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"I first used the Giglios in the Summer/Fall of 2014 to re-do the front of our home. Their landscaping work was top-notch and quite affordable. I liked their work" so much, I asked them if they plowed during the winter. Luckily, they do! Not only did the Giglios do a stellar job plowing my driveway, they even shoveled my walkway as well as the large lumps of snow in-front of my garage door so I could get out in the morning! During a big snow storm, these guys come in handy at a really affordable price!

-Nick W.

"I renovated my home reading it for sale, but when all other work was completed, I noticed that the shrubs along my front walk, the entry to my home, needed replacing" to make the house really presentable. Drake immediately visited my home, gave me an estimate, and shortly thereafter replaced the shrubs. They were prompt, cost was reasonable, as two large bushes had to be removed, and the person in charge of landscaping personally visited my home and helped me select the proper bushed to be planted. I highly recommend this firm.

-Ronald F.

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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 Foster


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listen and took notes on what we were thinking about but didn't have a solid idea. He then went back to his office and draw up an idea with plants that would live year round in mostly shade and little maintenance. His design exceeded our expectations. His professionalism and customer service was outstanding.
- Frank B.

This is a notice to let potential customers who live in the 77008 area or adjacent, that Mr.
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no longer services those areas. According to
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, "We no longer service your area. We are focusing more on large landscapes and hardscapes only". Well that is great to know after the fact. I waited 2 weeks until I decided to write this because I was so furious after reading his email last month.
I would like the prospective customer to review the "D" rated reviews on here. In particular, the one in early 2013 where they made their decision based upon an article they read about NTW on Angies List. For everyone who is reading this, I was the one featured in the article for Angie's List. So, I was obviously a good enough customer then to share my experience with Angie's List and dazzle them with praise about NTW. What I forgot to share then but I will now is that Mr.
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never once showed up on the scheduled date he was to be at my house. I travel a great deal for work globally and would work around his schedule constantly only to be disappointed by last minute schedule changes. One year, he was supposed to be at my house in mid-March and I didnt get landscaping until the end of May. He rescheduled 3 times with me where I had to take 2 personal days. When he did in fact show up, some days the job would be done in 2-3 days because he had other projects. I took upon myself to show compassion to his employees because they were visibly worn out. So, everytime they came to my house, I would get all of them burgers, gatorade, pizzas, cold water, and whatever else they needed. I forgot to mention that to Angie's List. Now, if someone did that for your employees, wouldnt you go above and beyond to show your customer that you value their generosity. Not Ed, a verbal thank you was all I got.
If you choose to work with NTW, be prepared to wait by the mail for an invoice to submit cash or check. In 2013, Ed was very frustrated with me that I didnt pay my bill in a timely manner. And probably the reason he doesnt "service" my area anymore. Insert sarcasm there. But, as I mentioned previously, I travel a great deal for work. I tried on many occassions to pay Mr.
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but his forms of payment are neanderthal at best. At the very least, have paypal or use the NTW bank to set up quick pay. I tried many times to meet Ed but he insisted he doesnt handle the money. And simply, I just got tired of it. It is like you have to go out of your way to work with him. And if you read some of the other reviews, he has this mean streak in him that is not professional. It is like he talks down to you. But, anyone who knows business, you don't do that to any customer. Well, Ed seems to think he in an empowered individual and doesnt care for customer loyalty or recognition.
If you are looking for someone that fits the description above, then by all means, Ed is your man. Such a shame though. I have a feeling this review and another recent review may show the true colors of what kind of leadership NTW is under. Oh well, I guess I will have someone else do my "spring color" at my new house in River Oaks.
I would not recommend Ed for anything and I think I have explained fully the reasons why.

- Joshua F.

