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Can gravel be used beneath wood chips for weed control?

It's not a viable idea - the wood chips will gradually degrade and decompose over time, creating a layer of soil like material on top of the gravel just right for seeds to germinate and grow in. Not ...
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How could I remove these patio slabs to create a lawn?

Start here where they appear to be loose, and pull them up, using your hands and/or a prybar as needed, proceeding up and to the right. If you are removing these and the upper brick retaining walls, ...
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Maple root buckling patio pavers

It is not worth modifying the pavers as the root(s) will continue to grow and lift. I can't plant anything in my yard without cutting roots, usually the size of you photo or smaller. I recently (one ...
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Ground is rising up next to patio

This phenomenon may be explained by the presence of moles in your garden. I am no expert on the lives of moles, but I have a similar situation around my house. They seem to prefer to dig soil up ...
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Raising the ground in a large area that will eventually be a patio. What type of substrate to use?

I think the most effective way would be to not fill it at all. How about a raised deck on concrete sono tubes if you are in a freeze are or deck feet in warmer climates? If you change the grade you ...
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Putting patio pavers around a tree

The base rock and leveling sand should not be a problem. The photo below shows crape myrtles (which is what I believe is pictured in your photo) planted in a compacted bed of small crushed gravel and ...
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Will Patio Base Trap Water?

The water will seep down between the pavers and make it's way below to the rocks, going into the soil below as the soil can absorb. If your water table is so high, or your soil is regularly over ...
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Designing a garden to work around buttresses

Before starting any design, you should answer these questions (at least): What's the sun exposure in the area? What kind of soil does your garden have? Are you in an arid area, or do you get enough ...
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Are there any complications installing concrete pavers over a natural sand sub-base?

Don't use sand for the third layer, ants love it. A new home close to the surface but protected. Use stone dust which is crushed gravel and commonly available at outdoor supply stores. You can't ...
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Magnolia leaves partially browning and curling

Magnolia soulangeana 'Heaven Scent' is a fast growing, deciduous small tree, reaching anywhere between 6-8 metres tall. Although you've only had it in that pot for about 18 months, it's probably ...
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Small grain gravel as patio base

I would just rake it level and put pavers down , looks like a good base. I have built two paver patios on essentially the native sand soil , no problems. I also built a 8 'X 12 ' garden shed putting ...
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Maple root buckling patio pavers

If you cut or chisel the roots you damage the tree. This close to the tree trunk will cause die back. Raising the soil around the tree will also cause die back unless it's done slowly over a few ...
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building a flagstone patio near fence with electric and telephone line

In many places in north America you have call and get a utility chosen contractor to come out and mark where there lines are. This is usually a no charge service and covers you in the event you hit ...
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Raising the ground in a large area that will eventually be a patio. What type of substrate to use?

I agree, a deck will not help the value of your home. A patio would. Even better is to make the patio the same level as the floor in your home. We used ground up concrete compacted, then 5/8 ...
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