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Mulch and Topsoil

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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 Chesterfield

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This is my second experience with
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
- they delivered three yards of mason sand to my home and as usual were friendly, prompt and professional.
Last year I picked up a yard of good quality garden soil for a vegetable garden and got fantastic results with it.
Not only are they awesome to deal with but I appreciate having an excavating company that will work with small orders for home projects. Highly recommend!
- Rebecca A.
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Rich
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
worked to restore my elderly parent's lawn in their back yard costing them approximately $2000. The next day, there were significant downpours. When the lawn wasn't growing, Rich was contacted to evaluate the situation. He stated that the rain washed away all the loom and grass seed. He agreed to come back to restore what was lost at a reduced cost. (the cost of the materials only) After the second service, it rained again and, per Rich's evaluation of the situation, the rain again washed everything away. A THIRD service, was scheduled but because rain was again in the forecast, my parents cancelled the appointment. Note that the cancellation was on their part, and not Rich. He did not call about the appointment, upcoming weather, or a plan to reschedule.
Rich did not deliver on the end product. His assessment was that the rain was the cause of the lack of lawn growth, yet he made no efforts to schedule these services on days without rain in the forecast. He said they "watch the weather as best
as we can." I fully realize that weather is not a controllable factor, however, if his services are that sensitive to rain, one would expect greater consideration to be paid to the weather and appointments to be rescheduled accordingly. He was "adamant" (his words) that he would not provide a third service to correct the problem without being paid. He was negligent in his scheduling and has collected money without standing by his product. Rich has been paid over $2200 and there is no lawn to show for that
money. Terrible customer service!
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- Kerri N.
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's crew of 3 performed an excellent job. They arrived on time and except for a brief lunch break, worked non-stop (one day 10 1/2 hrs). The profit of their hard work is evident in my now beautiful property. I consider the price reasonable for the amount of work involved.
I highly recommend this service. A+
- Elizabeth D.
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This is the second year I have used
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
for my landscaping supplies. In the summer of 2014, I purchased a few yards of top soil and ~120 bags of mulch (eucalyptus) so I could redo my landscape. This year I just needed to touch up the mulch itself, which washed away during several rains (I had no gutters!).
Anyway, I basically made all the arrangements via email, which is very convenient for me because I work a lot. I verified pricing and delivery fee to my area, and knew exactly what I wanted/needed. If you need help calculating how many bags/yards based off your cubic footage, they can provide their recommendation to you as well. Delivery itself was easy to schedule too.
Everyone I dealt with was incredibly easy to work with, and very nice/responsive - from email communication to the guy that delivered the product. They even gave me an estimate for sod too (very reasonable), but I declined because I had my hands full with weeding/mulching and I didn't want the sod to die (but I digress).
I highly recommend going through
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
- I know I'll be contacting them again next year!
- Eric D.
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Easy to use online ordering. After placing order, they called to confirm the order and delivery date and time. Called when they were loading up the delivery. Courteous driver. Dropped it where I wanted it. I would suggest having it dropped on a tarp. And order more than you think you will need. Happens to me every time. Those are me issues, not
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
issues.
- Jeffrey K.
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They were fantastic, 100% satisfaction. They actually did more than we had expected. It took 2 days to complete the job, but when they left both days, the entire property was picked and blown for debri. Not to mention the price of their service was very reasonable. East to talk to, down to earth guys. They are my landscapers, I have someone that mows, but these guys are very experienced in the does and
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'ts of horticulture. Planting and extraction of unwanted plants. They are more than just lawn guys, they are true landscapers.
- Brent O.
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great experience. Driver actually called before dumping to make sure he wasn't blocking in any vehicles in garage as mulch pile blocked entire driveway.
- Zach S.
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I called the order in on a Tuesday and could have had it delivered as early as Thursday morning, but asked they hold it until after some rain came through the area. Upon delivery, the driver right at the expected time and put the top-soil right where I wanted it (in between a pile of rocks and a garage door) without any issue.
The only reason for a ding on the quality is that the top-soil delivered to me contained a few veins of wood mulch, resulting in more than I expected in the mix, but nothing that I couldn't deal with. Other than that, the top-soil was exactly as expected.
Overall I fully recommend
Chesterfield Landscaping Mulch Provider Name Locked
to anyone looking for a top-soil (or likely any other landscaping material) delivery. Their minimum quantity for delivery is 3 yards (which is pretty standard by my experience) and they are nothing but professional from the staff on the phone to the staff delivering the material.

- John E.