I first met with
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who is the owner of the company. He was probably the third or fourth contractor I had look at my property and was the only one who was willing to take on the challenge of providing me with my vision for a usable back yard. The others either said it was not doable or they vastly overpriced or under-priced the project which I knew meant that I would be nickel and dimed later.
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admitted it would be a challenge but said that he wanted to give it a try. After agreeing to move forward, he laid out a color plan with everthing we had discussed and with a myriad of pricing options included. I signed the contract and then met with my project manager,
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. The team was supposed to start on January 12th but because of bad weather was delayed until the 15th. When they finally showed up, they wasted no time. They quickly tore down an old, unsighly fence and began prepping the yard for what was to come. My yard is set in tiers and the lower tier sloped severly down. They put a retaining wall in place, filled in the lower area and made a complete second tier that is now usable yard space. On the upper tier, they added a firepit with a stone slab walkway and steps descending down to the lower level. They landscaped they entire yard, put in new irrigation, and placed a new aluminum fence around both tiers. They cleaned up each night and at the end of the project they replaced all of the turf that had been destroyed by the backhoe. Ultimately, you could not tell that they had been there when the final clean up was finished. The yard looks AMAZING and all of the neighbors have commented on it. It is defintely a showpiece! The price was a little more than I wanted to spend, but
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were both every open and honest about the costs up front and there were no surprises. I was given the option at each stage of the project of doing certain things or removing/ altering to fit more in line with my budget. In the end, I chose to spend a little more to get the look I ultimately wanted.
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and his crew were fantastic and they responded to any issues I had quickly and with no haggling. I'm quite certain I won't be doing any projects of this size again, but if I were, I would use these guys again in a second. I would also recommend them to anyone looking to alter their existing space to something much nicer. GREAT JOB!!!
- Erik R.

Extremely well. These folks are top-notch. Everything was completed perfectly and on-time. Very professional and nice to deal with. They spent all the time necessary to explain what they were doing and how my new lighting and spinkler system worked. I was so pleased that i hired them to provide my ongoing maintenance services.
- Todd R.

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was awesome.
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was on-time for our estimate appointment. Gave me a quote on the spot, and then followed up with me that afternoon on when he could do the work. He was able to complete the work earlier than he thought, and made sure everything was working properly and cleaned up before he left. I will definitely be using
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for any future landscaping and landscape repair needs that I have. His price was very reasonable compared to the other quotes I received, and his quality was top notch.
- James G.

Owner showed up at appointed time, made suggestions after listening to what I wanted, and provided drawings a couple of days later for final review before starting work. Work began on schedule and finished sooner than expected. Everything went exactly as planned, including a couple of mid-stream changes which were quickly incorporated without complaint or delay. My only complaint was after the work was done I could tell there were some spots in the yard that did not get the same amount of seed applied. Actually very little was applied in those spots because they did not use a seed spreader in my small irregularly shaped yard. They just threw out the seed by hand. I asked twice for a small bag of seed so I could fill in those spots, but he never delivered even though he said he would. The third time I asked he did not respond. Big mistake, but since I have unfinished work installing additional pavers this spring I will reserve judgement until he comes back to finish the work and see what explanation he gives me. This assumes he comes back.
- Charles B.

I contacted
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using Angies List for an estimate for a retaining wall and some yard landscaping. He quoted me a reasonable price for sodding the yard and building a berm and then quoted me a pretty high price for a retaining wall. I contacted him back with some different ideas to try to get the price down some (material changes, reducing the length of the retaining wall) and only heard from him once after that. I attempted to call him several times but never received a response.
- Brian M.

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and crew arrived on time. Always willing to answer questions. Really developed a sense of trust. Crew cleaned up very well. We plan several more projects with them.
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is very knowedgeble about native plants, erosion issues and sustainability.

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323 Sayles Ave

B M Landscaping Co Inc

17 Anthony Road

Budget Contracting Services

51 Pierce St

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cormier Construction

71 Rainbow Rd

Fine Line Landscape & Lawn

123 Grove Lane


482 Sterling Hill Road

Land Works LLC

1030B Danielson Pike
North Scituate



Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Rhody Landscape LLC

49 White Oak Drive

Sunflower Designs

7 Barbara Dr

Top Notch Landscaping

92 Franklin Rd

Turf Master Inc

1703 Plainfield Pike

Verrier Tree Service

753 Nooseneck Hill Rd
West Greenwich

Wagner Construction

PO Box 472


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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