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About removing mulch

We just bought a house with a big front and backyard most of which is covered by newly laid mulch/wood chips. There also seems to be a layer of plastic underneath this layer of mulch. The house has ...
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Zone 8a: What is a good plant to block sun coming in 8' window

We have some west-facing bathroom windows that start at 8' and go to the ceiling at 10'. I would like plant something to filter the light and stop the afternoon sun from streaming in to our bathroom ...
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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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Dirt Pile Remains

I recently had a couple truckloads of red fill dirt dropped off, the trucks were unable to get where the dirt was needed and left it on my completely healthy lawn. Another company shuttled 90% of the ...
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Will these weeds reduce in winter?

These weeds are about 4 feet high. I can either weed whack them now (late September), or wait until early spring. Will I have a much easier time cutting them back in spring? I'd prefer to do it now, ...
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Foundation Shrub Planting in September

I live in North Texas (North Dallas area). I have put off re-planting some shrubs/bushes that were killed off in last year's deep freeze. If I plant appropriate shrubs at this point in the year in ...
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Best Base For Zero-Scape Rock Garden?

My wife and I are in the midst of a pretty massive (at least for us) landscaping project in our yard and we are to the point where I think it's important to get some advice from people who actually ...
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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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Plant identification: can English Yew be shaped as hedges?

Based on the leaf picture, PlantNet identifies this as English Yew with 80% confidence. But mine is shaped like a sphere and does not look like any English Yews I found online that grow tall. Location ...
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Plant identification: dark red leaves & thin stems

Location: western Massachusetts We cut it severely (to remove it) because it was kind of unwieldy when we first moved here, but the plant was very resilient and now it has grown back slim stems and ...
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Is this some kind of Rhododendron?

Location: western Massachusetts Beautiful flowers around this time of year (May). (large) A close-up before flowering. (large)
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Shrub identification (Rhododendron ferrugineum L.?) and disease?

Location: western Massachusetts. A few candidates I can find: Hoogendorn holly; Rhododendron ferrugineum L.; Nerium oleander It appeared pretty healthy last year and based on image search, it looks ...
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Shrubs identification

This is the picture (large) we took the first summer we moved here. My wife trimmed and cut quite a bit in this area and this year it looks like this (large). What are these shrubs? Can the two ...
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Plant identification: dwarf pine and spruce?

Background: Asking for help with identifying a few more plants that we have now removed. Now that we have taken more interest in the plants around the house, we have a bit of remorse that we perhaps ...
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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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Plant identification: low growing bushes

[I'm on a learning mission to figure out what are growing around my house.] We have actually removed these bushes, as they were grown too close to house and seemed to hide roaches and mice.
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Plant identification: wood sticks growing in between green leaves

[I'm on a learning mission to figure out what are growing around my house.] Here is something I can't come up with any guess what it is. It has these hard wood sticks coming out in between the leaves.
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Plant identification: Elaeagnus × Ebbingei "Gilt Edge"?

I'm on a learning mission to figure out what are growing around my house. This one has green leaves with yellow rings. Is it Elaeagnus × Ebbingei "Gilt Edge" / oleaster / Ebbing's ...
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Plant identification: Japanese barberry?

Based on Bing Image search, this looks like Japanese barberry. If it matters, we live in western Massachusetts.
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Tree rot & weeds growing from the rot?

I don't if this is rot where several large branches meet. It is soft and dark colored matter, almost like compost. I was able to peel off a patch (see circled area in the first picture). Prompted by ...
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Plant identification: Is this hosta?

Is this hosta? The flowers were actually beautiful, but seemed to harbor small bugs.
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Should I redo my irrigation on the property?

I am redoing my landscaping and I am a little bit confused about what to do about my existing irrigation system. A couple of things that are going is that I collected multiple quotes from multiple ...
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Mixing Kentucky Blue Grass and Tall Fescue

Hello all I am renovating my backyard and about 85% of it has become pure dirt. I am located in southern PA and began the process of planting grass seed. I began by seeding the entire backyard with ...
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Metal firepit installation

I want to put limestone blocks 2x2x5’ for seats in a 10x10, 4’ deep fireplace area, I rented a digger and dig the hole I and plan to put 6” of base inside the entire area first then the blocks around ...
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Desert rock landscaping thinning out

Front yard rock is thinning out, see photos. What is the best way to make this look good again. I was planning on just getting a few tons of desert rock and adding that.
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Should I use small rocks to disrupt yard erosion?