Landscaping Mulch in Chesterfield, VA

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A & S LAWN CARE

P O BOX 13018
Richmond

A Clean View

9308 Woodcrest Rd
Henrico

A+ Landscaping

5630 Bryce Ln.
Richmond

A-Z Handyman Services LLC

3108 Jackson Farm Rd
Hopewell

A.M.I. Services

4543 Twelveoaks rd
Midlothian

Advanced Landscape Solutions

11302 Hull St Rd
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AERATIONS PLUS INC

3035 Lower Hill Road
Powhatan

All About Lawns

7001 Hawks Hill Ln
Mechanicsville

ALL AMERICAN LAWNSCAPES INCORPORATED

2512 CHIMNEY HOUSE CT
Midlothian

All City Property Services

2109 Bywood Lane
Richmond

All Stumps Plus Llc

404 Lakeside Blvd
Richmond

Allen Rasnake General Contractor

1713 Old Hundred Road
Midlothian

Alphin and Associates LLC

22 Villa Ave
Gordonsville

American Beauty Contractors

997 Swan Ln
Ruther Glen

ARBOGAST TREE & STUMP

6814 KIRKWOOD ST
Henrico

Arbor Care Tree Service

105 Mays Rd
Charlottesville

ATLANTIC REGIONAL CONTRACTOR

9401 WATERFOWL FLYWAY
Chesterfield

Austin’s Lawn Care and Landscaping

PO Box 2168
Mechanicsville

B & B POWER WASHING & LAWN SERVICE LLC

PO BOX 1153
Mechanicsville

B&M Contracting

po Box 193

B. R. Bowles LLC

PO Box 1313
Powhatan

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

BEAVER TREE LAWN SERVICE INC

2301 STONEY BROOK RD
Powhatan

Berkeley Design Group LLC

5317 Center St
Williamsburg

Brady Designs

Midlothian

BUNNY'S LANDSCAPING

8260 SPICEWOOD CIR
Mechanicsville

C H SCHREIBER CONTRACTING INC

5201 PLEASANT RIDGE DR
Providence Forge

C S FLOURNOY INC

5721 CHAMBERLAYNE RD
Richmond

C&M Outlaws LLC

P.O. Box 34772
N Chesterfield

Cabana Boys

1801 Winding Way
North Chesterfield

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Call Tree Service Inc

P.O. Box 1806
Ashland

CAPITAL CITY POWER WASHING

3002 Hungary Springs Road
Henrico

CLASS A GROUNDS MANAGEMENT

1500 New York Avenue
Glen Allen

Cliff & Jimmy's Lawn Service LLC

13806 W Bay Dr
Midlothian

Commonwealth Landcare Inc

10414 Brookmont Dr
Henrico

Cox's Lawn Care

4834 Tatum Rd
Disputanta

crystal clean powerwashing llc corp

14201 Trailtop Terrace
Colonial Heights

Customer Service Enterprise

6 maid marion circle
Newport News

Dale Humphries and Son Landscaping

7401 Sandy Ridge Road
Hopewell

Direct Cut Lawn Tree Service

1657 Manakin Rd
Manakin Sabot

DON BURCH

12771 DONEGAL DR
Chesterfield

ED'S LANDSCAPING & GARDEN CENTER

5172 COLD HARBOR RD
Mechanicsville

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

Faithful Works Service & Repairs

7326 Cannock Rd
Chesterfield

Fancy Green Lawncare LLC

6031 Jessup Road
North Chesterfield

Fields Irrigation

11336 McCauliff Ct
Richmond

G&M Construction

PO Box 37086
Richmond

Giving Hope Lawn Management

3536 Old Williamsburg Rd
Sandston

GREEN ACRES LANDSCAPING

10009 RIVER ROAD
Petersburg

Green Grass Landscaping Services, LLC

210 Hickory Drive
Manakin Sabot

Green Side Up Landscaping

PO Box 2026
Glen Allen

Gregg's Gardens LLC

11504 Bell Tower Ct
Henrico

Handyman of Bon Air

1909 Robindale Road
Richmond

Help LLC

PO BOX 24542
Richmond

Hipkins Horticulture Co. LLC

3825 Prince George Dr
Prince George

Homelink

14241 Midlothian Tpke
Midlothian

inSite Companies

1900 E Belt Blvd
Richmond

Integrity Landscaping Solutions Inc

11200 Leadbetter Rd
Ashland

J & D Construction and Maintenance

304 S Brown Street
Blackstone

J & W TREE SERVICE

2102 Shademart Circle
Powhatan

J B MULCH SALES

11395 CHESTER RD
Chester

Johnson's Lawncare

7008 Troy Terrace
Prince George

JR Anderson, Inc. Concrete

420 Southlake Blvd
N. Chesterfield

Kent and Kiehl Landscaping

917 Hedgelawn Dr
North Chesterfield

KMW MASONRY CONTRACTORS INC.

