Questions tagged [hard-landscape]

Landscaping term that refers to construction materials used in landscaping. For example [concrete] or brickwork. Use this tag with questions about how to choose materials, how to work with them, or how to maintain them.

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Building natural stone steps

What tips and tricks are there to building steps? can it still be accessible for equipment and the elderly? how can I make it look like it has always been there?
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How can I drain lawn with very little slope?

I have a depression on the side of my lawn where rain and sprinkler water collects. There used to be a plastic lined pond and a lot of rock (for the last 5-8 years) that I suspect blocked the water ...
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Natural herbicide to kill weeds in a hard landscape environment?

I've got some weeds growing up between the flagstones in our backyard -- is there something natural and okay environmentally that I can use to kill the weeds? Obviously, I don't want anything growing ...
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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 should I re-stack a dry stone wall?

My house has a stone wall on one side of the property line. Over the years, the stones have definitely shifted. How do I properly re-stack the rocks? I'd like to know how to maintain the wall so that ...
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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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What tools do I need to build stone steps?

Do I need a lot of specialized tools? Will I have most of these tools already? What do they look like?
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Tumbled Bluestone retaining wall

I was thinking about making a short retaining wall for a flower bed in front of my house. We like the way Tumbled Bluestone looks and I was looking for any pointers anyone may have with laying such a ...
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Would a Crinkle Crankle (Serpentine) Wall be strong enough to sit on?

We are designing a courtyard with a knee wall that would be run between lawn and brick patio. The idea is to define the space and to provide a comfortable place to sit. This is an old house on an ...
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How do I work safely with stone?

Gardening can be very physical. That's part of the fun. Can I work with stone to make walls and steps safely? What should I watch out for?
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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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How steep can a landscaped path/ramp be to qualify as accessible?

If I'm building a ramp, as mentioned in this answer, what are the slope and width requirements to ensure that it qualifies as accessible? (I recognize that there may be varying local regulations. ...
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What do I need to know to build stone steps?

Can I do this safely and economically by myself? What skills do I need to build using natural stone? What's better about doing it yourself? Why wouldn't I hire a contractor? What do I need to know ...
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How is natural stone sold and what should I know?

What types of places can I buy natural stone for various landscaping uses, like steps, patios, and walls? What are the different kinds of stone that are available? What do I look for when making a ...
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What problems should I expect to encounter when building stone steps?

How long does a set of steps take to build? Can you create a micro climate with stone work? What worked and what didn't work for the project? Will most issues be apparent right away?
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Stone Degree Cut for Fire Pit

I am building a fire pit out of Square driveway type stones. I am trying to figure out at what degree I need to cut them to make them fit together in a circle tight. The squares are 9.75" Sq. How do ...
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When building a cinder block wall, how do I attach/level the stacked blocks?

I am doing some garden remodeling, which includes making sunken beds for veggies. To separate the beds, I am stacking cinder blocks. The problem is that the base is not level, and there are some ...
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Solid stone steps or interlocking stones for front stairs

I'm in the process of planning a landscaping project for the front of our house. Is there any clear benefits to using solid stone steps over smaller interlocking stones. My perceived benefits for ...
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Durability of stone over concrete?

My concrete sidewalks are an inch or so below grade (presumably sunken since installation by previous owners?) and are beginning to crack. I'd like to install flagstone pathways in their place. It ...
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How to separate rocks and dirt?

I have rocks laid down on my drive way and it clearly has some problems in the plastic layer below. Weeds have been popping out since we moved in. How do I go about getting this rock driveway redone ...
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Potential drainage issue?

I excavated the yard to build a stepping stone walkway. There's water collecting at the intersection of the walkway and the city's sidewalk. I'm planning to back-fill and compact with crushed gravel ...
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Deck Planning / Building

I am in the process of planning for a deck. I have the deck plans done, but now I am looking at what to do underneath. I have an old concrete patio. It is cracked and not in very good condition. ...
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Retaining wall and water management in a tight space

I'm buying my first house very shortly, and as expected it has some problems. One of the big ones is water management around the garage. There is already water damage inside the garage so I want to ...
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Mortar Failure on Border Bricks

enter image description hereI have an outdoor patio in New Mexico bordered in bricks set in Mortar. These bricks were set 5 years ago.They get wet from the sprinklers. They are seperating from the ...
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Permeable paving in cold climate

Does anyone have recommendations for permeable driveway/paving for cold climates? Not a fan of the plastic grids with grass. Here in Eastern Ontario (Canada), there is lots of snow and ice so it must ...
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What's the right way to protect this brick if I want to pile soil up in front of it?

