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Landscaping & Design: Landscape design software, landscape design software, 3d view
landscape design software, 3d view, eagle point: Ryan, There are lots of design packages out there. You need to one that you feel comfortable with. Ask the companies for demos, some cost a few dollars. I have been looking at some to use in class. Eagle Point makes a nice package. You are...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape design, crimson king maple, butterfly bush
crimson king maple, butterfly bush, prunus x yedoensis: Not off-base at all, as groupings of similar trees can really look great. The trees and shrubs mentioned generally will go together. If you care to see pictures of them - check out http://www.horticopia.com/hortpix/index.html and look up first the genus...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape fabric, landscape fabric, soft fabric
landscape fabric, soft fabric, drycleaner: Is it just one, big, floppy piece? Usually, as you roll it out the roll side is the up side - why would you unroll it and flip it over? Man, that would be an expensive installation, if the contractor had to do that on every job...roll out, cut & flip....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape for front of home near beach, tall perennials, grass shrubs
tall perennials, grass shrubs, ornamental grasses: You can plant just about anything the can be planted in zone 6. I would suggest planting a variety like ornamental grasses, tall perennials and short perennials, evergreen shrubs (dwarf blue spruce), and a crape myrtle. Have fun with this and let your creativity...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape lighting, low voltage lighting, live oak trees
low voltage lighting, live oak trees, low voltage lights: 1. No. You need line voltage fixture to effectively light a large canopy tree in my opinion. Unless you can get the low voltage fixtures way up in the tree or if you only want a faint glow. They may appear bright for a the first few weeks but it wont last....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape plans, red brick wall, brick chimney
red brick wall, brick chimney, foundation plantings: Elizabeth, You re right about the staying away from reddish plants that will be seen with the brick as a backdrop. They ll just be lost. Two examples I see where I work are a Paperbark Maple against a red brick wall, and some Nandina against a brick chimney....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Query, new neighbours, beautiful trees
new neighbours, beautiful trees, storey extension: Marion, I CAN RELATE HONEY! That is MY SPECIALTY. Whenever I look at a property that has neighbors in close contact(within seeing distance)I immediately rectify that situation and mark it as TOP PRIORITY. Even if it seems no problem to the customer,I insert...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Software, rough sketches, landscape software
rough sketches, landscape software, sketch pad: Melvin, I have used some,but can t say as I have actually found one for any average computer user,including myself. I have resorted to drawing rough sketches from many photo angles and then a finished detailed drawing with all plants listed and drawn out....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape for storm shelter, soil amendments, type plants
soil amendments, type plants, wheelchair users: planning is the key. make an overhead view drawing of the area you are working with. freehand draw the shape of the storm shelter, existing trees & shrubs, patios, etc. take measurements (length, widths, sidewalks, beds, etc.) and show them on your drawing....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape suggestions, black eyed susan, volunterr
black eyed susan, volunterr, south exposure: Judy, So you need something that will tolerate neglect :) I would plant Rudbeckia Goldsturm , or black eyed susan. It will be OK with the infrequent watering, fill your space, and flower all summer. Good luck If you are satified with my response...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape & tropical garden, sweet gum tree, aloe plants
sweet gum tree, aloe plants, monkey grass: i m in southern NJ. getting rid of the pea gravel will cut down on the heat near the plants. organic mulches won t heat up as much. get to a local garden center and see what they recommend for your area. geraniums, summer wheat celosia, and a few other annuals...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape, slope stabilization, hydro seeding
slope stabilization, hydro seeding, highways department: Dolores, What you are describing is hydro-seeding and this method is very effective for slope stabilization. Contact a local landscape maintenace company to complete this work. It is something you can not do yourself. Have a happy holidays Gar...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Around a Swimming Pool, crape myrtle trees, drought resistant plants
crape myrtle trees, drought resistant plants, sago palms: Courtney, We just got back from the Gulf Coast(before Hurricane Dennis hit)and they had some beautiful silver foliage plants they used as a ground cover. They are in the Artemesia family of plants,which I have also used extensively where I live.They are good,low...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping around an inground storm shelter, wood siding, sore thumb
wood siding, sore thumb, storm doors: Small world. I was born in Norman, Ok. I remember we were the only house on the block with a basement, so when the sirens sounded, we usually had a block-party in our PJ s down in the basement! Thankfully, no disasters while I lived there. Maybe treat...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping around a trailer, winter creeper, rhododendron species
winter creeper, rhododendron species, japanese yew: My database suggests a few of the following plants for a shady central Alabama landscape: Osmunda regallis - Royal Fern Euonymous fortunei - Winter Creeper Rhododendron species - Rhododenrons Kerria japonica - Japanese Kerria Hydrangea species - Hydrangas...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Blocks, bearer of bad news, commercial landscape
bearer of bad news, commercial landscape, knowledgeable professional: Although it is commonly done, its better not to do this at all. The problem is the roots are constantly growing and as long as you are building the wall in the structural root plate (within about 10 to 15 of the tree) the roots will continue to expand...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping for a brick-front home, marble chips, mulch products
marble chips, mulch products, lava rocks: The purpose of a mulch is two-fold: so the bed looks neat & tidy and so the plant can retain moisture between waterings. Rock tends to heat up and dry out the soil and raise the soil temperature so the roots close to the surface cook . Wood mulch products...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Expert, ocean cruise, landscaping design
ocean cruise, landscaping design, marketing company: Eric, That sounds nice,but this is my busiest time of year and I cannot imagine taking off at this time.Also,my daughter starts back to school in August and I have to be here for her. My husband s only vacation time is this next coming week.Have you tried...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping a hill, rock garden plants, rocky slope
rock garden plants, rocky slope, marble size: The only thing you can do besides terracing it - which would cost more time and money than I think you are interested in - is to plant directly on it. You may need to unearth some stones, add some amendments. I m not sure in what capacity the clay is about...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping ideas for a small sloping back yard, rainy seattle, bobcat loader
rainy seattle, bobcat loader, wall materials: Assuming there are no restrictions on walls there is no reason you can not build a wall at the back of your lot and then fill behind it to flatten your yard. This is typically not cheap. You must have access for a small bobcat loader for wall materials and...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping ideas for a small sloping back yard, foot backyard, rainy seattle
foot backyard, rainy seattle, utility corridor: Hello, Sandy. Yes, if you cannot build a deck, then retaining wall(s) may be in order. Is it your fence seventeen feet away form your house? Then who owns the other 7 feet? Is it a public utility corridor or easement? The twenty-five foot backyard sounds...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping ideas, landscape garden design, plant exhibit
landscape garden design, plant exhibit, park bench: Who doesn t like roses & trees? (Actually, my sister-in-law doesn t like trees...) Creating a successful outdoor space prepared as a memorial is a lot involved than just a plaque, a couple of roses, and a park bench. Here is a simple primer on landscape/garden...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping/Re-newing old beds, bradford pear trees, roundup herbicide
bradford pear trees, roundup herbicide, landscape fabric: it depends on where you live. i m in southern NJ. from now to march(their dormant season) is the best time to transplant. dig as big a rootball as you can handle. dig and replant all in the same day. tamp the dirt around them firmly and build a saucer dam...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping in the Salt Lake Valley, charlotte frieze, salt lake county
charlotte frieze, salt lake county, wasatch range: I alway like to direct folks to their local Agriculture Extension office for plant advice, but the one in Utah is pretty thin with suggestions - here is the link, anyway: http://extension.usu.edu/smac/htm/landscaping Up agains the Wasatch range, the...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping with storm drain, drainage problem, plant sector
drainage problem, plant sector, usda zone: Here is my favorite plant sector website: http://www.growit.com/PlantInfo/LandScape.Htm You ll need to know your USDA zone, but it is pretty user-friendly. As to your drainage problem; dedicating the last 5 feet of a 90-foot deep yard is a small price...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping suggestions wanted..., building a retaining wall, stockade fence
building a retaining wall, stockade fence, pick and shovel: A follow-up. (foul up?) Bob - I mentioned that since your space is 10ft x 20ft, if you scrape off 2 to 3 feet, that s going to be 15 to 20 cubic feet....Its actuallly 15 to 20 cubic YARDS (A huge difference - There are 27 cubic feet in one cubic...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping suggestions wanted..., building a retaining wall, stockade fence
building a retaining wall, stockade fence, pick and shovel: Bob, Sounds like you ve got this project well in hand without my help. It s good that you are able to picture the project in detail before you do it. Helps prevent some problems. When I m digging out at area that I need to be a certain grade, like...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping suggestions wanted..., building a retaining wall, stockade fence
building a retaining wall, stockade fence, pick and shovel: Hi Bob. I like your idea of building a retaining wall at the bottom of the fence and laying the flagstones. It would be nice to rake the area and compact it before laying the stones. You could either lay them on stone dust, or add a lttle bit of cement...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Year Round, soil amendments, noon visit
soil amendments, noon visit, will know what type: planning is the key. make an overhead view drawing of the area you are working with. freehand draw the shape of your house, driveways, existing trees & shrubs, patios, etc. determine where you want planting beds(trees & shrubs), berms(hills), turf(lawn),...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping back yard, slab on grade, decorative fence
slab on grade, decorative fence, rose plants: Ken, When I ve got something that could be considered unsightly, I either distract or cover. Distracting is putting in something eyecatching and obvious that draws attention away from the slab... like a new bed for your wife s new flowers and attractive...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping, barberry bushes, day laborer
barberry bushes, day laborer, landscape company: Best time for transplanting almost every plant is to dig when the plants are dormant (most often the winter). Of course the easiest way is to hire some one to do it. If you can not afford a landscape company consider hiring a day laborer at six to twelve dollars...

Landscaping & Design: Lanscaping and lighting, newport michigan, railroad ties
newport michigan, railroad ties, landscape materials: Rubber railroad ties are a great answer to containing a play area for both practical and aesthetic reasons. I am assuming you are putting mulch inside the play area? If this is the case, then remember to dig about 3-4 inches into the ground where your railroad...

Landscaping & Design: Large northern pine near home, colorado blue spruce, laura walker
colorado blue spruce, laura walker, basement wall: Don, I would have it cut down by a tree cutting service and then plant something in front of the stump.A slow growing Colorado Blue Spruce would be a good choice.Mine is in my landscaping and has not grown more than a few inches per year. Or just keep trimming...

Landscaping & Design: Late Sept. blooms...., garden colors, drip systems
garden colors, drip systems, sure what type: Hello Becky - I just recently picked up an interesting guide from Home Depot, called Annual, Perennial, and Groundcover Guide for $2...and it lists blooming seasons as well as colors and good notes on what is easy to grow or attracts butterflies (like...

Landscaping & Design: Laterals of septic system under garden, natural fertilizer, time clyde
natural fertilizer, time clyde, laterals: Hey, Clyde. It will, indeed, affect the garden moisture. You will also find that the plants directly above will grow better. What the septic system is doing, of course, is simply providing natural fertilizer to the area. Just make sure you don t plant anything...

Landscaping & Design: Lava Rocks, wild rose wisconsin, lava rocks
wild rose wisconsin, lava rocks, landscape timbers: Jim, A couple of suggestions short of construction... I hesitate to use the B word, but have you tried a blower? I m not sure how big the actual rock is (we call it dogfood), but if it s big enough, you can blow a lot of the needles out. But this...

Landscaping & Design: Lava rocks and pine trees, lava rocks, mondell pine
lava rocks, mondell pine, lava rock: Jared, Leaving the lava rock will be ok. It s not particularly reactive with anything. Having it there will just be a matter of looks. But, your instincts are right about the black plastic. Get it out of there! That stuff can really mess up root...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn alternatives, rock mulch, linden nj
rock mulch, linden nj, lawn alternatives: FOLLOW-UP I did not mean to imply that you CANNOT plant a shade or patio tree. The area required for the trunk is about 5x5 so you don t lift up the concrete of conflict with walkways - also assuming there are no utilities in the way(water/gas/electric lines...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn construction, bobcat skidloader, drainage swale
bobcat skidloader, drainage swale, wooden fencing: without seeing it it s hard to say what to do. kind of like trying to do oral surgery/dentistry over the phone. does the ground have to be flat???what s wrong with having the slope go downhill(i m assuming the flow is downhill away from the house towards a...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn Drainage problems, lawn drainage problems, chinese windmill palm
lawn drainage problems, chinese windmill palm, city ditch: Tiffinee, [ drainage ditch in the back of my house… ] This might be a good place to get your water headed to. Convenient! [ tutoring session in french drains… ] French drain is basically a covered ditch. You re artificially giving water a place to...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn problems, laying sod, hardwood mulch
laying sod, hardwood mulch, playful dogs: This one is easy you have four choices ONLY. I have personally encountered this problem and dealt with it for many clients. You can: 1.) Remove the dogs from the turf areas or parts of it for extended periods (use a dog pen or other means) or 2.) Install...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn Renovation, lawn renovation, creeping charlie
lawn renovation, creeping charlie, project thanks: It sound like your having a tough time with the lawn!! To get the lawn in perfect condition, it has to start with the soil underneath. I would suggest having the existing lawn removed, soil reconditioned and graded/leveled, and either seeded or sodded. Sodding...

Landscaping & Design: Lawn - resistance to wear & tear, perennial rye grass, campus lawns
perennial rye grass, campus lawns, soil compaction: Ray, That s a tough one. I face the same question on the soccer field, and on the campus lawns where people take shortcuts. I always use perennial rye grass. It grows rapidly in good conditions, and puts down deep roots, so that its capacity to recover...

Landscaping & Design: Laying bark for filler in yard for landscape, hardwood mulch, rock quartz
hardwood mulch, rock quartz, garden beds: Jaime, Are you laying the bark in you garden beds or in you lawn? If your laying it in your garden beds, I would recommend you use a triple ground hardwood mulch with bark blend, no dyes, for your plants. the redbark will not break down and provide nutrients...

Landscaping & Design: Laying Flagstone on Concrete Slab, laying flagstone, lumber retailer
laying flagstone, lumber retailer, cement mix: I would use one of two products to directly attach these flagstones to the existing concrete - if the area is small, I’d use a Quick-set mortar, available at any larger lumber retailer. For a larger area, I’d use site-mixed mortar, made up of Portland cement/sand/water,...

Landscaping & Design: Laying a gravel lawn, grass seed, shady area
grass seed, shady area, seed varieties: Pauline, A few more details needed. * What is the space going to be used for? (parking,sitting area,play area? *If it gathers moss then it must be a shady area and it is very difficult to grow grass in shade,even though there are grass seed varieties...

Landscaping & Design: Laying Sod, laying sod, central mississippi
laying sod, central mississippi, centipede: Thank you for your e-mail. The best thing to do would rent a sod remover. They are very easy to use and not that much money to rent. It works pretty much like a lawn mower, and it take all the old grass up right to to dirt. Then you can add some organic material...

Landscaping & Design: Leaning tree, kwanzan cherry tree, many roots
kwanzan cherry tree, many roots, good soil: Dan, Yes, you can stake it to straighten it, but don t expect fast results. Pulling it into position and getting it to stay can take a couple years. Letting it go as is would produce straight growth from the angled trunk (shoots know which way is up),...

Landscaping & Design: Lemon Tree, meyer lemon tree, manderine
meyer lemon tree, manderine, citrus trees: Sandra - the Meyers Lemon is a dwarf variety and a cross between the Manderine orange and lemon, so its not going to get very big. Citrus trees in general have lots of requirements, but are sensitive to many variables, like sun, salt, or over-watering. ...

Landscaping & Design: Leveling Pool Site, dirt area, chalk line
dirt area, chalk line, vibratory plate: Glenn: First you need to kill all the grass using a weed killer. This is so you know it won t try to grow under the pool. Then you need to remove all the weeds and grass after it has died. Now you need to level the pool pad. You need to do what is called...

Landscaping & Design: Screen plants for Houston area, screen plants, clay soils
screen plants, clay soils, clay bowl: Here are some others to consider,since you re having trouble finding a bigger Yaupon Holly (all are good in a zone 8/Houston area) - Bufford Holly, Florida Anise, California Privet, Wax Myrtle, Osmanthus, Photinia, Cleyera, Sweet Vibernum, Southern Red Cedar,...

Landscaping & Design: Live oak spacing, oak trees, evergreen trees
oak trees, evergreen trees, conifers: Hello, I would suggest planting conifers in your backyard to block out things you do not care to view. Conifers like pines, spruces, firs. Oak trees are deciduous, which means they loose their leaves. with oak trees as they grow the bottom branches become...

Landscaping & Design: Living Patio - what ground cover to choose?, petaluma california, irish moss
petaluma california, irish moss, speedy reply: Anastaia, Stepables has had the irish moss and thyme in our neck of the woods. The creeping thyme is a good choice. If you do not want to go the plant route, try seeds. Now you should do this in the spring, though in your zone seeding may be possible...

Landscaping & Design: Locus tree, invasive pests, branch dieback
invasive pests, branch dieback, desert conditions: FOLLOW-UP I didn t answer you main question (sorry!), which was should you prune it to increase its foliage & survival. Answer - It is worth a try. It is a vigorous tree, and a dead branch will only look bad. Plus it looks poor to have dead, hanging...

Landscaping & Design: Looking for large yew, binomial nomenclature, google search
binomial nomenclature, google search, english iris: Linda- There are commercial plant locators (kind of like talent scouts), as most contractors don t have all day calling around to literally thousands of commercial and independent growers in the US. Plus, some of us pesky Landscape Architects specify some...

Landscaping & Design: Low Maintenance Design, maintenance landscape, patio work
maintenance landscape, patio work, plant suggestions: I don t mind long questions, if you don t mind looking a little deeper than a few plant suggestions, and a 10-second response. You ve discoverd the REAL secret of a low maintenance landscape; have somebody ELSE do it! Creating a low maintenance landscape...

Landscaping & Design: landscape around air conditioning units, perennial flower plants, cement foundation
perennial flower plants, cement foundation, air conditioning units: Happy New Year, Julie! For the most part, people/builders plant bushes near an AC unit to hide it - particularly if it is near the front of the house or near an entertaining area. Before I can answer your question I will need to know exactly where your...

Landscaping & Design: landscape to cover a fence, star jasmine, fatshedera
star jasmine, fatshedera, wooden fence: Oleander would get too big. By eliminating vines from your list of options, you have literally remove hundreds of potential solutions to your problem - Obviously, you ll want to avoid the annual or decidous vines, as they will go dormant and look twiggy...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design, preservenet cornell, lapu lapu city
preservenet cornell, lapu lapu city, lapu lapu city philippines: A very interesting question -however also a very intricate subject. I looked at the park site over the Internet. A very interesting monument/shrine! Philippine history is rich with such events, and its geo-political position in the world made it quite an...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design, landscape software, earth co
landscape software, earth co, landscape design: Belia, Go to these links for more info on your subject and good luck to you on your projects!: http://sketchup.google.com/ http://www.patio.com.au/ http://www.pacificpavingstone.com/Inc-500.html http://www.aquascapedesigns.com/products/items.php?catid=37...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design, ornamental grasses, deciduous plants
ornamental grasses, deciduous plants, landscape designer: Barbara, This is a quite involved question, but I can help with some of what you are looking for. Around the lake you can plant ornamental grasses, some are quite tall. As far as trees by the lake you can plant a willow tree they love water areas. The...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design problems, brick pavers, building a retaining wall
brick pavers, building a retaining wall, one last thought: Michelle: Unfortunately, to answer your main question, you can not fill more than a few inches of soil on top of existing tree roots. 3.5 would almost definitely eventually kill the tree. Plus, in order to be effective it would have to be very well compacted...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design re: proportions:scale, john brookes, flowers seeds
john brookes, flowers seeds, landscape architect: Nell - John Brookes is a prolific author, and I don t know which of his books this came out of - but I ll attempt to make sense out of this enigmatic design statement (& I hope its not your homework problem for school!!) There are three design concepts...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design software, landscape design software, sierra home
landscape design software, sierra home, landscape software: Randy, Check these out.Here is the best deal on CD Rom: www.surpluscdrom.com(Burpee 3D Garden Designer)&(Garden Designer)plus many more on this site.Prices are the greatest!You will be pleased to shop on this site for landscaping software at low prices.This...

