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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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How should I move on from my lawn?

My house has both front and back lawns, but I'm not really a lawn fan (high resource use, low utility, ecological issues, blah blah blah). I want to do something else with that space; the question is ...
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What's going on in this picture (old landscaping equipment)?

This picture, taken in 1967, seems to show some piece of small equipment doing some kind of landscaping. Is there perhaps a blade coming out the front of whatever he is sitting on? EDIT Based on ...
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Should I allow grass to grow around the base of trees?

I recently bought a house and the grounds were professionally landscaped, so all the trees have mulch circles around them of about 6-12 feet in diameter depending on the size of the tree. Originally ...
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Is this a good plan to turn my lawn into a garden?

I have a lawn, your standard regular lawn. I eventually want to turn it into a series of plant areas with some kind of mulch or gravel in between, like you see sometimes. I want to start by planting a ...
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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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Growing grass on top of river stone

Im trying to grow grass on top of small stone rocks. If i remove 2 inches and replace it with top soil will the grass be healthy. See image Thank you
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What is a good evergreen barrier plant in the midwest of the United States?

These plants will be near the base of another treelike and need to be ok with partial to no sun, and then obviously full sun in the winter time. EDIT: I forgot to mention that this shade would ...
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How can I dress up a tree stump?

We’ve got a tree stump in our yard, an old oak tree that was struck by lightning and partially cut down by the original owners of our house before we moved in. It’s about 4 feet tall. It’s not in the ...
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Is a Corten steel planter strong enough to be used as retaining wall?

My backyard is sloped with various boulders and retaining wall bricks used to create random terraces and slopes (I wouldn’t consider them terraces more like slopes). I am trying to remove retaining ...
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What is the most efficient way to remove a row of bushes?

I have a row of bushes, probably 200 feet long, that have become unsightly. Mixed in with the bushes are many other weeds, trees, etc that also need to be removed - hundreds in total. Trunks ...
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Need help identifing small pesky weed

This little weed has taken over my yard. Roundup doesnt seem to work. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks Paul
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Lowering grade under Norway Spruce- will it be an issue?

We just bought a house with an overgrown back yard. It's a small urban plot- 30' x 15' and there's a 80' Norway Spruce in the back corner. The former owners had some sort of sandy arbor in the back ...
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What wildlife fencing should I use around my 5 acres to keep my critters in and wildlife out?

We want to keep costs down, but want something that will last, that wildlife can't get in and our critters can't get out. Saw 6ft high steel fencing with rectangular mesh that got smaller at the ...
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Friction in landscape contracts

When two agents get together to discuss work that needs to be done in a landscape, inevitably each has a more or less different idea of what the final result will be. When there is a big discrepancy ...
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How to start in the landscaping design business?

I am a stay at home wife and mom and I have been focused on learning more about landscaping and garden design mostly because I love it. There are some local companies that do landscaping but I think ...
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Can I plant Asian Star Jasmine near house foundation?

I've seen some conflicting opinions on this. From Gardens Alive: Good air circulation is key to both healthy home and horticulture. You should always leave a foot of open space around the ...
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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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Seeding an old “flower” bed

I moved into a house that had an old elevated flower bed in the front yard. It had become overgrown and had various types of big tall grasses, flowers, shrubs, and plants in it. I paid someone to ...
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Fastest way to move dirt using only an excavator?

While watching the neighbor go at a huge pile of loose dirt (500 tons+) with a mini excavator (2.7tonne) I got to pondering whether it's faster to drag the dirt (pile it round the excavator) move the ...
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Mower sounds like its struggling to cut?

I mowed a lawn that had really thick tall grass my blades were already on the dull side, I hit a patch of grass and nearly stalled out my mower. I sharpened my blades, balanced them, cleaned under the ...
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Fell trees, chip wood, make path?

I have a few trees that need to come down in my hard-to-access backyard. I know I can dispose of the rounds for firewood. But the brush is a different story: I hardly have a way of disposing of it. ...
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Is this Christmas tree?

We just moved into this house and there is a tree right next to the side. It is way too big and too close to the house for me to like it. I have big problem in the past with any pine trees near the ...
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building a flagstone patio near fence with electric and telephone line

We are trying to build a small patio along the end of our yard (along the fence), but there is a small power line that runs through all the houses in our side. Is it safe to build a patio along the ...
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Remove a large sandbox from my yard?

In my backyard there is a 20' x 20' sandbox on a slight incline (0' to 1.5') with an approximate volume of 300 cubic feet (11 cubic yards). The sandbox served as a foundation for an above-ground salt ...
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What to do with moss on rock?

