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How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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Why is it called landscaping?

I am a landscape gardening student and have been asked why the word landscaping is used and its origin. Does anyone know?
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Where can I get info on rescapeing my small backyard?

I have a small but steep backyard (20 ft deep, a gradual 4 or 5ft incline)where the base of the hill turns to gravel and leads under our deck and up against the back of our house. I assume this is for ...
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Planting shrubs on a gently sloped landscape.

I have a couple shrubs I want to plant on a slanted landscape; nothing severe, maybe 10 degrees. Should I plant perpendicular to the ground, or perpendicular to an imaginary level surface? If it ...
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Options for building a ramp on a steep hill

I have ten acres and all of it is hillside. When you get to the top of the hill, it's wonderful! It flattens out, it's beautiful and I love spending time up there. My house sits at the bottom of the ...
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Can wild columbine and myrtle (Vinca minor) be planted together?

I have both columbine and myrtle (Vinca minor) which I bought for the side of my property along the drip line (lead-contaminated soil so no edibles there). Can I plant them together or will the myrtle ...
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Does new lawn/sod need aeration?

I recently bought a house and am new to gardening and lawn care. Some guys stopped by and asked me if I need "aeration service." I was wondering if I need it for my new lawn/sod. I still don't see the ...
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New construction, rough top soil spread, how to flatten it?

I recently moved into a new construction here this December, and since we have cold winters where I live, the builder was not going to do any landscaping for us. What they did was spread some (very) ...
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How do I use tree roots as a landscaping feature?

I'm sure I saw a site on the Internet that showcased using excavated tree roots as a landscaping feature. I was inspired by the idea of "recycling" a tree stump and its rootball into a rockery garden ...
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When to use grass seed vs. “weed and feed”

I have a stretch of my otherwise healthy South Florida, St. Augustin lawn that has thinned out over time. It's a long, but relatively thin (maybe 15' by 3'), stretch of the yard that is in the shade ...
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How can I remove dirt that has blown into my landscaping rock?

We have an empty field by our house that is being made into a subdivision, and now that they have started work on it the wind has blown 6 to 8 inches of dirt in certain spots in among the rock in my ...
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Should I till the area around the house where I'm going to relandscape?

I'm pulling up the mulch and fiber around my house from the previous owners. It was poorly laid and it turned into a big weed issue. Some parts they only put mulch down and no fiber/plastic. I've ...
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Do I need to re-test for radon after landscaping?

We moved to a new house recently and are having some major landscaping work done in the backyard (removing/relocating a number of boulders, flattening out one area of the yard and filling another in, ...
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Could rain barrels be considered suitable substitutes for rain gardens?

My county requires rainwater management to be incorporated into lot plans for new construction if a certain percentage of the lot is impervious. This seems a sensible measure. We are under the ...
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Need help with our front fence

We would like to build a brick fence with the leftover bricks from the house. The height of the piers will be 1.6m. What height should the wall in between the piers be? I would like to grow a hedge ...
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Best Resources for a new DIY'er Getting Started? [closed]

My wife & I recently purchased a new house and while the backyard isn't a total mess, it needs some work. Both because the prior owner was elderly with limited abilities, but also because we want ...
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Wall mounting hose reels and wall cracks

I am considering getting some hose reels mounted onto our brick veneer home. However have been advised by family that the bricks might fracture etc and that it is better to just leave it on a trolley. ...
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How do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Steps to renovating a lawn completely?

I bought a new home with a moderate size (90x40 ft) back yard. Unlike the front lawn, the back has never been planted and is pretty much home to weeds, aside from a small maple tree. Last year I paid ...
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What is a good strategy for laying patio pavers?

I would like to lay several patio pavers for a new patio. The pavers are 12" square. The size I want to do is rectangular, and the base is flat with a slight slope away from the house. Should I ...
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How can I make permeable landscaping cloth drain better?

I got some synthetic grass for the dogs to play on. We put down landscaping cloth which is black with blue lines about every foot. The cloth was laid down, but we noticed that the dog pee didn't drain ...
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What are some alternatives to under gravel filters for a 3000 gallon pond?

I'm considering building a pond in the metro Atlanta Georgia area. I've owned a pond before that had an under gravel filter when we moved into the house. The filter was essentially a network of white ...
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How can I control growth on a steep hill?

I have a steep hill on one side of my home (20' down x 100' across) that is a pain and unsafe to mow. The top of the hill flattens about 10' from my home and the bottom is an unfinished lot that isn't ...
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How to safely control a fire after clearing woods

I have an empty lot with a tree line that is going to be too close to the home I intend to build on it. I hired a landscape contractor to clear the woods back about 40ft on the property but to avoid ...
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How should I transplant cotoneaster offshoots?

We have offshoots from a former cotoneaster bush that are growing very well. Whenever we try transplanting an offshoot, they don't seem to thrive. What can we do to help them thrive?
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Is it a good idea to make a brick patio on my septic tank?

I have a pile of bricks and pavers (left behind from the previous owner). My septic tank is exposed a little in one corner, right at the base of my porch steps. I was thinking of scraping the tank ...
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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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How do I landscape a sloping and flood-susceptible yard?

My wife and I just moved into a house in Arkansas a few months ago and have noticed a few drainage issues with the back yard, it has roughly a 5 to 10 degree slope (east to west) and is fenced in. The ...
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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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What are some paving options that will not get damaged by de-icing salt?

My wife is disabled with Cerebral Palsy and therefore can’t walk on ice or snow, so we must be able to use lots of de-icing salt on our front path. We would like to replace the paving with something ...
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Should I start digging out a hill in the backyard in preparation for a retaining wall/patio?

I've got a pretty steep backyard hill that slopes down to a fence that I'd like to dig out and make into a sort of fire pit area with a patio. I can't afford to do the entire project right away, but ...
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Resloping Around Foundation With Mulch Bed

I am getting small amounts of water in my basement after large quantities of rain. I think the issue is related to a slight negative slope around part of the foundation where water is seeping in. I ...
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Does my garden brickwork need mortar?

We recently redesigned the walkway through our garden to our back door. This involved lots of scaping of the land -- especially to change the waterflow away from the house. The new walkway ends with a ...

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