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Can you recommend a good sod installer?

Original post made by In need of repair, Pleasanton Meadows, on Mar 22, 2010

Hello. I just moved into the area and my lawn is in need of replacement. Its full of patches, weeds, grubs, and all sorts of other fun things. Can you recommend a company that you have had positive experiences with for lawn replacement? I believe I need more than just the sod replaced. I think I will need soil conditioning as well. Thank you in advance.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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Save money on your water bill. Rip out the lawn.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

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Yeah, follow Stacy's suggestion. Hopefully, you live near her, so her property value will go down as a result.
Maybe put in a rock garden to reflect the suns rays back into the atmosphere, or will that make global warming worse?

Or, you could ignore the anti-green poster above and contact Tru-Green or Sherman Landscape. Check out this link for tips to do it yourself, if you're so inclined: Web Link

Everyone loves a nice green lawn.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

Actually, zero-scaping is a preferred landscaping technique in many parts of the country and our own state that not only saves water, but reflects the natural beauty of a particular region by promoting native species. Anyone can just slap in a lawn, flood it with water and chemicals, but it takes some talent to design an attractive rock and shrub garden, maybe even with a recycling water feature. There is no evidence to support that zero-scaping impacts property values in a negative way, in fact, many savvy home buyers are attracted to the non-traditional, less resource dependent landscaping technique.

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Posted by Actually...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

... it's called "xeriscaping", not "zero-scaping"... to set the record straight. But Curious is right; the practice IS very smart for several reasons: it saves a great deal of water (good for the environment and good for the wallet), it encourages the use of plants that are native to the locale (which is great for the honeybees and therefore fruit trees, local food crops, etc.), it's much lower maintenance than a lawn (both in terms of upkeep and the use of harmful chemicals) and it can be quite lovely (Google "xeriscaping" and click on Images).

A family can have a small lawn in the backyard for the kids to run around on and enjoy AND have beautiful xeriscaping in the front yard. Or vice versa.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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Bizarre response, SteveP. Lawns aren't green unless they get watered. Many other plants stay green without as much water. I'd rather have green plants and colorful flowers than a brown lawn.

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Posted by In need of repair
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I don't have the luxury of time, otherwise I would do it myself. Fortunately my sacrafice of time has provided me with the ability to pay someone to perform this service for me.

Regarding the xeriscaping, its not for me. I prefer a nice green lawn.

Thank you for the Tru-Green / Sherman Landscape referal. I will start with them.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:29 am

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Good luck with your new lawn. Contrary to the assumption made above, not everyone can successfully grow a lush, green lawn. Even after you have it installed, it's a labor of love to keep it looking nice, but it's worth it.
You'll have a nice cooling space during the hot summer, kind of oasis to enjoy. It's not for everyone---especially if you can't afford to pay the increased water bill.
There is no substitute----imagine trying to play baseball with your kids in your rock garden or a plot of rosemary or cactus.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

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Or pay for someone to keep it looking nice.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

did someone just say they're looking for somebody from rosarita beach or tijuana to help then keep their lawn nice 'n with bunches and bunches of rosemary or cacti?

i know where you can hire them...

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