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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

This sounds like a lot of work. The picture you show of the backyard looks nicer than some other lawns I have seen where people have a maintenance firm do the fertilizing and cutting. Just some ...
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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

All you need is a spade and a large plastic bucket like you buy drywall or paint in. This is a variation on a french drain and will not provide relief against the "one in a hundred year storm" but ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

It depends on whether you want to keep the sod or no and if the ground is already pretty flat. I haven't used a sod cutter, but I think the ground has to be fairly level. I don't think it works well ...
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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

One other option would be to work with what you have, rather than trying to drain the water away. You could put in a tree or a bed of plants that can tolerate having wet feet after a rain. They will ...
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What "gotchas" should I avoid when building a raised garden?

First a question. What is going to be underneath your raised beds? Garden soil, lawn, patio, other? If you're going to get into raised bed vegetable gardening I strongly suggest you look into Square ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

You will want 3-4" diameter perforated pipes in the stone layer (also sloped 1"/10ft), and you will probably also want filter fabric on both sides of the stone layer, or it will become a layer of clay ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

Well, the correct way to conserve water is to watch your water, and make sure you don't have excess drainage. This of course takes time and experience. Till then, use measuring cups, or watering jugs ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I haven't found any good reference sources, so this is just my personal experience. It ended up being too long for a comment, so I hope it's appropriate as an answer. I do this frequently, with both ...
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How do I channel heavy water runoff on my sloped desert land?

If you're living in desert country, you should be aiming to capture as much rainwater as possible, and prevent it from leaving your property if you can. If the property is sloping, you need to build ...
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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

No, don't bother, it absolutely is not necessary and not a good idea either. Just use the pots as they are - the fact that a little free water is sitting in the bottom of the empty pot in your image ...
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How can I improve drainage in a rainy area lawn with little manual labour?

There are different reasons why your ground could be so wet, I don't know the situation in Ireland, but here in the Netherlands we can have boggy ground as well. Different reasons are: High ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

I would also suggest that you only water the plants in the morning when the excess water will evaporate in the sunlight. I made this mistake several times with midnight watering which caused my salvia,...
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Underbed for raised garden

Dig some trenches at about one foot (~30 CM spacing) parallel to each other from the higher point to a lower point. The trenches should be about six inches (~15 CM wide) line the trenches with ...
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What are these long, mostly translucent worms in my potted trees?

I'm not sure about the specific species, but they appear to be worms from the family Enchytraeidae (commonly known as potworms). They are not earthworms, but similar. They feed on/live in decayed ...
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How low should the surface water table be in order to be considered well draining?

Not remotely related. The level of the water table has nothing to do with how well the soil drains. High water table can be in clay that doesn't drain very well at all, or in a gravel pit that drains ...
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How can the "soils" be improved on coral atolls.

If possible, use raised beds, or lined beds, in part to keep the alkalinity out. Composted medium, if there are lots of coconut trees; find dead thoroughly rotted ones that can be added to the mix. ...
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Is drainage needed for a new lawn on compacted clay?

I'd dearly love to know what part of the world you're in, because that looks remarkably like London clay, but then I guess clay looks the same most everywhere. I'm sorry to say your plan won't work ...
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What soil mixture should I use for my office Schefflera?

I agree with Bamboo in their previous answer that this is a Scheffelera 'Amate'. A trade marked cultivar that can be identified by the glossier leaves in a lighter green than the species and ...
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Drainage in planter boxes

Any wood will rot when in contact with moisture. It's just a question of how long. As a DIY project if you are happy with it lasting a few years then what you have is fine. There are those among us ...
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Why should you usually not place pebbles, rocks etc at the bottom of a container?

I'm not going to answer the entire question, but I am going to make a case for the one time it is useful to use curved pieces of broken terracotta pot, since you mention broken clay pots. Many ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

No, is the short answer. Whilst some plants will grow in waterlogged soil quite happily in open ground, such as in a bog garden, soil in a non draining or waterlogged pot can become hypoxic/anoxic and ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

Typically a non-draining pot is used for growing succulents (especially cactus.) The idea is to water infrequently (once a month or longer) and completely soak the soil. This mimics the natural ...
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Holding water and good drainage contradiction?

It seems a contradiction, but if you look more in deep, there is a reason: A soil with a lot of clay (so finer grains of soil) is a concrete like structure: water and clay paste together: there is a ...
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Making boggy ground less boggy and planting trees

I have been researching some stuff for my own garden and came across these two links which might be of use to you (I am certainly going to try some of there methods): Landscaping Ideas for Boggy ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

Your question has more context when we read your first question about night blooming jasmine dying back. It appears that your indoor plants are dying and you don't know, but suspect, virus/fungus/...
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How can I add drainage to an area with shrubs already there?

You need somewhere for the water to go. If there is anywhere close by that is lower than the planting area then: dig a trench to the lower area about six inches wide and at least six to twelve inches ...
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Is drainage needed for a new lawn on compacted clay?

When grass or sod is laid directly on top of clay subsoil it cannot grow deep roots. It will tend to brown out during dry times. One client I did work at had purchased a new home with sod laid ...
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How can I water the plants on my balcony without dripping water on my downstairs neighbor?

A "self-watering" container like an Earth Box would probably be a great solution to your problem. There are also self watering containers in smaller sizes. Besides keeping the drainage under control,...
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How can I water the plants on my balcony without dripping water on my downstairs neighbor?

It's not easy - I also have a balcony with 3 others beneath. Frankly, I don't worry about it too much, I just water and let it run, but I am careful to water only in the evening, preferably just ...
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