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English word for a "soil filter machine"?

Screen ,or screen drum, strainer or sieve could be used. For analysis of particle sizes in limited volume, screen sieves ( Taylor is a common name ) are commonly used.
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What can I do with rocks to encourage wildlife?

Stone walls and piles provide a number of things for wildlife and plants: shelter habitat in the form of a microclimate For a garden I favour a dry stone wall as it is more functional and of nicer ...
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Getting sand out of rockery

I don't like answering my own questions but, after speaking to my neighbors, just about the only solution is to dig the whole lot out and start again. I did just this on a smaller area with bigger ...
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What can I do with rocks to encourage wildlife?

I stack any larger rocks I find when gardening onto piles. I find that these piles attracts snakes and lizards who like to live between the rocks and sunbathe on top of them. The snakes and lizards ...
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What to do with moss on rock?

You should start liking the mosses. Very nice and relaxing. And it make your garden have an "alpine look". You may remove it (strong brush), or just turning them, but they will return quickly, unless ...
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Should i use rocks in a (VERY) large container for gardening? (no drainage)

This looks an ideal setup to make a sub irrigated planter. You can look on youtube for many videos on how to construct these but you've got most of the construction already completed for you. So, in ...
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What are the pros and cons of different rock dusts?

There is a distinct benefit to using greensand over DE or rock dust, that is the soil conditioning properties, as greensand adds a beautiful free-draining texture for organic potting soil applications....
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Vacuum the debris from rocks?

A leaf blower is probably your best bet. If the rocks are dry you should be able to blow any debris out from the cracks, while a high power enough to suck anything other than light dust out of cracks ...
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How to revive a low nitrogen and rocky soiled lawn?

I see a few problems right away: Fertilizers are known to displace natural nutrients in the soil use a polyculture seed mix as all the plants using the same nutrients in the soil, adding clover to ...
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How to clean long neglected, partially sunken landscape rocks

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. Everything is on the table. A fence is just a fence and can be removed and replaced, or not. Heavy concrete pavers can be removed and replaced, or not. With ...
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How to efficiently remove landscaping rock

I took some time researching a very similar job - which in the end I didn't do because the size of the site vs. the cost of plant hire wouldn't have been worth it. Machines that are capable of this ...
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How to fix a dry stacked stone retaining wall on a ash hill?

The question of "is a permit needed" is one you have to ask the local authorities - in most areas "landscaping" will not require a permit, but that may not be true in your area, or ...
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Should I use an open or closed French drain in clay soil?

I am a big fan of drainage around the house but it's a challenge as water will go where it wants to go. Yes, if you backfill with gravel and top with more landscape fabric to keep out the soil then ...
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What are these "beach pebbles" made of / coated with, and will they hurt my vegetables?

Probably limestone . The white dust is from rubbing together. They would add calcium and possibly magnesium to your garden. The soil very likely already contains these elements. A drop of vinegar will ...
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In a garden path with scoria as a base and pebbles on top, will the scoria rise readily to the surface?

I will assume there is a reason why you can't simply lower the ground level below the pads. I will also assume there is a reason you can't simply add some of the dirt you removed back. The scoria ...
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UV radiation to kill algae on stone

Use of UV for sterilizing water vinegar for killing algae I am familiar with these UV bulbs and systems for ponds, aquariums and hot tubs. You've got a good idea! But I couldn't find anything about ...
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Planting on shale filled patch with weed underlay

Remove the fabric. There is a very interesting web site from Washington State University in the US called "Horticultural Myths, curated by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott. Here's her take on landscape fabric: ...
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Planting on shale filled patch with weed underlay

If it were me I would build up a layer of soil right on top of the existing bed. The shale will act as a good aggregate material to allow for adequate drainage. It sound like there is a weed ...
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Planting on shale filled patch with weed underlay

Few plants will grow well if you have a waterproof impermeable barrier (i.e. your tarpaulin) only a few inches below the surface. They will either die in a dry spell because the roots can't go deep ...
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Should i use rocks in a (VERY) large container for gardening? (no drainage)

]3No. Large rocks at the bottom, gravels, sand...none of that will help drainage in fact it will make it worse. Water has to move OUT of the system to keep pulling the water down and out or else it ...
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Getting sand out of rockery

I live in the desert as well, and just did this. Broke it loose with a shovel, then hard rake back and forth in short areas while someone holds a powerful leaf blower and watch the sand fly. It's a ...
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Pros and Cons of wood vs stone mulch

The previous owner of my home used lava rock as mulch in one area, and white gravel around some trees. I removed as much as I could from the surface but gave up trying to pry it out of the ground. I ...
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How can I prevent stones from rising to the soil surface each year?

Here's what makes these stones mysteriously appear. Stones are better conductors of heat than soil, so the stone conducts heat away from the warmer soil beneath it. That colder soil under the rock ...
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