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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to protect against my neighbour's trees

My neighbor has planted a row of pine trees along our boundary. The trees (perhaps 10 of them) will grow to 14m tall, yet are barely 4m from my house (and 2.5m from his). The ground is heavy with ...
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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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Getting sand out of rockery

We live in the desert. The previous house owner had the back yard landscaped with a plastic layer on top of levelled sand and then 2-3 inches of rock on top. Rock size 1-2 inches across. The wind ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 place plants in the ground in the original pots they came from the nursery in?

I am redoing the landscaping left by the previous owners of my house. When going to nurseries I find that everything comes planted in a pot. When thinking lazily about it, at one time I considered ...
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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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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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How to dispose of sand, concrete rubble and field stones?

I have three piles of rubble from an old stoop I just demolished. Here are some pictures: 1) sand pile: 2) concrete rubble pile: 3) and field stone pile: I have a few questions about how to ...
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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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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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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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Soil Depth for Bougainvillea

I am an architect working on a project in Malibu, California. This is new construction of a single-family residence. The house features a green roof and the client is convinced that it must be planted ...
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Why don't you want wood chips on top of soil for an orchard?

Jack Spirko said that you don't want to use wood chips on the surface of soil. Why don't you want to use wood chips? Source
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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