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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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Steps to renovating a lawn completely?

I bought a new home with a moderate size (90x40 ft) back yard. Unlike the front lawn, the back has never been planted and is pretty much home to weeds, aside from a small maple tree. Last year I paid ...
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How do I go about planning the layout of a sprinkler network for my lawn?

There are several great questions and helpful guides on lawns and lawn-repair on this site. Since it's the lawn laying season now, I've started thinking about laying a sprinkler network prior to ...
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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 are some paving options that will not get damaged by de-icing salt?

My wife is disabled with Cerebral Palsy and therefore can’t walk on ice or snow, so we must be able to use lots of de-icing salt on our front path. We would like to replace the paving with something ...
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How do I use tree roots as a landscaping feature?

I'm sure I saw a site on the Internet that showcased using excavated tree roots as a landscaping feature. I was inspired by the idea of "recycling" a tree stump and its rootball into a rockery garden ...
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Removing weeds from brick patio

What is the best method of removing weeds from between the bricks of a patio? We have a dog and don't want to use toxic chemicals if possible. The bricks are closely spaced, probably only about 1/10 ...
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Lawn problem - seasonal grass, thatch, or something else?

I've owned my home for about 3 years now and every winter large patches of my lawn appears to die, but in the summer it comes back to life.... which makes me believe its some sort of seasonal grass. ...
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Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden

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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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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What is a good strategy for laying patio pavers?

I would like to lay several patio pavers for a new patio. The pavers are 12" square. The size I want to do is rectangular, and the base is flat with a slight slope away from the house. Should I ...
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Resloping Around Foundation With Mulch Bed

I am getting small amounts of water in my basement after large quantities of rain. I think the issue is related to a slight negative slope around part of the foundation where water is seeping in. I ...
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What are some alternatives to under gravel filters for a 3000 gallon pond?

I'm considering building a pond in the metro Atlanta Georgia area. I've owned a pond before that had an under gravel filter when we moved into the house. The filter was essentially a network of white ...
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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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Hardy plants for wind break in the Rocky Mountain West?

Here in Montana, high winds are a common cause for both gardening problems and poor energy efficiency in homes (as well as maintenance issues). Can anyone recommend some low-maintenance plants that ...
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Oak tree - arborist says needs to be removed?

I have a very nice oak tree in my backyard that is about 100-150 years old. The tree is in a good visual shape and we trim it about every two years. However, there is a wound on tree's stem, about 25 ...
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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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Where can I find a large shrub to replace one that died in a hedge? (See details)

With the drought last year I lost two fairly large (~ 5 foot tall) Photonia/Redtip shrubs that were part of a hedge. I've been to several nurseries, but the biggest one I've seen for sale anywhere is ...
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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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Looking for plant recommendations for newly landscaped front yard

I am trying to find the right type of plants to put along the edge of my front yard on a terraced level. It has no shade and the plants will be next to a brick wall that separates this level from the ...
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Is it a good idea to make a brick patio on my septic tank?

I have a pile of bricks and pavers (left behind from the previous owner). My septic tank is exposed a little in one corner, right at the base of my porch steps. I was thinking of scraping the tank ...
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Should I start digging out a hill in the backyard in preparation for a retaining wall/patio?

I've got a pretty steep backyard hill that slopes down to a fence that I'd like to dig out and make into a sort of fire pit area with a patio. I can't afford to do the entire project right away, but ...
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Could rain barrels be considered suitable substitutes for rain gardens?

My county requires rainwater management to be incorporated into lot plans for new construction if a certain percentage of the lot is impervious. This seems a sensible measure. We are under the ...
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Planting shrubs on a gently sloped landscape.

I have a couple shrubs I want to plant on a slanted landscape; nothing severe, maybe 10 degrees. Should I plant perpendicular to the ground, or perpendicular to an imaginary level surface? If it ...
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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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Is it a good idea to build a paver patio near a large established tree?