Landscaping & Design: landscape design, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, sheperds seeds: Pat, I am not sure of your zone or climate. I will give you sources to look at what type of plants you will need. Here are some great sources to look at on the web:White Flower Farm,Musser Forests,Wayside Gardens, Shady Oaks Nursery,Walters Perennials(or...

Landscaping & Design: landscape help, free landscape design, landscape design ideas
free landscape design, landscape design ideas, privacy fence: Good morning, Rebecca - Sounds like it has the potential to become a charming spot. With the right elements to help give the space some focus , I think that a shady area can become especially intimate and inviting. If the brick is in good shape, 4...

Landscaping & Design: landscape help, product trees, pittsburg ca
product trees, pittsburg ca, plant recommendations: Gary, I looked up your zipcode and it states that you live is Pittsburg,CA. The following links should help you come up with a good plant database for your planting zone.Just copy and paste these in your browser and click go or enter.Good luck to you on...

Landscaping & Design: landscape lighting, tall shrub, flood light
tall shrub, flood light, landscape lighting: If I understand you correctly your neighbors light is of a different hue than your own lights. Is that correct? (I don t completely follow your amber lite landscape ...is that a trade name for a light type or something or just a description of the color it...

Landscaping & Design: landscape planning, missouri botanical gardens, soil study
missouri botanical gardens, soil study, plants and trees: Robert, You have certainly done your homework. Having the soil tested is very important for fertilization and knowing the sun/shade characterisitics will prevent planting in wrong locations. Visiting the SLBG was a good idea for plants that grow in southern...

Landscaping & Design: landscape quotes/estimates, dear kitty, depth approach
dear kitty, depth approach, cost estimating: Dear Kitty: First best wishes in your new business, its a tough one...Second, check my previous answers, I answered a very similar question in great detail previously. However, the short answer is yes...Mean s Cost Estimating is the best book for this....

Landscaping & Design: landscape rock, types of mulch, hardwood mulch
types of mulch, hardwood mulch, crushed granite: This question has come up before and unfortunately, there is no easy answer with large or active dogs. You are always going to have some maintenance with dogs like this. Lava Rock is sharp and course and is a bad idea. Any large or course rock is not a...

Landscaping & Design: landscape under trees, red bud trees, understory trees
red bud trees, understory trees, dappled light: Mari, First, your redbuds are understory trees and naturally will look a bit scraggly. this is their native habitat. As for the rest of your question, go to your local garden center or nursery and see what is available locally that would be suitable...

Landscaping & Design: landscape update, day lillies, micro climates
day lillies, micro climates, versatile plants: Hey, Beth. Both hostas and day lilies are pretty versatile plants as far as transplanting goes. One s goals in transplanting these two plants are to do as little damage as possible to the root system. The only time really when one should not transplant...

Landscaping & Design: landscape, erosion control blanket, drainage water
erosion control blanket, drainage water, metal pins: Sure. If the angle of the slope is not too steep (of course, if it is solid rock, it won t matter), you can use an erosion control blanket, actually pin it to the slope with metal pins, and some sort of matting groundcover like ivy, cotoneaster, daylily,...

Landscaping & Design: landscaped design surrounding a fountain, ron spence, smooth transitions
ron spence, smooth transitions, fountain maintenance: Ron, If this was in a place I was working on... 1. I would identify the one or maybe two main points of view that the fountain is viewed from, and plan(t) for those points of view--not for some symmetry that is evident only on a map with an overhead...

Landscaping & Design: landscaper woes, small claims court, better business bureau
small claims court, better business bureau, time and patience: Wow. I don t know what to suggest to you. I m not a lawyer, so anything I say is only my opinion. If you have a slip of paper with some sort of list of what he agreed to do, then it would be considered a binding contract in most states, and there are...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, uky edu, bluegrass region
uky edu, bluegrass region, extension resource: The Univeristy of Kentucky has a fine Agricultural Extension resource that tells you what trees do well in your part of the US: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/ho/ho61/ho61.pdf As for design tips, they also have a pamphlet describing general landscaping...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, grass clippings, white rocks
grass clippings, white rocks, maintenance side: Michelle, There s a couple problems that catch my eye in your question. First, the in-laws have let their backyard go some. If that s the case, while they might enjoy a fancy border around their fence while it lasts, chances are they wouldn t maintain...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, root expansion, rainy fall
root expansion, rainy fall, nutrient reserves: Paul, Short answer...for grass, no; shrubs, yes. Soil depth is what limits or allows root development, and is what holds the water and nutrient reserves, and adds insulation. The shallower the soil, the smaller the root systems and reserves. Under...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, wrong answer, leed
wrong answer, leed, curves: The answer is which way do you like it? There is nor right or wrong answer, it depends on your yard, whats to be planted in the berm, etc. Sorry if I can not be more definitive. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, flowers and shrubs, little trees
flowers and shrubs, little trees, tree question: Steven, First the tree question. I am assuming that you have a tree that you preceive as being a potential problem and you asked a professional about this. If the tree is on your property and you want to remove, remove it. As far as plants for your...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, wooden boxes, linear feet
wooden boxes, linear feet, cubic feet: Cubic Feet is the volume of the area. Volume is equal to the Length of area times width of the area times the depth of the area. So if you have a box that is 24 wide, 24 long and 24 deep you have 2 x2 x 2 = 8 cubic feet. Linear Feet is the same as the...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, overview addresses, landscape design
overview addresses, landscape design, library shelf: My wife absolutely *LOVES* being prepared, with all her checklists in order, and then only after reading the local library shelf clean of any book related to the particular project topic…she is the engineer, and I am the nutty poet (I love the way she keeps...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine solution
hydrogen peroxide, chlorine solution, meditation area: Hi Vicki! I m sorry for the delay an answering your question. If there are no plants around, you could use either one. Whatever you use, it should be sprayed on the stones. Avoid the vapors by doing it after the sunset. Let it sit overnight and rinse...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping against the brick wall of the house, brick houses, lawn man
brick houses, lawn man, brick wall: Michael: If you put the dirt in and raised it it might be a potential problem but don t listen to the lawn man, it is definitely not going to erode and collapse...unless the builder installed it wrong or used the wrong kind of mortar. Your brick is a veneer...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around a detention basin, ulmus americana, south eastern pennsylvania
ulmus americana, south eastern pennsylvania, river birch: some trees that can stand being alternatively wet, then dry are: Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor Pin Oak - Quercus palustris Red maple - Acer rubrum American Elm - Ulmus americana Dawn redwood - Metasequoia glyptostoboides also River birch, willows...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around pool, hardwood mulch, african daisy
hardwood mulch, african daisy, pea gravel: Nadine, What a challenge this must be for you! Sounds like some strange dirt. If I were you I believe I would try and remove the top layer of this soil and put down some fresh topsoil mixed with a good potting soil that is lighter and better for roots of...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around a pool., landscape designer, plant matter
landscape designer, plant matter, redwoods: Angela, This is a hard question to answer over the Internet. What I would suggest is to contact a local garden cneter or landscape designer because you will want these planting to look fabulous. If you want to do the work yourself, hire the designer to...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping for a college, residential landscape design, architecture college
residential landscape design, architecture college, project location: My expertise is in residential landscape design so I am going to refer you to another expert named Marc Chapelle who deals with larger areas of landscape design.Go to the page where you found my name and he is on the same page,his name I believe is right under...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping for drainage - Streambed followup, drain rock, headwalls
drain rock, headwalls, drain service: They come in many sizes, and are pretty plentiful here (we re on the Truckee River), so the price is $26-28/yard for the small stuff (2 to 8 ), and upwards of $50/yard for the big stuff (7 x 14 ). Check with your local landscape bulk-supplier, and NOT Home...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping driveway ?, shrubs bushes, taxus species
shrubs bushes, taxus species, dwarf varieties: You didn t specify a location, so I m going to give as generic a response, and ask that you verify these chosen plants as suitable for your area... CLASSIC CLIPPED HEDGES: Boxwood (Buxus species: Japanese, Korean, English - dwarf varieties), Yew (Taxus...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping fill, double wammy, wet soil
double wammy, wet soil, soil type: First, find your zone: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html Watery soil isn t that tough to deal with, and there are a full range of plants that can live near or in water just fine. I am assuming you cannot re-direct the flow away form this...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping a hill, ornamental trees, decorative stones
ornamental trees, decorative stones, boston area: Hi Shannon, Since the area you want to landscape is on a slope, I would suggest creating a rock garden. A rock garden incorporates natural stone boulders with shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, annuals, and ornamental trees. I reside in PA so you can grow...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping on a hill, landscape fabric, overgrown bushes
landscape fabric, overgrown bushes, garden beds: V, Talking about landscape fabric is one of my favorite topics. The fabrics will prevent weed seed already in the soil, and believe me our soils are FULL of weed seed, from germinating and growing in our garden beds. And since we do not like looking...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping near a side entry garage, taxus media, english yew
taxus media, english yew, patio trees: Curved? For all those formal entertaining occasions when the limos are stacked up delivering party-guests? Seriously, it sounds like a good place to do a formal , clipped low hedge of boxwood or Tauton Yew (The tiny one - Taxus × media Tauntonii -...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping with rock and plants, landscape fabric, lava rocks
landscape fabric, lava rocks, ornamental grasses: I would put a weed preventative down (Preen)and then put the landscape fabric down, don t use regular old plastic, use landscape fabric. You can plant anything you want, landscape roses, ornamental grasses, perennials, annuals etc... have fun with the project....

Landscaping & Design: landscaping our Southern California yard, suitable plant material, nusery
suitable plant material, nusery, local knowledge: Jennifer, I am more comfortable suggesting plants to use in the southeast because this is where my experience resides. But is can provide some guidelines. Generally a hedge is evergreen and can be drought tolerant, but adding the flowers I believe is...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping under a tree, liriope spicata, indigenous plants
liriope spicata, indigenous plants, spruce tree: Yes, you should get rid of all grass first, and I would add a little more soil due to settling. Be careful of what you plant under trees, some of the plants that are meant for shade do not do well in a shady condition under trees. A good plant to use is...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, bluegrass region, flower bed
bluegrass region, flower bed, evening sun: Mike, The best advice I can give in your situation is to contact a local designer or landscaper. Many will work on a consulting basis if you want to do the work yourself. There are so many plants suitable to your region that we just can t do this over...

Landscaping & Design: landscapog with rocks, protective cloth, spray paint
protective cloth, spray paint, krylon: David, This is such an original questionThanks for that! I just got a picture in my mind of the rocks and I see what you mean.That would be really awesome to have rocks that appear wet. The first thing that comes to mind is a clear,gloss paint.As long as...

Landscaping & Design: landscpae design, aggie horticulture, pulling weeds
aggie horticulture, pulling weeds, plant combinations: If you are looking for a general source for landscape design, try http://www.commonsensecare.com/landscape-design.html or http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/homelandscape/home.html. Plant materials are regional in nature, so what does well in...

Landscaping & Design: lanscape help, suisun bay, plant recommendations
suisun bay, plant recommendations, livingroom window: This is a link for tall & skinny trees... http://www.backyardgardener.com/tree/indexlist25.html Most will work for your zone, except maybe the fastigiate Oak (gets too big at the base, even though it mostly goes up ), or the Ginko (gets too broad...

Landscaping & Design: lanscape on an incline, landscaping timbers, iwant that
landscaping timbers, iwant that, railroad ties: Bobbi, What you are describing is called terracing . This is usually the only way to garden on a steep slanted incline.You won t be able to keep the plastic down though. That will have to come off after you spray all the vegetation with weed killer and leave...

Landscaping & Design: lantana pruned too serverely?, green leaves, lantana
green leaves, lantana, last winter: If you had said just no blooms , or few blooms, and little new growth , I would have said to just wait for next spring. But the fact that they are potted, pruned severly in winter, and had no new growth this year... I m guessing you ve seen the last...

Landscaping & Design: what to do with a large 45 degree angle slope, soil activity, residual soil
soil activity, residual soil, weed killers: I took some time to respond to this, because I wanted to contemplate a little before suggesting anything rash. This is a fairly common problem. I had a house once with a tough slope to mow (if I wasn t a careful mower, I d stumble over into the blackberry...

Landscaping & Design: lawn and English garden, planning a garden, white flower
planning a garden, white flower, plant zone: The best thing to do is to have large beds full of perennials,bulbs,shrubs and annuals.This doe not however mean less work,just less mowing and weed eating.Make sure you use weed barrier plastic or fabric in the beds secured by metal garden staples and have...

Landscaping & Design: lawn edging, polypropylene plastic, stack stone
polypropylene plastic, stack stone, landscape books: the purpose of lawn edging is to prevent the lawn from entering the flowerbed area. this happens when roots spread either below or slightly above ground level. edging prevents the lateral movement of the roots. it also can really dressup the edged area....

Landscaping & Design: lawn to garden, gravel driveway, bermuda grass
gravel driveway, bermuda grass, carful: I wish I had good news and it could be that easy! IF the grass has not gone dormant, yet, you ll have to kill it to the roots with Roundup Pro or a similar product (adding extra product won t make it MORE dead, so follow the label directions). Be carful,...

Landscaping & Design: lawn/landscaping, landscape boulders, landscape index
landscape boulders, landscape index, landscape area: Nick, I went to Google to search and here it what I have found: http://www.the-landscape-design-site.com/landscaperocks.html http://www.bourgetbros.com/flagstone/landscape_boulders.htm http://www.bourgetbros.com/flagstone/landscape_index.htm http://www.home-project.org/Landscape.php...

Landscaping & Design: lawn, penn mulch, rotavator
penn mulch, rotavator, grass seed: Hi Teresa, I would suggest applying soil directly to the problem areas of the lawn, get everything nice and level, then apply a some earth life, before you apply the seed. Make sure you apply a product called Penn Mulch, it is a grass seed accelerator....

Landscaping & Design: lawns, grass species, texas thanks
grass species, texas thanks, janet janet: Janet, You are asking the million dollar question. What grass does best in limited light. the answer is none of them. Grass species need full sun. I would make this area a planting bed. It will be much easier than trying to get grass to grow under...

Landscaping & Design: laying Rock, leed, square feet
leed, square feet, isa: As rock is sold typically by the TON, It depends on the type of rock. check this site: http://www.earthproducts.net/products/stone.html Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles on landscape topics like this on my websites....

Landscaping & Design: laying sod, laying sod, 3 feet
laying sod, 3 feet, physiology: Karen, You local landscpe supply will be able to tell you what will work best for your area. I am concerned if you have any trees in the area to be built up. You should NEVER build the soil up around the trunk of a tree. This will disrupt the tree s...

Landscaping & Design: laying white marble rocks/chips, marble rocks, land slopes
marble rocks, land slopes, marble stones: Thank you for your e-mail. It is true you should have put a weed barrier or a plastic liner down under the rock. As far as the you lowering the ground level, no you did good there. That is what you should do, so the level of rock will be level with the drive...

Landscaping & Design: lazy bachelor wants to plant and forget, lazy bachelor, holy grail
lazy bachelor, holy grail, uniform coverage: John, Alas...the holy grail of the groundskeeper...the perfect groundcover. I don t want to crush your budding belief, but it doesn t exist. “a ground cover otherthan grass that will give uniform coverage, that won t require mowing and weeding...

Landscaping & Design: leaking fountain, dry climates, full immersion
dry climates, full immersion, antique stone: First you need to identify the location of the leak. You can do this by eliminating the possibilities. Start by turning the fountain off and filling all reservoirs full to the brim. Mark each reservoir with chalk at the water line. Let the fountain sit for...

Landscaping & Design: live oak tree roots and house foundation, live oak tree, uc davis study
live oak tree, uc davis study, foot diameter: I was taught, What you see above ground is what the roots look like below ground. Turns out this is wrong. A tree is like a wine glass (the above-ground part of the tree) on a dinner plate (the roots), according to the a UC Davis study. That said, a...

Landscaping & Design: locus root system, black locust, growth habit
black locust, growth habit, deep roots: The roots of the black locust are usually shallow and wide spreading, but deep roots can also be produced on DRY sites, and they have been known to tear up asphalt & break up concrete. Root pruning: as an added kicker - they are sensitive to root damage,...

Landscaping & Design: long border with am sun, grape hyacinths, plants ferns
grape hyacinths, plants ferns, missouri primrose: Most I have listed will tolerate some shade but still need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to bloom at their best except for the evergreens,grass and foliage plants. Go to www.shadyoaksnursery.com to see some shade perennials.They have a huge selection.Hosta...

Landscaping & Design: Mayten tree, tree plantings, urban trees
tree plantings, urban trees, zero experience: Paula, I have zero experience with Mayten trees. In fact, I had never heard of it. I need to get out more, I guess. So I went a couple places to look it up. One source said that without deep watering its roots would spread voraciously on the surface....

Landscaping & Design: Mediterrenean style landscape, shrubs and trees, landscape designer
shrubs and trees, landscape designer, landsape: Tim, It sounds like you are doing a lot with the landsape. You should consult with a local landscape designer. This forum is inadequate for the scale of information you are looking for. You can also go to the library and do some research on your and...

Landscaping & Design: Meyer Lemon Tree, meyer lemon tree, fertilizing fruit trees
meyer lemon tree, fertilizing fruit trees, cross pollination: I m no lemon expert, but most plants are similar so: The bigger the pot typically the better a plant can perform, especially one that is normally a small tree. I don t know personally if repotting will affect the blooms, but I suppose if you are very careful...

Landscaping & Design: Minimizing water in a very wet yard, mason dixon line, installing french drains
mason dixon line, installing french drains, professional landscaper: Hey, Angela. I was hoping that you were closer to me. Unfortunately, I ve never worked in Connecticut. However, here s some general things that should help. First, I d suggest installing French drains in appropriate locations to take care of extra rain...

Landscaping & Design: Mixing a flagstone walkway with paver patio, flagstone walkway, paving material
flagstone walkway, paving material, gray colors: flagstone comes in all sorts of colors, depending on availability...No, I don t think it would look too odd, if you got the color right. Just pull up a paver when you go to the stoneyard, and see what matches. Also, you can CUT flagstone with a mason...

Landscaping & Design: Monkey Grass, darlene darlene, monkey grass
darlene darlene, monkey grass, landscape plants: Darlene, Monkey grass is one of the easiest landscape plants to deal with. Dig some of the plants from your generous friend. You can divide the plants into smaller pieces. How small? As long as there is a bit of the crown and roots, cut some apart...

Landscaping & Design: Monkey grass, monkey grass, maitenance
monkey grass, maitenance, handy work: It is really a personal choice. Many maitenance companies cut back Liriope (monkey grass) in the fall using a mower set very low, by hand, or with a weed whip. By hand is best for clean cuts and healthy tips on new growth. I personally cut mine about every...

Landscaping & Design: Mortared Chopped Block borders, frost depth, concrete surfaces
frost depth, concrete surfaces, flower bed: I am not familiar with Oklahoma Stone. However, I will assume that this is simply a local name for a common material that I am familiar. Assuming you are in a zone where it freezes regularly then any wall or border where stone will be affixed in mortar should...

Landscaping & Design: Moss growth in paver patio, brick paver patio, spectrum herbicide
brick paver patio, spectrum herbicide, moss growth: Mike - there are two approaches listed below. The first is more environmentally friendly , and listed by increasingly harsh levels. The goal is to create a hostile environment so this envasive plant lets go of it s grip on your brickwork: Approach #...

Landscaping & Design: Mound of earth, pre emergent weed killer, indigenous soil
pre emergent weed killer, indigenous soil, weed prevention: Hey, Marina. Well, first, I hate to see soil of any type hauled away from a property. I believe that gardens are best if they use indigenous soil, with a few exceptions such as a vegetable garden. If I were in your situation and had already had the top...

