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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 Portage

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came out and we discussed what I wanted in landscaping. I offered to pay for a scale drawing but
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said he would draw something up and we would discuss.
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emailed me a plant list and quote but I had to go to
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to view the very rough hand drawing.
Issues...More /> First - the plant list was not what I asked for and were just plant names. I had to look up everyone of them (most weren't on the
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site or had a poor picture). The list reiterated that he hadn't listened to my request. A lot of grass plants.
Second - I wanted some materials that
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doesn't have. Even the pink quartz seemed to be a bother to
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. He could have worked with some third party suppliers or at least offered to work with me on coordination. Paver stone selection was minimal with no enthusiasm by
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for my request.
Third - his knowledge was inaccurate on some of what he told me about plants, mulch, rock and ground cover. This I confirmed with 3 other landscapers.
Fourth - they were by far the most expensive with the worst design. I questioned the cost on a couple of portions of the estimate and he just said that is the price.
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didn't seem interested in working out those portions. All of the other landscapers I contacted were cheaper on the pink quartz rock (ultimately 29 cy by the time the job was completed).
Fifth - when I told
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all of the above he then offered to redo the design and get back to me within a week. I never heard back from him until 2 months later when I wrote the owner. Then he had no idea who I was and wrote a strange email.
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was great and the only reason this review is not a straight F. He even sent me a $25 gift card for emailing my frustrations, even though I had the landscaping completed elsewhere. If he was the landscaper this probably would have had a much better outcome for all.
The sad part is that they were my first choice until everything went downhill. My landscaper of choice worked with me and coordinated with a third party. It turned out beautifully but I wouldn't have had the options I ultimately selected with
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- Kathleen K.
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As always, Inside Out did an outstanding job.
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and his crew are punctual and do exactly as promised. Actually, they always exceed expectations and will always hire
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for all of my outside needs. The plants and shrubs look great, trimmed as wanted. The yard looks fantastic. Thanks
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for everything. I look forward to working with you again.
- Stephen D.
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Very clear and thorough initial consultation. My back yard get overgrown so quickly that I can't keep up with it. It is becoming an annual event to have a team from
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come out and spend a winter day getting it back into shape. They have also done more specialized jobs involving tree removal and replanting, putting in a drip irrigation system and brickwork.
The only problem that I ever had was that some wire vent covers weren't initially installed properly over the vent holes in the brick work. When I pointed it out, they came back later to install them.
- steven M.
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Overall well, finished product is gorgeous; workers seemed quite skilled; they were backed up &
time between when we agreed to contract & work was started & completed was longer (several months) than we'd have preferred.
don't know yet if we'll get rebated for tearing out lawn.
Several neighboors have commented favorably on final results including that they had never seen artificial turf that looked so real (our opinion also).
We'd recommend them tho they're not cheap.
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- ELLEN K.
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It was FANTASTIC!!! I wish I could give
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an A+++ because they truly deserve it.
I contacted them through Angie's List, and
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responded on the same day. He came out very quickly and took a look at our yard, and it was a really fun experience. He has a great sense of humor, knows his stuff, and is so darn humble and helpful. We were looking for something that would be very low maintenance, as we aren't very good at gardening, and he was full of excellent suggestions. Some other providers insisted that we pay for a designer (one quoted $500 for a designer's plans, sight unseen!), but
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was willing to design it for us for free.
After
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drafted up a lovely design, my husband and I met him at the nursery to pick out plants. What could have been a tedious experience was FUN because of
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! Again, he really knows his stuff, and he made great suggestions. He never tried to sway us away from our choices unless there were a very good reason for it, and we quickly just started asking him to tell us what he would do if it were his yard.
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and his crew (including his son...it's a family business) showed up on time and were ready to work. Everyone was friendly, smiling, and working very hard from the minute they got here.
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had everything placed in the yard so we could approve it before it got planted, and it looked even more gorgeous than we had hoped.
We can't wait until next year when we'll have
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and his crew come back to do the backyard! Use
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, and you'll be so glad you did...your neighbors will too when they get to look over at your beautiful yard. :)
- Lynne H.
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Great experience with this company!
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was extremely responsive and communicative from the start. The estimate was in line with other estimates we received, and we ended up paying exactly what was originally quoted. The workers were professional and courteous and cleaned up the work area every day before leaving. The restored patio looks amazing - we absolutely love it! We would definitely hire
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- Kristin K.
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The owner
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is very honest. He kept us informed with any changes in price and gave us his honest opinions if he thought the job would come out better and it didn't necessarily have to cost extra. His crew was always on time and professional. They even let my 14 year old son help and showed him how to
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stone.
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came by every day to check on the progress and made sure even the smallest detail was paid attention to. The job was done by the promised date and it came out better than I could have imagined . He worked out a very fair payment plan. We wil definitely be calling him back next year for more work.
- Melissa L.
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Good Job, Good Communication, finished project on time within estimated budget.

