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Will one piece of sod immediately die?

My dad doesn't want to plant new grass in the yard since he thinks it will die. He "challenged" me to grow one piece of sod, and if that succeeds, then try planting seeds. I think it would ...
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New Bahia Yard is Extremely Lumpy

First-time home owner here. It's been two months since they laid new bahia sod (suburb of Tampa, FL). They laid it in late July, it's now early Oct. It is extremely bumpy/clumpy/lumpy. I water it as ...
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How thick does the impermeable layer need to be when grading a yard?

I'm grading my yard and have found a deep layer of sand (at least 2 ft) extending out about 10ft. Perhaps the sub base for a patio? I understand I need an impermeable layer to ensure rain runs away ...
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Bulk granular weed killer for dandelions in NW Ohio?

Explanation: I have around 5 acres of grass that is quickly being overtaken by dandelions. In years past, I've used liquid broadleaf killer to knock them down, and it's done a pretty good job. But I'...
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There's slats of concrete about 3 feet apart underneath wooden deck. How should we fill it inexpensively?

Just removed a large wooden deck in our back yard. There are slats of concrete about 3 feet apart underneath. How should we fill it in? Sod, gravel, etc.? Going to sell the house soon so we want an ...
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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 thicken grass in large ~4-5 acre "yard"?

I have a 4-5 acre area that I converted from corn/soy field to grass around 8-10 years ago. One end is VERY sandy soil, the other isn't. It's a gradual change over ~1,000ft length. I've used broadleaf ...
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Need some advice on a lawn full of weed

I just purchased a house here in Central Texas and looks like the lawn was not cared for what so ever. Filled with weeds and random vegetation, it is an eye sore to look at. I have attached pictures ...
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Should I use small rocks to disrupt yard erosion?

I'm having a problem where rivulets are forming in the lower section of my yard, giving it a fragmented like appearance. I assume this is caused my runoff from the upper section of my yard, which is ...
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Weed with giant orange root system

We had a "Tree" in the back yard which we did not plant. Leaves are about 8 inches in length and about 3 inches wide, very waxy. The roots look like extremely long carrots. The largest was ...
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Transplanting periwinkle

I have plenty of periwinkle (probably Vinca minor, or possibly V. major) in my back yard. I will soon attend to building a storage shed there. I would have to clear periwinkle for the shed ground. I ...
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What is the general "idea" behind this kind of architecture with the front lawn being separate from the actual "house area"?

Looking at random houses in the USA, I see many bizarre neighbourhoods. This street view photo shows a bunch of houses which are clearly separated from the front lawns, to the point where they look ...
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Can I salvage a tree which is broken next to its roots?

There's a tree in my courtyard that has been broken very close to its roots, to the point that it cannot stand upright. Over the day, it withered. I am not sure if it is salvageable, and the people ...
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How to trim grass on edges using only manual tools?

I have decided to cut the grass around the house using a manual push mower which works like a charm, except on the edges. I have a lot of edges like the one in the picture below and I don't really ...
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What is this prickly plant (with photo)?

What is this plant? It's growing sparsely (I've flagged around 30-40 of them over ~5 acres) throughout my back yard in northern Ohio. It is very sharp and has a pretty deep/vertical root system. It's ...
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What is making these holes in my yard?

My back yard is full of small, shallow holes and I'm trying to figure out why. They are 1-2 inches across and about as deep, definitely not burrows. I as far as I can tell, nothing is buried in them, ...
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What causes a yard to become lumpy?

What causes a yard to become lumpy and uneven. has just happened over the past few years. how do you correct it? thx
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California Avocado Tree HELP

My sapling tree was a gift from a family member who grows them for sale. He prepared it for me, told me how to plant, water and care for it in my yard. I did exactly as he said. My tree was doing ...
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What should I do with buried garbage/construction debris I found in my new yard?

I recently bought a new row home with what I thought was an adorable back yard. I started digging a shallow hole to plant a tree and noticed that about a half inch to about a foot down is where the ...
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Recommended plants for a 10 cm diameter by 10 cm depth hole in a log

I have recently planted up a fernery in my garden and have put in a few old logs for character. A larger log/stump I chiseled in some holes to plant with something such as a small fern, an orchid ...
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Is there a camera that I can use to search through gopher holes?

Gophers are a serious problem in my neighborhood. I've looked at and tried a lot of solutions, but it seems like there's far too little actually known of these tunnels in the yard. I'd like to use ...
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How do I get my lawn back to how it should be?

My lawn seems to be going downhill year by year. Every year I regularly mow, scarify, feed and I feel look after it well, but it seems to be getting worse year by year. The lawn is UK based, not ...
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French drainage design for backyard

I got a .2 acre (close to) rectangular backyard, slight slope. No puddle, yet the lawn feels wet. Or at least it takes longer to dry up after rain. Sometimes, when my neighbors started mowing, my lawn ...
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Can I leave front yard without lawn exposed in winter?

