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"This was very thoughtful and professional service. It was clear that they were committed to getting the job done right and to my satisfaction. I am in an apartment" and unfamiliar with the prior work, and with
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-Michal C.

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"We made the mistake of buying and Angie's List Big deal. That was our first mistake. These deals always go wrong, and Angie's List is not good about" refunding them. Buyer beware. This company came out to look at our fridge, never went beyond asking what the problem was. They said that a part had to be ordered and they would contact us about the next day. The called us back, gave us a quote, and said they were ordering the part. 3 weeks later, I followed up, and no one at the company had any idea we were waiting, and no idea what the problem was. Had to explain everything all over. They apologized, asked for a model #. I gave it to them and they said a technician would be out Friday. Friday Morning, the tech calls, has no idea why he is coming or what we were calling about. At that point we fired them.

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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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Natural stones will have some degree of variance given the lack of pre-made consistency.

 

1/2" is too much from stone to stone and should be able to be fixed with additional leveling sand. 

 

 

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Landscape Lighting reviews in De Forest

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This contractor is unprofessional, dishonest and over priced. He hires untrustworthy workers who leave garbage everywhere, waste in the bathrooms, and possibly steal. He takes advantage of you however he can by lying about price, trying to steer you to the most expensive options and suppliers so he can cut his own deals, and takes shortcuts whenever he can pull one over you. I challenged him on price and workmanship, and like a child, he stopped work in the middle of a project he contracted for, leaving my house a mess, garabage everywhere, leaving me a bill for work he didnt complete, and refused to answer calls. Do not hire 4
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- Alexandra D.
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made the consult and work appointments quickly and arrived on time every time. He did all the promised work and the final product looks great. He was always professional and very quick to answer my questions. He even contacted after the work was done to make sure I was happy. Couldn't have gone better. Thank you
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- Carmen W.
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My neighbor uses
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Wrecking Crew. Our property is Xeriscaped with stones and rocks. After every mowing of my neighbor's yard, there are rocks and stones on his lawn; and grass clippings, leaves, and debris on my yard. The
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crew departs leaving a mess on both of our yards with no attempt to repair the damage which indicates a lack of supervision and respect for property.

The damage to my property is an ongoing problem that worsens with every cutting that requires me to spend time removing rocks from my neighbor's yard, picking stones from my neighbor's yard and returning them to my stone path, and cleaning debris from the stone and slab path. Previous lawn companies did not have this problem.



There are no return phone calls from
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after leaving messages on
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's answering machine about this problem. I finally talked to a secretary who said
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had a retraining program in progress and a supervisor would come to our address to survey the problem. No one has appeared to date. I have pictures is anyone doubts my word!


- Terrance T.
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Only regret was that we did not find and hire sooner...should
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all awards he would qualify for...Attention to EVERY detail, and knowledge of landscaping lighting is exceptional...there is no other choice for this type of work...THANK YOU so very much to Bill and his outstanding crew.
- Gina H.
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I took a
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on hiring someone without a review on Angie's List and regret it.
We hired
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to perform weekly lawn maintenance (mowing, trimming etc) and for landscape design and minor planting.
The work performed was good and I was happy with the owner's suggestions and result. The first week, the gentleman arrived at the agreed upon time. The following week, the gentleman arrived several hours later than agreed and after that stopped coming to my property.
He stopped responding to phone calls or texts and only responded when I contacted him from another phone. The landscape work in my yard is now half complete.
I do not recommend using this company for lawn care but will say that when he decides to show up, does good work and has very fair pricing.


- Alfred N.
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It's amazing what a difference
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made to the exterior of our home! don't even bother with the cheap do-it-yourself lighting that
you can get in a big box store. Our home is now illuminated professionally and beautifully. I would recommend
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highly!
- Lamar B.
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On time, thorough diagnosis and testing, fairly priced and respinsive. (They installed the original irrigation system, also an A-1 experience)

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and his team are exceptional in every way.
- Phyllis V.
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responded quickly to my initial request for a quote. They were right on time for our first appointment. I needed all of the old foliage removed from my rather large beds in front and back of my home, the back yard sodded, a new irrigation system installed front and back, and new outdoor lighting installed.

Their quote was competitive, and the work was done quickly. All of the crew worked efficiently, and the yard was cleaned up when each day's work was completed.

The finished yard is beautiful, and will be much easier for my husband and me to maintain.
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did a great job choosing the new plants and placing them in the beds.
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did an awesome job installing the sprinkler system and the new lights.

I am happy to recommend
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to anyone looking for a company that can provide all or part of your landscaping needs.
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and
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, thanks to you and your crew for a job well done!!


- Sandra P.

Landscape Lighting Companies in De Forest, WI

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1 Matthews Lawn & Landscaping

6178 Portage Rd
De Forest

A-1 Landscaping

2864 Bailey Rd.
Sun Prairie

Acer Landscaping LLC

3649 Dawes St
Madison

Alt's Operation

2749 Rosellen Ave
Fitchburg

Althafer Construction LLC

203 Lathrop St
Madison

American Enterprises Inc

5119 Bong Rd
Waunakee

Avant Gardening and Landscaping Inc

3055 Siggelkow Rd
Mc Farland

BADGERLAND IRRIGATION

2324 Pinehurst Dr Ste B
Middleton

Blair Lawn & Landscape Inc

3030 Gateway Pl
Madison

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carrington Lawn & Landscape LLC

4344 Twin Valley Rd
Middleton

CLARK CONSTRUCTION

121 HANOVER STREET
Janesville

CLARK ELECTRIC

808 Railroad St.
New Glarus

CORNERSTONE DESIGNS INC

PO BOX 620506
Middleton

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

E & S Electric

251 Blue Mounds St
Mount Horeb

Earthly Landscapes

445 Blankenheim Lane
Sun Prairie

Epic Electric Inc.

721 Pony Lane

First Electric LLC

P.O. Box 930345
Verona

Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes LLC

5284 Lacy Rd
Fitchburg

Green Lawn LLC.

322 Greig Trl
Stoughton

Greenscapes LLC

4633 Hwy 138
Oregon

Ground Affects Landscaping Inc

W1526 Froelich Rd
Sullivan

Hill's Wiring Inc

615 W Hill St
Baraboo

House Doctors MD Inc.

W8024 Morse Rd.

Jack of All Trades Handyman

406 N Walbridge
Madison

Johnson-Phoenix Group L.L.C.

PO Box 14600
Madison

July 4th Landscapes

5451 Apt 308
Fitchburg

KEI

824 East Rawson Avenue
Oak Creek

LPM Services LLC

Bristol St
Middleton

Maple Leaf Inc

2416 Spring Rose Rd
Verona

Marsh Landscapes LLC

8315 Flagstone Dr.
Madison

McKay Nursery Company

750 S Monroe St
Waterloo

Norland Landscape

6063 Hogan Rd
Waunakee

Olson Toon Landscaping Inc

3570 Pioneer Road
Verona

Patio Pleasures Pools & Spas

634 Struck St
Madison

PREFERRED ELECTRIC & HEATING

6891 LEONARD RD
De Forest

Schingen Landscape

6765 Poppy Hills Ln Apt 414

The Gofer Guys LLC

1560 State Road 19
Marshall

WISCONSIN LANDSCAPES AND REMODELING INC

10921 SPRING CREEK RD
Blue Mounds

World Class Outdoor Lighting

Pine Hollow Ct
Waukesha

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