Landscaping & Design: Mountain-side concerns, shenandoah mountains, grass varieties
shenandoah mountains, grass varieties, weedwacker: Basically three solutions: 1.) No-mow grass, 2.) Special equipment, or 3.) Plant something else. NO MOW Grass varieties (There are others – this site has nice pictures): http://www.pacificsod.com/cont/nomow.html Testimonials: http://www.for-wild.org/download/wantnomow/wantnomow.html...

Landscaping & Design: Moving Hydrangeas?, hygrangea, loamy soil
hygrangea, loamy soil, lowes: Hello Mindy, I love to hear of people like yourself who want to take a plant they love and take them with them when the move. If you want to take a cutting of the Hygrangea you go about it by doing the following: The cutting must be done in early summer....

Landscaping & Design: Mudslides in front yard, professional landscaper, french drains
professional landscaper, french drains, long slope: Hey, Kelly. It s difficult to answer a question like yours from a description, but it sounds to me like you need more than just some river rock. I think you need a professional landscaper with vast experience in the areas of hillsides and erosion control....

Landscaping & Design: Mudslides, long slope, landscape architect
long slope, landscape architect, destructive energy: Water is extremely damaging when it flows, and if it really is smoking down a large incline (135 degrees?), lots of potentially destructive energy is produced. They drive tubines for electric power with the same principal! Sounds like the pipe above in...

Landscaping & Design: Mulch, jute mesh, organic mulch
jute mesh, organic mulch, steep hillside: Pinestraw does decompose, as will ANY other Organic mulch. The length of time it takes depends on the weather, moisture and thickness. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles on landscape topics like this on my websites....

Landscaping & Design: Mulch, bleach solution, couple tablespoons
bleach solution, couple tablespoons, wet spring: Joe, Black specks on siding sounds like mildew. I don t know what the mulch would have to do with that though. Mildew usually forms on some surface that is staying moist or around a lot of humidity. If the mulch is was put on top of plastic (a...

Landscaping & Design: Mulch Material, cocoa shells, mulch material
cocoa shells, mulch material, cocoa bean: Bill, Sorry. No opinion eitherway, since cocoa shells aren t available in my area. My mulch of choice is always sifted compost. I stay away from processed, but not decomposed material (around here it s bark bark bark). It ties up nitrogen as it decomposes...

Landscaping & Design: Mulch, free mulch, nitrogen fertilizer
free mulch, nitrogen fertilizer, evidence of termites: I like free. I ve enjoyed many free landscape items over the years, as friends & family have shared their plants and off-casts. I don t know exactly what Home Depot s supplier treats the mulch for - I believe the process is that they inject steam...

Landscaping & Design: Mulching?, blade speed, luck mark
blade speed, luck mark, tall grass: Adrian, I don t think anything s wrong in your set-up. I have the same experience, both with leaves and really tall grass-- I often get better results going backwards. When I tell my student workers, they think I m kidding, but it works. I think it...

Landscaping & Design: mini pine forest, pine bark mulch, pine needle mulch
pine bark mulch, pine needle mulch, pine needles: Hey, Gracie. I did the same thing once at a house I owned in Houston, which is at the western edge of the Southern Pine Belt. However, I couldn t find any pine needle mulch at the home improvement stores, and I still can t. I don t know why someone doesn...

Landscaping & Design: Did I make a mistake using English Ivy in my garden?, virginia creeper, shrubs and trees
virginia creeper, shrubs and trees, coral bells: Your concern is well founded, as ivy is a pernicious plant known for taking over , in the right conditions. We plant it here in the western desert *hoping* it will take hold, but the rest of the US curses the day they introduced it into their gardens!...

Landscaping & Design: moisture, brick house, moisture problem
brick house, moisture problem, water problem: Tracy, I am assuming you are wanting to construct a raised planting bed. I would advise against raising the grade 2 feet up on your brick house as this WILL create a moisture and/or water problem in the house structure. If you are positive this something...

Landscaping & Design: mold (green) between pavers on pation, pavers, pation
pavers, pation, partial shade: If it is between your pavers and it is greenish it is probably not mold, it is more likely a moss and there is nothing wrong with that except maybe aesthetically, if you don t like it. Its certainly not bad for the paver our your health. If its gray or black...

Landscaping & Design: monkey grass, monkey grass, ty
monkey grass, ty: If you cut them today and you live some where in the south east they should be nice looking in about 30 to 60 days. I can not say for sure in other parts of the country as the seasons may be different. For next years reference, it would have been better...

Landscaping & Design: monkey grass, monkey grass, spring and fall
monkey grass, spring and fall, good luck: Hi there! Monkey Grass (Ophiopogon Muscari) can be transplanted in spring and fall. It should be planted from 6 to 12 inches apart. It can also be propagated from seed. Let the seeds dry on the plant, and then sow them as soon as possible. Good Luck!...

Landscaping & Design: mortar joints in flagstone walkway, colored mortar, mortar joints
colored mortar, mortar joints, concrete walkway: Sounds like the wrong mortar was used (maybe type M) or too much portland cement or possibly not enough sand/filler. In any case there is no easy fix. I had this exact same issue on one of my first jobs. The contractor did not add enough sand to the mix. You...

Landscaping & Design: mosquito larvae, mosquito larvae, solar powered pump
mosquito larvae, solar powered pump, water plants: Hi there! If you have any water plants in your fountain you could use something called tanin. It is a natural product used in processing leather. That would not ruin your plants. If not; you could use chlorine or regular salt. Good luck! Carl...

Landscaping & Design: moss, moss killer, poor drainage
moss killer, poor drainage, grass seed: Thomas, You ve got a place ideally suited for moss. It likes it wet, shady, and acidic. The problem with it coming back after moss-killer application can be caused by the killer itself. Most commonly they use ferrous sulfate to give immediate moss...

Landscaping & Design: moving a mature tree, fraser valley area, column trees
fraser valley area, column trees, fenced back yard: Marlayne, Yes, you can move them by hand, but you ll be tired. From what you ve described, I d guess the root ball needs to be about 2 to 2.5 feet across, and deep. This is the best time of year to be doing this kind of moving, but the wet rootball,...

Landscaping & Design: moving trees, tree spade, dirtball
tree spade, dirtball, spruces: Moving plants is o.k. I ve moved trees over 25 feet tall, but the bigger they are, the less likely they are to survive, unless you have specialized equipment (like a backhoe or tree-spade). And, a tree with a modest-size dirtball is just stinkin heavy!...

Landscaping & Design: mulch, garbage bags, air circulation
garbage bags, air circulation, dry environment: Hi Liz Like all things organic (even us! lol) your mulch will decompose over time. However, you can store it for next year in their existing bags or garbage bags. Make sure you poke holes to allow air circulation and store in a relatively cool, dry place....

Landscaping & Design: mulch, landscape fabric, fall rain
landscape fabric, fall rain, playground area: If I was doing it... I would not use landscape fabric. My experience with that product hasn t been good. First, it doesn t keep all weeds from coming up, so I can end up fighting the tough grasses that have made it through and are now holding on to the...

Landscaping & Design: mulch around Hostas, pine bark mulch, winter mulch
pine bark mulch, winter mulch, vigorous plants: Hostas love acidic soil. Pine bark mulch is not as acidic as the actual pine needles, but it will not harm them. When I was living in Virginia, I would regularly mulch my Azaleas and Hostas with the actual pine needle duff. They seemed to like it. Mulching...

Landscaping & Design: mulch bed maintenance, mulch beds, mulch bed
mulch beds, mulch bed, pre emergent herbicide: Josh, Sad but true. No matter what mulch you use it will get weeds growing in it sooner or later. Yes, turning the mulch over will help...disrupting the roots of new weed plants. It can also cause some weeds to start growing by exposing them to light...

Landscaping & Design: mulch question, pine bark nuggets, nitrogen loss
pine bark nuggets, nitrogen loss, plant choices: Ginny, As for mulch, I m strictly a compost man myself. As both pine bark, or pine straw decompose, which they do slowly, they tie up a significant amount of nitrogen to do it. This is nitrogen which is not getting to my plants. Yes they do provide...

Landscaping & Design: mulch, flower beds, time mike
flower beds, time mike, mulch: mike treated mulch is only dyed , not treated for bugs. self-chipped mulch just doesn t look as nice. and your kid will still put it in his mouth. splinters don t taste too neat. buy a root mulch(right dress if you want a food source-licorice root) or other...

Landscaping & Design: mulching a yard, cypress mulch, wood mulches
cypress mulch, wood mulches, plastic mulches: First let me say you are doing the right thing. Many people keep trying to get grass to grow in a fruitless and tireless never ending battle that the tree will always win. So now that you have decided to mulch you need to decide what kind to use... Ok...

Landscaping & Design: mulching, plant pathogen, wood chips
plant pathogen, wood chips, christmas trees: Wood chips are a good quick fix for a dark, muddy area - I would use a hardwood variety, and no deeper than about 4 inches. It may be more expensive, but it will last longer. Be careful of using municipal/ recycled material (like ground up christmas...

Landscaping & Design: NATURAL FENCE COVERING, confederate jasmine, carolina jessamine
confederate jasmine, carolina jessamine, asiatic jasmine: It sounds like you already know the answer. Daphne Alabama is in the southern part of Alabama so Confederate Jasmine should do well. I wouldn t describe it as a natural looking vine though. And if it freezes, it will burn in the frost and could be completely...

Landscaping & Design: Narrow Space, planting a garden, black as night
planting a garden, black as night, narrow space: Erika, Form the description of your sapce I believe you have a light issue. The plants that you want to plant have higher light requirements. But don t worry there are options. Hostas and ferns would be a nice choice from the standpoint of tolerating...

Landscaping & Design: Natual Fencing, norway spruce, evergreens
norway spruce, evergreens, back door: John, If you want a quick screen. I would recommend you use large evergreens such as norway spruce, douglas firs, cryptomerias. Bamboo is a great screen if you plant it correctly. If you would like bamboo in this area, I would recommend you go on Bambooheadquarters.com...

Landscaping & Design: Need ideas for making my own English Garden, decorative rocks, relaxing escape
decorative rocks, relaxing escape, fish pond: Crystal, I think looking at photos of actual gardens that you want to create is easier by actually seeing them.Go to www.google.com and type in English garden design .You will get many photos and plants touse.Also go to your public library to get books on...

Landscaping & Design: Need plant ideas, philadelphia pa area, retaing wall
philadelphia pa area, retaing wall, ilex cornuta: With winters, it is tough to have a year-round performer...but here are a couple for Zones 6 & 7: -Barberry (red leaves/holds form in the winter: recommend Crimson Pygmy or Kobold , as they won t get bigger than 1 ), -Prostrate Junipers (J. chinensis...

Landscaping & Design: New Backyard Flower Bed, landscape fabric, season grass
landscape fabric, season grass, good soil: Hey Dwayne, Whether or not you excavate (or remove) the sod depends on the type of sod and depth of soil you plan to add on top. If the sod is a vigorous grower like bermuda it would take several feet of soil to kill it and ensure it did not come back through...

Landscaping & Design: New construction / Lighting/ Plants, low voltage lighting, plant shrubs
low voltage lighting, plant shrubs, construction lighting: For Ohio you can still landscape in Oct. but you need to get it in right away. I would avoid any small pots. For example for a fall install I would use 1 gallon ground cover not 4 or quart pots. This way if there is an early frost the roots wont freeze. ...

Landscaping & Design: New House-, excavator, back yard
excavator, back yard, slope: BJ, You are smart to bring in an expert to do the heavy work fro you. How much they charge varies and the only way to find out for your area is to have a couple give you a written estimate for the work you want done. This is not going to be cheap, but...

Landscaping & Design: New house, Bad landscaping, posion ivy, farmers coop
posion ivy, farmers coop, bottom of the incline: James, That s probably why they let it go.It is very difficult to grow and maintain anything on a steep incline,but not impossible. Start by killing everything.That sounds really harsh,but that is your only recourse at this time,since it is so neglected...

Landscaping & Design: New Lawn, winter lawn fertilizer, starter fertilizer
winter lawn fertilizer, starter fertilizer, sudden waves: Dan, In Oregon, I don t put down my winter lawn fertilizer for another 3 or 4 weeks. It will have more P & K than N (rf: NPK label assay). I wouldn t use weed killer. First, such a large application is untarget and wasteful, and also expensive. It...

Landscaping & Design: New landscape, drainage easement, parker county tx
drainage easement, parker county tx, last house on the street: Its kind of a loaded question , as there is are a series of numbers that you cannot just GUESS at.... one of the most important is how much water ends up on your property, and where does it go beyond your property lines. It sounds like you have a drainage...

Landscaping & Design: New rain garden near maple tree, red maple tree, red maples
red maple tree, red maples, rain garden: If its really a red maple, I seriously doubt if this would harm the tree. Red Maples are naturally found in woods along creek banks and often seek wet locations. As long as it is not covered in water for long periods of time..like weeks not days or hours....

Landscaping & Design: New soil, grass seed, top soil
grass seed, top soil, concrete mix: Dave, Got the pics. Boy what a big help photos can be! The problem is easily solvable I am glad to say! The best thing to do would be to add soil to those spots and pack it down really well.Don t sew grass yet until that soil is settled in those spots. Try...

Landscaping & Design: New Yard, blackberry bushes, grass weeds
blackberry bushes, grass weeds, crab grass: You could. I m basically a cheap person, however, and Roundup is not on the bargin rack. It works by stopping certain plant nutrient-creating functions within the plant, so it takes about 7 days to see the killing effects....plus a gallon jug is about...

Landscaping & Design: New Yard, bluestone perennials, wayside gardens
bluestone perennials, wayside gardens, garden seeds: Liz, Here are some great sites that actually have pre packaged butterfly theme,color theme,shade beds,sunny beds,etc.including complete garden packs with all the seeds and/or plants that belong in any type of garden you want to create. Of course seeds are...

Landscaping & Design: New yard - do it myself project - need advice, bark mulch, turf installation
bark mulch, turf installation, trees and shrubs: Hmm. I d need to know more info. How big is the yard? A condo patio doesn t need a large piece of equipment, but a few acres may require a farm plow! When I was living back east, they don t really do much but toss out some lawn seed and step back. No irrigation,...

Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier, highway curves, stone masonry
highway curves, stone masonry, noise barrier: This is outside my area of expertise. That said, I wanted to impart some considerations. I am not adept at acoustics but I can tell you this...no matter if a wooden (softer) or a stone/concrete barier is erected some sound will get by. OK, you know that....

Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier, highway curves, landscaping center
highway curves, landscaping center, correct shape: Michelle, A rock wall sound fantastic and would be a great noise barrier,but there are several drawbacks. It would have to be done strictly by a professional with years of experience and the right kind of stone,flat or at least the right equipment to cut...

Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier for noisy neighbors, mt dora florida, grave yard shift
mt dora florida, grave yard shift, noisy neighbor: * * FOLLOW UP * * Again, my sympathies - But I ran across this item this morning - do you live in Mt. Dora, Florida by chance? They just passed a city ordinance that BANS dog-barking for more than 5-minutes: http://dailycommercial.com/print.asp?SectionID=31&ArticleID=21260...

Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier, highway curves, deciduous plants
highway curves, deciduous plants, sound pollution: A rockery wall as close to the noise source as possible will have a reflecting property to it, and throw some of the sound back at the problem. Also, the highway department may have concens with larger walls next to their roadways, even if it is on your...

Landscaping & Design: Non evergreen hedge, hopseed bush, lavender cotton
hopseed bush, lavender cotton, butterfly bush: FOLLOWUP I read your quetion too quickly!~ I m sorry. Forgive my carelessness. I thought you wanted evergreen. Oops! Here are more deciduous & deer-resistant shrub/groundcover options: Buddleia/Butterfly bush, Cotoneaster, Dodonaea/Hopseed bush...

Landscaping & Design: nasty trees, flowering perennials, seed pods
flowering perennials, seed pods, flower beds: Sharon, This seems to be a real problem.I am used to certain types of Maples that produce these.They usually sprout in flower beds and have to be removed rather quickly before they become too large to pull up.I have seen several neglected gardens where I...

Landscaping & Design: native and introduced plants, native plants, plant conservation
native plants, plant conservation, pests: Riah, I don t know. The answers would depend on what specific area you are interested in and whether or not it has be studied. In my area, I would start here: http://www.oda.state.or.us/Plant/plant_conservation/ For what it s worth Mark in...

Landscaping & Design: natural fence, deciduous shrub, privacy fence
deciduous shrub, privacy fence, ohio winter: If I understand you want a deciduous shrub that will grow 6 to 10 feet and require little maintenance. First any hedge/natural fence requires pruning or it will become larger that you probably want. No shrub grows 6 to 10feet tall and stays only 3 to 4 feet...

Landscaping & Design: natural stone steps, hammer place, uneven surfaces
hammer place, uneven surfaces, field stones: Karen: It sounds like a nice setting. The short answer is yes it is that simple. But its not that easy. You ll need some pretty big rocks to ensure they don t move. Typically rocks should be 5-7 thick, 16-20 deep and 24 to 36 wide and will weigh several...

Landscaping & Design: need 2 large photinia, red tip photinias, harris county area
red tip photinias, harris county area, brick fence: Here is the local listings for some possible nurserymen that can help you out... http://www.yellowpages.com/KATY-TX/nurseries-plants-trees?From=qpiCityState If they cannot find the material, I would expand my search to cover the greater Houson/Harris...

Landscaping & Design: need to block my view, pa zone, perennial flowers
pa zone, perennial flowers, flower bed: Nick, Follow these links to low maintenance hedges and perennial flowers for your questions: http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ThujaGiantT.htm http://www.directgardening.com/index.asp http://www.tytyga.com/shrubs/ I would take a look at some Japanese...

Landscaping & Design: need help with my yard, rockspray cotoneaster, creeping juniper
rockspray cotoneaster, creeping juniper, tidewater area: When I lived in VA, I was constantly fighting the weeds (invasive grasses). Even though it has a relatively harsh climate (winter cold & summer heat), some weeds just love it in Virginia! Since you re probably in the Tidewater area, your zone is a little...

Landscaping & Design: new deck landscaping?, brick pavers, bark mulch
brick pavers, bark mulch, pea gravel: (Weird - sorry for the delay - I thought I d answered this already - I m changing offices and e-mail, etc.) YES! A great idea. I m all for re-using old materials within the garden, and I ve placed pavers in all sorts of things - decomposed granite, dirt,...

Landscaping & Design: new home landscape, septic lines, trees and shrubs
septic lines, trees and shrubs, barnes noble: Boy, Rex, this sounds like a simple question, but its like asking, “How do I build a house?” How big? How many rooms? one-story or two?, etc. Are you a “do it yourself” kind of person, or a “lets get some help on this” person? As far as help, there...

Landscaping & Design: new home landscaping, landscape areas, septic lines
landscape areas, septic lines, plant trees: Rex, When I have had landscapes like this to plan, I start the plan from specific points of view... What do I want to see from here (and here, and here, etc.)? . I do not start by saying what do I plant around the edges of everything? No no no....

Landscaping & Design: new home landscaping, pool water features, septic lines
pool water features, septic lines, sky is the limit: Rex, This is one of my FAQ s so everything in this reply may not apply to your specific situation.If I didn t cover something,please write me another question. Well first you need a plan.Without a plan,you will be lost. Take your camera and get as many...

Landscaping & Design: new lawn, warm weather returns, laying sod
warm weather returns, laying sod, early autumn: You should be ok laying sod this time of the year in Ohio. I grew up in New Jersey and layed sod several times in the months of Oct-Dec. Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is...

Landscaping & Design: noise mitigation, earth berm, noise mitigation
earth berm, noise mitigation, deciduous plants: Place the berm as close to the noise source as possible, as this will have a reflecting property to it, and throw some of the sound back at the problem. Also, the highway department may have concerns with large berms next to their roadways, even if it is...

