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"We chose another contractor who offered a different type of retaining wall. But Timber Rock was the first firm to get back to us and had a good plan and a reasonable estimate.

-Richard B.

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"Good design, poor execution. The HAM crew was prompt and professional. Unfortunately, the final product didn't feel like a pro job. I had a 2 level, 420" square foot paver patio installed w/ one seating wall. The grade didn't pitch evenly away from the house. Even after having them pull up most of the bricks and re-grade, although better, it's still not even. And after the second try, much of the poly sand for the joints is now missing as well. The edging undulates along w/ the pavers. Just a little over a year now and the settling is making the initial job look that much worse. I've readdressed the problem w/ the owner b/c I just couldn't get over the lack of quality of this patio my family and I have begun to spend so much time on. He came out to meet me and took some pictures, but I haven't heard anything for months. That was his last
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How to find the right landscaper

There are several things to look for when hiring someone to work in your landscape.

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Landscaping your property adds beauty, value and curb appeal. Start with a clear plan of what you hope to achieve, then decide if want to do it yourself or hire a professional.

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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 -

http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachments/build-yourself/117273d1230307978-stump-grinder-questions-stumpgrinderred.jpg

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 Forest

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Ran weekly maintenance at my residence - not much attention to detail, causing me to stop using them and find another landscaper. Mowed lawn, but each week there were an abundance of weeks along the
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of my yard, visible things that I'd hope any landscaper would notice and take care of.
- Evan M.
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Third time we've used
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and team and they did a great job. Previously used him for landscape design and installation in our back yard. Stands behind his product, we had a tree that died within a year and he replaced it.
- christopher G.
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Overrall, it went very well. There were a few weather delays, and some items needing resolved once complete, but overall we are happy with the result. This year when the grass comes back will tell the tale.
- wayne M.
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My lawn looked bad compared to my neighbor's lawn who don't even take care of their lawn. I called
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to cancel my service. Apparently,
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has not been treating my lawn for several months due to reason that my tenant refused treatment on my lawn. Well, I do not have a tenant. I own my home so I don't know who they talked to. Nobody called me about the problem when it happened.
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Garden gave me a refund for service not rendered which was nice of them. However, the damage has already been done.
- Manuel L.
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He was punctual. He arrived at the time we scheduled. He came with two other people. They came with a plan but I requested additional limbs and he was happy to cut those as well. He was very easy to work with and his price was the best quote that I received in the area. There was one issue with a fallen limb that hit a power line, which seemed to be an easy mistake, as the power lines intertwined throughout the tree and other companies had acknowledged that this would be a potential issue as well. The fallen limb affected electronics in my house.
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was very quick to acknowledge this issue and asked for an estimate. As soon as I sent him an estimate he came back to my house to pay for the damage. His promptness, professionalism, and integrity in dealing with unexpected issues far surpassed our expectation. I would definitely recommend him to friends and hire him in the future if needed.
- Mike B.
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Met with provider, the rep sketched up some very basic plans for our backyard based on specific product line that they sold. It was limited due to cost and products and time involved but gave us some ideas for improving our backyard.
- Jeff M.
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After the original contact (three weeks ago)
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stayed in touch every week. When the weather finally cleared we arranged to have the work done on Friday Feb 27th at 09:00.
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and the crew arrived at 09:00. The work took about three hours. We reviewed the work that was to be done and with input from the crew as to where the trimming of the branched of live oak were to be done. After the work was completed the live oak has great definition. The crew left the work areas neat and clean. A job well done.
- David B.
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Huge install. Say they warranty. Problems. They never answer voice mails. Guess that is the easy way to "warranty" something.
- Renee J.

All Landscapers in Forest, VA

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3 SONS GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

49 CHUCKS LN
Forest

A Cut Above Landscaping

224 London Downs Dr
Forest

Above Ground Tree & Landscape

1426 Cuddington Ln
Forest

B&M Contracting

po Box 193

Baptista Construction LLC

3329 campbell ave
Lynchburg

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CLC Inc

117 Vista Centre Dr
Forest

CT Redd Construction Inc

165 Clancie Rd
Shacklefords

Doug's Lawn And Cleaning Services Inc.

330 Alleghany Ave
Lynchburg

GH Lawn Care

Lynchburg

HICKS & HICKS

113 SIMSBURY LN
Forest

JACKSON'S LANDSCAPING

1953 GALLOWS RD
Gretna

JENNINGS WORKS INC

3631 WATERLICK RD
Forest

Land Tech Group of Virginia, Inc

310 Scothum Dr
Lynchburg

Lee Bolt Lawn Care Plus

1119 Stonegate Ct
Forest

Logan Lawncare & Handyman

PO Box 63
Gladys

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

RSG Landscaping & Lawn Care Inc

1621 Crews Shop Rd
Concord

Shields Tree Service

3127 Carrole Ave
Lynchburg

Spence Contracting & Remodeling, Inc.

166 Campbell Hwy
Rustburg

TREE-TECH

3 INDEPENDENCE CIR
Forest

TURFMASTER LAWN & LANDSCAPE

1211 TWO CHURCH LN
Forest

Tweedy's Lawn Care & More

124 Berkshire Place
Madison Heights

U.S. Lawns

430 Wiggington Rd
Lynchburg

viewpoint tree service

1204 Moseley dr

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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