1428 WATER WILLOW DR.
Midlothian, Richmond

L&J Landscaping and Tree Service LLC

9264 Ashcake Rd.
Ashland

Lake Lawn Care and Landscaping

265 Turkey Sag Trail, Suite 102
Palmyra

LANCRAFTERS INC

PO BOX 1718
Ashland

Land Designs LLC

7357 Travellers Way
Mechanicsville

LAWN DAYCARE LLC

7605 ANTIONETTE DR
Richmond

Leaf and Stone Gardening LLC

3311 Ellwood Ave
Richmond

Limitless Contracting

1136 Castle Hollow Road
Midlothian

Lisa's landscaping & Tree Services

8053 Lee Ave
Mechanicsville

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive
Richmond

MOUNTAINEER TREE SVC

276 HANOVER RD
Sandston

MULCH UNLIMITED INC

8369 Richfood Road
Mechanicsville

Nature's View Landscapes, LLC

12554 Woodstock Rd.
Glen Allen

Nuckols Solutions

7411 W Broad St
Henrico

Oriole Landscaping

10821 Shingle Oak Rd
Richmond

Outdoor Delight Landscaping

7804 Dalmain Dr.
Henrico

Outdoor Escapes

PO Box 720
Powhatan

OUTDOOR SPECIALTIES

2919 CLEARFIELD ST
Richmond

Performance Irrigation & Lawn Care

645 Petersburg Road
Powhatan

Piedmont Arbor Services LLC

15303 Drummers Ln
Orange

Piedmont Lawn Service

PO Box 3946
North Chesterfield

Plant by Design LLC

4419 Waumsetta Road
Richmond

R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc

9297 Susquehanna Trail
Ashland

R.J. Davis Lawncare Inc

10123 Barrett Park Road
Ashland

RIVERS EDGE LANDSCAPING LLC

4600 HALLEYS CIR
Glen Allen

RVA LawnCare

11624 St. Audries dr
Chesterfield

Scotts LawnService

10440 Lakeridge Pkwy
Ashland

Seay's Power Wash & Lawn Care

9405 Malcott Ct
Richmond

SNEED'S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER

8756 W HUGUENOT RD
Richmond

Stockner's

15474 Pouncey Tract Rd
Rockville

Styer Landscaping

2395 Lanier Road
Rockville

T & T Landscaping

10703 Hunters Landge Ct
Chesterfield

The Davey Tree Expert Co- Richmond

2213 Dickens Rd
Richmond

The McGuire Landscape

4800 Garden Spring Ln
Glen Allen

TRADEWORK LLC

9012 Patterson Ave 57
Henrico

TRADEWORK LLC

9012 Patterson Ave 57
Henrico

Tri City Lawn Care

10177 jasmac lane
Mechanicsville

US LANDSCAPES

8005- C Creighton PKWY#713
Mechanicsville

VA Contracting LLC

2906 Owens Creek Road
Mineral

Vaughan Landscape Services

413 Erich Rd
Richmond

Venson's Landscaping

1310 Hockett Rd
Manakin Sabot

VIRGINIA LANDSCAPERS

4699 RED GATE DR
Disputanta

VRS Landscapes

7713 Broadreach Drive
Chesterfield

WADES LAWN CARE

24209 GAYDELL DR
Petersburg

WALTER CORNETT LANDSCAPING

PO Box 875
Sandston

Watkins Nurseries

101 Dry Bridge Road
Midlothian

Waves of Rain Irrigation & Lawn Services

7284 E. River Rd
King William

Weeded! Lawn Service

10286 Staples Mill Rd
Glen Allen

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

White Oak Landscaping & Grading LLC

P.O. Box 1776
Glen Allen

Willow Landscaping LLC

7919 Clovertree Ct
Richmond

Winkler's Landscape

7708 Breaker Point Ct
Chesterfield

Yard Solutions

923 Jefferson dr
Palmyra

Yard Works

19001 Hull St Rd
Moseley

Yard Works

19001 Hull Street Rd
Moseley

Yards Plus LLC

4616 Shoremeade Rd.
Richmond

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