Landscaping & Design: Obtaining a Landscape Designer, landscape designers, landscape designer
landscape designers, landscape designer, landscape design: Tim, Congrats on your new home. Contact local design/build firms and ask for references and go and look at some of thier work. I would do this for at least a couple of companies. Tell them exactly what you want for your property from a space utilization...

Landscaping & Design: Orchid, american orchid society, orchidweb
american orchid society, orchidweb, oncidium: Chuck: Sounds like you are the proud owner of an Oncidium. Down here is Florida, Oncidiums flourish. They are one of my personal favorites. The snails are not particularly fond of them, they thrive in humidity and will tolerage more than average abuse and...

Landscaping & Design: Orienting Trees to North???, literature citation, saguaro cactus
literature citation, saguaro cactus, parasitic infection: I found out one possible source for this specification: The Saguaro Cactus of the Southwest is sensitive to rotation after being transplanted. The developers would lose most of the cactus planted if the side formerly facing north (in the shade) was suddenly...

Landscaping & Design: OVERSEEDING MISTAKE, fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass
fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass, landscape supply yard: First, thanks for your patience...our ISP was down on Friday. I spoke with the fine folks at Western Turf (westernturf.com) They send their condolences, but it is a common error. The good news is that it is fixable , but it will take a few growing seasons....

Landscaping & Design: Overhanging tree, certified arborist, ash tree
certified arborist, ash tree, foilage: David, First, you re lucky that the neighbor talked to you. In my neighborhood I would have heard the chainsaw first and the talk later. Here, if the tree is diseased, and a reasonable owner can be assumed to have known it, the owner is responsible...

Landscaping & Design: Overwhelming project, ewing irrigation, irrigation supply
ewing irrigation, irrigation supply, pay scale: Thank you for the e-mail. I don t know what area you live in. But there should be a irrigation supply place in or near your town. They will all the parts and materials you could need and they will or should offer you some help, maybe some design help and literature...

Landscaping & Design: How to obtain a landscaping/ occupational license, legal jargon, building walls
legal jargon, building walls, occupational license: There is a brand new state law requiring a contractor s license to do general contracting in the state of Georgia. However, my understanding is that if you are only installing plants and no hardscape that you don t need this license. However, as soon as you...

Landscaping & Design: outside stairways, google search engine, concrete statuary
google search engine, concrete statuary, concrete molds: Peter Sounds like there would be a much safer and quicker way to go about that daunting task.Inclines are not fun and best left for professionals,but we all know how expensive pros can be. If I were you I would try the Google search engine and when the site...

Landscaping & Design: Park design, landscape architect, community activists
landscape architect, community activists, landscape architecture: I think I have no experience in design says it all. Jenny, I m going to be speak frankly, so if you feel inclined to venture into park design with no formal training, then hang on, and good luck! I will be saying this not to upset you, but keep in mind,...

Landscaping & Design: Putting in a Patio, concrete issues, patio construction
concrete issues, patio construction, deck builders: Shauna, I usually don t deal with patio or concrete issues but I will give you some links to check out: http://www.donnan.com/patios.htm http://www.gardenseeker.com/patio_construction.htm http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/concrete_patio/index.html?p...

Landscaping & Design: Patio Bricks, patio bricks, concrete paver
patio bricks, concrete paver, clay brick: Hello Frank. Yep - in my area. You have a triangle whose area is 1,670 sq. in., or 11.59 square feet (In case you were wondering, and to help you order your bricks/pavers). Depending on whatever the village will allow, my choice for durability at a...

Landscaping & Design: Patio bricks, patio bricks, brick
patio bricks, brick: Hey, Perry. I m not sure why anyone would clearcoat brick since, by its very nature, it is porous. The only way any type of coating would help is if you immersed each individual brick into a bucket of clearcoat so that every porous spot in the brick is...

Landscaping & Design: Patio / container garden, hybrid roses, washington dc area
hybrid roses, washington dc area, shrub roses: Gary, The big problem I ve noticed with planting around trees of any kind is the competition. Trees, being big and established and all, are all set up to take as much of the water and nutrients as they can. Whatever you put in is going to need help with...

Landscaping & Design: Patio / container garden, washington dc area, nursery plants
washington dc area, nursery plants, shade area: Gary, You should consult a local garden center and take a look at what kinds of plants are available to you. I can suggest what I like, but is not my garden it is yours. Pine juice does not kill grass it is a matter of not enough sunlight. Good...

Landscaping & Design: Patio with LimeStone Rock, granite dust, nearby quarry
granite dust, nearby quarry, crushed granite: Using a shovel, level the area for the patio to within 1 . Then compact the area with a small vibratory plate compactor (rent from tool rental) or use a hand held tamper. (steel bar with large flat metal plate at one end. Then apply 2-3 inches of crushed...

Landscaping & Design: Patio Paver Molds??, basket weave, brick patio
basket weave, brick patio, landscape contractor: John, I spent the weekend mulling over this item - I cannot find in my professional journals or resources what this item may be. Paving is now a specialty within the landscape contractor circles. Here a specialty link that may be better be able to answer...

Landscaping & Design: Patio stones, patio stones, bone meal
patio stones, bone meal, one of these days: Hi there! Yes, it is moss that they use. It is a wonderfull thing to grow, and it not only costs very little to maintain, but also is very good for the environment. It doesn t need all those chemicals that are commonly used in lawns. You could try...

Landscaping & Design: Patio under tree?, foundation plantings, flowering shrubs
foundation plantings, flowering shrubs, tree roots: Beth, As they say, A picture is worth a thousand words .In this case it would certainly be helpful. So if you have a digital camera and are able to send me photos that would help tremendously. I need to know if the roots are really high above the ground and...

Landscaping & Design: Patio under trees, silver maples, railroad ties
silver maples, railroad ties, silver maple: Of all of the trees, the Silver Maple is probably most resilient to a loosely laid paver patio, as its roots are very shallow and plentiful. Don t be surprised if this deck heaves up after a few years as the roots again continue to seek the surface. However,...

Landscaping & Design: Patio updating, acid wash, smooth stone
acid wash, smooth stone, best of luck: Yes, but it is likely the cold joint between the new and old sub-slab will transfer through to the surface of the new stone, so I would put a joint in your stone there or run a saw across the new stone at the location of this cold joint cutting it 1/2...

Landscaping & Design: Patio, thin veneer, laying a patio
thin veneer, laying a patio, sand base: Thanks for your patience. It s been a busy Tuesday! The base for a 50x50 paver (20” square, for us old folks) depends on the material and its thickness. If they are the concrete variety, then a compacted sand base is fine (see the link below). If you are...

Landscaping & Design: Paver Patio, lawn maitenance, handy man
lawn maitenance, handy man, best of luck: Angelique, Unfortunately, most companies can not make any money on a job that small. You ll meed to try a handy man or maybe a small lawn maitenance company. Check your local paper for services. If you do get a regular hardscape company to do it, chances...

Landscaping & Design: Paver Stones, pallet load, pavement design
pallet load, pavement design, paver stones: Sounds like an interesting pavement design. The supplier that you mentioned can be found on the web at http://www.mattstone.com/diy/index.html IF you see that there is a match, they can direct you to a local retailer. You may have to drive a bit (South...

Landscaping & Design: Pavers over concrete patio, coarse grit, paving stone
coarse grit, paving stone, water mixture: Yes you could do that... but I wouldn t. The sand will track into your house and be a mess or even damage wood and other floor types susceptible to scratching. Sand also will splash out of joints onto the house when it rains. I only use sand set stone out...

Landscaping & Design: Pavers and weeds, pre emergent weed killer, white vinegar
pre emergent weed killer, white vinegar, home improvement store: Hey, Diane. I would not use salt. It creates its own problems, as you have found out. Rather, use a pre-emergent weed killer, available at your local home improvement store. Follow the directions on the container. Usually you ll want to apply it when...

Landscaping & Design: Permanent Mulch w/o Reflecting Sun/Heat Gain???, wood mulches, bark mulches
wood mulches, bark mulches, mulch materials: Pat, You will definately have heat load problems using the stone on the south and west. I believe the benefits of organic mulch materials always outweigh any drawbacks when compared to stone. Organic mulch keeps the soil cooler, maintains soil moisture...

Landscaping & Design: Picket fence - where do I start?, fencing materials, picket fence
fencing materials, picket fence, concrete footings: It is VERY feasible, no matter what sex you are! Handy & strong is good...you ll save on labor cost. Materials costs are VERY iffy, depending on your area. Fencing materials & labor costs are outragious where I live. About $20/foot for a standard, ho-hum...

Landscaping & Design: Pindo Palm, hardy palm trees, cold hardy palm
hardy palm trees, cold hardy palm, pindo palms: Mike, I am not familiar with Pindo Palms so I went to Google and came up with some links that may help you: http://www.sunpalmtrees.com/Cold-Hardy-Palm-Trees-Pindo-Palms.htm http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/57055/ http://hort.ufl.edu/trees/BUTCAPA.pdf...

Landscaping & Design: Pine Needles, lilly of the valley, pine needles
lilly of the valley, pine needles, jack in the pulpit: Jennifer, Actually pine needles are a great natural resource.They are used widely in my area in Western Ky and any drought area for mulching around shrubbery and protection of small plants and a great weed barrier in gardens as well as moisture retention....

Landscaping & Design: Pine Trees, building a retaining wall, pine needles
building a retaining wall, pine needles, wall blocks: Hello, Dave - Grass is pretty adaptable, so I don t think it is the acidic needles, but rather poor sunlight and soil. Which way is North & the sunlight coming from? If it is in heavy shade, lawn will always be a challenge to grow, there. As you said...

Landscaping & Design: Pine tree turning brown, fellow oregonian, fungus infection
fellow oregonian, fungus infection, ponderosa pine: David, Not all pine trees have the same calendar, but this time of year is when at least some pines are losing their old needles. I take care of a big Ponderosa Pine which, a month ago was all green, but now is half brown, losing old needles. My White...

Landscaping & Design: Pink Japanese Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana 'Rosea', magnolia x soulangiana, tank lines
magnolia x soulangiana, tank lines, septic tank: Don - Your M. soulangiana has the potential for getting quite large (30-40 ft. ht. & about 20 feet wide - depending on your climate & other factors). Tthankfully, the roots are not invasive...actually quite shallow (about 2 feet) and rope-like. This...

Landscaping & Design: PLANT AROUND OUR POOL, sago palms, queen palm
sago palms, queen palm, nasty neighbors: Susie - Do you mean King Palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)? Yes, you are in one of the rare areas that this tree will grow. Up and down the California coast, inland to just before Alpine, and north on 15 to just past Fallbrook - and of course up through...

Landscaping & Design: Planning the garden, posionous plants, evergreen plants
posionous plants, evergreen plants, rich colors: Vicky, You want year-round interest, so... First step is to start paying attention as you walk or drive around nearby neighborhoods... spot plants that you like, or that catch your eye at different times of the year. This part is an ongoing project....

Landscaping & Design: Planning a AM sun border, landscape fabric, tall grasses
landscape fabric, tall grasses, start from scratch: Hot dog! A record 9 questions in one e-mail... Happy to help out: For low maintenance, the weed barrier/landscape fabric just aids in making the weeds easier to pull up (and, you will get weeds!). Is it essential? No. The hole only has to be as...

Landscaping & Design: Plant recommendations, acid loving plants, clay loam
acid loving plants, clay loam, plant recommendations: Brian, As long as your drainage is reasonable good, there s not a lot you couldn t grow. Southern exposure would make me stay away from plants that prefer shade, like Hosta, Vinca, Skimmia, some Camellias for example. Since your soil is fairly close...

Landscaping & Design: Plant selection, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, sheperds seeds: Brian, Since I live in the States and have no epertise in your zone here are some resources on the web that will help you with plant selection for your zone and soil type: Here are some great sources to look at on the web:White Flower Farm,Musser Forests,Wayside...

Landscaping & Design: Planting along the foundation, roundup weed control, peat humus
roundup weed control, peat humus, peat moss: why are you digging out or adding dirt??? are you trying to improve drainage away from the house or just adding planting beds?? to make beds you can just spray roundup a week or two ahead of planting over the lawn area you want to plant ornamentals in. no...

Landscaping & Design: Planting area, allan block retaining wall, north west georgia
allan block retaining wall, north west georgia, block retaining wall: There are a lot of other factors to consider besides humidity/cold. Also consider the orientation - is it facing hot south, or cool north? Is the soil poor in nutrients? Do you want deciduous or evergreen foliage? The University of Georgia has a list,...

Landscaping & Design: Planting container collections in a new location, scented geraniums, placentia ca
scented geraniums, placentia ca, magnolia tree: Darilynn, First, sorry for delay in answer. Given the thorough way you described all the possible locations, I get the feeling I should be asking you for advice. You have a good sense of what s going to be important. Whenever I move plants, if I...

Landscaping & Design: Planting Grass over Grass?, planting grass, there some sort
planting grass, there some sort, maintenance man: Anita, It is common practice to fill-in ruts with soil and re-seed. So from that aspect it is nothing out of the ordinary. Have the guy come back and re-do it. If the guy is the condo maintenance the association should know. Good gardening ...

Landscaping & Design: Planting over lawn, spectrum herbicide, bark mulch
spectrum herbicide, bark mulch, types of grass: Anthony, I d stay away from that filter cloth. No kidding. 1. There are several types of grass and weeds that will grow through it, (sad but true) 2. It floats up sooner or later, so you re stuck trying to hide big flaps of cloth, which gets irritating...

Landscaping & Design: Planting near property line, southeastern ohio, plant material
southeastern ohio, plant material, easement: Esther, As far planting on the property line there are a couple of things to consider. First, as plants grow they get bigger in diameter, so you would not want to plant a shrub that has a mature diameter of 10 , a radius of 5 , 3 from the line. I always...

Landscaping & Design: Planting near a retaining wall, emerald green arborvitae, root crowns
emerald green arborvitae, root crowns, leyland cypress: Emerald Green Arborvitae is a small thuja and will do fine. Plant the center of this tree at least 36 from the wall. Regarding root crows, I doubt you will find any books describing this aspect. Knowing if a tree has a substantial root crown is something...

Landscaping & Design: Planting shade trees near a septic tank, london planetree, fruitless mulberry
london planetree, fruitless mulberry, environmental dept: ******* FOLLOW-UP - You can also buy bigger trees to start with - 4 caliper size and bigger. Pricy, but then so is $775/month! ********* No matter what the environmental guy says, I still wouldn t plant a tree right on top of a pipe - roots not only...

Landscaping & Design: Planting Trees in November, plum trees, fall rains
plum trees, fall rains, big trees: Daniel, I m with the landscaper. I plant deciduous trees when the stress of transplanting will be the minimal. So that means, the trees are dormant (leaves off), temperature low (but not so low that ground is frozen and hard to dig), moisture available...

Landscaping & Design: Planting Trees in November, plum trees, bark mulch
plum trees, bark mulch, spring thaw: I, too, live in a Zone 7. Our first frost is in about 3 weeks. We regularly have our contractors installing plant material in late fall , and its really a call based on the weather. If it s a slow-starting winter, go for it. If there is 2 feet of snow...

Landscaping & Design: Planting in tree stump area, soil matrix, hearty plants
soil matrix, hearty plants, virginia creeper: The Russian Junipers (Juniperus semiglobosa), and in reality all the junipers (Siberian, Common, Utah, Virginia, Western, etc.) grow best in full sun. These hearty plants grow just about everywhere, happily thriving in all sorts of adverse conditions. You...

Landscaping & Design: Planting under Deck, petrea volubilis, trumpet creeper vine
petrea volubilis, trumpet creeper vine, parthenocissus quinquefolia: It depends on what zone you are in. First thing, though, is check out your USDA zone at http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html. Second, for either a shady condition or partial shade, here are a few plants that may fit the bill. Just paste the...

Landscaping & Design: Plants and design for a nook, hinoki false cypress, camellia sasanqua
hinoki false cypress, camellia sasanqua, fall clove: OK. Here s what I would do if it were mine to plant. Rather than thinking of a border up one 50 side, across a 20 end, and back down another 50 side, I would put in 4 plant groups, each about 12-15 long, arching out into the center 6-8 . These would...

Landscaping & Design: Plants for NE Ohio, japanese bloodgood maple, clump river birch
japanese bloodgood maple, clump river birch, miss kim lilac: Very sorry, but I can t help you. I ve been trying to have my name removed from the list of volunteers because I don t have time to field questions any more, but obviously it hasn t been deleted yet. Please try another volunteer. Again, very sorry. Am...

Landscaping & Design: Pool/yard flooding, slow wheels, pool yard
slow wheels, pool yard, yard pool: Yard & pool flooding? Sounds pretty serious...and your options are sandbags for YEARS? Nope. Unacceptable. The goal is to convey this water downstream, and not into your pool. Maybe you can you put the curb in or repair the broken curb yourself, instead...

Landscaping & Design: Post and Board Fence style, board fence, fence boards
board fence, fence boards, fence style: I wish there was a site I could direct you to that has a standard deatil. Maybe this one will help you in constructing a split rail fence: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=LawnGarden/PostRailFence.html The standard height for a HORSE...

Landscaping & Design: Potted Trees. Incorporating greenery downtown., dwarf evergreens, amur maple
dwarf evergreens, amur maple, soda cans: You are in a USDA zone 4a (Sunset zone 1). The map is pretty tough to read, as the hills create all sorts of microclimates in your area. If you d like, I can send you the map I used - I had to overlay your county map onto the USDA state map in Photoshop -...

Landscaping & Design: PRICING LANDSCAPE WORK, professional gardeners, landscape work
professional gardeners, landscape work, maintaince: Stanley, When I first started out I charged by the job.But as I gained experience I realized a more appropriate way to be paid is by the hour. Here s why: If you estimate a job and while right in the middle of it working away,you run into a snag or say it...

Landscaping & Design: Preparing Bedding Plant, bedding plant, garden soil
bedding plant, garden soil, miss walker: When I first started my first garden I went to the public library and picked up about 10 gardening books. Start out with the informative ones about starting a garden,soil compatibility,your particular climate,plants that you can grow in your particular climate...

Landscaping & Design: Preparing base for rock garden, quartz rocks, zen garden
quartz rocks, zen garden, compactor: The best thing to do is to compact the ground and then add something we call landscaping fabric. It is a plastic screen that is porous and then you lay the pebbles to a four inch dept If you can use a compactor, the job would have better finish. Good...

Landscaping & Design: Pricing hardscaping, soil mulch, audubon pa
soil mulch, audubon pa, dry stack: Unfortunately your pricing and ours will be very different. I am working in the South were labor comes cheap and work is year round. Your stone is different, it harder, its more difficult to work with and your cost are very different than ours due to weatehr...

Landscaping & Design: Privacy Fence, post hole digger, putting up a fence
post hole digger, putting up a fence, fence panels: Well this depends on a couple of things: 1. Do your husband and brother enjoy being sore and tired? 2. Do you have the proper tools? Nail Gun, compressor and post hole digger or auger. 3. How much fence are we talking about? less than 300lf or a lot more?...

Landscaping & Design: Privacy Screening, fastest growing trees, cyclone fence
fastest growing trees, cyclone fence, trees and shrubs: Tom, To find out the best trees or shrubs for your area go to www.google.com and type in evergreens for privacy . That should provide you with many links to find out the fastest growing trees and shrubs for your planting zone. Most links will have a map...

Landscaping & Design: Privacy screen, japanese yew, columnar juniper
japanese yew, columnar juniper, screening trees: The quickest solution is a fence, curtains, or paying the neighbor to paint his house...but I think you probably are thinking plants. I once bought some trees for my neighbor so he could plant them on HIS side of the fence. It might work. Screening the...

Landscaping & Design: Privatizing a corner lot, landscape designer, generic advice
landscape designer, generic advice, trapazoid: Not quite a square lot (more of a trapazoid), but it sounds like it has lots of potential, as they say in the real Estate business. Here is a general article by Better Homes & Gardens that gives you some ideas for a corner-lot situation: http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jsp?catref=SC1674&storyid=/templatedata/bhg/story/data/14802.xml...

