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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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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.
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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 Olympia

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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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7530 23rd St W
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655 Edmonds Way
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11503 78th Ave E
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Classic Nursery & Landscape Co.

16215 140th PL NE
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CONTROLLED RAIN LLC

9326 KIMMIE STREET SW
Olympia

Craft Star SPC

15745 Vail Rd SE
Yelm

D&R Stone Expressions

P.O. Box 44603
Tacoma

DALE'S LANDSCAPING

PO BOX 1104
Spanaway

Dan DiZazzo Landscape Architecture

6523 California Ave. SW
Seattle

Dependable Electric LLC

9330 S. Steele St. Unit #2
Tacoma

Dietz construction

P.O. Box 673
Spanaway

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Doc's Excavation and services LLC

225 137th st sw
Everett

Dream Green Landscape

26236 14th Ave. S.
Des Moines

Dreamscapes Landscape & Design LLC

3820 85th Ave NW
Olympia

Duke Services

3114 26th Ave NE
Olympia

Duncan Landscaping & Tree Service

6903 124th St E
Puyallup

E And B Landscaping

8624 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood

Elite Spas Northwest

19809 NE 174th St
Woodinville

Emerald State Electric

7215 93rd St Ct E
Puyallup

Erik Rose

36011 West Clear Lake Rd E
Eatonville

Evans Electric

17420 64Th Ave.
Puyallup

Eylander Electric

3601 Everett Ave
Everett

FATHER NATURE LANDSCAPES

PO BOX 7047
Tacoma

FJ Painting & Maintenance

1713 1st street
Marysville

FUN YARDS USA/Green Gardens LLC

23507 50th Ave Ct E
Spanaway

Garden And Landscaping Services

17045 35th Ave S
Seatac

Goodrow's Fencing & Landscaping

15517 Fair Oaks Dr S
Spanaway

GREEN EFFECTS

PO Box 2005
Sumner

Greenpoint Landscaping

111 Sunset Ave N #104
Edmonds

Haven Illustrated LLC

3002 34th Ave W
Seattle

Hernandez Landscaping

P.O. Box 2634
Belfair

HILL CUSTOM HOMES

6869 KIMBALL DR
Gig Harbor

Infuse Electric, Inc.

25409 52nd Ave E
Graham

JAC LANDSCAPING

5607 128th Street East
Puyallup

Jay Construction

4442 S 176th St
Seatac

JB Kirkman and sons inc.

Mountlake Terrace

Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates

1821 4th Ave E
Olympia

Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture

418 Bellevue Ave E
Seattle

KLEVEN HOMES INC

PO Box 1625
Gig Harbor

L&R Creations & Construction

16414 34th st ne
Snohomish

LaBouff Landscape

7433 Mazama ST SW
Olympia

LANDSCAPE DESIGN & LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION, INC.

PMB337 16541 Redmond Way
Redmond

LINDER ELECTRIC, INC.

7004 180th Ave NE
Redmond

Lucas Construction LLC

1092 Ash Ave
Marysville

M & M Irrigation LLC

9709 Zircon Dr
Lakewood

Marshal Electric, Inc.

70 E Ballycastle Way
Shelton

May Creek Landscaping

1420 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah

Mister Sparky

7920 Center St SW
Tumwater

Modernized Exteriors LLC

10905 34th ave se
Everett

Mr. Electric

6325 Martin Way E
Lacey

Natures Caretaker Inc

POB 536
Puyallup

NEW DIMENSION LAWN & LANDSCAPE

8504 CANYON RD E
Puyallup

NGC Services

2401 N Cedar St
Tacoma

No Problem Construction

304 1st Ave E
Pacific

North County Lawn Care

PO Box 309
Custer

Obot Electric

2020 124th Ave NE
Bellevue

OFahey Enterprises

758 N 204th St.
Seattle

Olympic Landscape & Irrigation Co.

5620 112th St E.
Puyallup

Outdoors by Design LLC

Shelton
Shelton

P.O.I. Construction

8629 35 Ct. SE

People's Electric LLC

PO Box 6913
Tacoma

Perfect Touch Landscape & Lawn

12414 Hwy 99
Everett

Perfect Touch Landscape and Lawn

3602 154th Place SE
Bothell

PROGRASS LANDSCAPE CARE & DESIGN

13236 NE 177th Place
Woodinville

PTI Construction

4509 74th ave ct w

Pure Power

11803 NE 157th St
Bothell

Quality Landscape Lighting/QES

10727 23rd Ave NE
Seattle

Rain Tech

PO Box 14544
Tumwater

RAM Electric

12981 Cloquallum Rd.
Shelton

Russell Design Source

245 4th St. #501
Bremerton

Russell Watergardens & Koi

7102 180th Ave NE
Redmond

RW Handyman

5033 17th Ave. NE
Seattle

Seattle's Best Residential Repairs LLC

2518 92nd Place SE
Everett

Serene Scapes Landscaping

10016 Renton Issaquah Rd SE
Issaquah

Sharp Landscape

7724 40th st w

Shenandoah Company

29641 196th Ave SE
Kent

Shocking Difference LLC

5329 Lemon Rd NE
Olympia

SK LANDSCAPE, llc

PO BOX 44624
Tacoma

SKN Works

1205 125th PL SW
Everett

SME Inc of Seattle

828 Poplar Pl S
Seattle

SoundScape Landscaping

po box 12883
Bothell

Sterling Development Partners, Inc

3965 Bethel Road SE
Port Orchard

Sunny Electric LLC

6482 NE Fir St
Suquamish

Sunrise Landscaping LLC

6325 Martin Way E
Lacey

Superior Fence Company

15720 Manor Way
Lynnwood

System Pavers

14935 NE 95th St
Redmond

T-Jack Construction, LLC

PO Box 886
Auburn

The ChipperMan Company

14619Sherman DR NW
Gig Harbor

The Hughes Group

3701 S. Lawerence St
Tacoma

Thurston Electric LLC

3235 18th Ave SE
Oympia

Tom Miller Construction

25571 State Rt
Cle Elum

Tri Element LLC

2205 59th Ave NW
Olympia

Tuckers Cabinets Co

1625 M St NE
Auburn

Tuff-Weld Wood Products LLC

7840 Old Highway 99 SE Ste A1
Tumwater

Washington Outdoor Lighting

227 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue

Will Zimmer Construction

5717 53rd Ave NW
Gig Harbor

Winners In-C

906 N Sheridan Avenue
Tacoma

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