Problem Water pools up next to the house because it's the low point on the soil side of things. Solution I'd like to have a lot of dirt brought in that will raise this ~6-8 inches to encourage the ...
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Cap off tumbled bluestone wall

Last year I built a dry stacked tumble bluestone flowerbed. It took me a long time to fit it all and it looks great but I ran out of time to work on it. New year and I want to finish it off. I've ...
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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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How can I divide a long planter into two gardens?

The decking between my property and my neighbours is divided by a very large concrete planter box. It is very roughly 4x1x1 metres (13x3x3 feet) internally. Over the top of the planter, down the ...
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What problems can arise with placing stepping stones/pavers directly on to soil?

There's varying opinion on how to install stepping stones onto soil with some recommending sharp sand as a base, others recommending 'bedding' them to the soil using cement. What problems, if any, are ...
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I just had landscape curbing installed. On which side do I put a robotic mower boundary wire?

I'm considering purchasing a robot mower in the future. The models I'm looking at use a boundary wire. I recently had landscape curbing installed. Should I put the boundary wire on the grass side of ...
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How to clean long neglected, partially sunken landscape rocks

Not sure if there is really an easy method, but here is our situation with two pictures. It is a relatively large area (~1100 sq. ft.) inside a vinyl fence, so not easy to get heavy machinery in. I ...
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Are there any complications installing concrete pavers over a natural sand sub-base?

I will be installing a concrete paver patio in the near future, and recently dug 6 post holes in the area of the patio and discovered there is about 6" of topsoil/organic material, then a natural ...
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Additional aggregate needed or not

I have a gravel driveway that I want to finish with concrete. The driveway is about 200ft on virtually flat property having less than +/-2% grade at any point. It has a runoff ditch that runs along it ...
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Is it Possible to Correct Slump in Stone Retaining Wall?

My stone retaining wall has slumped over time: It may be a little hard to detect in pics, but it has sunk about two to three inches in middle :--( I don't want to tear down and rebuild, nor can I ...
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Small grain gravel as patio base

We've bought a new house. It has a gravel patio. I'd like to install pavers over the gravel. However, the gravel is more fine grained than I see recommended when creating a paver patio. Here's a ...
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Approach to dealing with sloping bed

The ground in front of my house slopes down fairly aggressively from right to left. This leaves an awkward sloping garden bed between my driveway, house, front steps, and sidewalk. See photo below. ...
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Are any plants tough enough to live on the surface of a driveway?

A lot of driveways around here are two-thirds planted with two hard wheel tracks made of cement blocks or cobblestones. I like the permeability and decoration that goes into them. Our off-street ...
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How can I hide pond liner behind 4 foot waterfall drop?

I am unfortunately a committed DIY'r. I got some help with large rocks but I have a few tall drops that I need to hide. I have a guy who recommended that I stack cobble and hold it in place with ...
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How much below adjacent paver stones should artificial grass be?

Reading instructions for artificial grass installation, it talks about digging 4 inches of dirt before applying the base layer and then installing the synthetic grass. My question is when all is said ...
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Trim/Flashing for Flowerbed Next to House

We installed a flower bed next to our house. The house siding is T1-11. We put weatherproof paper against the house to keep the siding safe from moist dirt, but we would like to put some kind of trim ...
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Geotechnical Engineering Classification and Percolation

I plan a project that is 4’ below ground and it’s a safe diy, I plan to place 2500lb limestone blocks for seating and don’t want them to sink or flood in the 10x10x4 hole.. Our soil classification is ...
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Can bushes help keep driveway and patio gravel stable?

My front yard has a U-shaped driveway on a significant slope. The arrows in the diagram below indicate the downward direction of the slope. From the bottom right to the top left, the elevation drops ...
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Removing or protecting from leaf and flower stains

I have a patio with some pavers and a walkway with some blue stones. between myself and my neighbor, we do have a lot of leaf and flower droppings. These droppings do cause a lot of stains. I tried to ...
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Cheap play tunnel construction

What is a good way to create a horizontal underground play tunnel? I.E. through a mound, for children / dogs to play in or someday for storage. This is a new construction on flat ground. Large ...
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