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Why don't you want wood chips on top of soil for an orchard?

Jack Spirko said that you don't want to use wood chips on the surface of soil. Why don't you want to use wood chips? Source
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Excavating a yard

I have some landscaping work to do around my house. Am planning to start off with a 1.5' x 4" trench around the house, followed by a ~4' x 12 " plant bed , followed by a 2' x 6" trench for a walkway....
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Why do landscapers seem to always plant the most slow growing trees in parking lots?

I see this consistently - oaks, usually. Why not plant trees that are short lived and grow quickly (mulberry, tulip poplar, etc.) instead? And almost always the trees they plant never make it to ...
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Do Landscape Designer/Architects require a license or permits in Canada? [closed]

I reside in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and wish to start out on minor landscaping projects, and continue to work my way up. Do I need formal certification that is required by law to operate? I realize ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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Weedy uneven lawn with tree stumps: grind, chip, till, roll and reseed?

My sister just bought a place and she's asking for help getting her lawn back in order. I'm not sure the way we've come up with is the best way. Here's my plan of attack. I would appreciate a sanity ...
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Can I place plants in the ground in the original pots they came from the nursery in?

I am redoing the landscaping left by the previous owners of my house. When going to nurseries I find that everything comes planted in a pot. When thinking lazily about it, at one time I considered ...
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New House, Dirt Yard, Ideas in Mind, where to begin?

I moved into my house back in December of 2015. We still have a dirt yard and want to try and get something in before summer time. I have had a few quotes that are a little out of budget for me so I ...
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How to make Landscape Architecture design sketch like this? [closed]

I went to the Melbourne School of Design on OpenDay, I found theses beautiful Landscape Architecture design pictures. But I do not know how to create these pictures. Such as using what softwares, etc. ...
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Is it beneficial to put plastic or landscaping fabric under mulch?

I am planning on completely re-doing the landscaping around my house and I would like to replace the rock pebbles with mulch. Should I put down a layer of plastic or landscaping fabric before adding ...
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Is there a good way to seed perennial vegetables between landscape bricks?

I want to convert this: To look like this: Here's a few thing I need to know: How far should I space the bricks? How far should I space the rows? How do I hold the soil back? What would be ...
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What shrubs/flowers are deer resistant?

I am redoing the landscaping around my house and there are always tons of deer nearby. What types of plants are deer resistant but still look pretty(flowering). Location is in Wisconsin. The ...
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Keeping mulch from washing off of banks and steep inclines

I have mulched multiple hills and am always looking for ways to keep mulch 'glued' to hillsides. Switching to decorative shale is unfortunately not an option. I have tried three things: Ground ...
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Getting sand out of rockery

We live in the desert. The previous house owner had the back yard landscaped with a plastic layer on top of levelled sand and then 2-3 inches of rock on top. Rock size 1-2 inches across. The wind ...
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Hearty Flowering Perennial for curbside appeal

I'm lost in a sea of articles with none of them actually answering my question so I turn here. Currently I plant mums every year in my front yard (Midwest region: Kansas, Lots of sunlight on the area)...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

I have a very uneven back yard, from a combination of settling, bad maintenance, and a very enthusiastic dog (digger) that a previous owner kept out there. As part of a large backyard landscaping ...
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How to dispose of sand, concrete rubble and field stones?

I have three piles of rubble from an old stoop I just demolished. Here are some pictures: 1) sand pile: 2) concrete rubble pile: 3) and field stone pile: I have a few questions about how to ...
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Tree roots in storm drain

A 12" square catch basin collects water from my driveway and transports it under the lawn to adjacent stream about 150 ft away via 4" corrugated buried pipe. They used corrugated covered w/stone (vs ...
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Newly planted pine tree saplings

What are the best ways to care for my new baby loblolly pine trees? Thank you!
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What's the best way to remove 2-6 inches of dirt from my yard?

I am landscaping my yard and need to remove from 2-6 inches of dirt from the entire yard (about 2,000 square feet) to get it level with the rest of the property. The dirt in the yard currently sits ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

I want to remove about 250 square feet of grass/topsoil and then lightly grade for drainage below a future deck. Should I: Man up with a spade & a rake? Rent a sod cutter & go deep? Use ...
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How efficient are stump removal chemicals?

As a skeptic, I am generally wary of any claims that say something that is generally hard is made easy by a product. I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice if they have experience with ...
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Realtime landscape plus design program, final ground height

I have Realtime Landscaping Plus 3D landscape design program and I cannot find any way to see what the the final height of the ground is in my design. The design has lots of slopes, height grids, ...
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Vines / Crawling Plants that minimize damage to buildings/walls

Years ago I was on a historical tour in Savannah, Georgia in which they said that they choose certain crawling plants/vines that minimize damage to buildings. What crawling plants or vines should or ...
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What should I do about old invasive redwood roots after the trees are cut down?

