rd Ste 100
Elizabethtown

Brandt's Custom Builders

Paradise rd.
Duncannon

Brubaker Inc.

1284 Rohrerstown Rd
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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CamLawn

2413 Melbourne Dr.
Harrisburg

Chad's Quality Landscaping

5005 Irene Dr.
Harrisburg

Cornerstone Electrical LLC

30 S Miller St
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Custom Design Home Improvements

650 N. Middleton RD
Carlisle

DECKS R US

2482 HORSESHOE RD
Lancaster

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Earthtones Hardscape LLC

794 Nissel lane
New Cumberland

Feathers Landscaping

451 RED HILL RD
Pequea

Fernhill Landscapes

42 N.Decatur St.
Strasburg

Gallo Services LLC

659 Hamilton st.
Carlisle

GD Landscaping and Carpentry

1678 N. 7th St
Lebanon

GRASSWORKS INC

278 E CANAL RD
Hershey

GREEN WITH ENVY LAWN AND LANDSCAPE

1146 Boiling Springs Rd.
Mechanicsburg

Gutshall Lawn and Landscape

112 Woodside Dr
Mechanicsburg

Gutter Doctor

1050 Street Road Unit 1241
Southampton

H & H ELECTRICAL INC

75 N CHURCH ST
Ephrata

Haldeman Landscape, LLC

1408 State Rd.
Duncannon

HANSELMAN LANDSCAPE

390 S ERISMAN RD
Manheim

HEMLOCK LANDSCAPING

3221 SPRING ST
Harrisburg

Heritage Lawn & Landscape Care

4741 Biesecker Rd
Thomasville

HOME ONE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

2600 LITITZ PIKE
Lancaster

HORNBAKER'S LANDSCAPING

951A Progress Rd
Chambersburg

Hurley Electric

Harrisburg

Ibach's Electric

2781 Craley Rd
Wrightsville

IDDINGS ELECTRIC INC.

325 W Main Street
New Holland

J Mar Landscaping

2057 Seaks Run Rd
Glen Rock

James Robert Development Corp.

930 Red Rose Ct
Lancaster

JHM ELECTRICAL SERVICE

1615 Conewago Creek Rd, PO Box 54
Manchester

JnD Construction

438 Barlow Greenmount Rd
Gettysburg

JPS Electrical Services LLC

9 S Hickory Avenue

Keares Electric

633 Jeffers Cir.
Exton

Keeping It Green

PO Box 21919
York

KNUTSEN LANDSCAPING, INC.

29 Indian Hill Rd.
Conestoga

larrys remodeling & repair llc

1780 Trinity Rd
Felton

M&M Restoration

Harrisburg

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

Mallow's Outdoor Maintenance

345 West High Street
Red Lion

Mister Sparky Electric

518 Running Pump Road
Lancaster

Monyer Electric, LLC

406 Greenville Rd
Denver

morret construction

2 albert lane

Murphy Family Electric

500 North Washington St

Myers Construction

28 Gwen Cir
Marietta

Nite Time Decor

6780 Parkway East
Harrisburg

Pauley's Construction and Maintenance

1117 State Road
Duncannon

Renard Electric

350 Mt. Zion Rd
Dillsburg

Restore/Renew/Re-Decoreate

1103 Bridge St
New Cumberland

River Valley Landscapes and Pools

1178 Nursery Road
Wrightsville

Ronald Waltersdorff Electric

2295 Carlisle Rd
York

Ruell's Lawn Care, LLC

403 Deerfield Rd
Camp Hill

Scape Artists

Mechanicsburg

SCOTT'S ELECTRIC

106 Ironstone Drive
Lititz

SEASON'S IMAGE

1945 MILLPORT RD
Lancaster

Shull's Landscaping LLC

PO Box 184
Shermans Dale

SIMMONS ELECTRIC

605 E Butter Rd
York

Spycom Technology Solutions

605 Richmoond Drive
Lancaster

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53 HEISERS LANE
Carlisle

Sullivan Nursery & Landscaping

881 Abbottstown Pike
Hanover

Summers Electric

665 Lilac Dr.
New Providence

tate services

Lancaster

Team Lewis Landscaping

PO Box 334
Harrisburg

TECHO-DEPOT

4464 LINCOLN HWY
York

Thomas Edison Electric Inc

352 Second Street Pike
Southampton

TME Electric Inc

74 Lantern Ln
Palmyra

UTOPIAN LANDSCAPES LLC

PO BOX 6156
Harrisburg

Watson Supply Inc

4021 N 6TH ST
Harrisburg

WEAVER ELECTRIC

175 TICE LN
Lebanon

WEBBER ELECTRIC INC

3088 N. Colebrook Rd.
Manheim

Wilco Electric Inc

701 Prospect Road
Columbia

Your Lawn Care & Property Services, Inc.

100 West 3rd Street
Hershey

Zeager Landscape Design and Nursery

1367 Bair road
Bainbridge

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