Landscaping & Design: Privet Hedge, privet hedge, river birch
privet hedge, river birch, straight row: There are about 14 different kinds of Privet/Ligustrum. The generic privets found at Lowes/Home Depot are usually the evergreen L. japonicum (bush) or L. lucidum (small tree), both of which can take heavy sheering/pruning into a hedge...and yes, they should...

Landscaping & Design: Privit Hedge, first frost, late spring
first frost, late spring, shears: Mike, You could use a chain saw, but watch out. When using a chain saw, horizontally, in branchy stuff like the top portion of a hedge, the chain tends to get pulled or scraped off the bar. That gets interesting fast! I d probably do it with some gas-powered...

Landscaping & Design: Problem Backyard, vegetation killer, level deck
vegetation killer, level deck, thanks in advance: Sandy, the wait depend on what herbicide you used. If you used Roundup, plant away. If you used some other more persistent herbicide you may have to wait up to a year. Contact the extension in your area for advice on weed control. Good luck ...

Landscaping & Design: Problem with Boxwoods, transplant shock, water and the sun
transplant shock, water and the sun, spot water: I doubt it...sounds more like transplant shock, or failure to water them after initial planting, so they got dried out underground at the root level. If there is still a bit of green on them (the leaves haven t become brown or brittle), keep up the watering,...

Landscaping & Design: Problem Corner Area, landscape program, patio space
landscape program, patio space, garage location: Kandie, Really any of the landscape programs you can purchase at Best BUy and the like will be suitable for the homeowner. The really good programs used by professionals cost upwards of $1000 and I am thinking that this is probably not what you are looking...

Landscaping & Design: Problem Hillside, vegetation killer, weed killers
vegetation killer, weed killers, weed barrier: Weed killers usually dissipate in about 6 weeks, unless specifically formulated to last longer (like weed killer for driveways) As for groundcovers, there are lots of options. I would lay down a weed barrier under the deck. As far as other plants on a...

Landscaping & Design: Property line fence or hedge?, arbovitae, 3 feet
arbovitae, 3 feet, fence: Bob, Let me answer #2 first and this may answer #1. I recommend that when planting close to a structure a plant should be planted 1.5 times the mature radius from the structure. For example, your arbovitae will have a mature diameter of about 6 feet....

Landscaping & Design: Pruning, spring growth, late spring
spring growth, late spring, shrubs: Lisa, I don t do much pruning in the Spring. The plants are getting all rev d up to grow, so any work I put it to pruning or shearing will be lost in another wave of spring growth in just a month or so. Also, if the shrub flowers in the spring, I...

Landscaping & Design: Pruning forsythia bush, new york buffalo, pruning forsythia
new york buffalo, pruning forsythia, forsythia bush: Forsythia is kind of like asparagus, in that you prune it back all the way to the ground...you usually take about 1/3rd of the stalks out, starting with the oldest &/or dead branches that have bloomed already. Now is the time to prune, after blooming....

Landscaping & Design: Pruning Holly Trees, holly trees, foundation plantings
holly trees, foundation plantings, azealas: Bob, Holly...yes you can cut it down (loppers or pruning saw) to the general height you desire, and keep it shaped by shearing it. It may take a couple years for the chosen shape to completely fill out, but it will. Holly s not shy about growing. I...

Landscaping & Design: Pruning Sweet gum trees, sweet gum trees, chain link fence
sweet gum trees, chain link fence, woody center: I have not seen any method to prune the base or side trunk off of a mature tree. (By the way, your 30-footer is just a baby; it will eventually get to be 80-100 feet tall, and the trunk will get another 2-1/2 times thicker.) This situation happens frequently...

Landscaping & Design: Pruning of Weeping Mulberry, weeping mulberry, assumption
weeping mulberry, assumption, 3 years: Sue, If it were here, I d start a thinning rotation. Every year take out about 1/3 of the shoots/stems. In the second and third years, take out older and oldest stems. This way I have overall less of it, and never have anything over 3 years old, so...

Landscaping & Design: to paint or not to paint, color stain, natural grain
color stain, natural grain, plant material: Thank you for your e-mail. I have built several of them and always left the wood unfinished. The reason for that was the customer want plant material, vines, creeping roses, etc. to grow on and through it. If you are going to have plants growing on it, it...

Landscaping & Design: palermo tree, palermo italy, fan palm
palermo italy, fan palm, palmetto tree: I don t know of a tree with that common name...maybe the Palmetto Tree (Sabal Palm) of Florida/South America? Does it look like a spikey fan-palm tree? Or, is it a tree from Palermo, Italy? Still, nothing about such a tree in my resources. Sorry...

Landscaping & Design: palm tree location, queen palm, palm trees
queen palm, palm trees, tree location: Tony, I am in zone 6 where there are no palm trees and no hope of growing them except indoors maybe. Here is a link you can cut and paste into your browser to find out some info on Palms:http://www.palm-tree.net/ Good luck in your gardening endeavors...

Landscaping & Design: palm trees, palm species, palm trees
palm species, palm trees, palm tree: Jeri, Sorry. I ve never done anything with palms. They just don t like Portland. Here s a sight that might help: http://www.palm-tree.net/palm-tree-selecting.htm At the end is a list of about 20 palm species that gives pretty good descriptions...

Landscaping & Design: patio furniture, rust stains, artificial turfs
rust stains, artificial turfs, rust spots: I wish I could give you an optimistic answer here. To be honest...I am not familiar with the product that you speak of. However, If a rug then the moisture or rain that the rug absorbs will, at some point, exceed the rug s ability to absorb/contain water....

Landscaping & Design: We have a patio and the stones..., model railroad enthusiast, moss growth
model railroad enthusiast, moss growth, creeping thyme: You are right to look at moss for this partially shady location. Each region has a different selection, so check out your local garden shop. Also consider Creeping Thyme, which releases a wonderful aroma when walked on. Using yogurt or buttermilk on exiting...

Landscaping & Design: pavers over concrete or not?, geotextile fabric, sand and gravel
geotextile fabric, sand and gravel, feeze: Either one is fine. Sand/aggregate is cheaper. If you need steps you may need to go with concrete to deal with the difference grade. Make sure if you go with sand and gravel that it is a good 6 thick for your area and has a geotextile fabric between the setting...

Landscaping & Design: pavers with sod inbetween, but have two dogs and live in LasVegas, NV>, fake grass, playful dogs
fake grass, playful dogs, grass type: Jamie: I don t think any one here can give you a straight answer here without knowing how much time and how vigorous the play will be. Vegas is brutal so a lot will depend on the grass type, the width of the joints, the soil conditions, the watering, the...

Landscaping & Design: pavers vs. flagstone, clay brick pavers, pouring a concrete slab
clay brick pavers, pouring a concrete slab, random rectangles: First off, pavers as a word can be applied to many materials that may be used as a hard surface materials. Pavers is a generic term. For the purposes of this response I will assume you are asking me to compare clay or concrete pavers (shaped like typical...

Landscaping & Design: pavers, pea gravel, limestone screenings
pea gravel, limestone screenings, landscaping stones: Mmmm. What concerns me is the additional airspace between the stone and pea gravel mix. You see, the screenings will take some time to work in between all the spaces in this stone. You ll have some settling in places. UNLESS...you compact the screenings...

Landscaping & Design: perennials for planting in August for a.m. sun, mature dimensions, flowering perennials
mature dimensions, flowering perennials, pink mist: Gigi, Welcome to the world of gardening. Here are some of my favorite, easy to grow, long flowering perennials Purple coneflower Shasta Dasiy Scabiosa Butterfly Blue and Pink Mist Coreopsis Early Sunrise Achillea Parkers Gold Coreopsis Zagreb...

Landscaping & Design: perfect little tree to do it all...?, pink blossoms, spring blossoms
pink blossoms, spring blossoms, copper color: Julia, Another tree I thought would be interesting for you is Thundercloud plum (Prunus cerasifera Thundercloud ). Nice light pink blossoms early spring, colorful small purple leaves spring to summer, copper color in the fall. Tops out about 20 feet....

Landscaping & Design: pergolas, reader s digest, wind loads
reader s digest, wind loads, pergola: The base of a pergola is the post/ground connection, which isn t going to be much more than a few square feet where the post meets the ground...and you can put anything under the structure that you wish - it doesn t have to be patio or concrete, and doesn...

Landscaping & Design: pics, handiwork, trellises
handiwork, trellises, google: I know it sounds simple, because it is! Go to Google.com, click on IMAGES, then type in the search box the words garden , garden pictures , backyard , etc. And the Internet is your playground! There are images literally from around the world! Most...

Landscaping & Design: pine mulch / holly trees, pine mulch, holly trees
pine mulch, holly trees, recycling companies: Tammy, Wow. Sounds like quite a project. If all this transplanting was mine, I would mulch with compost. It s readily available in small quantities at garden centers, and large quantities at recycling companies. Pine straw can gradually turn...

Landscaping & Design: too plain, shrubs bushes, rhododendron pjm
shrubs bushes, rhododendron pjm, purple blooms: Janie, The only thing I can do is tell you what I use in my hottest beds. On my campus, these are south-facing beds on a slope with bad soil...a real bad combination for me. 1. Rhododendron PJM ... this variety of Rhodie is further subdivided into...

Landscaping & Design: What to plant, peat moss, autumn blaze maple
peat moss, autumn blaze maple, ornamental grasses: Hi Rene, For ideal growing conditions you want the soil to be well drained. When I condition a bed for planting I first look at the plant or plants that I am going to plant in that particular bed and what soil conditions they generally favor. To get well...

Landscaping & Design: what to plant, zone 5b, usda zone
zone 5b, usda zone, hostas: Connecticut is in a USDA zone 5b to 6b, but if it is perrenials you are planting, you can stretch it a bit. Rhododendrons will do fine, if the soil is good, and they get atleast 5 hours or so of sun...then there are always ferns and Hostas. Here is...

Landscaping & Design: What to plant??, flowering ground cover, nandina domestica
flowering ground cover, nandina domestica, reds and yellows: Carol, If you have a good nursery around, not just a home improvement store, you might take a look at Nandina (sometimes it s marketed as heavenly bamboo but it s not related to bamboo). There are several varieties that vary in leaf color and height....

Landscaping & Design: When should I plant holly plants?, acid soil, soil mix
acid soil, soil mix, native soil: Generally, its good to plant in the Spring or the Fall, before 1st frost. Holly is generally evergreen (but there are a few deciduous varieties still grown in the midwest), It slows its growth in the winter, and has a flush of growth in the Spring. Planting...

Landscaping & Design: plant indentification, shrubs and trees, plants and trees
shrubs and trees, plants and trees, nice creek: Kristen, First of all, unless some of the plants look like they re on their last legs, (obviously diseased or damaged) or creating a nuisance, there s no hurry to be pruning or fertilizing. You can relax about that. Really. Take your time. That s part...

Landscaping & Design: plant location, planting trees, perimiter
planting trees, perimiter, pine trees: David, This is a good question that most homeowners should ask. Many times plants are placed according to the size the plant when purchased when actually should be spaced according to their mature sizes. Plants should be planted at a distance from...

Landscaping & Design: plant markers, gardening catalogues, flower pots
gardening catalogues, flower pots, black marker: Dear ES: Good question! I have always used a No.2 pencil. Or you can get tags that are made of aluminum and you write on them with a stylus that will leave in impression of the letters. Or you can get very elaborate and have the names engraved in a formica-like...

Landscaping & Design: plant selection, gold medallion tree, horticulture society
gold medallion tree, horticulture society, gold medalion: Shane, I will try to help you,although I must tell you that I am not knowledgeable about your plant zone.You are in zone 10 or 11,which is the warmest zone in the US and the one I know least about.I am not sure if you asked any of the other experts but I...

Landscaping & Design: plant spacing for hedge, palm trees, plant spacing
palm trees, plant spacing, southwest florida: The answer to your question is relative to the time frame by which you want your hedge to fill in, the amount of fertilizer and water you give them and your budget. An Areca Palm will grow easily to a mass of fronds at least 10 wide in ten years or more in...

Landscaping & Design: when to plant, zone 7 (Memphis area), trumpet vines, room temperature water
trumpet vines, room temperature water, peat pots: Regarding Morning Glory: (these are annual vines in climates where it freezes, but they wll re-seed on their own) Plant after threat of frost has passed. They should be planted in full sun. The soil shouldn t be too fertile or moist because those conditions...

Landscaping & Design: what to plant?, plant materials, attachments
plant materials, attachments, guidance: Though I am a graphics kind of guy, I would prefer not to accept attachments. However, I think we could discuss general ideas and plant materials for your area - what area do you live in? I d be happy to give you guidance as to what types of plants to...

Landscaping & Design: planting shrubs, planting shrubs, chainlink fence
planting shrubs, chainlink fence, 3 feet: Vicki, One of the biggest mistakes made in the garden is planting position of shrubs because many are purchased small and when spaced according to mature size the garden does not look right. Always plant to mature size. Shrubs should be planted about...

Landscaping & Design: planting tech., clay soils, sandy soils
clay soils, sandy soils, new roots: Hey, Dave. Forty years ago, yes, the burlap definitely should have been removed, but today s burlap is readily biodegradable. Here in San Diego, we also use it to hold our hillsides together while new plantings are becoming established. Leaving the burlap...

Landscaping & Design: planting tech., inexperienced workers, burlap
inexperienced workers, burlap, gardening books: Hello David, Yes, the burlap should be untied from the trunk of the shrub or tree and either removed completely or folded down and tucked under the ball of the plant. With the burlap on the root have no room to escape and thrive. I hate to hear bad experiences...

Landscaping & Design: planting tech., root crowns, shrubs and trees
root crowns, shrubs and trees, inexperienced workers: The short answer is yes they should remove at least the top half of the burlap and any wire basket should be bent back and cut off for at least the top 50% on larger plants and all the way off on shrubs. I prefer to remove all the wire basket after tree or...

Landscaping & Design: planting under a sour cherry tree, sour cherry tree, purple blooms
sour cherry tree, purple blooms, mahogany color: Sloy, Okay, I know I ve been slow to respond. But I ve been thinking. You ve got a tough planting situation. I ve got cherry trees with the following under them: Moss (as a garden), azaleas, lemon balm (cultivated to fill a bed), lawn, and last &...

Landscaping & Design: planting in winter, queen palms, plant shrubs
queen palms, plant shrubs, queen palm: Tony, In general this is my favorite time to plant & transplant. The cooler temps slow the plant growth way down, so the stress of transplant isn t so great. Usually there s more rain at this time of year, so good soil-root contact can be established...

Landscaping & Design: plants for around "city" tree, full time job, sweet woodruff
full time job, sweet woodruff, sun dogs: Hie Jennifer, Its tough to grow anything large around a city tree, like a shrub. You can definitely grow perennilas and grondcovers though. You have to first condition the soil around the trre first before planting anything. Plants: hosta, epimedium,...

Landscaping & Design: plants around the house, eucommia ulmoides, sewer pipes
eucommia ulmoides, sewer pipes, rubber tree: It depends on which rubber tree you re talking about. The tropical one does indeed have invasive roots... (http://web.ulib.csuohio.edu/SpecColl/stereos/manufact/3dv12132.html), and in Australia, it is a weed that clogs sewer pipes. Unless you live...

Landscaping & Design: plants around the pool, soft thorns, plants around the pool
soft thorns, plants around the pool, flower spikes: Hey, Rosy. You ve picked plants that can survive with brown thumbs. The angel s trumpet will be the most difficult of those you have chosen because it likes bloom fertilizer and a little more water in order to perform its best. All of them can be planted...

Landscaping & Design: plants, tender annuals, outdoor plants
tender annuals, outdoor plants, water work: Kara, You got me on that one. I have no knowledge of plants growing faster with hot water.As a matter of fact hot water can kill the roots of a plant as well as extremely cold water. Water should be outdoor temperature in the spring,summer and fall and in...

Landscaping & Design: play set, rubber mulch, shock absorbant
rubber mulch, shock absorbant, wooden swing: Hi Jenny, Rubber mats need to be installed over a hard, compact surface or a surface that will guarantee water will run of of it. There are many brands of rubber mats on the market. I came across this one if you are interested. I have never used their product...

Landscaping & Design: playground, kids play area, wood fiber products
kids play area, wood fiber products, rubber tiles: Commercially, we use three or four different products. There are recycled materials manufactured for play areas that are available in some areas, and since we are near the California market (about 150 miles away), the options open to us here are generally...

Landscaping & Design: playground, stray cat problem, kids play area
stray cat problem, kids play area, jungle gym: Randy, I would still go with the sand. My kids loved it when they were little.They spent hours in it building things and burying things. Also,it is safe because it s soft.Even safer than grass.The ground is hard and doesn t give. Unless you have a...

Landscaping & Design: plot map, landscape architect, property maps
landscape architect, property maps, lanscaping: Yes, I beleive you can take it to a landscape architect or sometimes your township might have property maps. Sorry I could not help you more. There is software out there, but if you are just using it for one time it might not be worth it Thanks Bud...

Landscaping & Design: poison ivy, poison ivy rash, local drug store
poison ivy rash, local drug store, flower beds: nothing i know of to put on the mulch. maybe granular turf lime. it would raise the pH of the mulch and make it less acidic. there are products on the market that you can apply to your skin to lessen the effct of poison ivy. find it at a local drug store....

Landscaping & Design: pool areas, tall ornamental grasses, bright yellows
tall ornamental grasses, bright yellows, beautiful blooms: Jim, First of all,you can grow just about anything year round in Florida,lucky you.Make sure before purchasing your new plants that they will not effect your quality of water in your pool.Don t plant anything that overhangs the pool like trees planted too...

Landscaping & Design: potting outdoor trees, outdoor trees, kind of trees
outdoor trees, kind of trees, ornamental trees: There are lots of options for trees in containers, in your area. Size is determined by the limits of the potting area available to you. I have seen trees 40 feet tall in pots, all the way down to topiary bushed not much larger than a chair. If you want...

Landscaping & Design: pricing, fall leaf removal, planting flowers
fall leaf removal, planting flowers, seasonal demands: You need to contact local gardeners, landscapers, nurseries, etc and ask what the going rate is for your area and scope of work and then discount appropriately for any disparity between the level of service provided. Rates for labor and work differ widely...

Landscaping & Design: privacy (evergreen) hedge, leyland cyprus, monterey cypress
leyland cyprus, monterey cypress, california juniper: Leylands area good, but can get large - 80 ft, at up to 10 ft./year! Good news is that you can sheer it, to keep it compact. It is a genetic cross between a Monterey Cypress & Alaska/Nootka Cedar - and the branches are succeptible to breakage from heavy,...

Landscaping & Design: privacy shade trees, screening trees, talented fellow
screening trees, talented fellow, walter reeves: You re in luck. There is a talented fellow named Walter Reeves that has a very exhaustive website for all-things green in Georgia. Specifically referring to Screening Trees & Shrubs that are appropriate for Georgia, check out his website: http://www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/article.phtml?cat=11&id=385...

Landscaping & Design: problems with slope and drainage in backyard, plant shrubs, drainage problems
plant shrubs, drainage problems, drainage problem: Maggie, This will also be wordy,but I am famous for that. There are several things you could do,but we need to concentrate on the most minimal cost to you and that narrows the choices,but there is always a solution to every gardening problem.Mother Nature...

Landscaping & Design: when to prune in Florida, beautiful blooms, pink blooms
beautiful blooms, pink blooms, freeze line: Terri, If they were here, I d wait till the spring growth was just about to start or had just barely started. I d prune the Lantana hard, cutting it way back, and especially taking out the oldest woodier stems. I d cut the dead out of the Plumbago, which...

Landscaping & Design: pruning acuba, landscape feature, aucuba
landscape feature, aucuba, favorable time: I m not a horticulturalist, but, I think I may be able to help you with this question. Most evergreens can tolerate severe pruning at whatever time of year. However, the best time is late winter to early spring (for moderate to heavy pruning). The least...

