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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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Returning a garden paved for 30 years with packed clay below, back to lawn

My new rear garden has had concrete slab paving for decades, resting on heavily packed and deep London Clay soil and a small amount of odd rubble. The paved area measures about 6x7m. The soil under ...
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What is a good distance to keep grapevines from the house when using them for shading?

I am eying some of the fox grapes that volunteer in my yard as a solution for a brick & wood south wall that heats the house up a little too much in the summer. The intention would be to shade the ...
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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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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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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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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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Did my Dogwood die because it was planted with wire around the roots?

I hired a less than spectacular gardener to do a brand new landscaping job for my house after it was built about 3 years ago. Since then almost half of the 30 some plants and trees he had put have ...
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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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Tall, quick growing privacy tree species

Can someone recommend a tall, quick growing tree that's not overly invasive that would serve well to plant around a backyard to help break the line of sight of neighbors into my pool / backyard?
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Friction in landscape contracts

When two agents get together to discuss work that needs to be done in a landscape, inevitably each has a more or less different idea of what the final result will be. When there is a big discrepancy ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Help me kill this grass

Just wondering what this broad-leaf grass is called and how I can safety remove it from my "Blue Couch" (Digitaria didactyla) lawn. I've seen it take over many people's yards but have never known what ...
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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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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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Dead Dogwood post-mortem: How to ensure these next plants do better in clay

This question is accompanied by this previous question... Did my Dogwood die because it was planted with wire around the roots? So clearly my two dead Dogwood trees didn't do so hot in clay. The ...
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Seeding an old “flower” bed

I moved into a house that had an old elevated flower bed in the front yard. It had become overgrown and had various types of big tall grasses, flowers, shrubs, and plants in it. I paid someone to ...
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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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Excavating a yard

I have some landscaping work to do around my house. Am planning to start off with a 1.5' x 4" trench around the house, followed by a ~4' x 12 " plant bed , followed by a 2' x 6" trench for a walkway....
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Is there a good way to seed perennial vegetables between landscape bricks?

I want to convert this: To look like this: Here's a few thing I need to know: How far should I space the bricks? How far should I space the rows? How do I hold the soil back? What would be ...
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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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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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What is the most efficient way to remove a row of bushes?

I have a row of bushes, probably 200 feet long, that have become unsightly. Mixed in with the bushes are many other weeds, trees, etc that also need to be removed - hundreds in total. Trunks ...
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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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Can I use silicone latex to plug hole in a tree?

I put some small 1/2" holes around the trunk on a river birch tree and gave it an iron treatment. The instructions called to seal the holes with latex caulk, but I only have latex caulk with silicone ...
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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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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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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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How can I dress up a tree stump?

We’ve got a tree stump in our yard, an old oak tree that was struck by lightning and partially cut down by the original owners of our house before we moved in. It’s about 4 feet tall. It’s not in the ...
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Fell trees, chip wood, make path?

I have a few trees that need to come down in my hard-to-access backyard. I know I can dispose of the rounds for firewood. But the brush is a different story: I hardly have a way of disposing of it. ...
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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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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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Small grain gravel as patio base

We've bought a new house. It has a gravel patio. I'd like to install pavers over the gravel. However, the gravel is more fine grained than I see recommended when creating a paver patio. Here's a ...
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Removing Bushes and ground cover weeds. Do I completely change the soil?

I am removing bushes and ground cover weeds from the front of my house. The soil is full of roots and weeds. There is a Hydrangeas plant that I will moving to another part of the front yard, after I ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...