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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 Companies in Washington DC

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1 ENTERPRISE LLC

1402 North Capitol Street NW
Washington

AA Irrigation MD LLC

6703 Springshire Way

Adirondack Tree Experts

11304 Rhode Island Avenue

ALDERTREE GARDEN

Po Box 5603

All City Builders & Fabricators

411 New York Ave NE
Washington

Ant Builders - Shy Nair

801 VARNUM ST NW
Washington

APS Landscaping

12231 Selfridge Rd

Arbor Green Landscapes

5036 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington

ARS Residential

2705 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington

Avedon USA LLC

505 Commerce Dr

AZALEAS TO ZINNIAS

1601 Dunwich Garth

BABE KING DESIGNS

3816 JENIFER ST NW
Washington

Backyard Bounty

615 McNeill Rd

Ballard Enterprises LLC

1371 Saint Stephens Church Rd

BAM's Landscaping

3702 Perry Ave

Bankster International

911 6th ST NE Unit#1
Washington

Bates Lawn Care & Landscaping

3198 18th St NE
Washington

Benitez Landscape & Design

932 Edwards Ferry Rd

BETH WEHRLE LANDSCAPE ARCHTS

2311 18TH ST NW
Washington

Brady Auto's LLC

4647 Hillside Rd SE Apt 3
Washington

Brook Custom Remodeling

10114 Oakwood Chase Ct

C&N Construction LLC

7223 Janet Place

Capital Real Estate Developers

2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 309
Washington

Capitol Hardscapes

PO Box 30372

Chapel Valley Landscape Company

3275 Jennings Chapel Rd

CHEREE'S LANDSCAPING SVC

1515 3RD ST NW
Washington

Chrisp Property Servicing Co.

125 Webster St. Northeast
Washington

Clean Decisions

we come to your home or business
Washington

CLIMATE SHEILD WATERPROOFING

1241 NEW JERSEY AVE NW
Washington

COFFIN & COFFIN

715 G ST SE
Washington

Colao Stone & Design

3301 Old Pickett Rd

Commercial Management Services

3900 Watson Place, NW Suite #G3B
Washington

Concrete Master Solutions LLC

11307 Halethorpe Ter

CORDT GARDENS

Washington

Creative Concrete Corp

2323 Stewart Ave

Creative Design Contractors, LLC

902 K Street NE
Washington

D C GREENWORKS INC

1701 6TH ST NW
Washington

David Ricard Masonry

12329 Beechnut Ct

DeckNFence

4220 Columbia Pike

Direct Connections, LLC

213 P Street NW
Washington

District Garden

Washington

Dominican Solutions

P. O. Box
Washington

DSS CONSULTING & SVC

410 KENNEDY ST NW
Washington

East Coast Landscape Design

2000 SPENCERVILLE ROAD

Elite Pools

400 E Pratt St.,

ENCHANTED GARDEN

2024 PIERCE MILL RD NW
Washington

Envirogrow

PO Box 2864

Everton Landscaping

26315 Long Corner Rd

EXPERTISE LANDSCAPE DESIGN INC

1671 WISCONSIN AVE NW
Washington

Express Designs & Renovation

7025 31st St NW
Washington

Finest Chimney Sweep and Masonry

123456 Woodbrige Will Fix Monday

FOUR FEET TO THE YARD

2315 STEWART AVE

Francisco Arriaga

3904 53rd Place

Freddy's Lawn Service

1709 Dennis Ave

Freeway Construction

1402 North Capitol Street, #4, NW
Washington

FRITZ-GIGNOUX LANDSCAPE ARCH

4436 KLINGLE ST NW
Washington

Garden Arts

17 8th St NE
Washington

Garden Makeover Company

13920 Overton Lane

Gardens Remembered, LLC

22609 Hawlings River Road

GEISSLER & ASSOC LANDSCP ARCH

1830 CONNECTICUT AVE NW
Washington

General Lawn Services

13507 Partridge Drive

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

Glickman Design Build

14516 Pebblewood Dr

GO Contractors Group LTD

2619 Kensington Blvd

Go Green LLC

P.O.Box 111

Goldscape LLC

10031 Rolling River Run

Green Gardens Inc

23023 Frederick Rd

Greenlink Inc

7004 Damascus Rd

GreenSweep, LLC

P.O. Box 2225

GrowServ

4938 Hampden Ln

H Martinez Contracting LLC

6511 Virginia Hills Ave

Handyman At Your Command- Baltimore

8480 Baltimore National Pike

HARPER SANDOVAL LANDSCAPES INC

5232 44TH ST NW
Washington

Hawthorne Garden Design

2908 32nd St. NW
Washington

Helicon Works

2901 18th St NW
Washington

Hernandez & Daughters

10250 Lynn Ric Dr

Hes Company LLC

12822 Booth Rd

Home Design Elements

45969 Nokes Blvd

HOMES AMERICA GROUP

27530 Persimmon Ln

House Doctors

3308 Mt Vernon Ave

Hydro-Tech Irrigation Co

43813 Beaver Meadow Rd.

I S ENTERPRISES

1324 H STREET NE
Washington

Impact Construction And Consulting LLC

3512 36th St NW
Washington

J & G Landscape Design Inc

1910 Spencerville Rd

JAIRI LANDSCAPING LLC

9 61ST ST NE
Washington

JANE MAC LEISH LANDSCAPE INC

3743 UPTON ST NW
Washington

JCL SERVICES LTD

PO BOX 2531

Joe Canico Inc

4907 Baltic Ave

John Shorb Landscaping

10518 Warfield St

JORDAN HONEYMAN LANDSCAPE

711 FLORIDA AVE NW
Washington

JP Companies Inc

43543 Braddock Rd

KALORAMA LANDSCAPES

5451 42nd St NW
Washington

KART LANDSCAPE & LAWNS

13711 TRAVILAH RD

KUHN'S TREE SERVICE INC.

