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"Angie's list for some reason gave my old address as the job address but after that small snafu the men arrived and made quick work of the needed yard work." They didn't check in with my wife when they were finished and just left without asking if she was satisfied. Ideally, I would have actually liked them to trim the bushes even more than they did but they did a very good job in trimming them to the current point. I knew as part of the deal that they wouldn't take away the waste but they didn't even have bags do dispose of the waste which I had to provide, which I luckily had. Otherwise I am not sure what we would have done. Overall, they did a pretty solid job and I would be happy to use them again.

-Brandon Z.

"I cannot recommend Pacific Paving Stone Enough! On their first visit they will actually spend time with you informing you about the process, going over materials," measurements and specifics concerning the area to be paved, and clearing up any other questions you may have before getting a quote. Everything is
tuned before they actually start working.They offered a competitive price compared to two other companies I contacted. I thought the paperwork (contract, guarantee, licence, and insurance info) was quite clear. The working crew came in to demolish on a Thursday, Aug 13th in the morning, and the 800 sq ft of paving stone was in by Saturday the 15th in the evening. I was so impressed by their efficiency, skill, and speed. Oné
and his teamsworked VERY hard and were always willing to answer questions. They did an A+ job!!!!!

-Karla E.

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How to find the right landscaper

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


Landscaping your property adds beauty, value and curb appeal. Start with a clear plan of what you hope to achieve, then decide if want to do it yourself or hire a professional.

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My trees are overgrown, my shrubs are out of control, and I'm tired of pulling weeds. Does this sound familiar?

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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.


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.


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 -


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.

'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 Plains


we have a 6,000 sq. foot front and side grass-yard which we proposed to have the turf removed and a southwest landscape installed. We were told that the company was booked through November. The company did not offer to prepare a plot plan and an estimate, which we would have paid for if a fee had been mentioned! We feel that our property was too large and our proposed needs to great for the company. This is sensible if the company prefers to work on smaller lots than we have.
- Arthur F.

These guys did an outstanding job on my patio - above and beyond my expectations! I purchased their patio Big Deal which covered 120 square feet but the area that I wanted for my patio was larger - about 270 square feet. They took my design concept for the area and actually made it better! The original estimate was that the job would take three days, but they finished it in two! The crew was hard working and very professional and I would recommend Alliance to anyone looking to put in a patio.
- Larry W.

The guys came out and did a great job. The bushes look great as does the entire area and islands where they weeded. They even cleaned out a gutter where a tree and some dirt had clogged things up. And we had just lowered our mower deck, so the grass clippings did not get chewed up and spread well, so
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went over our front yard with his mower and made it look great, and saved me some extra work at the end of a busy day. They went out of their way to make things look great, and were there exactly when they promised and charged a fair amount. I will use them again in the future, and recommend them highly.
- Ken D.

As always
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is on time and very professional. Even cleans up after himself. Always very reasonable on price and craftsmanship is very good. Whenever I have a project I will call
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- Clyde N.

This review is overdue as the work was completed two years ago. Our initial plan was to replace 3 plants used for screening which were growing out of control, and add a small section along the deck where there was nothing. The suggestion was made to add some other changes to the existing landscaping which we liked so we agreed. Problems were encountered during execution of the project. I had concerns about completing a landscaping project during the fall months given plant availability may not be as great as it would be earlier in the season, but was told this wouldn't be an issue. Well it was, and three new evergreen trees we were to get had to be changed to a different type as those in the original plan were not available. This was done without consulting with me as to what the change would be. This
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to another issue. We had stone in the existing landscaping which was going to be replaced with mulch. Larger stones than we already had was going to be added as an accent around new mulch which would also help to prevent mulch from washing away. Since the trees that were now being used were more expensive than those in the original plan, the decision was made (again without consulting me) to to use the smaller stone we had which offset the cost of the more expensive trees. This was brought up with the owner but nothing was done. I ended up purchasing larger stones myself and finishing doing was supposed to be done per the design. Finally, the biggest issue. Six Sip
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plants were replacing existing shrubs used for screening. These were recommended as they held their leaves year-round and their size and shape were ideal for the screening we needed. These looked nice at first, but over the winter months they died off. Apparently, a number of homeowners had issues with this plant over the very cold winter. We were told by one of the workers that came to look at the plants that something else would be used to replace them, but that turned out not to be the case. We received 6 new smaller Skip Laurels than what we had during the spring of 2014. All 6 again proceeded to die off during the following winter and the plants were now out of warranty. I have not had problems with any existing landscaping. My expectation is the landscape designer will provide plants that can survive in the climate we have in this area. I have no idea why anyone would have recommended these plants. Now two years later one of the three new evergreens has died. I called to ask for help in determining what these were since the plan was not updated with the actual trees we received. My first voicemail was not returned. I call again, and this time was told they'll come out to see if they can help. That was over a month ago, so went to someone else that was willing to help. This was one of the worst projects I have had completed. Others may be happy with
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, but I would not recommend to anyone. Making the final payment to them was a big mistake on my part and I should have at least held firm to get the stone we wanted.
- Frank C.