Landscaping & Design: pruning azaleas, pruning azaleas, hedge trimmer
pruning azaleas, hedge trimmer, late spring: Karen, Get an electrical or battery powered hedge trimmer or a hand held hedge clipper. I use both.It is MUCH easier using the battery powered trimmer though on large shrubs that have overgrown their space.If you have some growth coming up from the roots...

Landscaping & Design: pruning wichita blue yews, specimen tree, natural shape
specimen tree, natural shape, yew: Phil, I am not personally familiar with that species but every yew (if evergreen) will retain whatever shape you trim it. After you top it make sure you still trim the shape pyramidally,rounded or flat by trimming at the top until you have formed it the way...

Landscaping & Design: pruning, agricultural extension service, fruit bearing
agricultural extension service, fruit bearing, usda zones: depends on the tree or shrub - deciduous, evergreen, flowereing, fruit-bearing, etc. Here is a quick guide from the Iowa Agricultural Extension service with basic guidelines for their cold, USDA zones 4 & 5: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2000/2-11-2000/prunetime.html...

Landscaping & Design: What is the purpose of garden bed liner?, bushes and shrubs, flagstone paths
bushes and shrubs, flagstone paths, garden beds: Pete, I would recommend pulling all of the weed fabric out of the beds. I use weed fabric for when I do hardscaping jobs, like flagstone paths, the fabric does not work for garden beds and it becomes just a pain in the neck over time. Hope this helped...

Landscaping & Design: Question, mature pine trees, lilly of the valley
mature pine trees, lilly of the valley, pine needles: Sorry for the delay. I was off camping (in Beautiful Lassen National Park) Just about anything you put under these trees will get covered by pine duff. Raking them away periodically is just going to be a part of your garden regime. If you don t mind raking...

Landscaping & Design: question!!!!!, google search, tree spade
google search, tree spade, oak trees: They are on the big side of tree-moving...I calculate that they are a little over 6-1/2 in diameter. If you have access into your backyard for a truck to get in there, a professional tree mover can possibly spade them out with a special piece of equipment...

Landscaping & Design: Rabbits, chain link fence, test plants
chain link fence, test plants, home depot: * * * FOLLOW-UP * * * Forgot to mention the obvious initial option - rabbit repellant; Available at most big-box supply stores. (Lowes, Home Depot, Orchard, etc.) It can be expensive, and if you have kids or pets, they have to stay clear of it. ...

Landscaping & Design: Railroad ties, railroad ties, toxic fumes
railroad ties, toxic fumes, dumps: For one I thing, by asking the question you probably already know its not a good idea. RR ties are full or creosote (sp?) Burning this chemical will result in toxic fumes. I wouldn t do it. There are usually special dumps that accpet these materials as they...

Landscaping & Design: Rain catch, heavy downpour, steady drip
heavy downpour, steady drip, rain chain: Google rain chain there are plenty of these type devices out there that look great and work effectively. A large bowl full of fine or pea gravel works well to cut down on splash. You can cut a small hole and connect a compression fitting with an insert on...

Landscaping & Design: Rain catch, decorative rectangle, drainage holes
decorative rectangle, drainage holes, heavy downpour: Hey, Harrison. If I m understanding you correctly, the deck is a second-story deck that serves as a roof for your first-story patio, right? If so, I see no reason why a customized gutter could not be installed that takes rainwater to the sides and down...

Landscaping & Design: Rain spout Drainage, best management practices, down spout
best management practices, down spout, weed mat: Ron: I would dig out an area about 24 deep and 24 wide by 24 long and line it with filter fabric (weed mat will work too as long as it allows water through). Then fill it with cheap gravel. Leave the cheap gravel a few inches shy of reaching the top. Then...

Landscaping & Design: Raise Water Proofing Tar line on foundation exteriour if I add dirt, moving containers, moisture intrusion
moving containers, moisture intrusion, roof leaks: Hey, Timothy. Absolutely raise that tar line. You can do it with proper flashing, too. However, as a home inspector by profession, I would highly recommend not creating raised flower beds against any of your foundation walls, even with appropriate flashing...

Landscaping & Design: Raised flower beds and French drains, installing a french drain, drainage materials
installing a french drain, drainage materials, water infiltration: If you plan to raise the bed to an elevation that will be higher than the finished floor in your house I would not recommend doing it. You should never raise the soil against the house where it was not designed for waterproofing. You never want water against...

Landscaping & Design: Raised tree ring, concrete tree, concrete patch
concrete tree, concrete patch, vinyl material: Unfortunately the only thing you would be able to do with the concrete ring is patch it with a concrete plug or patch. As for the metal band or ring you would like to use, it will hold it together but it will not stop the roots from breaking the concrete....

Landscaping & Design: Recently cleared backyard, penn mulch, fescue blend
penn mulch, fescue blend, unwanted plants: 1) removal all vegetation (weeds, unwanted plants) 2) you will have to condition the soil a) bring in fresh screened topsoil b) dehydrated compost c) some peatmoss 3) decide if you want to seed or sod Sod is instant but expensive...

Landscaping & Design: Reclaiming weed area, clean slate, mechanical solution
clean slate, mechanical solution, chemical approach: Hi Kristen- One method of removing vegetation is through chemical application. The most popular is Roudup (other similar brands are available at the Big Box hardware stores). Their website is http://www.roundup.com/ A word of caution - if the roots...

Landscaping & Design: Reclaiming weed area, tiny roots, quality soil
tiny roots, quality soil, clean slate: Hello Kristen, This process is very time consuming and can be very labor intensive. You want to remove at least 6-8 of the soil in these beds and replace with fresh enriched topsoil. The soil that is there now has tiny roots of weeds that will turn into...

Landscaping & Design: Recycle rock, drain holes, drilling holes
drain holes, drilling holes, weed barrier: Shane, When I did this, I washed the rock in a bucket, but with no drain holes. I used a strong hose and a stick to keep the pot stirred and overflowing until the water ran clear. The debris floated away with the overflow. For what it s worth, Mark...

Landscaping & Design: Red Clay, Type of Mulch and Dogs, pine bark mulch, welsh corgis
pine bark mulch, welsh corgis, rock dogs: Hey, Cathy and Don. It sounds like you re trying to keep the dogs from playing in the dirt and then tracking dirt all over the concrete, right? I ve been through the dog situation all my life with golden retrievers, labradors, Welsh corgis, and a few...

Landscaping & Design: Red Cordyline, leaf bud, uvm edu
leaf bud, uvm edu, cordylines: I m not familiar with this Pacific Island tropical, especially as an outdoor plant...but here are two websites that may be of use: http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/folcord.html They say that propigation can occur by stem cuttings and stem section cuttings...similar...

Landscaping & Design: Regarding Holly trees, musser forests inc, nellie r stevens holly
musser forests inc, nellie r stevens holly, helleri holly: Len, It is perfectly normal for that type of holly to lose it s leaves in winter.Not all hollies are evergreen,which means they keep their leaves throughout the entire year. There is no way to prevent this unless you replace it with a different type of holly....

Landscaping & Design: Removing dirt from under 40 yr old tree, avacado tree, garden hose
avacado tree, garden hose, back yard: Hi there! It will depend on how deep the roots are. With a garden hose, try to wash off the dirt and see if there are any big roots exposed. Removing anything above five inches thick could be dangerous to the tree. You could wash off the dirt and send...

Landscaping & Design: Removing Shrubs, irrigation pipe, copper pipe
irrigation pipe, copper pipe, evergreen shrubs: Hi Anna, Thank you for your email. There are several ways you can go about this project. But not knowing the type of shrub and all that is around the plants to be removed. We ll just go with the basic s. You want to dig a trench around each shrub or if they...

Landscaping & Design: Rented house yard needs perk up, mulch beds, thin grass
mulch beds, thin grass, flower beds: If its a rental I would not invest in installing new landscaping or grass. Instead the best way to have a major impact is a good general clean up. Mow the grass, aerate the lawn, apply fertilizer, weed the beds, make sure you have a good clean crisp edge between...

Landscaping & Design: Repairing brick porch, porch, brick
porch, brick, mason: It is most likely uneven because it was not set correctly. With not having pictures in front of me it is hard for me to determine if it is a complete do over or a simple fix. If I were you I would look for a good mason or hardscaper in your area to take...

Landscaping & Design: Replacing rock around house, wood mulch, weed barrier
wood mulch, weed barrier, weed seed: Mary Lou, Be prepared to roll up your sleeves. You need to remove all of the rock if you want to have a wood mulch instead. And do not push some of it up against the house. After the rock is out use a product like Preen to block weeds before putting...

Landscaping & Design: Residential Landscaping w/a fountain, copley oh, lightweight resin
copley oh, lightweight resin, brick front: Michele, Do you have an input cord or dock that you attach from your camera into your computer? What email program do you use? AOL,MSN,Hotmail,Yahoo,etc. Any email service or internet provider will have something at the top that says attach file or...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining Wall plants, bleeding hearts, colorful flowers
bleeding hearts, colorful flowers, perennial garden: Hello Bethany, First, I would use a triple ground bark blend mulch, don t mound the mulch against your house, and ask the supplier where they get their mulch from. Shrubs for the front area: Nandina domestica (great fall color and it evergreen) Chamercypris...

Landscaping & Design: Reverse a "french drain", slab foundation, indoor walls
slab foundation, indoor walls, french drain: David, Would it be feasible to run the French drain from the foundation instead removing all of the rock? If not, it sounds from your description of the project that you are on the right track. I believe regular soil would be suitable if you remove...

Landscaping & Design: Richard Owen Cambridge, lancelot capability brown, english poet
lancelot capability brown, english poet, time kris: Kris, You are asking for the easy way out and this sounds like a homework assignment. Part of writing and learning to write is doing research. You may have to go to the real library, not on-line, to find your quote the old fashioned way. Good luc...

Landscaping & Design: River Rock Around Pool, tubing down the guadalupe river, cactus and succulents
tubing down the guadalupe river, cactus and succulents, tubing down the guadalupe: Hey, Brian. Well, it s a shame that I didn t get your question a mere 72 hours earlier because then I would have had some pictures of what someone did many years ago with a large back yard in College Station, Texas. That someone was me! But truthfulness...

Landscaping & Design: River Rock under Spruce, ground cover, omaha nebraska
ground cover, omaha nebraska, ferns: I m not positive but it sounds plausible. Rock will certainly retain heat causing the earth to be warmer below the tree. I suppose it depends on how low the branches are. Perhaps you could mix some ferns or other perennials in with the rock to absorb some...

Landscaping & Design: River rock, wood mulch, flower growth
wood mulch, flower growth, shrubs and trees: If you uses river rock keep in mind that it will not retain moisture and will not provide nutrients, so you will have to water very often. river rock is good for larger shrubs and trees that are already established, not for around perennial. Bud Christman...

Landscaping & Design: ROCK YARD, cattle trails, hey fred
cattle trails, hey fred, stones rock: Hey, Fred. If you re planning on putting down black plastic and rocks, I don t think you need to spray with plant killer. That would just be an extra expense. The rocks on top of the black plastic will pretty much keep anything from growing underneath since...

Landscaping & Design: Rock - Pebbles for landscaping, flower beds, cubic yard
flower beds, cubic yard, quartzite: Hi David, Different stones would have different weight. If you re dealing with quartzite or granite, you would always have some difference in weight there, and consequently, in volume. So, the best approach is to calculate by volume. If you have one...

Landscaping & Design: Royal Empress Tree, royal empress tree, disease resistance
royal empress tree, disease resistance, nursery company: Gail, Your instincts are good. I d make sure to protect that young tree this winter. Maybe a round wire cage packed full of leaves? I m a little puzzled by the description of the tree,though. When I see something sending up leaves and/or shoots from...

Landscaping & Design: Rubber Mulch, rubber mulch, weed seeds
rubber mulch, weed seeds, life experience: Sharon, 1. No experience with it, but... 2. My only reservation would be the same as for using gravel in ornamental ways (yes, I know the functions are different). The trouble starts if I use it around trees. Either leaves, or needles from evergreens,...

Landscaping & Design: Rubber Walking Paths., rubber with asphalt, backyard gardener
rubber with asphalt, backyard gardener, shredded tires: Since the 80 s, there has been a ground swell of interest in re-using discarded materials like old tires. So much so, that there are now whole societies that link together and promote the use of adaptively re-used stuff. We have used recycled rubberized...

Landscaping & Design: Russian Sage, blue star creeper, russian sage
blue star creeper, russian sage, wild violet: John, Two things come to mind to make this more prominent in it s place. First, consider planting more. Even the bare stems of the early season may be more visually substantial if there are enough of them. Planting a few more plants might be enough...

Landscaping & Design: Russian Sage, red barberry bush, foliage plant
red barberry bush, foliage plant, colored foliage: John, Well at least yours is alive.I can t even find mine.I love Russian Sage.One of my very favorites! I like it in a open area around something that will bring it out and give it the contrast it needs.Like a reddish colored foliage plant or an evergreen...

Landscaping & Design: raised flower beds, flower beds, professional gardener
flower beds, professional gardener, deer problem: Hey, Margaret. You didn t tell me what area of the country you re in, so it s difficult to provide specific help. I take it the fence has solved your deer problem. There are plants that are claimed to deter deer, but I ve never had a problem with deer...

Landscaping & Design: recommendations for a screen in memphis, tennessee agricultural extension, leyland cypress
tennessee agricultural extension, leyland cypress, japanese cryptomeria: A few good evergreen choices for use as screens in Tennessee include Leyland Cypress, Japanese Cryptomeria, White Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, or American Holly...As to price it depends on what is on sale at the local nursery or Home Depot! Of course, the smaller...

Landscaping & Design: redesign (Free-design?), home improvement projects, clay soils
home improvement projects, clay soils, cult status: I grew up on This Old House Classics & Hometime, and my beautiful bride had to endure watching all my archived videos over and over and over…now TOH is a “retired” program, and their cast have risen to “cult” status. Ah, the Bob Villa days – not that young...

Landscaping & Design: redesigning our front beds, evergreen bushes, fringe tree
evergreen bushes, fringe tree, decorative trees: I ll start with your last question, forst - soils tests: Here is a link of local firms with websites for you to chose from. Here, a standard test runs about $35, but worth the money. http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/soiltest/ OK. Now on to plants: You...

Landscaping & Design: reducing ivy growth, bedding plants, ivy growth
bedding plants, ivy growth, legal obligation: Thank you for your e-mail. I m sorry to say that ivy is a pretty fast growing plant. Taking down 3 feet will grow back quickly and thinker. If it where mine I would remove it completely. As far as how to remove it you can spray it with round up and let it...

Landscaping & Design: redwood trees planted on a hillside, santa cruz mountains, professional arborist
santa cruz mountains, professional arborist, shallow roots: I am afraid you are asking the wrong expert for this. I have never even seen a Redwood in person, or I should say I ve never had personal contact with one. I am all the way across the country in western kentucky.Never even been to California. So I think you...

Landscaping & Design: regrading around the foundation - wet basement!, drainage water, utk edu
drainage water, utk edu, landscape work: Sounds like what you are trying to make is a parimeter drain, but it may not fully intercept the water as it seeks to drain away during a storm, and into your basement. I have seen curtain drains installed after the building is built, and they are designed...

Landscaping & Design: regrading around foundation, general building contractor, land slopes
general building contractor, land slopes, drainage problem: How old is the home? If it is a recently built, the developer may have the pleasure of fixing this drainage problem, as the building code (and typically the local building code, too) generally mandates positive drainage away from homes & structures for at...

Landscaping & Design: regrading question, patio bricks, fill dirt
patio bricks, fill dirt, weed mat: most patio blocks are set over 1 of sand w/2-4 of compacted crush stone under the sand. i usually put a geotextile(weed mat) on the tamped dirt before placing the crushed stone. the key is to tamp the dirt and crushed stone firmly w/a grade running away...

Landscaping & Design: remove dead tree, japanese zelkova, bacterial blight
japanese zelkova, bacterial blight, fungus disease: Hi there! There are certain fungicides that could be applied to the soil but I believe that they are not sold to the public, only to professionals. I do not know what the rules are in your state but I think that they are the same all over the country....

Landscaping & Design: replacing areas of lawn, sod cutter, bermuda grass
sod cutter, bermuda grass, driven device: Quickest way is using big tool called a sod cutter. It is a gas-driven device that strips off the first few inches of grass and dirt. Its big and heavy, usually at over 300 pounds, so you ll need help getting it into a pick-up or on a trailer. Check with...

Landscaping & Design: replacing grass, laying sod, excavation area
laying sod, excavation area, day laborers: I can tell you the following. 1. Laying sod is very easy, that s why day laborers only get paid about $10 (US) per hour to do this work and it takes about 5 minutes to train them. It is dirty and tiring, but it is easy and hard to foul up. You simply...

Landscaping & Design: replacing grass with rosemary, woolly thyme, cold hardiness
woolly thyme, cold hardiness, sod cutter: First, check to see if Rosemarinus officinalis grows in your area: a Sunset zone 4-24, and usually a warmer USDA zone 8 to 10. There are 51 cultivated varieties, with different forms, flower colors, fragrances, and cold-hardiness...with about 8 varieties...

Landscaping & Design: replacing grass, plant shrubs, grass turf
plant shrubs, grass turf, weed barrier: Hey, Mike. Yes, you can. I ve done it with great success. However I would recommend spraying the grass with a grass or weed killer, but don t spray where you re going to plant shrubs. If you are not quite sure where you re going to plant shrubs, then don...

Landscaping & Design: replacing lawn with native grass, half moon bay, festuca rubra
half moon bay, festuca rubra, red fescue: Hey, Jan. You should be able to plant both blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) and red fescue (Festuca rubra) without removing the existing lawn. Both are clumping grasses as opposed to what most people consider a lawn. In some areas of the country both can...

Landscaping & Design: replanting a conifer tree, abnormal stress, austrian pines
abnormal stress, austrian pines, excessive stress: Diplodia blight is caused by a fungus, and the Austrian pine is an exotic species that is particularly susceptible to diplodia blight, especially if the site was poor or the trees were injured (such as children climbing in them) or otherwise subjected to abnormal...

Landscaping & Design: replanting trees, replanting trees, kim kim
replanting trees, kim kim, root system: Kim, If you live in Texas and you don t see green yet,they are probably dead. Sorry to say that but you are correct in wondering why they have not green up.Even if they aren t brittle it just means they haven t had time to become brittle and some plants don...

Landscaping & Design: residential asphalt driveway, residential asphalt, asphalt driveway
residential asphalt, asphalt driveway, loose gravel: David, Over time, asphalt does break down. The binding material can become brittle through exposure to the elements, and the gravel that it holds together will start coming out (you ll notice loose gravel on the surface), and it can stop flexing and start...

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall, vibratory plate compactor, metal pegs
vibratory plate compactor, metal pegs, compact soil: Number one, I am sorry you have done this so many times. Second, stop... Obviously something is not right. You need to build it right from the ground up. Go on line and research your product and see what the manufacturer recommends. In most cases if the wall...

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall, concrete masonry units, retaining wall blocks
concrete masonry units, retaining wall blocks, block molds: FOLLOW-UP: I found a link that comes close... http://www.westbrookblock.com/products/8inch.htm Check out their others sizes and manufacturer links, too. -Marc * * * * I did a quick web search, but didn t find anything close to your 12x8x4....

Landscaping & Design: how do you rid your flower beds of vinca vine?, spectrum herbicide, flower beds
spectrum herbicide, flower beds, vinca vine: Kitti, I don t have any particular trick-of-the-trade to share about getting vinca out. Digging was a good start, but as you know, the roots get pretty involved, so digging them out in an established bed is just going to set it back. Setting it back...

Landscaping & Design: rock garden design, novice gardener, degree curve
novice gardener, degree curve, design suggestions: Susan, I am sorry you are not happy with my response but you have to understand you are asking for design suggestions and since I can not see your site or speak with you about what you really want for a design there is no possibility of accomplishing this...

