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What are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

Definitively a mushroom, a cup fungus of the pezizaceae family. (Precise identification is difficult over the internet.) What you see are the fruiting bodies - not unlike the apples on a tree. The ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

My personal experience is a bit different than what @Bamboo indicates, but I'm not trying to get there by adding kitchen scraps, either. Once upon a time I rented a chipper - it was an overall ...
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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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What are these flowering perennials with white flowers?

Well they're Yucca - I think they're Yucca flaccida rather than Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet) because the outermost leaves appear to be flopping outwards rather than remaining upright. Although I ...
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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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What's the function/purpose of the waterproof tarp a few inches beneath the ground in my yard?

That is most likely landscaping fabric designed to block or inhibit weed growth. If the soil layer is too thin where you intend to plant perennials, feel free to cut out a circle of the fabric and ...
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How to effectively remove wood chips from the garden?

I'm not sure what the best way to remove them is but depending on the type of wood chips they could be good to mix with other green material to turn into compost for the flower beds. Using coffee ...
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What are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

I'll confirm that the identification of Peziza fungus is accurate in Stephie's answer, and it is a saphrophytic fungus, meaning it merely digests dead material, link below (if you scroll down) shows ...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

Depending on the grass (certainly with kikuyu), it will break through the additional soil very quickly (I made this mistake recently). You might consider spraying the grass with glyphosate [ie ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

To compost a brush pile in-place you have three problems: Lack of nitrogen. Lack of water. Lack of surface area. One way to solve #1 is to gather lawn clippings or other green matter (leaves, etc) ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

If its lots of woody stuff, it'll take years to compost down, regardless of any 'greener' additions you may make to the pile to supply nitrogen. Adding kitchen scraps may well increase the risk of ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

If you have what is basically an untidy woodpile, it will eventually decompose not by composting but by rotting. However unless you have a very "rot-friendly" climate that may take 20 years or more, ...
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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

Yes, you can indeed till right into the grass and not dig it up. Just understand that there is a good chance that the grass can get tied up like hair in a motor (If that made any sence). Done this ...
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I'm trying to get rid of the tamarisk on my property

The best way I know is continuous digging them up where you do not want them to take hold. Pulling baby seedlings when you see them. You will never be able to eradicate them from your yard. This ...
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How to cover a backyard with mulch?

If the grass is dead, no need to remove it. If it's not dead, it may grow. If the yard puddles before mulch, it will puddle under the mulch. So fixing the shape of it for good drainage before ...
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How to effectively remove wood chips from the garden?

When scraping up wood chips in the past from stacking wood for the winter I've used a grain/snow shovel to get most of them up by pushing it under the wood chips, then using a leaf rake to gather up ...
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What's the function/purpose of the waterproof tarp a few inches beneath the ground in my yard?

Get rid of it! Talk about destroying even a tiny bit of a natural soil system...landscape fabric was made only to put below gravel on top of soil so that the large rocks don't sink and the soil come ...
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My yard is being taken over by crabgrass. How do I get rid of it?

I come at things form an organic landscaping background, so we don't go for pre-emergents, which would prevent it from germinating next year. With that in mind, your goal is to grow the the turf grass ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

If your looking to make sure the grass actually performs well, you should be sure to amend the soil with a decent amount of compost. I'd recommend at least 1 inch, but if it was me and I was making ...
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I'm trying to get rid of the tamarisk on my property

For my part, I would collect a huge amount of mulch and cover the yard with it. You won't need to bend to do the job, just shovel and carts. This will allow lots of wildlife to inhabit below there, ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

Have you ever thought of planting some sort of climbing rose or ivy at the base of the pile? This would add beauty and also provide shade to the pile which would speed decomposition.
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

Branches and twigs are terrible for the compost bin. I put them in when I was new to composting and not only does it take a long time to break down but it also gets in the way of turning the pile. I ...
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Will rhubarb grow well with ginger in MN?

I need to establish some clarity regarding your question - first, when you say ginger grass, do you mean Paspalum distichum, common name ginger grass, or do you mean Zingiber officinale, the knobbly ...
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Can I add lime at the same time when I spray Roundup?

Sure! the glyphosate will still work. Here's what to look out for, though. Don't walk through any bed you've sprayed roundup (even spot sprayed) until all sprayed surfaces have dried over. Then you're ...
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Reduce water in saturated backyard

In general (until you provide some details/pictures, the best I can do) you can probably improve the situation with drainage tile (aka pipe) (perhaps aided by stone and filter fabric) from your yard ...
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How much grass seed is too much?

Sure- when you start stacking seed on seed, so some seeds don't have ground contact, it's clearly too much.
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Lawn care: bagging vs mulching the grass clippings?

I've never found a mulching mower that could grind up the clippings small enough so they would disintegrate by the next week. We mowed hundreds of acres per week, too. And all our clippings had to be ...
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Lawn care: bagging vs mulching the grass clippings?

If I were your close neighbour I would offer to take all your clippings. I would show up with a trailer, you fill the trailer, and I take them by appointment. You never see them again and my rather ...
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Transplanting periwinkle

You will need to dig out the Vinca with roots attached in order to tranplant it, and you should only do that when the winter is over and the ground is not frozen. If the area you want to transplant to ...
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Need some advice on a lawn full of weed

The most common grass in TX is St Augustine . It is put in by sod or plugs , plugs will fill in during one good growing season. Because it is a backyard I would hire someone to put in plugs instead of ...
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