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Landscaping & Design: Bougainvillias, flower bracts, change colors
flower bracts, change colors, different colors: Yes, it is, but only if you let them get out of control. Here s a picture of the hillside in front of a house that I used to own: http://www.abouthomes.info/pics/Bougainvillea%20hillside.jpg There were seven out-of-control bougainvilleas. Each bougainvillea...

Landscaping & Design: Boxwood Hedge, boxwoods, cold temps
boxwoods, cold temps, reno nevada: Constance, There are several varieties of boxwood.Some don t like cold temps,some don t like hot. Sometimes though they turn brownish at the tops if you have just trimmed them. Go to www.google.com and type in whatever variety you have to see if you have...

Landscaping & Design: Boxwood Hedge, fighting a losing battle, life span
fighting a losing battle, life span, boxwood: I would not cut it to the ground. Their survival would be unlikely. Here is a good link from Virginia Tech regarding Boxwoods: http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/envirohort/426-603/426-603.html Like any other living thing, they have a pre-programmed life-span,...

Landscaping & Design: Boxwoods, foundation plants, boxwoods
foundation plants, boxwoods, dave thanks: Dave, Just trim the branches that are sticking out and look unattractive.As far as the height,if they get too tal just trim them to the height you would prefer them to be. A good way to trim to make them more natural looking is to use a hand shear with two...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear, bradford pear trees, parasitic infestation
bradford pear trees, parasitic infestation, magic answer: Sadly, I have no magic answer for you...it is probably dying or is already dead. And, it may due to OVER watering. If the ground is wet, squishy , or saturated, stop watering! Trees are like people, sometimes they just up & die, even if everything...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear Tree, bradford pear tree, flowering plum
bradford pear tree, flowering plum, tree option: Sadly, the tree trimmers are correct. The Bradford has a short life; only about 25-30 years. See the Ohio State website for more info on this lovely tree: http://www.oplin.lib.oh.us/tree/fact%20pages/pear_bradford/pear_bradford.html However, I too...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear Tree, bradford pear tree, new cracks
bradford pear tree, new cracks, paver patio: The tree is sufficiently mature, at 25 ft. tall. Trimming back one 1/2 surface root should not harm the tree too badly, though you may notice under-performance on the side that you pruned the root. It s usually when somebody cuts in a utility line next to...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear Trees, bradford pear trees, brick work
bradford pear trees, brick work, adverse reaction: Pear roots are not particularly sensitive to prunig, however, like most other trees, they are most abundant in the first 18-inches of soil... So you ask, What is the possible outcome . I honestly cannot tell you with 100% certainty. Trees are like people;...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear, bradford pear tree, declining health
bradford pear tree, declining health, saplings: Suckers usually come up from the grafted stock, and in older trees may indicate that the tree is in declining health. Yes, it is unsightly, but there is a cure. There are two methods - one is to trim these suckers manually, and the other is to apply...

Landscaping & Design: Bradford pear tree, bradford pear tree, bradford pears
bradford pear tree, bradford pears, bradfords: Patrick: Sorry to hear of your loss. Well you can certainly leave the other half if you want to, as long as it is safe and not where it might fall on a house or car...but how will it look? ...my guess is that it will look like half a tree which isn t good....

Landscaping & Design: Bradford pear, bradford pear tree, powdery mildew
bradford pear tree, powdery mildew, bronze color: I don t recall the pears doing too well, when I lived in Charlottesville...maye a powdery mildew? I don t know. They are sensitive to Boron in the soil or water, and generally a short-lived tree, as it is (no more than about 35 years, tops). Sorry I cannot...

Landscaping & Design: Brown rain off oak tree staining patio, paver patio, brown rain
paver patio, brown rain, paver sealer: Jeannine, Oak trees produce a substance called tannin and there is not anything you can feed the tree to alter this. I think you have a couple of choices. 1) Continue to clean while you wait the year. Frankly in my contacts with paver folks It...

Landscaping & Design: BUFFER FOR HIGHWAY, visual surprise, dragging my feet
visual surprise, dragging my feet, screening purposes: Bob, Sorry for dragging my feet in answering. I ve been letting this one perk for a few days in case I got any unusual flashes of insight. Here s what I came up with: Two plants come to mind to fill some gaps, provide year round foliage, and to act...

