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"My husband and I received an estimate promptly upon making initial contact. They worked with our schedule and completed the job quickly while performing quality" work. Upon completion of the job, the owner did a walk around with my husband and me to make certain the job was done to our liking. My husband and I are extremely pleased with the transformation in our backyard. We already have a future job in mind and look forward to
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Mulch and Topsoil

Mulch can be a lot of different things, but at its core it exists as a material that is applied to landscaping, walking paths and flower beds for aesthetic purposes, to suppress weed growth, retain moisture and supply nutrients to soil through decay. Topsoil is the nutrient-rich, uppermost layer of soil that is ideal for gardening and planting.

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Adding mulch to your landscape design plan can help plants grow, but how much does mulch cost? Should you buy mulch by the yard or the bag? Read to find out.

You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
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Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

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Dear Angie: I recently put down recycled rubber as mulch for my front flower bed. How reliable and sturdy is the rubber mulch compared to wood chips?

Landscapers mulch to moderate soil temperature, conserve moisture, suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil as the shredded bark breaks down.
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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.

Mulch Delivering reviews in Santa Monica

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we've used them for years. My husband was comparing prices with other people and we decided to stay with the one we have. If there is ever a problem, he comes and fixes it, so I'm not worried about it. We know him and he's reliable. He's early.
- Larry F.
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They did a great job laying over 30 yards of mulch and I thought the price was reasonable. We definitely got what we paid for and I would use them in the future for mulch.
- SUZANNE CRESS W.
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Called to company for price and availability estimates to remove between three and four feet of snow from roofs, and was told they could do the job for $75 per man hour in about another week, and that they'd call first. They never called. But about 10 days later a they showed up late one afternoon and spent an hour clearing off one half of garage roof before sunset. Next day their three man crew spent an additional 5 hours on rest of roof while I was working in the house. But they didn't complete job. They didn't touch porch roof, which I'd told one of them was least important of all, though I never said NOT to remove snow from it. They also did nothing about the ice dams that had formed in front of house roof. Yet they dumped nine feet of snow directly in front of my intake pipes for heating oil, which I had to clear out myself to allow oil delivery. Three weeks later I get a call telling me that I owed them $3,000 and they needed my credit card number. Not only was this more than twice the amount quoted, but they'd sent no written estimate or invoice. Typical example of gouging homeowners in times of need. Incredibly unprofessional and a vendor I don't think Angies List should endorse.
- Paul L.
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Not only was the work performed in a timely fashion, but they were very professional in their cleanup and plant selection. I would highly recommend
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- Alice C.
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Both projects went splendidly. We would recommend his company to everyone. They were professional, worked neat, budget conscious, and we love the final product that they delivered.
- Elisa P.
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We’ve used them last year and just signed for them this year as well. They do mulching and all the yard work. For what they do, they are very reasonably priced and they do a good job. They always trim very carefully and know about the plants. I know when they are coming and they are always on time.
- Paul K.
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and his co-worker did a fantastic job from start to finish. They were super professional and personable. I would highly recommend
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- Michele R.
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The job took a little longer than we all first anticipated but a wet summer caused delays and we had a couple of material/supplier delays that were out of
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3 Pinos Inc.

P.O. Box 370907
Reseda

3D Landscape

P.O. 2123
Orange

A 2 Zen Contracting

367 Sunrise Ter
Palmdale

A G ORGANICS, INC

PO BOX 20288
Riverside

A.H.INC.

4570 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego

ADVANCED LANDSCAPE

713 N CATARACT AVE
San Dimas

Advanced Tree Care

17436 Lull St.
Northridge

All Season Turf

29905 San Jacinto
Nuevo

ALTERNATIVE MAINTENANCE SVC

149 SOUTH BARRINGTON AVE.
Los Angeles

American Heritage Pool Corporation

PO Box 11996
Palm Desert

American Soil Amendment Products

1450 Tierra Rejada Rd
Simi Valley

Andre Landscape Service, Inc.

521 N VIRGINIA AVE
Azusa

Aramexx Construction

500 East "E" St.
Ontario

Art Construction

1301 W. Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale

Artisan Light & Landscape

15261 Windjammer Way
Lake Elsinore

B2B Design / Build

6302 Whittier Ave.
Whittier

Barba Landscape & Design

19533 Lorne St
Reseda

Bennett Landscape

25889 Belle Porte Ave
Harbor City

Botanicare Plant Services

11560 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles

Bragar Landscaping

6629 Buttonwood Ave
Oak Park

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

C & M TOPSOIL

12087 Lopez Canyon Rd Ste 40
Sylmar

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

California Construction Center

12509 Oxnard Street
North Hollywood

California Environmental Care

2298 North Batavia Street
Orange

California Sunshine Landscape Inc.

18824 Califa St.
Tarzana

CASAS Tree & Landscape

214 s Kroeger st

Climbers Tree Service

9621 Woodley Ave
North Hills

COASTAL DESIGN LANDSCAPE

611 Frankfort Ave
Huntington Beach

Creative Concepts Landscape Management, Inc.