Landscaping & Design: rock garden, pictures of rock gardens, small pond
pictures of rock gardens, small pond, natural features: In order to give you a better answer, I need to know a few things: Could you tell me what do you mean by irregular space ? Is the ground leveled ? What causes this irregularity ? What are the natural features of the place? Can you send me a picture...

Landscaping & Design: rye grass, warm season grasses, spectrum herbicide
warm season grasses, spectrum herbicide, perennial ryegrass: Mike, Out of the gate...I don t know warm season grasses, like Burmuda. In fact, that s more like a weed up here. I mostly plant perennial ryegrass in the sun, and a rough bluegrass/fine fescue mix in the shade. Here s a chart that may help: http://forages.oregonstate.edu/organizations/seed/osc/brochures/seed-char.html...

Landscaping & Design: Saltillo tile, saltillo tiles, sakcrete
saltillo tiles, sakcrete, grout joints: No, if your going to the trouble to buy expensive tiles don t go cheap with a poor grout install job. Do it the right way by setting the tiles and then grouting the joints as you would typically with wet grout and wipe it in and wipe it clean. Sean J...

Landscaping & Design: Sassafras and Rhamnus caroliniana, carolina buckthorn, buckthorn trees
carolina buckthorn, buckthorn trees, shady spots: Maria, While these are nice native plants, neither has any real value for the landscape. You could keep some of the sassafras for the unusual variations, but remove as many of the rhmanus as you can. These will produce fruit that will become a weedy...

Landscaping & Design: Sealing Paver Patios, concrete pavers, egg shell
concrete pavers, egg shell, paved surfaces: There are several reasons you should seal your pavers. The most dramatic is for the aesthetic results. Acrylic sealers intensify the subtle colors and provide a glossy sheen to even the most haggard of paved surfaces. So, if you have an intricate design,...

Landscaping & Design: Secluded garden, moonlight garden, choosing plants
moonlight garden, choosing plants, landscape designer: Ken, Wow,that s a big project.The best thing for you to do is to sit down and write a list of the features and plants you are interested in using.Also areas that are the focal points of your garden.For instance:What will you be doing most in your garden?Entertaining,relaxing,playing...

Landscaping & Design: Sega Palms - yellowing, plant roots, spines
plant roots, spines, fungus: Hey, Elaine. I think you re watering too much, especially if the yellow is on all branches out toward the tips. If the yellow is just on the lower branches, you might be okay since they might just be yellowing naturally from old age on the lower branches....

Landscaping & Design: Sego Palm, sago palms, san diego zoo
sago palms, san diego zoo, green thumb: Hey, Michelle. What you seem to be describing, severely yellowed and wilty, is normal. It is, you might say, reaching puberty. It might bloom, or it might divide, or it might simply put on a burst of growth. Only it knows for sure. Enjoy it; it seems...

Landscaping & Design: Semi circle suggestions, weather sealant, brick chimneys
weather sealant, brick chimneys, brick walkway: Nice plan!!! What I cannot answer, as it is not my expertise, is covering the existing slab. Sounds like something that I would do though. The alternative is tearing it out (I am assuming that the concrete surface is solid without any signs of spalling, cracks...

Landscaping & Design: Shade garden design in So Cal., van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, sheperds seeds: Wendy, Sure go ahead and send me some pics! My email address is acottagegarden@msn.com. The Bleeding Heart and the Ferns are great for shade and I will give you some sources to look for other shade loving plants: Here are some great sources to look at on...

Landscaping & Design: Shade Trees, florida sources, chinese evergreen
florida sources, chinese evergreen, chinese elm: Chinese Evergreen Oak, hard to find and finicky. or a Chinese Elm variety (Allee, Bosk, etc.) for small leaves but not evergreen. Live Oak also good and is mostly evergreen and also has small leaves...however, find a northern Texas or local source...do not...

Landscaping & Design: Side hill landscaping, creeping rosemary, rosemary mint
creeping rosemary, rosemary mint, hardy perennials: Add sun tolerant hardy perennials. Use a loose combination of groupings. Mix the following plants, Day Lilly spp., Iris spp., creeping rosemary, mint, rudbeckia, sedum Autumn Joy , and coreopsis. Then add color in the form of deciduous bushes...I ld use...

Landscaping & Design: Site Line definition, infinitive verb, design charette
infinitive verb, design charette, professional jargon: When I was going to school, the instructors (rightly so) reinforced the point that certain terms have been over-used or poorly applied in the Landscape Architect s world. I guess you d call them Professional Jargon . Some of them are: Site vs. Sight...

Landscaping & Design: Sky Pencil-Holly, virginia creeper, perrenials
virginia creeper, perrenials, illex: Sky Pencil Holly (Illex creneta) is hardy only to a zone 7 (-15 degrees) – so probably better along the coast of New Jersey, however, container grown plants can be better protected, because you can move them around if it REALLY gets cold. http://www.usna.usda.gov/Newintro/skypenc1.html...

Landscaping & Design: Slate path, decodrive, natural polymer
decodrive, natural polymer, athletic surface: It would be a great look & it s a great idea. Also, weeds don t grow through resin-bound products. Unfortunately, I know of no do it yourself brand currently on the market in the US. There is one type available in England (Brand name: Sureset), where...

Landscaping & Design: Slope and drainage in backyard, higher than the grass, bilge pump
higher than the grass, bilge pump, drainage problem: Richard, Ah New Orleans. It sounds like you have a problem but hey, you at least have your house. I know how much trouble New Orleans has seen over the last year and whoever built the house should have forseen the water drainage problem.I have a picture in...

Landscaping & Design: Sloped landscaping, western riverside county, sloped areas
western riverside county, sloped areas, steep slopes: Hello Dave, For sloped areas you can plant Liriope muscari with your ice plant. Liriope does a great job with preventing erosion of soil. Liriope comes in varigated foiliage and non varigated. Flower in whit or purple. Another idea would be ornamental...

Landscaping & Design: Sod on Beauty Bark, bark mulch, first thing monday morning
bark mulch, first thing monday morning, colloquialism: I am not sure what Beauty Bark is but for our purposes I will assume that is either a local colloquialism for bark mulch or a trade name for bark mulch . In any case, if you are asking if you can lay sod on top of mulch made from tree bark of any kind,...

Landscaping & Design: Sod Harvesting, curious person, cash crop
curious person, cash crop, google: From one curious person to another:I have often wondered the same thing.Here is what I do know:Sod is VERY expensive to install.Sod is grown in large fields just like any cash crop. It is best to use a machine specifically engineered for that purpose.They...

Landscaping & Design: Software, dimensional diagram, shapes and sizes
dimensional diagram, shapes and sizes, ebay: Joan, It s best to shop around,that s for certain. I bought one off of Ebay once and it was not compatible with my version of Windows,which the seller said that it was. I got a refund though. Wherever you buy iy make sure you keep your receipt in case it...

Landscaping & Design: Software, computer jockeys, irrigation design
computer jockeys, irrigation design, punch software: You re not the first to want something that is simple, yet functional. For the homeowner or simple garden-center design provider there are a number of good, simple, inexpensive programs. A head-to-head review of various software packages and their features...

Landscaping & Design: Soil, post holes, foot diameter
post holes, foot diameter, new flower: A 15 foot diameter area is 47 square feet. If you only need to fill 6 inches, then the volume would be 24 cubic feet, or about 1 cubic yard (27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard). The cheepest dirt is usually a hole you ve dug for something else on-site...do you...

Landscaping & Design: Space under Pine Trees, mature pine trees, douglas firs
mature pine trees, douglas firs, hedera helix: Michelle, The only plant I ve known to be able to overcome the triple threat under a mature conifer is ivy. I ve had it succeed under 65 ft Douglas Firs and 40 ft Red Pines. Straight ol Hedera helix (English Ivy) is considered a noxious weed in my...

Landscaping & Design: Space under Pine Trees, mature pine trees, pine needles
mature pine trees, pine needles, inexpensive solutions: Michelle, Look on the bright side. Pine needles make great weed block,which I have used on numerous occasions for plant protection for winter and as a weed block like mulch.At least you won t have to mow under it. I have a customer with a big pine that...

Landscaping & Design: Special Planting Instructions, back issue articles, outdoor living spaces
back issue articles, outdoor living spaces, horticultural resources: My area of expertise is more in the arrangement of the big pieces - outdoor living spaces, deck design, retaining walls, sequencing through the landscape, framing views, integrating the landscape with the architecture, and the like. Usually in my designs...

Landscaping & Design: Split Red Bud, red bud tree, proper circulation
red bud tree, proper circulation, split red: Doug, If this were on my grounds, I think I d call this one a goner. Anything you do to it by way of pruning or bracing the splitting trunk may buy you some time, but won t save it in the long term. A split in the trunk is that far down means the wood...

Landscaping & Design: Springs coming up, storm drain system, google search
storm drain system, google search, spring box: If I owned this property, I would consider putting in a spring box (do a Google search to see what I m talking about), or consider adding a water feature like a pond or flowing stream, assuming that the flow had a place to go to like a creek or public storm...

Landscaping & Design: Steep downward short driveway..., real estate mortgage, drainage problems
real estate mortgage, drainage problems, steep driveway: Landscape is the least of the challenges. I would imagine that storm & snowmelt drainage into the garage is also a factor. If the driveway is steeper than 14.5% (roughly, 1-3/4 per foot), it used to be that FHA wouldn t loan on it...but I m not a...

Landscaping & Design: Steep hill on a lake, drainage ditches, flat grass
drainage ditches, flat grass, landscape designers: If there are no existing drainage ditches being crossed, I think that it come down to materials and methods used by the contractor...In our area it also requires a construction permit and inspection by the building department once built. There are lots...

Landscaping & Design: Steep Slope Landscaping, cypress mulch, jute fabric
cypress mulch, jute fabric, pine needles: Hey, Paul. Most good landscape fabrics, such as those you are considering, are very coarse and uneven. The reason for that is so that they will stick to the surface. That same coarseness results in any mulch sticking quite well to them, and pine needles...

Landscaping & Design: Study, wooden ties, spider mums
wooden ties, spider mums, landscape designer: Lionel, This is an FAQ that I answered a while back that may relate to you as well.This is how I personally got started and with no degree at all. If there are points that don t relate to you just ask me more questions. FAQ: Question and Answer ************************************************************...

Landscaping & Design: Stump removal, white pine tree, stump grinder
white pine tree, stump grinder, sprinkler lines: sorry to take so long to repond...Thanksgiving vaction and all. I know of few tricks , except cutting the stump very low to the ground with a chainsaw. I have seen it done right at ground level. If you are going touse a post system for your shed, it...

Landscaping & Design: Stump removal, white pine tree, sprinkler lines
white pine tree, sprinkler lines, underground sprinkler: The only thing I have done to get a stump low enough to mow over is to dig down around the stump just an extra six inches or so. This way I was able to cut the stump just below surface level without ruining the chain on the chainsaw. Hope this helps. ...

Landscaping & Design: Stump removal, white pine tree, stump grinder
white pine tree, stump grinder, sprinkler lines: Dave, I seriously suggest that you have a professional come in with a stump grinder and do this work. The stump grinder will remove the stump without causing you to herniate a disk. Also with all of the utilities in the immediate area this is not a job...

Landscaping & Design: Stump/shrub removal, stump grinder, egg cases
stump grinder, egg cases, landscape tree: 1. rent a stump grinder or hire a landscape/tree service to do it. 2. actually the borers are probably under the bark in the cambium as we speak doing their damage. the oak problem may be a fungal problem. if you don t want to have it spread to your other...

Landscaping & Design: Stump/shrub removal, stump grinder, septic lines
stump grinder, septic lines, seperate note: Mike, First question, Removing the stumps.Go to these resources for products made just for stump removal.It deteriorates the wood and rots it out and the stump gets soft and all you do it dig at it or chop it and it comes apart in pieces. Here are some...

Landscaping & Design: Stump and shrub removal, removing tree stumps, stump grinder
removing tree stumps, stump grinder, seperate note: OOPS! Helps when I read the first sentence of your original question! Sorry for not reading carefully. Oak isn t a problem. Some Birch naturally propagates by root sprouting (River Birch), while others do not (Yellow Birch). These are not particularly...

Landscaping & Design: Sweet Gum Root System, patio slab, sweet gum
patio slab, sweet gum, tree folks: If the tree is 30+ years old, I doubt it will cause you a problem, if it hasn t already...Here is a website with more info: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/trees-new/text/problem_roots.html I have a neighbor s Sycamore (cousin...

Landscaping & Design: Sweet Gum Tree, sweet gum tree, seed pods
sweet gum tree, seed pods, agricultural crops: I don t know of any such hormone for the Sweet Gum, but there are several used in the horticultural industry for seed production of other plants (usually agricultural crops)...There is even one for reducing olive fruit production. It is a real mess to have...

Landscaping & Design: Synthetic grass, artifical turf, drainage pipes
artifical turf, drainage pipes, turf grass: I heard last year about your city s bounty on turf grass...Here in Reno, natural turf is being installed at a ridiculous rate, as if water is flowing down from on-high, without end. I was kinda hoping we would follow your community s leadership and do the...

Landscaping & Design: sago palm, sago palms, sago palm
sago palms, sago palm, floraculture: Though I do not live in an area that enjoys growing this plant, my brother does. It is a really ancient plant, that reproduces using offsets . Like most palms (even though it is closer in relation to the Pine family), you start at the base, and work your...

Landscaping & Design: saltillo tile patio, home depot thanks, tile patio
home depot thanks, tile patio, crushed granite: First, here in GA the temperature is a serious problem because it does freeze here and it rains a lot and water getting under your tiles and freezing is a serious concern. Where it doesn t matter is places like southern Florida. There frost is not a concern....

Landscaping & Design: Followup, I need by monday, check e mail, fertizer
check e mail, fertizer, high maintainence: sorry, I don t check e-mail over the weekend....(This is my work address). No particulary fertizer to recommend; the bulb has everything it needs for the first 30 days. If you were to keep it longer, then I d use an all-purpose brand, like Miracle-grow...

Landscaping & Design: sealing tumbled stone patio, concrete pavers, time concrete
concrete pavers, time concrete, concrete sealing: You only need to seal NATURAL stone that is set in mortar on concrete OR if it is fake stone (like tumbled CONCRETE) sealing helps hold the color over long time. Concrete pavers and faux rocks always fade over time...no matter what your dealer or installer...

Landscaping & Design: seeding a new lawn, interlocking bricks, inch soil
interlocking bricks, inch soil, quality grass: Darren, I would remove the weed fabric, sandy soil, and some of clay soil as well. Remove 6-8 of the unwanted soil, and replace with screened topsoil. When you have enough topsoil in the area and tamped down, keep the upper layer of soil loose and apply...

Landscaping & Design: It seems it is just DIRT!, grass clippings, compost pile
grass clippings, compost pile, soil structure: Ervin, Go to a local recycler or landscape supply place and get a yard of compost. Spread it evenly over the garden area and till it in. Hold a little in reserve to use as mulch around the new plants. It s the best thing to add to soil to improve it....

Landscaping & Design: sega palm fungus, sago palm, palm fronds
sago palm, palm fronds, pyramidal boxwood: Teresa, The Sago Palm is a tropical plant and I have never had one personally.They are basically non-existant here because of our colder winters or sometimes they sell them as houseplants. I would LOVE to have 2 big ones flanking my entrance. I am really...

Landscaping & Design: sega palm tree, slow release fertilizer, sago palm
slow release fertilizer, sago palm, growing zone: Lee, What growing zone do you reside? Is this Sago Palm an indoor plant for you? The soil outdoors should be moist and well drained, and a slow release fertilizer should be used. (eg milorganite) They should be planted in full sun. Hoped this helped....

Landscaping & Design: where to sell rocks/boulders, quartz rocks, quartz crystal
quartz rocks, quartz crystal, earth products: Start Googling rock and earth products on the Internet or search yellow pages in major cities near to you. Find out what companies sell these types and similar materials. Call them and find out who are their distributors and buyers. You need distributors who...

Landscaping & Design: septic fields, plantain lily, bugle weed
plantain lily, bugle weed, dwarf fescue: Ajuga (Bugle Weed), is a shade- & moisture-loving annual, with over 40 varieties, that range in hardiness from a zone 3 or 4 (some sources disagree as to how cold-hardy) to a zone 9. http://botanicalresources.1afm.com/Ajuga.html The perennial, Thyme...

Landscaping & Design: shade, elegant plants, purple blooms
elegant plants, purple blooms, spring blooms: MMB, Well, that depends. If it s in shade because it s under a tree, probably not much. Trees are not only greedy with light, but also with water & nutrients. If the area is just in the shade of something... For low growing stuff try Hosta. There...

Landscaping & Design: shade plants, van bourgondien bulbs, white flower farm
van bourgondien bulbs, white flower farm, shady oaks nursery: Dave, Here are some links to check out for your shady spot in Iowa and I will also give you sources at the end of this answer: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/3-1-1996/flow.html http://landscaping.about.com/od/plantsforshadyareas/ http://www.backyardgardener.com/shade/index.html...

Landscaping & Design: shade trees/landscape design, forsythia bushes, cutting trees
forsythia bushes, cutting trees, big trees: Babs, I can give you a few bits of advice, but these are decisions you need to make. I understand the natural fence. Forsythia is deciduous so for aprt of the year you will be exposed. If you want grass you ahve to bring more light in. Having...

Landscaping & Design: shrub ideas for shady area, shredded hardwood mulch, peat moss
shredded hardwood mulch, peat moss, juniper bushes: Hello Peggy, I would suggest planting perennials and groundcovers such as epimedium, hosta, fern, and lily of the valley. You can condition the soil in this area to make these plants thrive with composted soil(earth life) peat moss, screened topsoil and...

Landscaping & Design: shrubs, camelia japonica, indian hawthorn
camelia japonica, indian hawthorn, winter blooms: Judy, My first impression of the list of recommendations was that it was a little odd. I ve never been a fan of Eleagnus--it s overall habit is blah; hawthorn hurts, so I don t do hawthorn; Blue Cedar, unless you have a low slow growing variety, can really...

Landscaping & Design: shrubs, dwarf burning bush, silver king euonymus
dwarf burning bush, silver king euonymus, emerald and gold euonymus: The pros to theses shrubs you mentioned are that they all are evergreen and offer year round interest, but the cons are they do not handle salt spray to well, especially hollies. I would recommend using Privit shrubs. These shrubs can handle just about any...

Landscaping & Design: sidewalk, shape curves, acid stains
shape curves, acid stains, fly by night: I am not sure this is exactly what you mean but it seems like there are two questions. One, yes you can create a curved sidewalk and get rid of all those hard lines but you must remove the old sidewalk and pour a new sidewalk using flexible concrete forms....

Landscaping & Design: How to make a simple drain?, plastic drain pipe, drainage ditch
plastic drain pipe, drainage ditch, new home developments: A common approach is to try and fill the area with topsoil. Depending on a variety of variables, this can work, but many times adding additional soil to a wet area will only shift the water to another area just a few feet away.If you are lucky enough to have...

Landscaping & Design: very simple garden problem, flowering perennials, colorful plants
flowering perennials, colorful plants, nice flowers: Hi and thank you for your question. I have a few question I would have to ask before making a plant choice, and they will help you better make your plant purchase. One how much room is there between the base of the hedge and the edge of the concrete? How long...

Landscaping & Design: slope of a baseballfield, cross slope, baseball field
cross slope, baseball field, college baseball: The standard OUTFIELD slope is no less than 1% slope (1 per foot), no greater than 2 1/2% (3-1/4 per foot) slope away from the Diamond. There are three ways to accomplish this. One is to slope the grade away to out-field, or create a ridge from 2nd base...

Landscaping & Design: slope/ground cover, metal staples, hill slope
metal staples, hill slope, paint department: Tammy, The best way to do this is to get the following items at the garden center: several rolls of black plastic.Sometimes you have to ask or it could be in the paint department.It is used for drop cloth when painting.It is very inexpensive also.Make...