I'm having a problem where rivulets are forming in the lower section of my yard, giving it a fragmented like appearance. I assume this is caused my runoff from the upper section of my yard, which is ...
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Question about Partial Sun

I just planted sister theresa hydrangea in my front lawn next to the entrance. My front faces South. Should I replant them in my back yard because of the sun?
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I found a blue plastic tarp about 6 inches under landscaped area in the front yard. Can I remove it?

I have encountered a curious situation I'm hoping someone can solve. When I started digging a hole to plant a young bush in my front yard, I saw 1-2 inches of wood chip mulch, then a black landscaping ...
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Is it ok to bury concrete rubble under my garden?

I'm knocking down a garage in my garden. The builder has broken up the concrete slab but is stating the it should be ok to bury the rubble. I'm less certain. A broken up concrete slab will contain a ...
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Should a freshly-graded yard have temporary grass seed planted if landscaping can't begin for 3-4 months?

I'm doing a fairly large backyard remodel and I guess I'm managing it myself with subcontractors doing different pieces of the work. I just had trenching done and a retaining wall added. The soil was ...
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Options for lanscaping around pool and foundation

When we first moved in, the plants around the pool were severely overgrown and seemed to provide a nice habitat for roaches/insects that liked to swim in our pool. Last summer we removed all the ...
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Foundation landscaping [duplicate]

Last year I had the foundation of my house rebuilt and exterior drainage put on my property. The grass has taken ver and is now directly next to the foundation What can I or should I not do next to ...
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Using Quikrete gravel for landscape?

I'm looking to add some gravel between my timber steps, similar to what is in the picture below. Does this gravel look similar to what I'd find in a bag of 3/4" gravel from Quikrete? I'm not sure ...
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Is bark mulch termite resistant?

We're looking to freshen the mulch on our property and our pest control company is asking us to only use termite-resistant mulch. The closest alternative the landscaper has is a top grade bark mulch. ...
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What is the landscaper responsible for when causing mature tree damage?

We're doing a pretty big landscaping project - putting in about 1200 sqft of pavers and a 70' x 3' rock retaining wall. Our landscaper ran into our 35 year old Japanese Maple with his tractor and ...
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What type of stone is this?

I have this around my yard between larger concrete stepping stones and in more open locations. It is a rough rock with hints of different colors. My guess is some sort of gravel - I'm hoping for ...
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Advice on long term Arborvitae management

I am wondering if anyone could give me advice on the arborvitae. They are growing great but I am concerned that the privacy row is getting too tight. Should I remove every other plant to give them ...
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Help identifying landscaping plants in western Massachusetts

Having spent most of my life living in big cities, I had a hard time recognizing the plants around my house in west Massachusetts. I spent a stupid amount of time trying to decipher them using Bing ...
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Arborvitae stressed after 1+ years in pot, will they regain vigor?

I bought some Green Giant Arborvitaes in 5 gallon pots on a whim a year or so ago for my landscape. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to put them, so they've stayed in the pot since. ...
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Interpreting Soil Content Survey Results

We moved into our new-build property in November 2018, and have been beset with garden (more specifically, lawn) issues since the start. After badgering and persisting, our developer agreed to ...
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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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Can I use the gathered sticks from my yard for "to-be-compressed landfill landscaping"?

What is the harm of mixing common natural materials (wood, vines, roots, rocks) in with soil for landscaping? On first thought, it seems compressible objects like wood will compress (and decompose) to ...
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Pine tree root blocking my waterfall stream

60 foot tall pine has a 4-6 inch root traversing my stream. The water will not flow over the root (too high) and going under the root will also cause problems. Is it safe to cut the root? Perhaps ...
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Turf laid just on topsoil?

I have a new long garden raised path that has been built up both sides with concrete. What happens if I just lay top soil on this & then turf. How much topsoil & should it be fertilised? Will ...
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How do I explore and make changes in my garden?

We recently bought and moved into our home. The previous owner set up some great plants (natives, water smart, fragrant and pollinator friendly) and trees with watering automation as well. The visible ...
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How can I get rid of my grub problem?

I have lots of yellow/brown spots on my lawn, and I think they are caused by grubs. I would like to know: How can I confirm that grubs are, in fact, the problem? What products are available to combat ...
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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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