- Anthony E.

Landscaping Companies in Portage, WI

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1 Matthews Lawn & Landscaping

6178 Portage Rd
De Forest

2 Dogs Construction LLC

5630 Wolf Rd
Mazomanie

A MAN WITH A SHOVEL LANDSCAPE

5917 AMERICAN PKWY
Madison

A&E Construction and Remodeling, LLC

1737 Park Street
Middleton

A+ Environmental Inc

22 North 3rd St
Fort Atkinson

A-1 Landscaping

2864 Bailey Rd.
Sun Prairie

Advanced Custom Exteriors LLC

405 Tvedt Dr
Mount Horeb

AGNEW CONSTRUCTION

W1414 CTY RD Z
Fall River

All-Tranzmission Services LLC

931 Stewart St
Madison

Althafer Construction LLC

203 Lathrop St
Madison

Anna's Services

2402 Old Camden Square
Madison

ARBOR GREEN INC

430 E ALBERT ST
Portage

Ballweg Lawn Service

152 W Hudson St
Mazomanie

Callies Creations

Mount Horeb

Capitol Lawn Sprinkler Inc

636 S Nine Mound Rd
Verona

CORNERSTONE DESIGNS INC

PO BOX 620506
Middleton

CORNING ROCK WORKS LLC

14 MAIN ST
Portage

Curb Appeal Madison

504 Hillcrest Dr
Waunakee

Earthly Landscapes

445 Blankenheim Lane
Sun Prairie

EDGEWATER NURSERY

2957 Couty Hwy CX, Portage, WI
Portage

Eric's Handyman Service

10952 N. Reed Rd.

FloorsForLess.com,

1017 Applegate Rd
Madison

Green & Gold Lawn Cutting Services

4733 Mill Bluff Dr
Madison

GREEN DREAMS LANDSCAPING LLC

806 LYNN AVE
Baraboo

Green Thumb Farms

S9891 US Hwy 12
Prairie Du Sac

Guttersmiths Exteriors

443 Lincoln Dr
Sun Prairie

HAASE'S LANDSCAPING & SUPPLIES

802 E ALBERT ST
Portage

Hensen Masonry LLC

5613 Wisconsin 73
Marshall

HILLSIDE LANDSCAPE CO INC

W10445 State Road 16 Lot 38
Portage

Hometown Plumbing LLC

3610 Lexington Ave
Madison

House Doctors MD Inc.

W8024 Morse Rd.

JC Premier Seal

PO Box 8533
Madison

Jl General Contractors - Josh Pap

1017 Jonathon Dr.
Madison

JOEL ENGELLAND LANDSCAPE

916 SILVER LAKE DR
Portage

John's Tree Service

132 Chestnut St
Lodi

JP Improvements LLC

312 Prospect Rd
Waunakee

KEN SAIKI DESIGN

303 S PATERSON ST
Madison

MADISON RESIDENTIAL LLC

3734 Shiloh Rd
De Forest

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MARTINSON EXCAVATING INC

613 N MAIN ST
Oregon

Messner Inc

1326 E Washington Ave
Madison

Norland Landscape

6063 Hogan Rd
Waunakee

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

PETER STELLAS FARM

HIGHWAY X
Portage

SAUK PRAIRIE REMODELING INC

1850 NORTH ST
Prairie Du Sac

Schonheit Gardens

3577 Bailey Rd.
Sun Prairie

Seagull Enterprises

700 w south st
Stoughton

Slater Diederich Tree Care LLC

po box 44
Prairie Du Sac

Sorenson Tree Service

w3255 Schrepfer ln
Belleville

SUMMERS LANDSCAPING

N9401 ANACKER RD
Portage

T&T A&E Consulting, LLC

6419 Tierra Prieta Avenue NW

TNT Green Demolition and Excavating

5861 Holscher Road
Mcfarland

TWO K'S LAWN & LANDSCAPE MNTNC

1174 SCHUSTER ROAD
Sun Prairie

United Brick & Fireplace Inc

5402 Lien Rd
Madison

Weed Man Lawn Care

2211 Eagle Dr
Middleton

Wells Asphalt Paving

PO Box 424
Baraboo

Woodland Construction

311 fairview circle
Waunakee

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