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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2013, 01:49:12 PM »
I would not worry about designs.   I think I saw that the designer our guy uses is charging like $150 for the drawings.   A drop in the bucket compared to everything else.   

Also, there are plenty of landscapers out there who will take your money... believe me.   The hard part is finding somebody good.   Hmmm.... I actually haven't heard back from Chris in a couple of days...   Hope this is not the start of something bad...

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2013, 09:15:33 PM »
Also, there are plenty of landscapers out there who will take your money... believe me.   The hard part is finding somebody good.   Hmmm.... I actually haven't heard back from Chris in a couple of days...   Hope this is not the start of something bad...
I agree, but who?  Who can I trust, has reasonable price, does a good job and communicates on timely manner?  I see a contractor who's doing my neighbor's yard, and he doesn't have a license, and I saw him shortcutting few things.
By the way, Chris never came back with quote on time, so I crossed him off my list.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2013, 08:55:22 AM »
Minimize the hardscape and you minimize the cost.  Irrigation from almost everybody seems to be $400-$700/zone range, more zones, lower end, less zones higher end, with a $1500 seeming to be minimum charge.

Maybe invest $20 in a suncalc sunmeter and check how much sun your yards really get.   Maybe do stepping stones with moss or another ground cover instead of pavers all the way down the sides.  If the house is oriented north-south, you'll get more sun than you think in the side yards.



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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2013, 09:04:06 AM »
Also, there are plenty of landscapers out there who will take your money... believe me.   The hard part is finding somebody good.   Hmmm.... I actually haven't heard back from Chris in a couple of days...   Hope this is not the start of something bad...
I agree, but who?  Who can I trust, has reasonable price, does a good job and communicates on timely manner?  I see a contractor who's doing my neighbor's yard, and he doesn't have a license, and I saw him shortcutting few things.
By the way, Chris never came back with quote on time, so I crossed him off my list.

We used Jefferson Rand and was very happy with them.  It's owned by an Asian woman and they have an in house landscape "designer".  Try giving them a call.  714-253-3167.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2013, 10:25:22 AM »
Also, there are plenty of landscapers out there who will take your money... believe me.   The hard part is finding somebody good.   Hmmm.... I actually haven't heard back from Chris in a couple of days...   Hope this is not the start of something bad...
I agree, but who?  Who can I trust, has reasonable price, does a good job and communicates on timely manner?  I see a contractor who's doing my neighbor's yard, and he doesn't have a license, and I saw him shortcutting few things.
By the way, Chris never came back with quote on time, so I crossed him off my list.

I highly recommend the gentleman we recently settled on.

At the moment this is our experience with and opinion of him:
- He is definitely very trustworthy and knowledgeable and has had his business for over 40 years.
- He is licensed and insured.
- He is very easy to get in contact with via phone. (He's not so technically inclined, so he doesn't answer emails or texts.)
- He drew up the first draft of the design Friday after the Monday we met him (last week).
- He is extremely relaxed, friendly, and patient. In fact, yesterday we took a 2 hour drive around Irvine neighborhoods together to look at other homes' landscaping so we could discuss what we we liked and didn't like.
- He will have our official design ready for submission to the HOA by today or tomorrow.
- He is very anti-cookie-cutter. He was very unhappy with all the streets we saw where he could tell the same landscaper did several of the houses because they all looked so similar. He insists on only putting his name on a nice, custom design.
- His price is lower than everyone else for the same design and he doesn't require any up-front deposit.

I can't recommend him enough, especially after dealing with ~6 other contractors, most of whom stopped calling back or just never called back at all (after taking the time to measure our yard even)!

If you phone him, I'd really appreciate if you would please be sure to tell him Rommel referred you. (My name is pronounced RAW-mull.) I very much want him to know how much we appreciate his efforts. :) (In fact, after our 2-hour drive yesterday my wife is planning to buy him a $50 gift card to express our gratitude.) His name is John and can be reached at 714.351.9071.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2013, 02:01:40 PM »
Lucky, one suggestion for you even though you're not planning on extensive plantings.

Ask for written instructions on plant maintenance, particularly on the perennials and shrubs.  Ask for names identified along with trimming/cutback instructions and timing thereof.   

If you don't, you'll find yourself taking clippings down to the local nursery asking what is this again?

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2013, 02:10:28 PM »
Lucky, one suggestion for you even though you're not planning on extensive plantings.

Ask for written instructions on plant maintenance, particularly on the perennials and shrubs.  Ask for names identified along with trimming/cutback instructions and timing thereof.   

If you don't, you'll find yourself taking clippings down to the local nursery asking what is this again?

Thanks, nosuchreality. Good tip.

