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Replacing grass against side of house

Feel like I’m always beating up the foundation with the weedwhacker. What is a good replacement and easy care if remove a strip of grass from side of house. Grading and drainage is important in my ...
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What can I plant to retain a steep slope?

Following some works in our front yard, we are left with a very steep slope. The soil is quite sandy, so the builder suggested to add some plants to help stabilise the slope: We live in the French ...
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How long can yuccas go without direct sunlight?

I have 2 banana yuccas I've been babying in pots. I have a spot on a more or less north-facing slope that I'm thinking of putting them, and it's unfortunately not ideal because in the (San Diego) ...
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Need advice on re-grading garden beds around foundation for better drainage and if I can apply barriers/sealant to mitigate water intrusion

I'm doing some landscaping cleanup for my parents' house - for visualization, this house's surrounding layout is almost identical: The front and right side of the house is surrounded by lawn and ...
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Sprocket upgrade needed to upgrade Stihl MS260 chainsaw from 0.325 to a 3/8 bar and chain?

I got a Stihl MS260 as a present that came with a 12"(0.325) bar guide and chain setup. I would like to upgrade it to 18"(3/8). Will this upgrade require a sprocket change? Chainsaw-modding ...
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Which garden planner is image from? Which garden planner you would recommend for newbie person?

So I found this plan, but I would modify it. Which app would you recommend? I would make a medow like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8JjyHfOMJ8
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I am rebuilding my retaining wall and I have a few questions pertaining backfill

The wall had some rock backfill that was completely surrounded in fabric. While I was tearing it down, I accidentally got a good bit of dirt into the backfill. Now as I rebuild I have been cleaning ...
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Landscaping backyard

My back yard is 80 ft x 110 ft. I want to spread a layer of top soil 6 inches deep on it. How much dirt will I have to order? Can you give me a mathematical formula that I can use, please?
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What can I plant to help dry out a wet area and prevent erosion?

I have cattails that have taken over a large section of my yard for years, which have made the land underneath deeply muddy and impassable. When I clear the cattails away, the sun will dry out the ...
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Minimizing weed maintenance (and cost) by using ground cover on a backyard slope

So my brother has a backyard with two 40 foot by 50 foot hillside dirt slopes (30 degree slope roughly) bordered by a retaining wall in Southern California (each slope sort of looks similar to the ...
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Strategy for a new flower bed in poor soil

I have a small area in front of my house with some grass and existing shrubs. I want to make an L-shaped flower bed in my space without disturbing the existing shrubs. I have removed some of the ...
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color washing off black mulch

A gardener applied black mulch that he said is natural and not dyed. Yet when it rains, the color attaches to my dog. Is it normal for undyed mulch to have color wash off?
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3000-lumen LED flood light with low-voltage landscape lighting?

Is it possible to find a 3000-lumen LED flood light that uses low voltage? ...or is that outside the possibility of low voltage?
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Stone edging without the trench. What options do I have?

I have stone edging but I do not want a trench like edgers do. I just want the lawn cut as close as possible to the edge. What options do I have? I do not like the trench like cut that the edgers like ...
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How to choose the right garden plants around the building wall and dry wells

If trees/shrubs are planted too close to a house, the roots can damage the foundation Only two to three feet is available from the building wall on both the sides of the building and dry wells with ...
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The Pastel Oasis [closed]

I'm looking for trees, flower, shrubs, or vines that fit the following requirements: Can grow in Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9A) Pastel colors : blue, lavender, teal, maybe purple Low Pollen So far, I'm ...
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Can I use two RCO Add-A-Zones to control 3 zones (1 zone is split)?

I have four trees that don't have irrigation right now. I'm planning to add a zone using the RCO Add-a-Zone, restricted to watering them via Root Watering System. The problem, though, is I have a ...
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What flexible but stable outdoor material can be used to fill a gap under a metal frame suspended window?

To describe the situation a bit more: I have an outdoor window with a metal frame. There is about a 10-15cm gap along the bottom of it. Tiled floor. The gap is not even height, so it's literally about ...
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Rubber mulch for artillery fungus - good idea?

We have a small bed in the front of our house as shown below. It has had artilery fungus for the last few seasons and I want to completely be rid of it. I am considering putting in rubber mulch, ...
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Need help fixing my awful front lawn

Just purchased this home and I don’t even know where to start, the front yard is full of weeds and rock. Any suggestions on easy cost effective fixes?
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Weed barrier under rocks failed: What can I do now?

I used this weed barrier under my Mexican River Rocks, and now weeds are growing through the barrier. Any recommendations for what kind of material I can use to prevent this from happening again?
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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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