Landscaping & Design: BUFFER FOR HIGHWAY, dwarf alberta spruce, japanese boxwood
dwarf alberta spruce, japanese boxwood, info on plants: The Univeristy of Rhode Island Ag Extension home page has several informational brochures for the home gardener and suggestions for trees and shrubs for your area: http://www.uri.edu/ce/index1.html Interesting enough, check out the URI website, Landscape...

Landscaping & Design: Building a deck out of concrete pavers., flagstone pavers, concrete pavers
flagstone pavers, concrete pavers, crushed gravel: I personally would never mortar between stones or pavers that are on a flexible base . Even if your particular climate does not freeze, just you walking on the pavers over time will cause them to compact or move and the mortar will crack or break loose. However,...

Landscaping & Design: Building raised flowerbeds, color texture, flowerbed
color texture, flowerbed, stability issues: David, What a fun project. I would not use the bricks just for stability issues for the wall of the flowerbed. I would use some of the Anchor type block that is produced by Pavestone or other block companies. With these type of blocks you will get...

Landscaping & Design: Bushes and flowers, fall blooming plants, plant bulbs
fall blooming plants, plant bulbs, nearby plants: How far you can prune them depends on the variety. Also some plants may take a long time to recover from a deep pruning so be aware you may have an eyesore for a year while waiting for new leaves, especially if you prune in spring or early summer. Different...

Landscaping & Design: backyard beach, landscape timbers, landscape fabric
landscape timbers, landscape fabric, crab grass: Hi Pam, Here is your answer and thanks for your patience - it was a busy Memorial Day weekend for us :-) It sounds like a large project, but, once done and done right it will be pretty awesome! 1. The beach area should be level and consist of good...

Landscaping & Design: backyard beach, landscape fabric, crab grass
landscape fabric, crab grass, rain water: hello Pam, I would suggest diging down 6-8 inches, putting landscape fabric down, put about 4 inches of modified stone (gravel) down and tamp it well, then 4+ inches of sand. I would recommend not using the plastic edging, i would use the largest river...

Landscaping & Design: backyard landscapeing with mulch, landscapeing, weed barrier
landscapeing, weed barrier, preen: Weed mats don t work. See previous answers to questions for more detail but in short after a few years the much begins to turn into soil and you end up with weeds growing on top of the weed barrier and when you pull them they pull up the mat. I would simply...

Landscaping & Design: Putting in backyard tile, crusher run, granite dust
crusher run, granite dust, crushed granite: I think you may mean you are putting in stone pavers . Tile typically refers to stones that must be set on a concrete slab and not the ground. Tiles are typically thin, approximately 1/4 to 1.5 thick. Pavers are typically 2 or thicker. Tiles are no good...

Landscaping & Design: bare landscape, grass clippings, soil chemistry
grass clippings, soil chemistry, organic compost: I took a day to think about this wide-ranging question, so sorry for the slow response. A good general guide I use (even as a professional designer) is out local water company s guide, found at http://tmwalandscapeguide.com/landscape_guide/interactive/index.php...

Landscaping & Design: beach landscape, landscape timbers, banana trees
landscape timbers, banana trees, zone 7b: Hi Nessie, Here is the response I sent Pam. Good luck and let me know how it turns out :-D 1. The beach area should be level and consist of good quality sand to a thickness which prevents users from contacting the underlying surface. 2. Define the...

Landscaping & Design: How do I begin, plants and trees, green thumb
plants and trees, green thumb, kitchen window: Elizabeth, Actually, one of the best sources of information on what plants work well in your area is your area. Drive around the neighborhood, or adjoining neighborhoods, and look for yards with similar conditions, if only in parts. And also look for...

Landscaping & Design: i am beginner that needs help, homework questions, colour wheel
homework questions, colour wheel, straight paths: I don t do homework questions ( describe, define, illustrate, explain ....) However, if you want to explore landscape design issues, here is an EXCELLENT website to check out: http://www.afcee.brooks.af.mil/ldg/s01LandscapeDesign/c03LandscapePlanning.html...

