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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'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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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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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?

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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Is there a camera that I can use to search through gopher holes?

You can always rent a plumbing drain camera from a home improvement store and use it to scope the gopher tunnels. Or get a video borescope (which is considerably shorter) but might have a better ...
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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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Will one piece of sod immediately die?

Whether its one piece of sod or grass seed, it will grow the same and requires the same conditions. Which are sunshine reasonable soil reasonable temperature reasonable moisture Plant it in spring, ...
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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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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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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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About removing mulch

You will need to remove the plastic and dig over properly in order to plant, and that means removing the wood chips/mulch. If the chips are not fresh wood, its worth keeping them somewhere to replace ...
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What is this interesting weed growing in a yard in Northeast Ohio?

Looks like Conyza canadensis to me. Common names include Horseweed and Marestail. It grows to upwards of 6 feet in one tall stem, before branching to produce many small white flowers which then ...
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Lawn care: bagging vs mulching the grass clippings?

Scientific consensus says that you should mulch the clippings back onto the lawn, and that they do NOT contribute to thatch. Almost all of what Stormy wrote is correct - mow high, mow often when ...
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What's the function/purpose of the waterproof tarp a few inches beneath the ground in my yard?

Apparently this may be a strategy to control local ground surface water. Are there water control or drainage issues on this property? In the PNW I can image either or both. Is there a french drain at ...
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Is there a camera that I can use to search through gopher holes?

We use underground cameras but the problem is that gopher tunnels intersect with other tunnels. A female gopher can have 6-10 tunnels connected to her den with pups inside, allowing her to relocate ...
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Will one piece of sod immediately die?

It does not matter if it's one piece of sod or an entire yard of sod or seed - if conditions are suitable, it will grow, if not, it will die. So on that basis your dad's "test" is quite ...
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Is there a camera that I can use to search through gopher holes?

I've seen 'endoscope' attachements for your phone, but they only reach a few feet. Here, a pocket gopher can have several hundred feet of tunnel in his approximately 1/4 acre territory. Buy gopher ...
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How do I get my lawn back to how it should be?

Don't cut lower than one inch, ever. Grass seed needs cultivated soil in order to grow, you can't just chuck the seed on the hard bare patches and expect it to take. In April, cut the grass then use a ...
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