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Questions tagged [landscaping]

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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 ...
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How close together should I plant laurels and how fast will they grow?

We have an aging 6 foot wooden fence section about 12m long running East-West. Rather than replace it I'm thinking about planting laurel which is attractive and will grow higher with time and care... ...
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Can I use this run off for a pond

At the bottom of a bank, I have a large flat area that we are going to build a small house ( 40 m2 ). The green peg is the right front corner though we are going to shift that another metre to the ...
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Designing small conifer compositions

I would like to have a couple of conifer groups in my garden like these: How to design them?
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French Drain Below or Above Retaining Wall?

I have water running into my crawl space and part of the reason I believe is from hill run-off above my house. I have 3.5ft high retaining wall all around the uphill side and water comes up underneath ...
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How do I eliminate weeds in established play area?

I have an established play area for my kids. When I created the area, I cut the grass down, capped and covered the sprinkler outlets in the area, laid down landscape/weed fabric (I forget the ply, it ...
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Should I use weed block for a tree mulch ring?

I'm considering adding mulch rings around my trees. I really don't want to spend all summer every year picking Weeds out of the mulch though. Would adding the black weed block cloth be problematic? I ...
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Will mulch on top of exposed tree roots cause rot?

I've been planning on adding a mulch circle around my trees for a while now and have time to do it this weekend. I've been reading that you shouldn't butt the mulch directly against the tree, as the ...
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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 to fix a weedy lawn

basically, I have had constructions and my lawn is killed. I hired someone around may to fix the problem and put new lawn for me. I am not sure what steps he did or didn't, But not only almost no ...
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improving a privacy tree barrier

I have a row of 5 Blue Point Junipers, with 6ft spacing. I initially planted per guidelines, but learned later that I could reduce the spacing to create a wind/privacy barrier. What I'd like to do ...
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Repurposing this rhododendron

I've been gradually building a house on a site that has been fairly well dominated by wild, unchecked growth of various greenery over the past 15 years. Time has come to turn my attention to the ...
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Brown lawn with weeds, how to remedy?

We have a house and the lawn is in this state. There are brown patches, there are barren areas, there are weeds. What are the steps to remedy this and 'bring' the grass back? FYI: We live in Los ...
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Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

Situation: Homes Back Yard borders a rural road, say 1 car per minute. There was a line of some kind of arborvitae planted there ~10 years prior. Tree health various from OK to long dead on the tree ...
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Differences in shape of fields in Central Europe [closed]

When checking satellite photos on Google Maps, I noticed that there's a striking visual difference between fields in some countries, namely Germany & Austria vs. Czech Republic & Slovakia. ...
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How can I get rid of cats destroying my landscaping in a natural way? [duplicate]

My neighbor's cats love to use my yard, garden, and flower beds as their person toilets. What can I use that is natural, and non-lethal to deter them from using my areas as a litter box. Whatever I ...
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How long should dyed brown landscape mulch keep its color?

Question for you all out there. We have a grey and white house and chose to have dark chocolate brown mulch placed around it with our landscaping bushes and flowers as contrast against the house. ...
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Best Retaining wall solution adjacent to fence

Wall 24 inches in height. Want to minimize gap between fence and wall Contractor wants to nail 2x12s against the fence to create the small retaining wall. I don't like that because of the load on ...
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Remedy poorly positioned black plastic edging

I had 5", contractor grade, black, plastic edging installed but there are parts where it's exposed above the lip and some gaps behind it. I pulled old plastic and removed brick to create the trench ...
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what to put in center of mulch ring around trees

So I recently put down 4" of double cut down around my yard. I moved the mulch back away from the tree trunks by a few inches because I know that's bad for them. Should I put anything in that gap so ...
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What's the function/purpose of the waterproof tarp a few inches beneath the ground in my yard?

When I tried to plant some plants and dug up a hole in my front yard, it appeared that there is a waterproof, at least it appeared to me so, tarp under the soil and mulch mixture, and it extends to a ...
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Is it ok to leave landscape fabric exposed in an area without plants and foot traffic?

We're thinking of paving the area under our second-story deck but aren't budgeting for it until next year at the earliest. The area, which is roughly 30 feet by 10 feet, has black lava rock partially ...
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Raising the ground in a large area that will eventually be a patio. What type of substrate to use?

I'm gearing up for a bunch of landscaping at my new home. The backyard is kind of a mess: rotted-out deck, terrible lawn, low spots, high spots, etc. It's mostly all going to get redone. This ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

I recently bought a place with an acre of lawn in front of my home. It has a natural gravity flow watering system. I want to cultivate nearly all of this for a lawn. Currently growing is what looks to ...
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How should I level my yard when half of it is dirt\pinestraw mix?

I recently bought a house where the previous owners let the backyard go and the 11 pine trees they had in the backyard wrecked havoc. I got the pine trees removed and am now tending to the yard itself ...
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water use for blue spruce outside natural environment? [closed]

I live below the natural range of blue spruce in a hot grassland habitat. How much water does a blue spruce need to thrive in this hot dry landscape?
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Is there a red or similar-looking moss that will grow on a stone statue?

I'd like to try growing some moss on a stone statue. As it's of a dragon (and I'm Welsh) it really like it to be red-ish, at least in parts. Any advise on a red moss, or some other plant that I ...
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What is the difference between shredded mulch from free vs garden center sources?

Many municipalities use brush collection materials to create mulch, which they supply for free to their taxpaying citizens. On some gardening sites, users have chimed in that these free mulch sources ...
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Best way to run water away from house into the yard/landscape

I have some water that pools up and then runs off of the cement slab right into the paver that is removed. The water then finds its way into the basement. We aren't talking about a lot of water and ...
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How do I naturally eradicate a stand of invasive bamboo?

I am on a 1 acre hill-side near the Oregon coast. The previous owner of this property decided it was a good idea to plant some type of invasive bamboo that covers a good 50% of the property (mostly ...
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Concentric circles and converging lines as paved paths/trails of a park [closed]

I'm told to design a park on a piece of land shown below: I thought about the idea of using concentric circles and converging lines as paved paths/trails. At the center/focal point, there would be a ...
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How much topsoil should be laid over hardcore before sowing grass seed?

I have an uneven back garden which i now want to level. There is also a lot of old brick and blocks of concrete in the garden which are ready to be skipped. I spoke to a builder and he recommended ...
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Trees in narrow space behind retaining wall

Context We have 2 ft (60cm) high retaining wall and 2 ft behind the retaining wall is a 4 ft (1.2m) high fence. Naturally there is backfill with 5/8" crushed stone directly behind the wall. This ...
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Please help me to select the best form composition for this backyard design

Below you have the existing areas designated as marked. Just below the access path to the left side I intend to install an outdoor sofa, parallel to the fence (it can now be seen in the 3Ds). The ...