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has been working on my yard over the past year completing the work described above. All of" the work was of the highest quality and remains so. I began with basically two swamps, one in the front yard and one at the lake front.
and his team have engineered a drainage system that has completely taken care of any water problems in either area, making both usable year round. Many have tried to deal with the standing water on this property over the last 50+ years and none have succeeded other than
and his crew. He and his team arrive on time each morning and give 110% effort for the entire time they are here. Each day, all materials and the area is cleaned up and the area usable, no matter the weather.
and his crew are highly creative problem solvers that have adapted original plans to fit and work to the best advantage for my property. There has been no challenge to big for them solve. They have been a joy to work with, always listening to my wishes and mindful of my property, and neighbors. I trust them completely and recommend them to all my friends, family and now to you.
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-Mary M.

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and his Team expanded the old landscaping and replaced the majority of trees and bushes. He listened well to what we wanted" to accomplished and provided options to meet our budget for this project. He personally picked the stones and accent trees and shrubs. We were pleased with his follow-up as well. We will hire
and Artistic TreeScapes again.

-Sal E.

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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.

Landscaping reviews in Castleton

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was recommended by a couple that lives on 5th Street/Atlantic Beach.
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does significant business with local builders to Atlantic Beach including Elite Homes.
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came to the house for an initial consult and shared our vision to maximize space for our sons to play. He was very direct regarding what his company could do and even recommended we "outsource" to Dirtworks (dirt removal as we had a lot of material) to optimize our budget. He also suggested that we find a sub-contractor to reinstall pavers we had saved from the renovation.
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/team was very responsive when we requested that they prep the area for pavers to be reinstalled. They came out on a Friday afternoon to complete that piece of work so that pavers could be installed on Saturday.
Timeliness:
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and team provided very accurate estimates re time to completion. They predicted 2 weeks with some days at other job sites and from start to finish that is how long it took. There were some days of contingency built in to account for weather).
Promptness: The team,
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, arrived at 8 am most days unless they indicated it would be a half day in the afternoon. They were always on time and worked until the particular job/task was complete (4/5 pm).
Quality: The design is very clean and easy to upkeep. From clearing the lot, to prepping for installation, to installation - the quality was fantastic. They also were very good about leaving the site in good condition each night (no garbage, very deliberate about what was complete/to be done, etc)
Pricing: Competitive. They are competitive with their pricing and worth every penny.
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and his team excel at customer satisfaction. We had several conversations regarding design, confirmed it was in the budget of what we wanted to spend, and they actively managed expectations. Highly recommend.


- Christina C.
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was great! I needed to get my lawn and beds cleaned up to get ready to sell the house quickly. He showed up when he said he would be there and even called on his way over. He did the work very quickly and cleaned up the mulch stains on the street. The lawn and beds looked great.
- Theresa A.
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Communication is key to me so I've emphasized that when hiring
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's team and he talked a lot about communication. After 5 months of service, it's essentially non-existent to a point where the company cannot even fix the mistakes on their own invoices after the customer contacts them numerous times about it. I've explored several ways of communication with them and, to a quick email, I'd sometimes get a response in 2 weeks and there was always an excuse for the delay (family, sick,etc). I've switched to bi-weekly maintenance for the winter and the team is starting to skip weeks when maintenance is due without any notice. When at the property, the team spends a lot of time leaf-blowing, which may not be all that necessary. I'd rather they spend time pulling weeds or other specific items that were discussed upon hire in-person and noted in follow-up emails. I've tried to test the team by not cleaning or cutting something as obvious as dead plants in hanging baskets - 2 visits go by and I'm the one who ends up doing the 5 minute task. This is just one example of a glaring, obvious item for the gardening team to take care of, since it's in a visible spot and looks very ugly, plus, this is something we've talked about in person and, again, via email that was ignored. I also wasn't sure if the team sprays fruit trees or fertilizes them if I provide the materials and asked for a referral for an arborist - those questions were ignored.
- Pavlo G.
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& Masonry after receiving a pamphlet through the mail. The estimator came to my home the following day, The price was just about the same as a few other estimates but they offered more asphalt per inch and a high quality of material and work. I signed up paying nothing up front till the work was done. The crew came out on the following Monday morning about 7 for preparing the driveway and to my surprise the whole thing was done by noon. The crew cleaned the yard and put my hose back neatly. I came home around 5 pm Monday Very pleased by my new driveway. I recommend this company to several neighbors; I highly recommend
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& Masonry.
- Jay H.
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This was the third or fourth year that I have had them mulch my plant beds and the first year that I have had them do the cleaning and planting. I was quite pleased with the quality of the work that
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and his crew did. I plan to continue using them for my landscaping work.
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is there to do the work along with the rest of the guys and he will see that the work is done properly.
- RONALD W.
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Needed all the money up front which is a telltale sign but we were anxious to have it all done while we were up north over the summer. Guess what....Took the money and didn't get the stone work and landscaping done. Charged us for light fixtures he didn't put in and substituted lower priced fixtures for the ones designated in our contract. I searched court cases against him and contacted several people who had sued him for non performance of his contractual duties. None of his assets are in his name so can't put a
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on him. He has 25 pages of civil and criminal cases with the state of Florida. He is not licensed in the state of Florida to do irrigation or landscape lighting.
Do not use SEE Landscape, Inc, or Court
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- Victoria E.
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C & L Landscape did a great job for us! Greatly exceeded our expectations! Communication was also great, and there were no surprises. First,
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at C & L came out, listened to us, assessed the situation and made recommendations that made sense. Communication was first-rate. They began by spraying the existing grass and weeds to deaden it for removal. Then, two truckloads of soil were brought in to raise the elevation. Existing plants were removed and replaced to accommodate same. New sod was placed (after C & L rejected the initial shipment because it wasn’t fresh). Our existing irrigation system was adjusted and repaired as needed. Any sod in the front and side yards damaged by their work was replaced. Finally, they pressure-washed the portions of our house, driveway and street that were dirtied by their work. Talk about above and beyond! We are very pleased!






- Mary G.
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was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The cost for the job was higher than we anticipated, so we were unable to have the work done, but still intend to at some point.
- Dave P.

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1104 NORTH RD
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Jensen Construction

11 Seabury St
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Last Minute House Shine

P.O. Box 334
Concord

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Multy Builders

225 Perkins Rd
Weybridge

Out on a Limb

26 Hidden Cove
Morrisville

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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