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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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has been the BEST experience we have had with any contractor since we moved to the area 4 years ago. Communication was very clear and we worked well together in creating a perfect area based on a vision I had.
We had an unusable backyard area that we had a desire to turn into something great. It was only about 200 sq feet but its better than nothing.
I placed an inquiry via Angies list and they got back to me immediately. We got a quote within a week. A week later after discussing options, we were able to approve the service.
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was really hands on and made sure that we were making all the right decisions. The installation took under two days including the excavation.
I am VERY impressed and we area already wanting to price out two more projects with them. I would recommend this company to anyone in the area who needs any outside garden and home renovations made. A+ in my book.

- Brian F.
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Went pretty well. We got his info based on some work he performed for a friend, and I thought it looked pretty nice.
We told him what we were looking for, and he had us choose out some plants from the nursery.
All in all the end result looked pretty nice for the budget, and the drainage stuff he installed looked pretty solid, though I'm not in a position to really evaluate the efficacy.

I really liked some of the aesthetic choices he made: the choice of rock features and the way he laid out the rock riverbed was quite nice. I wish there was some more mulching done to prevent weed growth, and the zen rock garden was not the best idea as my cat found another use for it. Good idea though.


- Chia-Hua Y.
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and his crew were awesome! His consultation was quick, estimate was on time (and best price), and he was able to come out and get the job done quickly. The results are awesome, and it has transformed our back yard completely. We will be using them in the future because of their professionalism, ideas, price, and all around great experience.
- Katy H.
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Great. The workers were friendly, skilled and very professional.
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(owner) kept in touch throughout the process starting with the landscape design until the final sign-off for work performed. I am extremely pleased with the work and I believe I received excellent value for the money. I would definitely hire him again.
- Thomas N.
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Two years ago we hired Aspen to shape and seed a wooded area behind our house. Using a bobcat and a slit-seeder, the job was accomplished very quickly and at a reasonable price. Now, two years later, the results are brilliant.

So when we needed old rock-based landscaped removed in preparation for seeding, we immediately thought of Aspen. Just as before,
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's response was immediate and his price reasonable. The project started very quickly and the hard-working crew was a wonder to watch. They were careful and paid attention to detail - for example they worked very carefully around the roots of existing trees, left straw cylinders near the sidewalk to catch any washed-off dirt, and laid planks on the lawn when crossing it with a bobcat.

We were working with our favorite landscape architect, who is from a different company. He had proposed to cover our remaining rock landscaping with mulch, since it was a very large area and the rock would be expensive to remove. But once the bushes were cut down, this landscape architect had second thoughts and recommended removing the old rock and the roots of the old bushes. And while we thought the landscape architect's estimate included removing a rotting in-the-ground deck, and roots near the house, apparently it did not. Moreover, his company was reluctant to do this hard work. So we asked
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to propose removing an extensive area of old landscape rock, roots and old decking and prepare the area for replanting and mulch, even though Aspen was not our primary contractor for this job.

As usual, Aspen's response was immediate, the price was reasonable, the work started immediately, and the results were excellent.

When comparing the proposal process of the two companies, I noticed that the company where our favorite landscape architect works uses software that did not include all necessary costs, for example, preparing the site. When
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estimated, not only did he look at our site, he had his crew leader check it out also. The Aspen's proposals were for a complete job with no
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additional costs - something we really appreciated!

I would absolutely recommend Aspen Landscaping to anyone - we will certainly call
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- Mary P.
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I used these guys for the past two years working with Rocky. This year, since he left, it has been awful. First they didn't show up for several weeks into the season, they just "don't know" how I wasn't properly scheduled. Then I had them fix the sprinklers, they really did not know what they were doing and spent a lot of time fussing with the line they couldn't fix instead of just running a new one. I had to insist they take off $ for wasted hours. Then they "fixed" it but I found afterwards that one sprinkler head is still not working, and others are not set properly so that they
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'tcover the lawn, and they set hte timer incorrectly so that they go off in the afternoon instead of at night. I asked them to fix this, now they are insisting I pay first- why should I pay for an unfinished job? Also, I hired them to plant flowers in my deck planters- they planted hydrangeas which died immeditately, and these weed like vines that grew like the scary plant monster in that musical little shop of horrors- and other crazy weeds are growing which tells me they used crappy dirt to plant. It is now a horror show. I will now have to hire someone else to rip all that out and plant the pretty flowers I wanted in the first place. Done.
- Melissa E.
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Overall, I am thrilled with the results. The project took longer than anticipated, but the results were well worth it. This was a fairly large job and the initial time estimate i was given seemed a bit ambitious. There was rain during construction, and some material availability issues, so delays were unavoidable.
My front yard was a standard yard installed on a flip house - just enough grass and landscaping to make it sell. I am on a corner lot, and there was nothing but weeds along the street and there was nothing but weeds in my backyard.
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had many ideas and was very helpful in deciding what would work best in my yard. He and his crew build a large redwood deck to take advantage of my view, and this is my favorite part of the project. It's large, well built, beautiful and is the highlight of my yard. I love it up there. He also terraced the slope in my yard so it became a usable area, planted with drought tolerant hedges ands some citrus trees. The rest of the area is mostly drought tolerant hedges in small beds and decomposed granite. I've lived in houses that have always had green grass yards, so this did take some getting used to, but we live in the desert, so my landscape now fits the climate. I love it. It's very
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and beautiful and i think it will only look better as plants grow in.
Along the front of the house,
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and his crew removed the grass and added some hedges and a beautiful Jacaranda tree to add some shade to my house. Along the street side, he terraced some areas and planted some more drought tolerant plants. I'm on a corner lot, and he also added some agaves along the outside of my fence that should grow to a nice size to add a bit of security. It looks great.
The highlight in the front for me is a new driveway. I had an old asphalt driveway, with weeds coming up, and
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poured a new concrete driveway. I didn't know a
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concrete driveway could be gorgeous, but it is. My whole house has been transformed.
There were a few hiccups a long the way (as is expected during any large project), but
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was quick to address each issue. His price was great, especially given the scope of work. Apart from now being able to enjoy my yard, I believe that this transformation has added value to my house.
Lastly,
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left me with advice on how to continue to care for my yard going forward and has been quick to respond to questions I've had regarding my yard.