They were everything one could want as far as workmanship: prompt, communicative, willing to meet my schedule, and did the work exactly as I wished. I have the highest praise for the work they did. There was not one tiny quibble fault in that aspect.
They were expensive, but I wanted it done right then. I feel I was paying the higher price for the time demand. I did not want to research a cheaper provider and have the job done later.
There was some confusion about their payment. I made the deposit on the full price of the work by credit card through Angie's list. Nobody even hinted at them not taking the same card for the remainder of the work.
But when it came time to pay they said Angie's list takes cards, we don't. This was a surprise. I ended up having to pay them by personal check which made a problem for me because I am not the property owner. The card I was using billed to the actual property owner.
They said they were willing to set up something with their bank to take credit cards but did not know when that would be. So even there, they seemed to try to accommodate me, just did not get it together in time.
Therefore I caution all future customers who are doing a job greater than the Angie's list payment, to double check what kinds of payments they accept if a credit card is involved.
- Gene V.

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did a good job of cleaning up my front yard. They weeded, trimmed the bushes and blew the leaves out from last fall. I purchased the coupon for three hours work with two men to do the yard clean-up for $189.00. I thought that was a very reasonable price compared to what I have paid in the past for the same work. I also paid an additional $50.00 for them to bag up all the yard debris and haul it away, which I also thought was well worth the money.
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was kind enough to inform me that there was a bees nest in the ground in our front yard and sprayed the nest for us until
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could arrive later that same day. I was grateful that
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told us about the bees nest before we let our dog go out in the yard because we were unaware it was there. We would use
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again for our yard clean-up.
- Nancy M M.

Not sure where to start.....the initial removal of trees and turf went fine. the building of the fire pit and brick column fence went well too. after that it was a disaster. trees and shrubs were planted in the wrong place. Once they were contacted about the mistake a crew was sent to the house, only to plant some items in the right area while others were again placed in wrong locations. Coogans charged us $2500 to deliver "larger plants than what was quoted on the original estimate" which we agreed to. However, when the trees were delivered some were half the size of others. When asked about it, their response was "well we could not find larger ones of these so we simply got these smaller ones and upsized the larger ones to make up the difference.
There is a drainage ditch that runs through our backyard that we and our neighbors rely on to keep our yards from flooding during intense rain. Before any work was done it was our request that they be sure to not upset the drainage in any way and if they thought it would be a problem let us know. We were assured it would not be an issue..."we deal with stuff like this all the time" was quote from Project manager
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. The first intense rain we had in our backyard was a swamp as well as my neighbor's yard. It to Coogans 4 trips back to get the problem manageable, not corrected as we are still having issues. Each time had to comeback there was no follow up by them post the work. Tere was no, "are you satisfied"or "let's walk through to make sure we corrected the problem"... nothing. We had to track them down and get them to return. I would never recommend
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to anyone. Of all the contractors we interviewed they were the priciest. The level of service was average ( at best) and quality of work, I'd give them an F. At the end of the day we just wanted
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out and figured we deal with the issues they left behind with someone that knew what they were doing.

- robert C.

Landscaping Companies in Plains, MT

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Able Tree Service Inc

300 S Garfield St

Ahayco Inc

4 Prairie Dog Ln

AJ'S Tree & Snow Service

4713 7th Ave N
Great Falls



Broken Wire Fence & Construction

22 Maki Hill Rd

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Casey's Lawn Care

2532 Edwards St


5605 Hwy 93 South

Diamond Sprinkle Systems

417 Hidden Meadow Ln
Columbia Falls

Greenup Lawn & Sprinklers

1701 33rd Ave
Black Eagle

Jennison Tree & Landscaping

Po Box 1414

Kranz Construction

937 Avenue B

Kujo Construction

PO BOX 5332

Land Escapes

10 Sparrow Rd
East Helena

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

R & R Pump Company

907 Euclid Ave

Tilleraas Landscape Nursery

100 32nd Street S W
Great Falls




12637 S 265 W Suite 100


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