Landscaping & Design: best pool shade trees, foxtail palms, pool companies
foxtail palms, pool companies, pool areas: I am not familiar with Shady Lady this sounds like a local colloquialism and not a typically used name. However, most shade trees are not good for pool areas. I would recommend Palms as being the best for shade around a pool. Make sure they are hardy for...

Landscaping & Design: best type of mulch for application?, mulch beds, groundcover plants
mulch beds, groundcover plants, steep hills: Brian, About the only mulch I use is compost. I either use my own composted leaves, or in a pinch, get commericially prepared compost. It tends to be heavier than most, and it quickly absorbs water, so once the rain started, it would weigh itself down....

Landscaping & Design: blacktop driveway, concrete pavers, plant shrubs
concrete pavers, plant shrubs, skillsaw: The rental yard should have a concrete saw you can rent. It hooks up to a water source (usually by garden hose) and keeps the blade from overheating. There are smaller handheld saws (like a bigger version of a skillsaw) with a special blade...all depends...

Landscaping & Design: blank slate, brick surface, blank slate
brick surface, blank slate, big trees: $1,800 is a bit on the high side, but it depends on the lot size (you mentioned big - if it is measured in acres, then maybe $1,800 isn t too bad). If you have 16 trees, it IS a big lot. Regarding design: Start with what you like to do, or hope to do...

Landscaping & Design: blue hydrangea, aluminum sulfate, pale shade
aluminum sulfate, pale shade, ph level: I don t know if you can turn WHITE into BLUE, but many gardeners buy a blooming BLUE flowered plant, only to have them turn PINK after they plant them, or PINK/RED ones that turn BLUE/PURPLE after planting...all due to the change in pH of the soil they get...

Landscaping & Design: border, patio slab, plastic grass
patio slab, plastic grass, straight cut: Glenda, I would not put a plastic border anywhere. You do not need it by the cement. At the grass bed interface do the following: 1) make a straight cut downward at the edge of the bed and 2) make second from inside the bed at 45 degrees back to the...

Landscaping & Design: bougainvilla problems, tampa bay area, roll of the dice
tampa bay area, roll of the dice, foliage: Mike, Sorry. I m a little too far north to have any experience with Bougainvilla. It s a roll of the dice if it survives here, so I never plant it. The best I ve got is a link to a discussion of Bougainvilla problems: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/swest/msg0809531928874.html...

Landscaping & Design: bouganville topiary, wooden stake, vine
wooden stake, vine, pot: Erin, Yes you can put it outside. Make sure it is in a pot that is large and heavy enough to hold it up. If it is in the original container,it may need repotting. Also,if it is very tall you may want to put a wooden stake or bamboo in the pot and tie it to...

Landscaping & Design: boxwoods, boxwood hedges, boxwoods
boxwood hedges, boxwoods, leed: What species of boxwood? How big are the ones you are buying? How soon do you want them to become hedges? If you can answer these questions I can answer your spacing question. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles on...

Landscaping & Design: boxwoods look terrible after i trimmed!!!, e mail, best time
e mail, best time, shock: Thank you for your e-mail. Don t worry about the boxwoods, they are a pretty hardy plant. They just went into shock from the big cut back. I don t know the area you and the boxwoods live. But you may want to check online or at your local nursery for the best...

Landscaping & Design: brick patio installation - all steps nessecary?, brick paver patios, drainage purposes
brick paver patios, drainage purposes, brick patio: 1.) No the gravel is for compaction and provides a suitable compacted foundation that is less likely to move or compress when wet or frozen compare to topsoil in your yard. The sand is to provide a layer to work on that is easy to screed and level but also...

Landscaping & Design: brick patio, brick patio, screed
brick patio, screed, trowel: If you lay the rebar down in the sand and use the screed board to go over the rebar, this way you can make sure the the sand is level. After you are done with the rebar, remove and cover over with sand using a trowel. you should only need about 2 inches of...

Landscaping & Design: building raised beds, peat moss, building raised beds
peat moss, building raised beds, landscape fabric: Robert, Treated wood would last longer than raw lumber but it is a bit more expensive. Yes you should run the plastic up the inside surface of your boards to prevent water damage to the wood and to prevent weeds from coming up the sides of the bed.The mulch...