- Samantha Z.
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Arrived on time, neat professional work, areas of work left neat and clean, they knew what they were doing, explained all in detail. I highly recommend.
- Anthony M.

Landscaping Companies in Portage, WI

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1 Matthews Lawn & Landscaping

6178 Portage Rd
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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

Accurate Tree Service & Stump Grinding LLC

9180 West mineral Point
Mount Horeb

Advanced Custom Exteriors LLC

405 Tvedt Dr
Mount Horeb

Ageless Concrete LLC

5518 County Rd CV
Madison

AGNEW CONSTRUCTION

W1414 CTY RD Z
Fall River

All-Tranzmission Services LLC

931 Stewart St
Madison

Alonso Landscape Service LLC

PO Box 46008
Madison

Althafer Construction LLC

203 Lathrop St
Madison

Anna's Services

2402 Old Camden Square
Madison

ARBOR GREEN INC

430 E ALBERT ST
Portage

Avant Gardening and Landscaping Inc

3055 Siggelkow Rd
Mc Farland

BADGER PRO LANDSCAPE SVC INC

PO BOX 14442
Madison

Ballweg Lawn Service

152 W Hudson St
Mazomanie

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Callies Creations

Mount Horeb

Capitol Lawn Sprinkler Inc

636 S Nine Mound Rd
Verona

Circle B, Inc

6402 Loftus Rd
De Forest

CORNERSTONE DESIGNS INC

PO BOX 620506
Middleton

CORNING ROCK WORKS LLC

14 MAIN ST
Portage

Curb Appeal Madison

504 Hillcrest Dr
Waunakee

DANE COUNTY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

901 LORI LN
Sun Prairie

Degnan Design Builders Inc

134 Ethun Pl
De Forest

DORN LAWNCARE & SNOW REMOVAL

1750 BEACH RD
Verona

Double Pete's Lawn Care LLC

4565 linden drive
Windsor

Earthly Landscapes

445 Blankenheim Lane
Sun Prairie

Earthscape Curb & Mulch LLC

3804 Vinburn Rd
De Forest

Earthscapes Inc

6647 Hwy TT
Marshall

EDGEWATER NURSERY

2957 Couty Hwy CX, Portage, WI
Portage

FloorsForLess.com,

1017 Applegate Rd
Madison

Formecology, LLC

210 Cemetery Road
Evansville

Good Oak Ecological Services

4606 Pflaum 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

Herman Landscape Service Inc

6606 Seybold Rd
Madison

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.

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

K & M MEISTER'S TREE SVC

W11924 COUNTY ROAD V
Lodi

KEN SAIKI DESIGN

303 S PATERSON ST
Madison

Kirch Bobcat & Excavating Service

5145 Ziegler Rd
Waunakee

Kittleson Landscape Inc

10486 County ID
Blue Mounds

Korf Enterprises LLC

2878 Femrite Dr
Cottage Grove

MADISON RESIDENTIAL LLC

3734 Shiloh Rd
De Forest

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maple Leaf Inc

2416 Spring Rose Rd
Verona

Markus Lawn Care

308 Topeka Trl
Waunakee

MARTINSON EXCAVATING INC

613 N MAIN ST
Oregon

Marvin's Brick Pavers

313 W. Beltline Hwy.
Madison

McKay Nursery Company

750 S Monroe St
Waterloo

Messner Inc

1326 E Washington Ave
Madison

Messner Landscape Inc

325 County Road MM
Brooklyn

Moyer's Inc.

936 Starr School Rd
Stoughton

Naturescape

3110 Watford Way
Madison

Norland Landscape

6063 Hogan Rd
Waunakee

Olson Toon Landscaping Inc

3570 Pioneer Road
Verona

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

PETER STELLAS FARM

HIGHWAY X
Portage

R&A Property Services LLC

111 Linderwell Ct
Poynette

Recreational Concepts

121 N Main St
Oregon

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

STEVEN R BASSETT INC.

2733 Gust Rd
Verona

SUMMERS LANDSCAPING

N9401 ANACKER RD
Portage

T&T A&E Consulting, LLC

6419 Tierra Prieta Avenue NW

TAK Remodeling LLC

1791 Borchert Rd
Verona

THE BRUCE CO

2830 PARMENTER ST
Middleton

The Gofer Guys LLC

1560 State Road 19
Marshall

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

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Waterdu Tree Care LLC

N3449 Seier Rd
Fall River

Wells Asphalt Paving

PO Box 424
Baraboo

Windsor Lawns

PO Box 405
Windsor

WISCONSIN LANDSCAPES AND REMODELING INC

10921 SPRING CREEK RD
Blue Mounds

Woodland Construction

311 fairview circle
Waunakee

World Class Outdoor Lighting

Pine Hollow Ct
Waukesha

ZDA Inc.

4797 Capitol View Rd.
Middleton

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