2523 Foothill Boulevard
La Crescenta

Creative Innovations Landscape & Design

5026 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera

Design by Nature Studio

149 S. Barrington Ave. #930
Los Angeles

Douglas A Hatfield

10001 Grunewald Rd

Dr Benson's Natural mix

4012 S Rainbow Blvd

Eco Landscape

PO Box 1691
Studio City

ELT. PLUMBING

2509 W. HARRIET LN.
Anaheim

Erazo's Tree & Landscaping Inc

3220 1/2 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles

Flores Artscape

3959 Eagle Rock Blvd
Eagle Rock

FOOTHILL SOILS INC.

24981 RAILROAD AVE.
Newhall

Forest Green Tree Service

814 S Fir Ave
Culver City

Frankie's Construction and Design

420 N McKinley St
Corona

Fsg Topsoil

12000 Paxton st

G&L Design Building & Landscape Inc

23508 Strathern St
West Hills

Garden Concierge

1223 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica

GARDENS BY LARISA

Highland Park
Los Angeles

Garibay Landscape

4031 W 106th St
Inglewood

GREAT LANDSCAPING

11902 CEDAR AVE
Hawthorne

Green Valley Construction

8024 Quartz Ave
Winnetka

Greenwise Construction

1875 N. Echo Park
Los Angeles

Gregory Davis & Associates

8570 Washington Blvd
Culver City

HAULER RESTORATIONS

4339 Emerson St
Riverside

Hawkeye Landscape Design

380 Thorpe Cir
Thousand Oaks

Heart 'N Soil Landscape Design and Consultation

11531 Riverside Dr
North Hollywood

Hi-Tech Builders Inc

5435 Balboa Blvd
Encino

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

Jay's Gardening

3833 W 107th Street
Inglewood

JC Landscaping and Maintenance

6949 Lauren Canyon Blvd #128
North Hollywood

Karaman Landscaping

6633 Gloria Ave
Van Nuys

Kenyon Landscapes Inc

9816 Burnet Ave
North Hills

L.A. Green Landscape Maintenance

PO Box 191864
Los Angeles

Landscape West Enterprises

2013 Belhaven Ave
Simi Valley

Lenkin Design Inc

1112 Lagunita Road
Pasadena

LEONARD CHAIDEZ TREE SVC

2298 N BATAVIA ST
Orange

Levi's Landscaping Inc.

3467 Twogood Lane
Riverside

Lyle Lavietes Landscape Contractor Inc.

1409 Kuehner Dr
Simi Valley

Marvel Landscapes

7415 La Tuna Canyon Road
Sun Valley

Mathew Gray Landscaping

602 Hauser Blvd
Los Angeles

Matt's Landscape and Sprinklers

19528 Nashville St
Northridge

Mellinger Tree Service

PO Box 1135
Pacific Palisades

Nature's Touch

622 E. 111th St.
Los Angeles

NCC Construction

7426 Cherry Avenue, Suite 210-429
Fontana

Olmos Landscape

13630 De Garmo Avenue
Sylmar

Paul Viers Landscaping

114 S Gramercy Pl
Los Angeles

PLANTSCAPE BY DESIGN

11684 VENTURA BLVD
Studio City

PLS Construction

15189 Ashwood Lane
Chino Hills

Ponce Construction, Inc.

22 Bell Vista
Foothill Ranch

Prados Garden Maintenance

13906 Osborne St
Arleta

Preferred Home Builders Inc

6271 Variel Ave
Woodland Hills

PRO1DAY

301 Eunice Cir
La Habra

PRODEK INC

2629 Foothill Blvd
La Crescenta

PSD

24981 N SAN FERNANDO
Newhall

Rahn Contractor Associates

24646 Devonport Circle
Laguna Hills

Rain Forest LA Inc

442 Alandele Ave
Los Angeles

Russ's Transmission Inc

8441 Reseda Blvd
Northridge

S B Landscaping Inc

29975 Knoll View Dr
Rancho Palos Verdes

Singleton Construction Company

53221 Flutterbye St.
Lake Elsinore

Smart Design Landscape

1730 Fairmount Ave
La Canada Flintridge

Smart Yards

1105 Chavez St
Burbank

So.Cal Landscape & Pond

12881 Lemonwood Ln
Garden Grove

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd
Sunland

Soil Direct

8209 Foothill Blvd. Ste A250
Los Angeles

Sparks Construction Services, Inc.

14101 Bermax Ave
Sylmar

Sugar Gardens

3500 Overland

The Golden Tree

6072 Shadycreek Dr
Agoura Hills

The Home Depot

1451 W Foothill Blvd
Rialto

The Home Depot

2450 Cherry Ave
Signal Hill

THE WOVEN GARDEN

6641 Quakertown Ave
Winnetka

Timber Tree Service

PO Box 630181
Simi Valley

Torres Gardening &Landscaping

8834 Stansbury Ave
Panorama City

Tree Preservation Inc

9722 Marcus Ave
Tujunga

Villa Bella Construction

10 Mondrian
Aliso Viejo

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

William Joyce Design

1404 Tyler Ave
San Diego

WJ Landscape Maintenance, Inc.

738 N. Loren Ave
Azusa

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

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