Landscaping & Design: sloping ground, planting shrubs, insect damage
planting shrubs, insect damage, barnes noble: South-facing is good for those plants that need full sun. As for the slope with the fence at the bottom, if the yard is big enough (say, anything more than 15 feet deep) there should be no problem. Unless you re right on top of your neighbor, I don t...

Landscaping & Design: small back yard, landscape designer, back yard
landscape designer, back yard, weather: Hi PhuongY Thank you for the nice comments. You can e-mail the pictures to Carlo@organiclandscaping.com Thank you again. Carl...

Landscaping & Design: small back yard needs help, grand junction co, vinyl fence
grand junction co, vinyl fence, rv parking: Hey, Pamela. Your question is very broad, and the answer really must be left up to personal taste. However, what I would suggest is to take a walk (or drive) around some neighborhoods that you like (including yours, of course) and look at landscaping that...

Landscaping & Design: small back yard needs help, plant selection guide, rock mulch
plant selection guide, rock mulch, mt garfield: A quick look at your zone, and it looks like you are in a USDA zone 6...as long as you are not on top of Mt. Garfield (a zone 2!). Colorado has a vibrant gardening community, so I would direct you to Coloradogardening.com for more specific information....

Landscaping & Design: sod and brick, kidney shape, brick patio
kidney shape, brick patio, several inches: JW, in principal, yes you can do it. However, it may mean that your sod will not do as well. The patio may make it difficult to drain when it rains and the sod may hold moisture and become prone to fungus, etc. As for the sod, you will also need to add several...

Landscaping & Design: sod and planting, sod cutter, trees and shrubs
sod cutter, trees and shrubs, half a day: Yong, The answert to your first question i yes. Removal of the sod will create more attractive planting beds and will eliminate competition from the grass to your new trees and shrubs. You can remove the sod a couple of ways. Digging sod out can be...

Landscaping & Design: software for garden design, bbc web site, landscaping software
bbc web site, landscaping software, toptenreviews: You re not the first to want something that is simple, yet functional. In August, I had a similar question. There are a number of good, simple, inexpensive programs. A head-to-head review of various software packages and their features (or lack of features)...

Landscaping & Design: soil washing away, corrugated plastic pipe, river rocks
corrugated plastic pipe, river rocks, bottom sides: put a plastic(like a pond liner) under the rocks(rocks should be round boulder type river rocks 3-6 ). extend the run as far out as it takes to slow the water sufficiently. you could make a dry well by making a hole 3-4 deep by 2-3 across under where the...

Landscaping & Design: sorry, sorry site, split rail fence, shallow roots
split rail fence, shallow roots, surface roots: The dry condition plus invasive surface roots really makes it tough. I m guessing that the rootbound part is because you have Maples nearby. They have very shallow roots, that fight other plants for available water...its O.K. to prune their roots slightly,...

Landscaping & Design: staining concrete, closest store, porous material
closest store, porous material, concrete steps: Concrete is a very porous material and takes staining quite well. It is really a simple product. I know that our local Home Depot carries a brand, but I don t remember the name off the top of my head. Their national website wasn t easy to navigate (homedepot.com),...

Landscaping & Design: staking junipers, fence post, fence posts
fence post, fence posts, snow damage: My general rule is to not stake a tree beyond the first growing season (no more than about 18 months)...beyond that, and the tree may become too weak to support itself. I would leave them unstaked until the fall, and see if they straighten themselves out,...

Landscaping & Design: standing water in backyard, drainage easement, pools of water
drainage easement, pools of water, accurate vision: Robert, I can sort of picture this problem in my mind but have no way of knowing whether it is an accurate vision of your problem. Do you have photos of this that you can send me at my personal email address:acottagegarden@msn.com? I could help you more if...

Landscaping & Design: Where do I start????, high school grades, snowboard parks
high school grades, snowboard parks, bachelors of science: First off, you should always opt for the degree. You may always be able to get a good job without one, but MANY MORE doors will open for you IF AND ONLY IF YOU HAVE A DEGREE. That said however, skate and snowboard parks are often designed by PROFESSIONAL expert...

Landscaping & Design: starting from gravel, plant nurseries, www google com
plant nurseries, www google com, boise id: Sheila, I went to www.google.com and found these links for you which I hope are helpful: http://www.tfid.org/hot_topics/files/DROUGHT%20TOLERANT%20PLANTS.pdf http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rdsduse/id.htm http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&q=plant+nurseries&near=Boise,+ID&sa=X&oi=local&ct=title...

Landscaping & Design: starting from scratch, blank canvas, family enjoyment
blank canvas, family enjoyment, snow season: 20 x 40 is a pretty intimate size. If you care to, it shouldn t take more than a day or two to scrape it out yourself. A contractor would probably charge you quite a lot for an 800 square-foot area - he d want to make it worth his while to work on such a...

Landscaping & Design: starting from scratch, lowes stores, bubble diagram
lowes stores, bubble diagram, good resources: Carol, Here is a quick design technique. Make a sketch of your yard. Now make a bubble diagram of what you what and where. Not specific plants but think in terms of turf, evergreens, deciduous, size of plant, etc. This gives you an idea without...

Landscaping & Design: steep hill, landscaping timbers, blue rug junipers
landscaping timbers, blue rug junipers, erosion problems: Margaret, Exactly what type of shrubs do you have planted and how many are already there? The best shrubs to plant on a slope would be ground hugging shrubs like Blue Rug junipers or any groundcover evergreens that if planted in the correct way will prevent...

Landscaping & Design: stone as a ground cover, wood mulch, plant canopy
wood mulch, plant canopy, sea shells: I wouldn t be too concerned. The big issue is that rocks or inert material will heat up, and stunt the root growth by increasing the soil heat within the top few inches. Shrub roots are not all that deep, so any change in this area will affect the plant...

Landscaping & Design: stone walkway, oyster shells, stone walkway
oyster shells, stone walkway, gravel path: If I understand your questions correctly, I think either type of stone will fit, historically (stone and gravel has been around since before the pyramids. The folks at Williamsburg, VA use crushed oyster shells, which I think is pretty cool! I would...

Landscaping & Design: How to stop ivy growth around window frames, ivy growth, sucker growth
ivy growth, sucker growth, vigorous plant: I previously suggested the use of paint mixed with a chemical called Treflan. i frankly don t know if this will work, and unfortunately, I really don t have any other ideas for slowing the roots of this very vigorous plant. There are some interesting...

Landscaping & Design: street sound suppression designs, evergreen hedges, dallas texas area
evergreen hedges, dallas texas area, noise buffer: John, If you are wanting to buffer the noise and have more privacy while you are in your backyard retreat I know exactly how you feel. You do not want to plant any type of deciduous(trees that shed their leaves in fall as well as when the wind picks up) trees...

Landscaping & Design: suggestions for plants to hide air conditioners and pool equipment, ornamental grasses, ornamental grass
ornamental grasses, ornamental grass, pool equipment: Gena, I would use ornamental grasses.You would need to plant them a minimum of 3 feet away from your units so that they will have room to spread and you can get behind them.Here are some good ones to use with resources to help you choose the right ones.Then...

Landscaping & Design: sun angles winter vs. summer, zone 7a, sun angles
zone 7a, sun angles, nasa gov: 2 sites: One shows the concept of WHY it is more shady in the winter than in the summer. The other tells you what the angle of the sun is in relation to your dwelling, so that you can calculate the degree to which your north-facing yard will be in the...

Landscaping & Design: sun dial, sundial garden, horizontal sundials
sundial garden, horizontal sundials, math calculations: Since horizontal sundials are often mass-produced in China, Mexico or other similar places, they have to be made for just one latitude. Many are made in Birmingham England, where the latitude is around 52½ deg.N, so the angle between the gnomon and the dial...

Landscaping & Design: surveyors, unit of measure conversions, acre conversion
unit of measure conversions, acre conversion, homework question: Perch an ancient term for a unit of measure for surveyors many years ago called a Rod or Pole , or about 16 1/2 feet (3 x 5 1/2 feet). There are 4 Poles to a Chain , or 66 feet. 10 Chains to an acre...or so my source says. I can t get the square-foot...

Landscaping & Design: sweet gum trees, sweet gum trees, spikey thing
sweet gum trees, spikey thing, septic lines: The Liquidambar (Sweet Gum)is a good street tree, or screening tree in groves...IF there are no utilities around (water, sewer, septic lines, gas, etc.), they should do just fine. I ve planted lots of them. Most folks object to their two other issues...

Landscaping & Design: Tall narrow decorative tree type, pyramidal cedars, toronto ontario canada
pyramidal cedars, toronto ontario canada, columnar shrubs: You are in a Canadian zone 6a (roughly a USDA zone 5). Here are some clumnar/narrow plants that might fit the situation: http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/ipmnet/99-3nnws2.htm I would avoid the maples, as they have invasive roots that could lift your concrete......

Landscaping & Design: Terraces, vegatable garden, downhill side
vegatable garden, downhill side, overhead lines: FOLLOW-UP: I erred. It s not 5 cubic yards, its 50 cubic yards that typically triggers a grading permit (per the UBC). Thats a lot of dirt - roughly, 20 x20 x 3 deep. See, that s why you should trust the contractor to go get the permits, and not the Landscpae...

Landscaping & Design: THORNED VINES, wild potato vine, hot sunny day
wild potato vine, hot sunny day, potato plants: Dee, You are exactly right when you said they look like potatos.It is more than likely a wild potato vine,which have nothing to do with actual potato plants.They are extremely difficult to get out because they usually break off before you can get to the tubers...

Landscaping & Design: Thunbergia, plastic lattice, mobile home park
plastic lattice, mobile home park, andrea andrea: Andrea: Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you...I was out of town and out of touch! Your idea is excellent. The vine you suggest has no known pests, but if you find something is enjoying entirely too much of your efforts, make up a spray of 1 Tbls....

Landscaping & Design: WHAT TIME OF YEAR TO REPLANT SAGA PALMS, sago palm, tolerant plant
sago palm, tolerant plant, mexico arizona: Hey, Jaime. The sago palm is a very tough and drought tolerant plant that is not a true palm. You should be able to transplant them any time of the year with the caveat being that I don t know where you are although I guessing somewhere south of, say, Interstate...

Landscaping & Design: Tile patio vs. stamped concrete, spanish mission style, terra cotta tile
spanish mission style, terra cotta tile, tile patio: Considering ONLY durability I would choose stamped concrete. Tile can break loose and water can get underneath and freeze (depending on your location) and break it. Also grout between tile can get stained and break out. Also tile is often slippery unless...

Landscaping & Design: Tiling/Pavers over existing concrete, tile supplier, winter weather
tile supplier, winter weather, wet winter: Yes, if there are no big chunks missing or obvious cracks & failures that need reconstructing first. Just tile over it using a thin-set mortar or whatever the tile supplier may suggest for your weather region (North Dakota versus Hawaii). I would avoid...

Landscaping & Design: TREE BED, spruce trees, question thanks
spruce trees, question thanks, retaining wall: Scott, I would recommend using whatever material you use for the front and sides of the bed to be used for the back as well. This way it will all look new and no surprises. Plus whatever you use will probably cost just as much and may be more difficult to...

Landscaping & Design: TREE STUMP REMOVAL, tree stump removal, cross hatch
tree stump removal, cross hatch, money mark: Naturally occurring bacteria and fungi decompose stumps. To hasten this process, cut the stump as low to the ground as you can and cover it with a mound of dirt, or compost, and keep it generally moist. You can cut a cross hatch of lines or gouges into the...

Landscaping & Design: Transplanting azaleas, transplanting azaleas, shade area
transplanting azaleas, shade area, morning sun: Typically, the best time to transplant an existing azalea is Fall or early winter as you expected. And Yes you could buy the replacement now, but keeping it alive is the big challenge. Nursery people water every day or close to it. Will you do the same?...

Landscaping & Design: Transplanting Bridal Wreath Spirea, bridal wreath spirea, chinese holly
bridal wreath spirea, chinese holly, zone 7b: The Spirea may very well have a multi-stem crown, so that when you dig it up it won t come out it one piece. I transplanted one about six months ago (it was probably about 12 years old)...it was the dickens to get out, and came out it pieces, but I transplanted...

Landscaping & Design: Transplanting blue spruce, shovel head, hr north
shovel head, hr north, dripline: Its usually best done in the early Spring or Fall...the Summer sun just barbeques them before they have a chance to recover from the trauma of getting dug up. If you know where it s going to go, dig that new hole first. Then, with a spade shovel, make...

Landscaping & Design: Transplanting Ivy, peat moss, organic compost
peat moss, organic compost, coarse river: Hi Ryan, 1. The best time to propagate ivy is during the summer and early fall. 2. In some cases with bushy growing varieties, short heeled cuttings 75-100 mm. long can be taken. Other varieties have long slender stems and little if any lateral growth....

Landscaping & Design: Transplanting Ivy, afternoon sun, november 1st
afternoon sun, november 1st, time of year: 1. If you live in the south Now till about November 1st is great. Or next Spring about March 20 thru May 15. 2. Make sure you get plenty of roots. 3. Pull it up in pieces cut off excess down to where there are some roots and then bury the roots 2 or so....

Landscaping & Design: Tree House, google search engine, lowes home
google search engine, lowes home, humble structure: Such a simple-sounding question....but, WOW! what a full subject! There are books, seminars, and court cases over this simple, humble structure. I ve made a few in the places I ve called Home . They re not complicated affairs - unless your neighbor, mayor,...

Landscaping & Design: Tree next to swimming pool, mayten tree, google
mayten tree, google, gunit: Paula, In all honesty,I have never heard of the Mayten tree. You may live in a warmer climate than I do. If I were you I would go straight to www.google.com and type in the words Mayten tree and run a direct search on it.Then you can find growth rates in...

Landscaping & Design: Tree Wall, tree spade, layers of soil
tree spade, layers of soil, landscaping photos: The unfortunate answer is YES, the extra soil will kill your trees. The tree s root system in in the top layers of soil, and adding to it smothers it, plus, extra dirt promotes rot at base of the trunk. As little as 2 inches can kill some trees (Oaks, especially)....

Landscaping & Design: Trees, weed wacker, dish soap
weed wacker, dish soap, river birch: Take a good look at the damage at the base. IF the damage goes all the way around the root/trunk base, there is not much you can do to save it. A plant s life blood flows on the outer surface of the plant, so if the outer bark has been stripped away by a...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, storm drain system, surface roots
storm drain system, surface roots, volunterr: Personally I would not plant maples if you are concerned about the surface roots, though not all maples exhibit this problem. I like the oaks, ash, linden providing there are not overhead utilities. As for color you can not beat crabapple, especially the...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, city metro area, kansas city metro
city metro area, kansas city metro, summer afternoons: get to a local garden center and see what they recommend and/or sell. i m in southern NJ. here i would recommend a dwarf dogwood(cornus florida or kousa). no matter what you choose it will be up to you to keep it pruned yearly and under control. trees are...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, weed wacker, purple foliage
weed wacker, purple foliage, brown cardboard: Daniel, The browning branches may or may not be related to the chucks of bark gone. Arborvitae lose their foliage like any other tree, and when they re small, the overall evergreen effect sometimes isn t complete. At that size, even dog pee can brown...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, storm drain system, norway maples
storm drain system, norway maples, red maples: Daniel, Two trees come to mind. I don t know what climate zone you re in, so you ll need to check to see if they are available and suitable for your area. If you want a grand shade tree, try Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica Atropunicia ). Purple leaves...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, arborvitaes, grey bark
arborvitaes, grey bark, needle points: Daniel, 1. Yes, prune out the dead. I would look for why the branch is dead though. It s ordinary to see dead foliage, as the new growth begins, last year s growth (inside) with brown out and fall off. But whole branches brown seems like either injury...

Landscaping & Design: Trees close to a foundation, ulmus americana, swamp cypress
ulmus americana, swamp cypress, good fences make good neighbors: It is easier to tell you what NOT to plant - Avoid planting these shallow rooted tree species near foundations and sidewalks: Norway maple (Acer platanoides), red maple (Acer rubrum), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), ash (Fraxinus spp.), sweetgum (Liquidambar...

Landscaping & Design: Trees in landscape, japanese maple tree, purple leaf
japanese maple tree, purple leaf, center nursery: 1. depends on where you live. i m in southern NJ. now is the best time here. early spring. 2. depends on what you like. small -purple leaf plum -kousa dogwood - japanese maple(blood good) medium -lindens - thornless honeylocust - american redbud...

Landscaping & Design: Trees, gabe gabe, shrubs and trees
gabe gabe, shrubs and trees, relm: Gabe, I don t think you need my advice.You have the correct info on the trees.That s why I always buy small shrubs and trees,except dwarfer species which grow very very slowly.The seedlings of larger variety trees are going to have a bigger root system,therefore...

Landscaping & Design: Trellis, grape vines, inexpensive materials
grape vines, inexpensive materials, web copy: Linda, Yes you could use rebar,but you would have to buy several long poles and have them bent by a welder. I think.It may take 2 or 3 arches to hold your grape vines.They will also need to be set in concrete. I am not sure of the cost though. Here are some...

Landscaping & Design: Tropical Lanscaping, clemsen university, banana trees
clemsen university, banana trees, hgic: Clemsen University s Ag Extension has a fine website for you to see what may grow in your new environment...lots of subtropicals, but it doesn t look too good for the really exotic ones that you re used to. Check it out at http://hgic.clemson.edu/ Problem...

Landscaping & Design: Tropical Plants in North AL., windmill palms, majestic palms
windmill palms, majestic palms, elephant ears: greg i live in southern NJ. not many tropicals grown outside here. i did live in FL for awhile 10 years ago. i know many of the plants they grow outside there. many type palms will grow as far north as georgia. some are marginal and every now & then have...

Landscaping & Design: tall fast growing shrub or tree, fast growing trees, band 8
fast growing trees, band 8, direct search: Bob, here are some links to go for info: http://www.evergreensuk.com/garden.htm http://www.autumnridgenursery.com/index.cfm?CFID=16420135&CFTOKEN=30511668 http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ThujaGiantT.htm I got these from www.google.com so if...

Landscaping & Design: third party qualifying a license, supervisory role, third party
supervisory role, third party, thanks for your help: I am not licensed in FLa and I am not an attorney. However, I can say that based on my understanding of license requirements fro my own state, if he is not involved directly as a paid employee or an owner and has no supervisory role I doubt if it is legal...

Landscaping & Design: thuja occidental arborvitae american, arborvitae american, o day
arborvitae american, o day, root growth: Kevin, If you want them to grow faster water them VERY deep about once a week if you don t get any rain. It s better for the root system to get a long,deep soak less often rather than a little bit every day. It promotes better root growth. Good luck on your...

Landscaping & Design: top soil depth, compost mixture, compact soil
compost mixture, compact soil, pittsburg ca: Gary, What you propose is possible. The deeper the topsoil you bring in, the fewer problems you ll have with the grass, but like you say, it s such a small area, even with shallow topsoil, the problems are manageable. I have an area on my grounds...

Landscaping & Design: transplanting large trees, fir trees, bud break
fir trees, bud break, douglas fir: Evergreens should be transplanted when they are small - about 4 ft or less in height. You wrote they are 25 (inches) or did you meaan 25 ? Either way they should be moved in early spring before bud break or from the second week of August to mid-September....

Landscaping & Design: transplanting a water oak, drip line, water oak
drip line, water oak, wind movement: Tina, My experience with oaks hasn t been that good. For as big and tough as they are, they can be touchy when transplanted. So, if I had cut too small of a root ball on an oak, I wouldn t expect it to live. Fertilizing might help. Go ahead and put...

Landscaping & Design: tree choice, yucca trees, graceful palms
yucca trees, graceful palms, pussy willow: I think you have the right idea. Why keep marginal Yuccas in such a beautiful climate. Actually, if I lived in LA again (I was there for about 21 years), I wouldn t be so quick to write off some of the more graceful palms. A nice Queen or King Palm might...