Our redwood trees were too big and too close to the house so we had them cut down. Now we will grind out the stumps and remove the large roots. However, the ground is totally saturated with the ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

Would anyone know the trick to deliberately spreading an existing bamboo patch? Along my back fence a neighbors patch has spread into my yard and is providing a great natural privacy screen. So I'd ...
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Can I trim my canary palm trunk or is it a lost cause?

Below is a canary palm in my front yard: I had a tree trimming service some out and trim away the branches. They didn't do anything to the trunk though - I asked them to come back out, and the guy ...
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Help me kill this grass

Just wondering what this broad-leaf grass is called and how I can safety remove it from my "Blue Couch" (Digitaria didactyla) lawn. I've seen it take over many people's yards but have never known what ...
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Soil Depth for Bougainvillea

I am an architect working on a project in Malibu, California. This is new construction of a single-family residence. The house features a green roof and the client is convinced that it must be planted ...
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Can I use silicone latex to plug hole in a tree?

I put some small 1/2" holes around the trunk on a river birch tree and gave it an iron treatment. The instructions called to seal the holes with latex caulk, but I only have latex caulk with silicone ...
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Getting rid of a flame vine

We want to get rid of a flame vine. It's been cut to the ground every few years, but always comes back with a vengeance. How do we kill it or get rid of it forever? Thank you.
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Designing a west facing London garden from scratch. Help! [closed]

I moved into a house last year and have finally got around to thinking about the garden. What I have: I have a west facing garden in London that is currently completely paved. I have full width ...
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How do I roto-till without leaving a trench?

I have a 4' (1.2m) three point tractor roto-tiller which I've been using to prepare garden areas this year. I noticed that the tiller always moves soil backwards, and when at the end of the section it ...
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Dead Dogwood post-mortem: How to ensure these next plants do better in clay

This question is accompanied by this previous question... Dead Dogwood trees, dug up with steel wire cage around the roots? So clearly my two dead Dogwood trees didn't do so hot in clay. The ...
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Did my Dogwood die because it was planted with wire around the roots?

I hired a less than spectacular gardener to do a brand new landscaping job for my house after it was built about 3 years ago. Since then almost half of the 30 some plants and trees he had put have ...
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Is there a way to straighten an older tree that started crooked?

I have a pecan tree that is about 6 years old that is growing about 5 degrees off vertical. I've tried to stake it several times but to little effect. Currently I have a ratchet strap trying to pull ...
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How can I add drainage to an area with shrubs already there?

I have 12 sweet viburnums (Viburnum odortatissimum) in a row as a future privacy hedge. I had to replace 2 of them just recently because they suffocated from sitting water when I had heavy rain at the ...
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How can I waterproof garden walls which have bad damage to the rendering?

Our garden is on an extreme slope, so I got someone in to landscape it. Unfortunately after one winter the walls are a complete mess. I'm not getting the person who did it back, so I am after any ...
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Is drainage needed for a new lawn on compacted clay?

I am in the process of creating a lawn at the back of my house. The previous owner had paved and stoned the area. The size is about 30ft by 40ft, it is raised from the level of the house by about 2ft, ...
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How can I keep gravel from moving out of my driveway during winter?

I have a gravel driveway going horizontally across a hill, and have trouble keeping the gravel in the driveway, especially during snow. This is because every time I shovel out the driveway, stones get ...
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How can I dispose of gravel?

The previous owner of my house decided to plant two large junipers in front of the house and fill around them with ~1-2" diameter gravel. I've already taken out the junipers but now I am left to deal ...
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Measuring height difference over 200 meters without clear line of sight?

I recently got access to a piece of land including a spring and a pond. Since the terrain is slightly sloping after the pond´s drain, I thought on using the water flow to power a small hydro station. ...
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Landscape 2D CADD program

I have used dynascape as a program when drawing for a non profit organization. Since I volunteer my time and do not use the program for commercial or profit I simply can't afford the cost of the ...
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How long does mulch last?

Our house is in need of mulch around bushes, trees etc. We are finally getting around to address this, and have calculated we need two yards to get around 2 inches of mulch onto everything. We live in ...
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Ground cover for 2000 sq.ft (half full sun / half partial shade) with 60º slope

I am at Southern California. I need ground cover for 2000 sq.ft. with 60º slope and help for choosing the right flowering low ground cover. There are 30 rose plants at present, so prefer ground cover ...
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Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden [closed]

I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland), and I have a small urban back yard (20'x30'). In the decade I have owned the house, I have never really done much with it, and it has ranged from boring ...
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Root removal when removing shrubs

I have two arborvitae trees that are near the front entrance to our house. Many years ago they were planted way to close and now they need to be removed. We have decided to simple plant perennials ...
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What is a good distance to keep grapevines from the house when using them for shading?

I am eying some of the fox grapes that volunteer in my yard as a solution for a brick & wood south wall that heats the house up a little too much in the summer. The intention would be to shade the ...
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How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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Tall, quick growing privacy tree species

Can someone recommend a tall, quick growing tree that's not overly invasive that would serve well to plant around a backyard to help break the line of sight of neighbors into my pool / backyard?