I had enough with spending weekends plucking weeds. I decided to replace my front lawn grass with river stone. I used sod cutter to take out the grass (and weeds) completely. I am going to replace ...
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Lawn care: bagging vs mulching the grass clippings?

I'm sure this is an age-old question, but should I bag or mulch my acre of hilly odd shaped lawn? I hate the look of clippings on my lawn (and then brown clippings when they dry out). I hate the ...
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Grass seed or sod?

My yard is heavily shaded and was neglected by the previous owners. I removed a heavy covering of dead leaves and have no grass. I am in N. Alabama. There 2 large oak trees at the front of the lot ...
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Accidentally mowed poison ivy plant. Can I clean the grass?

So we forgot one small PI plant in the backyard and it got mown over. I see plenty of info on washing equipment with dawn soap and water, but what can I do about the contaminated yard?? I ask because ...
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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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I'm trying to get rid of the tamarisk on my property

Lately, many salt cedars (tamarisk) are growing on my property. I'm trying to get rid of them, but I don't want to hurt any of my other plants. It seems they're grown to a field in size. They are ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

For the past year I have been piling up branches and limbs on a border of the yard and now it is about six feet high. I had wanted to experiment with a hugelkultur but the limbs are not very large and ...
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What's the difference between drop spreaders and rotary spreaders?

Why are there two kinds of spreaders and which one should I get? This is not a question of product recommendation, but rather, which kind of spreader is more popular and why? Or should I have one of ...
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make chipmunk leave the back yard [duplicate]

I found that there are several holes, digged by chipmunk, in the back yard. Would you like to let me know how to handle these little animals, or how to push them move away from the yard? Thank you ...
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What is this interesting weed growing in a yard in Northeast Ohio?

I wanted to see what it grew into. It's really a pretty interesting plant, about 6 feet tall with a plume of flowers at the top. These pics are from several years ago and I've discovered this thing is ...
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What are these flowering perennials with white flowers?

What are these flowering perennials with white flowers (growing in a yard in Northeast Ohio)?
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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

I have a small backyard with patchy grass. I killed most of it during a recent project, always with plans of laying sod after. I've read that just tilling the existing grass isn't suggested when ...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

I have a very uneven back yard, from a combination of settling, bad maintenance, and a very enthusiastic dog (digger) that a previous owner kept out there. As part of a large backyard landscaping ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

We just bought 28 acres of land with a 30 year old existing house in the center on about 1 acre cleared, the rest is completely tree filled. There is a natural slope only a few degrees heading from ...
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What are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

In one area of the garden in the house I bought couple of months back, we have mulch and recently we are seeing the following. Not sure if this is a mushroom or not. My current guess is that the mulch ...
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Will rhubarb grow well with ginger in MN?

I recently planted some rhubarb in the middle of my yard, and am considering putting ginger with it. I was wondering if: ginger would grow well mixed in with the rhubarb? will it keep the grass at ...
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How to effectively remove wood chips from the garden?

The house that I recently bought has wood chips covering the entire backyard except for the flower beds and deck. I would like to remove them and increase the flower bed size and put stones on the ...
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My yard is being taken over by crabgrass. How do I get rid of it?

As my question states half my yard is taken over by crab grass, how do I kill it off, and rejuvenate my yard while preventing more take overs?
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Can I add lime at the same time when I spray Roundup?

I sprayed the weed killer roundup and wanted to know if I can also spread some lime at the same time to neutralize my acidic garden?
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How to cover a backyard with mulch?

I would like to turn my small backyard (currently 200 sq ft occupied by dead grass, nearly to the point of dirt) into something similar to a dog run, where the ground is just covered in mulch and/or ...
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Reduce water in saturated backyard

I've noticed that maybe two days after heavy rainfall that my small 500sqf back yard is still saturated with water to the point where I get mud on my shoes just walking back there. I have low cut ...
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How much grass seed is too much?

I'm told by my seed supplier that it's impossible to to put down too much seed when overseeding an existing lawn or seeding a new lawn for the first time. Assuming the cost of seed is not an issue, ...
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What should I do with my horrible plastic-rocks-and-weeds front yard?

The front yard of my northern New Mexico house (zone 7a) is horrible. It consists of rocks and dirt with Tribulus Terrestris weeds growing in the dirt and between the rocks. Below that is a layer of ...
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In ground dog composters, are they effective? [closed]

Looking on the internet, I see a lot of plans for an underground dog waste composting systems. They basically all consist of a well drained barrel like container, buried underground, with a small ...
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