Just another reason for me to praise our landscaper: As we were driving around yesterday, he kept remarking how badly most every yard was being neglected. In the middle of that he said he'd definitely be providing detailed instructions for us on what exactly we need to do in order to keep everything in top shape.

Not only did he write the name down of every plant we liked, he knew by sight the name and details of every plant we looked at.

(I know; I'm gushing a bit. But it's totally appropriate.)

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2013, 10:27:37 AM »
My wife called on Friday for an estimate and John said he will call back, that never happened.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2013, 01:45:56 PM »
My wife called on Friday for an estimate and John said he will call back, that never happened.

Whoa, really? Sorry to hear that, especially after my ridiculously glowing review. That's totally unlike him. I'm going to call him to ask what happened. I can only imagine maybe he was driving when he answered the call and had no way to take a note then forgot.

He is so behind the times technologically that he is able to receive texts but he doesn't know how to send a text.

He's even done the olden-days thing where he was driving and couldn't write a note, so he wanted me to call back to leave a voicemail to remind him about a meeting.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2013, 05:47:10 AM »
@stromung - Spoke with John last night. He explained that he took the call while on the freeway and said he'd call back between 1:30 and 2:30, but because he was tied up called at 3:30 and got voicemail. He said he left a message but didn't receive a call back. He explained that because he doesn't want to be a nuisance, if someone doesn't call him back he typically won't keep calling and bothering you since you may have decided to use someone else and no longer want to talk to him.

After he learned that your impression was he never called back, he says he's definitely going to try calling again asap. Please let us know how it goes once he does!  :D

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2013, 07:37:55 AM »
@Lucky ----My bad, he actually returned wife's call and we had the guy came over last night and apologized to him as well.  Nice and prof kind of guy he is.  He said will be back next week to give me the estimate.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #26 on: June 07, 2013, 08:07:34 AM »
@Lucky ----My bad, he actually returned wife's call and we had the guy came over last night and apologized to him as well.  Nice and prof kind of guy he is.  He said will be back next week to give me the estimate.

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear it went much more like I would have expected it to. : ) I think you definitely won't be disappointed dealing with him, especially with how quick a turnaround you get with his designs and how much time he'll happily spend talking to you.

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2013, 12:00:04 PM »
Lucky - Can you tell us the name of the landscaping company John's with?

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2013, 12:11:08 PM »
Lucky - Can you tell us the name of the landscaping company John's with?

I was in the market for some landscaping, so I googled the phone numbed and found his website.

http://www.baclandscapinginc.com/contactus.html

looks like a basic website, but lots of good pictures

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Re: Starting Landscaping - Rare Earth Systems
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2013, 12:28:32 PM »
I just called John and he's coming tomorrow for an estimate. He knew right away where I am so I guess he is familiar with Stonegate.

I made sure I mentioned Rommel referred me.  ;)


Also, there are plenty of landscapers out there who will take your money... believe me.   The hard part is finding somebody good.   Hmmm.... I actually haven't heard back from Chris in a couple of days...   Hope this is not the start of something bad...
I agree, but who?  Who can I trust, has reasonable price, does a good job and communicates on timely manner?  I see a contractor who's doing my neighbor's yard, and he doesn't have a license, and I saw him shortcutting few things.
By the way, Chris never came back with quote on time, so I crossed him off my list.

I highly recommend the gentleman we recently settled on.

At the moment this is our experience with and opinion of him:
- He is definitely very trustworthy and knowledgeable and has had his business for over 40 years.
- He is licensed and insured.
- He is very easy to get in contact with via phone. (He's not so technically inclined, so he doesn't answer emails or texts.)
- He drew up the first draft of the design Friday after the Monday we met him (last week).
- He is extremely relaxed, friendly, and patient. In fact, yesterday we took a 2 hour drive around Irvine neighborhoods together to look at other homes' landscaping so we could discuss what we we liked and didn't like.
- He will have our official design ready for submission to the HOA by today or tomorrow.
- He is very anti-cookie-cutter. He was very unhappy with all the streets we saw where he could tell the same landscaper did several of the houses because they all looked so similar. He insists on only putting his name on a nice, custom design.
- His price is lower than everyone else for the same design and he doesn't require any up-front deposit.

I can't recommend him enough, especially after dealing with ~6 other contractors, most of whom stopped calling back or just never called back at all (after taking the time to measure our yard even)!

If you phone him, I'd really appreciate if you would please be sure to tell him Rommel referred you. (My name is pronounced RAW-mull.) I very much want him to know how much we appreciate his efforts. :) (In fact, after our 2-hour drive yesterday my wife is planning to buy him a $50 gift card to express our gratitude.) His name is John and can be reached at 714.351.9071.

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