1206 Briggs Chaney Rd

Land Art Design Inc

1304 Vincent Pl

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE BUREAU

714 7TH ST SE
Washington

LANDSCAPE GROUP LTD

7059 BLAIR RD NW
Washington

Landscapes Plus

PO Box 10565

Landscaping and Lawn Care DC

2202 18th NW #174B
Washington

LAWN RESTORATION SVC

2925 O ST SE
Washington

LawnStarter DC Lawn Care

4832 16th St NW
Washington

LEE PAPA & ASSOC INC

638 I ST NW
Washington

Lee's Tree Service

16105 Morrow Rd

Lifetime Stones & Construction

819 Philadelphia Ave

Lofft Construction Inc

616 Kennedy St NW
Washington

Long Fence

42521 John Mosby Hwy

Long Fence

2520 Urbana Pke

Long Fence

8545 Edgeworth Dr.

Lopez Tree Service

6022 Knollwood Dr

Love and Carrots

3006 10th St NE
Washington

M & S

Washington

M Brothers Service LLC

10208 McKenney Ave

MA Landscape and design

13617 Creekside Drive

MALDONADO CONTRACTORS

1220 L ST NW
Washington

Manzano Landscaping

13352 Pocono Ct

Martin Lawn & Landscape

21575 Stonetree Ct

Miguel Marquez

5202 47th Ave

Military Veterans Landscaping

1629 K St NW
District Of Columbia

MILLER GARDENER

4225 34th St

MJ Home Services LLC

61 wishing rock rd

Moody Landscape Architecture

1318 H St. NE
Washington

Moonlight Landscaping

12301 Chagall Dr

MORNING GLORY DESIGN

5314 CHEVY CHASE PKWY NW
Washington

MOWING & MORE

PO Box 15008

Mozer Works Inc

210 Hodges Ln

MR MULCH MR TOPSOIL

3605 DEWBERRY CIRCLE

Native Restorations, Llc

1310 Emerson Street, NW
Washington

Neighborly Lawns

133 Webster st. NW
Washington

Nelson Tree Specialist Inc

13440 Clarksville Pike

Network Contracting Services

308 BUCHANON ST NW
Washington

New Dawn Gardens

4200 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington

New Life Contracting Services‎

Po Box 21540
Washington

Nova Exteriors Inc

204 Mill St NE

NOVA RENOVATION GROUP

8004 Carrleigh Pkwy

OCULUS

2410 17TH ST NW
Washington

Oehme Van Sweden & Associates Inc

800 G St SE
Washington

Omar's General Contracting

3705 Plyers Mill Rd

Oscar Construction Inc

9620 Lafayette Avenue

Outdoor Home Center

11415 Mercury Dr

Outdoor Illumination

4337 Montgomery Ave

PATUXENT NURSERY

2410 CRAIN HWY

Paz Landscaping

Washington

Pena Landscaping

8003 Good Luck Rd

Pinkney Services

143 Kennedy St. SW
Washington D.C.

Pogo

17328 Georgia Ave

Premier Outdoor Structures

5309 4th St NW
Washington

Pro Home Services

7301 Mill Run Drive

Professional Grounds Inc

7955 Angleton Court

Pure Disposal & Recovery

170 Market Street

Redux Garden + Home

1504 Pennsylvania Ave SE Rear
Washington

Santa Elena Tree Services LLC

3222 Glen Carlyn Road

Saunders Landscape Supply

14016 Sullyfield Cir

SavATree

5330 Port Royal Road

Stout Restorations Inc

2111 Chillum Rd

SUNDANCE CONTRACTING LLC

325 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE
Washington

SUPERIOR LANDSCAPING CO

17 MISSISSIPPI AVE SE
Washington

The Gorham Development Group

902 K Street NE
Washington

THE ORNAMENTAL GARDEN

115 8TH ST SE
Washington

The Sharper Cut Inc

11602 Cheltenham Rd

Thomas E Clark Inc

2412 Linden Ln

THORPE LANDSCAPING

15740 FOLEYS MILL PL

THROUGH THE GARDEN

263 Shipley School Road

Tidy Tubs Reglazing & Restoration

4706 Alabama Ave Se
Washington

Tiger Lily Landscapes LLC

2944 Macomb St NW
Washington

Tillerman Gardens LLC

10205 RIGGS RD

Treeman Inc

16201 Batson Rd

Triton Design Group,Inc

6312 Seven Corners Center

U-CAN Multicultural Marketing Group, L.L.C.

5060 Jay Street NE
Washington

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road
Washington

Value Dry Waterproofing

8735 Bollman Place

Wedge Construction Inc

12013 Falling Creek Dr

Wheat's Landscape

8620 Park St

Williams in Brookland

1731 Otis Pl NE
Washington

WILLOCKS LANDSCAPE DESIGN

1537 15TH ST NW
Washington

WOHLMUTH ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

1770 PARK RD NW
Washington

Wood Acres Tree Specialists

10315 Kensington Pky

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