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Mix topsoil with compost for vegetable garden

I'm trying to convert my backyard into a vegetable garden. I am first removing the sod. Is it OK to replace the matter with a 50/50 blend of topsoil and compost? Topsoil costs half of that of compost. ...
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How do I replace an existing lawn with new?

I’m going to be renovating my garden early next year. It’s currently a grassed garden which has been untouched since it was build around 1975. The estate was built on fields and the garden is that ...
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Rubble Soil - can i re-use when turfing

I have a lawn which was previously levelled. The previous owner filled it with rubble. I'm planning on getting the rubble completely removed, levelled and re-turfed. My question is can I improve the ...
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Why is sand mixed in when levelling grass?

There are tons of videos on Youtube where they show how to level grass, where most if not all have sand mixed in. Why is sand mixed in? Couldn't I just use the top dressing as is?
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Can there be a calcium deficiency despite plenty of calcium in the soil test

What else should I be looking for in a soil test that shows plenty of calcium when some plants do show Ca deficiency?
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What garden plants will help in waterlogged garden

I have a small square garden space 4x4 meters, where I just took of pavement slabs and stones to reveal a mixture of aggregate, pebbles and clay under a 20-25 cm of soil, not the best grade, though. I ...
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A section of land/soil is bad due to salt? How to fix?

A section of a alfalfa farm soil is bad. It is told that the cause is salty soil. What can be done to fix the soil? Update edit As requested by @csk , the source of the salt is: well, the land has ...
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Redoing the lawn and improving soil

I'd like to start over with growing lawn and some plants on a small patch of garden (20-25 m2 at most). I removed the weeds/existing grass from the top by digging through it and noticed that 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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How compact can your topsoil be before laying sod?

I hired a landscaper to spread 30 yards of top soil prior to laying sod. He insisted on dragging his bobcat scoop across the soil to give it a nice compaction. It seems to have worked well in all ...
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Do I need to add new topsoil when redoing my lawn?

I have 2/3 of my lawn bare and plan to redo it. The soil is compacted and most of the bare area is shaded. I was thinking of turning the soil over with a rotovator and adding fertilizer before turfing ...
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My acer has started to wilt, after a period of strong growth

My 4 year old acer has suddenly started to wilt after a strong bloom. It has been relatively warm for this time of year (15c/59f) and has recently had a new layer of multi purpose compost added to the ...
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Rocks and sticks in loam used by landscaper. What to do?

6 days ago I had a landscaping company perform a lawn renovation. The first few inches of the existing turf was removed and new loam was trucked in, followed by hydroseeding. Shortly after the ...
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New lawn renovation

I've just bought a house and am trying to renovate the garden lawn. The issue is that the soil is a mix of rocks, bricks, plastic, dead grass, weeds and very dry soil. It seems to be just packed full ...
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Soil to buy for potted plants?

Before I ask my question, the only place I can buy from is Home Depot. With that said, what type of soil should I buy for my plants? It would be soil for planters and pots, and I live in the ...
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What type of soil do I have

I was digging to see what kind of soil I have and I found this gray rust brown layer. It's like clay when compressed but kind of crumbles in chunks. It's around 6" from the top. I'm curious how this ...
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New topsoil has puddles on it

Problem My new front garden seems to have pools of water on it for a good few hours after rain. Background I've just had the front garden redesigned, leaving us with a brand new area for planting and ...
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What exactly is top soil?

I have a really simple and maybe stupid question... Term top soil appears very often in almost any gardening subject - but what exactly is top soil?
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Ideal way to fill in a large hole (from a goldfish pond)

The house we just bought had a goldfish pond in the back yard, which has been removed, leaving a hole roughly 1.5 meters squared, by 1 meter deep. I wish to fill in the hole, and plant a flower/...
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For lawn, does fertilizing average soil make loam or topsoil less necessary?

In a perfect world, you'd add the best loam, top soil, manure, etc, then sprinkle the best fertilizer upon it, etc. But I'm asking for the average person, who's on a budget and working 60hrs per week ...
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Screened topsoil vs 50/50 compost soil vs peat loam for new sod

I dug out all the dead grasses from my backyard after the patio was installed. It leaves about 700 sq ft for new sod. Because of the slope of my backyard I also would like to raise the lawn by a ...
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How can I remove crabgrass from a Zoysia lawn, and flower beds?

We just bought a new house in Orlando. The home is great but we noticed crab grass taking over and a few other weeds. I'm a total noob with grass stuff, although I'm researching all I can. The grass ...
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Lawn top dressing - how much and how long does the grass need to get through?

I have a very low spot near a pathway I just built and a pile of soil that resulted from the excavation of the soil. I want to put the soil over the grass that is there, but I would like to know the ...
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What are the long term effects of adding iron oxide pigments to soil?

Iron oxide (Pigment Black 11) is a intense black non toxic and very cheap pigment. I think I have read somewhere that soil from shops is sometimes pigmented with iron oxide because it sells better. ...
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Remove Clay Soil and Install new soil that is good for Bermuda Grass

I would like to remove the top 2 inches of my compacted clay soil and replace it with the best soil to grow Bermuda grass. In other words my current soil is garbage that nothing will grow in so I plan ...
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Do we need to replace mulch with soil?

I am planning on planting vegetables and the old bed has decayed mulch which looks reddish and grounded. Do I need to dig out a few inches of this and replace it with soil? Is there a way to find out ...
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Laying new topsoil, what if anything to mix in for worms or to kickstart healthy ecosystem?

For reasons that would take too long to go into (tl;dr version - a combination of mass gradual soil movement needing soil engineering, bad development, old paving/topslabs, + ground levelling to ...
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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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Should I compact topsoil before laying turf?

We're about to order topsoil and turf. Should topsoil be compacted first, or just leave it loose?
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How can I fix my garden turf?

When the wife and I bought our house a few years ago, the garden was an over grown mess. We hacked it down to make it presentable short term. When we came to sort it properly last autumn, budgets were ...
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After spending a day digging topsoil, what should I do to clean the bottoms of my shoes?

I spent part of the day digging topsoil for planting, and was wondering what the best way to clean dirt out of the groves in my shoes would be.
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