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"The person was very nice and courteous but the entire thing took way too much time to set up. It took her a few weeks to return the design. In the end, she only" provided me with some hand drawn sketches of my views of what was needed. She said she would give me a quote for how much it would cost and when she could start but I haven't heard back from her and its been two months.

-Hiren N.

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"we've been using
for over 8 years for projects around our yard. The last project done in the fall of 2014, involved moving some plants" and create a green border around the perimeter of the front yard.
designed the border and chose the plants. The crew came and did all the work. We were very pleased with the results and with the choice of plants. We will hire them again for our spring project.

-NEILE Q.

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Finding the right landscaper can help ensure your yard is taken care of to perfection. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

How to find the right landscaper

There are several things to look for when hiring someone to work in your landscape.

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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.

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The company refused to give us a proposal unless we paid them a fee. We had already gotten one estimate (about $30,000) from a local landscaper who met with us and gave us a written proposal so we knew it was going to be an expensive job. Thus, we wanted to get a second estimate. We told Gingko that it was likely to be a big project but that didn't matter to them. They would do nothing unless we paid them an upfront fee (in the $100 range).
- Sara G.
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So far, so good. We are about halfway through our project (which is why I put N/A for Quality, will assess when complete) and
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has been great! We had a design from a landscape architect that came in about $20K over our budget.
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worked closely with us to adapt the design to get it the cost down within our budget. He was responsive through out the process and creative in adapting the design/construction to meet our design goals and budget constraints. So far, the project has gone great, the construction crew has been prompt and efficient. We're on break for holiday and things look great! Will update when we're done.
- Kristi W.
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is friendly, knowledgeable, responsive, flexible and happy to share his expertise in landscaping -- I learned a lot. Work was done on time and thoroughly, with consultation at each step; communication to set up appointment times was excellent. Workers were polite and careful, cleanup excellent. Would use again.
- Frances H.
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In terms of their walk-in nursery,
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is fine. However, in planting the hedges, it didn’t go well. They didn’t plant the plants the right depth and they ended up looking very unhealthy. They also planted them too close to a tree with roots that didn’t allow them to thrive. For professional landscapers, I would have thought they would know how to avoid that.
- Jeremiah C.
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I was really unhappy with their service. In addition to the standard services, I had them spray my hedges, and they ended up with a thick film on the
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of the bushes. When I complained to the office and the technicians that came out, they didn't have any explanations or solutions. They all acted like it was a non-issue. I ended up losing the hedge and I discontinued the contract.

They also did lawn care for me, and I was never impressed with their work. My lawn never ended up looking healthy and the end result was very disappointing. It just seems like the technicians that came out didn't have any attention to detail or real concern.
- Jeremiah C.
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Provider was prompt and professional, and took good care to find out what we had in mind, and supply good ideas based on that discussion.
Ultimately, we decided to wait until next spring to do this work, so no work was done, but I intend to contact
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in the spring, or whenever we get back to this job.
- Charles E.
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I have an older home where the yard needed grading/drainage, a good bit of hardscaping work (large concrete
patio and concrete walkway) as well as
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pointing the front brick wall.
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was attentive, had reasonable solutions, and a reasonable estimate. After I got estimates from 3 other companies, I decided on
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was an honest contractor.
Able and his crew completed the work as timely as the weather would allow. The crew was courteous and cleaned up after the work was done.
I am pleased with the hardscaping and improvement in the drainage - the goal was to make the yard more functional and this was accomplished. When spring comes, I will hire
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again to put in flower beds, etc.
- Naima J.
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The team cleaned the back and front yard, removing debris and sweeping meticulously to remove dead leaves. As requested, they planted two shrubs and replaced two dead ones. They sprayed around the content of 9 large bags of mulch (we miscalculated onthe need for mulch). They left all the 12-odd bags for trash pickup. Nice cooperation between them....More /> They were courteous, and worked diligently.
- Michelle H.

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3800 ENTERPRISE RD

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8750 BROOKVILLE RD

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TRITON SERVICES INC

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Universal Maintenance

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12960 travilah rd

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WILD GREEN

263 CONGRESSIONAL LN

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WYE CREEK INC

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Xavier Services Solutions LLC

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XPRESS SERVICES

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Xtra Care Landscaping & Design Inc

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Y & Y GARDEN

8558 CALYPSO LN

Y & Y GARDEN ASSOC INC

3310 EDGEWOOD RD

YANKEE CLIPPERS

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