I have several rocks like this with moss growing. They are quite old. Frankly we don't like moss What to do with this? Some options I am thinking: Leave alone - Because removing will make it look ...
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Fall leaves in river rock

Does anyone have an idea on how to keep fall leaves out of river rock landscaping? Tired of cleaning leaves out of landscaping for days. Tried using an old pool cover but didn’t work well. Thanks!
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Xeriscape substitute for boxwood?

I'm working on a landscaping design in arid (10-20" precip/yr) zone 5. I'd like to make a small hedge (18" tall x 18" deep x many feet long) that looks something like a traditional boxwood hedge. ...
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How much space should I leave between apple trees and elderberry tree?

I would like to plant one or two apple trees and possibly an elderberry tree in my front yard. I have about 85ft of south facing lawn between a birch tree and my driveway to use. How many trees can I ...
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Cheapest and easiest ways to level my lawn

I bought this house 2 years ago, and one annoying aspect of it is that the garden 'slopes' towards the rear - see below This is becoming a problem now as I want to build a climbing frame for my son ...
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Removing Bushes and ground cover weeds. Do I completely change the soil?

I am removing bushes and ground cover weeds from the front of my house. The soil is full of roots and weeds. There is a Hydrangeas plant that I will moving to another part of the front yard, after I ...
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Planting and landscaping around a grave

This is a graveyard in South Asia. My goal is to grow some plants covering the rather bare area. What kind of plants would thrive here? From trees, flowering plants to ground covers. Plus, something ...
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What is path made of?

I've often seen paths in parks that are made up of a yellow looking sort of material. It doesn't get your shoes muddy and appears to let rain soak right through. Does anyone know what it is and how ...
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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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Building a planter box against a wall with above-ground footing

I am trying to build a rectangular wooden planter box up against a backyard wall, but the wall's footing is above the ground and differs in height at different points along the wall. The picture ...
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I want to change the look of this place

This is part of my home yard, I want to change this as a sweet spot for the eyes of those who see it, How is it possible?
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Controlling leaf litter in a pond

I’m thinking of constructing a small pond with a simulated waterfall or cascade - maybe more of a large water feature than a pond - near my house in the woods. I’m surrounded by large hardwood trees. ...
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I want to Mow a 50 Acre lawn [closed]

How much it would cost yearly to mow a 50 acre lawn (by yourself or hire someone permanently) and what machinery should be used to cut grass to 2 inches once a week? 10 acres an hour should do the job ...
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How do I erosion proof a hillside with mycelium?

There's a new hill that was built at a friends place, and since I'm into permaculture he asked me what type of mycelium I would recommend covering the hillside with before winter comes. He has also ...
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Design concept on land scape [closed]

I would like to know the meaning of design concept , the type of design concept, and ways on which design concept are applicable .
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What is the most efficient long term way to destroy and kill the invasive weed named “Japanese Knotweed”

I absolutely hate Japanese knotweed with every inch of my body! It grows anywhere and everywhere on the South Shore of Massachusetts. My question for you wonderful people out there is, “What is the ...
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Bed Up Against Wooden Fence

I have several planting beds along my wooden fence. A landscape architect told me to simply put a board along the fence side to prevent the fence from rotting. I did this but now the board settling ...
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Will using landscaping stones and dirt around an English walnut tree kill it?

We have a 50 year old English walnut tree and wanted to landscape around it with stone and fill in with dirt and plant flowers on top, then I read that it will kill some trees. Is this true?
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What precautions can I take when planting a living fence to avoid it becoming troublesome?

I'm interested in a living fence for my house and have a great source of straight growing willow normally used for biomass. This is in zone 4/5 of northeast US where we ge ~1m of precip per year and ...
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Hedge trimmer or pole trimmer for ivy overgrown in tree?

What is the best to trim overgrowth of ivy out of a crepe myrtle tree, but just a few of the vines? I can use a ladder and get to trim the vine hanging in the area I want to trim out of the tree. What ...
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Lighting Suggestions for Weeping Mulberry?

Just did a little trimming and while staring at it thought this area could possibly look nice with some type of lighting beneath the tree. Any suggestions on the type of light and where to place it? ...
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Can I plant sod over a drip irrigation system?

I've pulled out some plants that we don't really like, and we're trying to figure out what to do with the space of land. I'm thinking the easiest solution would be to go out and buy a few pallets of ...
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Grass preparation (base)

I need advice on preparing my garden for planting grass seeds, I have a new build property and the current grass is always waterlogged. I plan on hiring a man with digger and removing the top 6-8 inch ...
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Machinery/instruments to clear/trim vegetation on a sloping medium-sized section

I am trying to work out how to effectively keep vegetation under control on a 1.5-acre section, a large part of which is on the photo below. It is covered with high grass (now much higher than on the ...
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How to turn a field of high grass/shrub into lawn or food forest?

I have a 1.5-acre section that has not been properly maintained for many years. It is covered with high grass with some shrubs of willow, gorse and broom: (the grass is actually much higher now as ...