I would like to build a paver patio next to a large tree that has a 3" wide root at ground level. I do not want to damage the roots of the tree, so it seems like my only option is to build a raised ...
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When to use grass seed vs. “weed and feed”

I have a stretch of my otherwise healthy South Florida, St. Augustin lawn that has thinned out over time. It's a long, but relatively thin (maybe 15' by 3'), stretch of the yard that is in the shade ...
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How to safely control a fire after clearing woods

I have an empty lot with a tree line that is going to be too close to the home I intend to build on it. I hired a landscape contractor to clear the woods back about 40ft on the property but to avoid ...
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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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Does my garden brickwork need mortar?

We recently redesigned the walkway through our garden to our back door. This involved lots of scaping of the land -- especially to change the waterflow away from the house. The new walkway ends with a ...
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New construction, rough top soil spread, how to flatten it?

I recently moved into a new construction here this December, and since we have cold winters where I live, the builder was not going to do any landscaping for us. What they did was spread some (very) ...
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How can I control growth on a steep hill?

I have a steep hill on one side of my home (20' down x 100' across) that is a pain and unsafe to mow. The top of the hill flattens about 10' from my home and the bottom is an unfinished lot that isn't ...
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How do I landscape a sloping and flood-susceptible yard?

My wife and I just moved into a house in Arkansas a few months ago and have noticed a few drainage issues with the back yard, it has roughly a 5 to 10 degree slope (east to west) and is fenced in. The ...
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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 do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Best Resources for a new DIY'er Getting Started? [closed]

My wife & I recently purchased a new house and while the backyard isn't a total mess, it needs some work. Both because the prior owner was elderly with limited abilities, but also because we want ...
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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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Why is it called landscaping?

I am a landscape gardening student and have been asked why the word landscaping is used and its origin. Does anyone know?
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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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Where can I get info on rescapeing my small backyard?

I have a small but steep backyard (20 ft deep, a gradual 4 or 5ft incline)where the base of the hill turns to gravel and leads under our deck and up against the back of our house. I assume this is for ...
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How to protect against my neighbour's trees

My neighbor has planted a row of pine trees along our boundary. The trees (perhaps 10 of them) will grow to 14m tall, yet are barely 4m from my house (and 2.5m from his). The ground is heavy with ...
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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?
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How can I permanently get rid of honeysuckle vines?

I just moved into a new home where the yard was not kept well. Most of the wire fence in the backyard is overgrown with honeysuckle vines (such that you can no longer see the fence). In corners of ...
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How can I make permeable landscaping cloth drain better?

I got some synthetic grass for the dogs to play on. We put down landscaping cloth which is black with blue lines about every foot. The cloth was laid down, but we noticed that the dog pee didn't drain ...
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Options for building a ramp on a steep hill

I have ten acres and all of it is hillside. When you get to the top of the hill, it's wonderful! It flattens out, it's beautiful and I love spending time up there. My house sits at the bottom of the ...
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Can wild columbine and myrtle (Vinca minor) be planted together?

I have both columbine and myrtle (Vinca minor) which I bought for the side of my property along the drip line (lead-contaminated soil so no edibles there). Can I plant them together or will the myrtle ...
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Should I till the area around the house where I'm going to relandscape?

I'm pulling up the mulch and fiber around my house from the previous owners. It was poorly laid and it turned into a big weed issue. Some parts they only put mulch down and no fiber/plastic. I've ...
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Do I need to re-test for radon after landscaping?

We moved to a new house recently and are having some major landscaping work done in the backyard (removing/relocating a number of boulders, flattening out one area of the yard and filling another in, ...
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Wall mounting hose reels and wall cracks

I am considering getting some hose reels mounted onto our brick veneer home. However have been advised by family that the bricks might fracture etc and that it is better to just leave it on a trolley. ...
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How should I transplant cotoneaster offshoots?

We have offshoots from a former cotoneaster bush that are growing very well. Whenever we try transplanting an offshoot, they don't seem to thrive. What can we do to help them thrive?