Landscaping & Design: building a retaining wall on sandy soil, building a retaining wall, gravel pit
building a retaining wall, gravel pit, sandy soil: Your question can not be answered without more detail being provided. 1. What is the height of your wall? 2. Is there a surcharge on the wall, like a house or pool within 10 to 20 feet of the wall on the up hill side, or the side being retained. 3. Is...

Landscaping & Design: butterfly bush, butterfly bush, center nursery
butterfly bush, center nursery, couple times: always consult a pruning book to see what plants need in the way of pruning for best flowering production. you need to know what variety budlea it is? most should be pruned to w/in 18 -24 of the ground in early spring. they flower best on new wood. those...

Landscaping & Design: Where to buy boulders for Japanese garden, stone quarries, grey rocks
stone quarries, grey rocks, grey rock: Hi! I m sorry that I can t provide you with a list of suppliers. Try to get in touch with builders from those states. They would at least tell you if such rocks are present. Maybe you could try to find stone quarries that would deal with granite...

Landscaping & Design: Calculating Soil for raised beds, cubic yards, topsoil
cubic yards, topsoil, cubic feet: 6 x 4 x 1 = 24 cubic feet. This is divided by 27, to get cubic yards, or .88 c.y. per bed, therefore, if you have 3 beds, the total yardage is .88 x 3 = 2.67 yards of soil required. As they rarely sell 1/3rd of a yard of topsoil in bulk and you ll lose...

Landscaping & Design: Canopy Shape, st augistine grass, japanese film director
st augistine grass, japanese film director, partition screens: Hi Diana! What a nice idea! When I read your message, the first thing that came to my mind was one of the opening scenes of a film called Ran , by the famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. There you ll see something that the Japanese call Tsuitate....

Landscaping & Design: Careers, landscape business, landscape management
landscape business, landscape management, landscape construction: Pipino, You need to take all the following types of classes you can: landscape design plant materials landscape construction landscape management landscape business You also should work for a local design/build firm to gain experience. Good...

Landscaping & Design: Carrotwood tree problem, invasive species, carrotwood tree
invasive species, carrotwood tree, speculation: Stan, First, I had to look carrotwood up as I am not familiar with it. Diagnosing leaf problems over the net can be daunting as you might imagine. I may have an answer from my quick research. Carrotwood is native to Australia. It was first introduced...

Landscaping & Design: Cascading Vines, retainer wall, climbing vines
retainer wall, climbing vines, browser address bar: Chris, I have copied several website addresses for you.Just Copy and Paste them into your browser address bar and click Go.Good luck on finding just the right vine for your space! http://www.heronswood.com/catalog/browse?;Vines::0:8; http://www.naturehills.com/new/product/ferns_ground_vines_products.aspx?catname=Vines&ovchn=GGL&ovcpn=Vines&ovcrn=vines&ovtac=PPC...

Landscaping & Design: Cedar Hedges/Retaining Wall, cedar hedges, mound soil
cedar hedges, mound soil, installing a fence: Hello Karen, No you will not hurt the cedar hedges by cutting them back. I would suggest installing a fence instead of a retaining wall, much less expensive, and the right choice especially since you have small children. When leveling out your yard, be...

Landscaping & Design: CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE, cherry blossom tree, japanese cherry blossom
cherry blossom tree, japanese cherry blossom, ornamental trees: Trish, Is this a Japanese Cherry Blossom or another type of Cherry? Whatever the case,it should NEVER have been totally unbranched like that. You prune ornamental trees,you don t cut them back like big oaks or something especially one that is 15 years old....

Landscaping & Design: Chain Link Fence, chain link fence, plastic slats
chain link fence, plastic slats, trumpet vine: All sorts of vines are available, depending on your region. I just recently planted several Wisteria vines to do just this.... cover up something unsightly with something I ll enjoy for years to come. Other vines are the Trumpet Vine, or Ivy. BE careful...

Landscaping & Design: Chainlink Fence, passion vine, star jasmine
passion vine, star jasmine, garbage cans: I can think of 3 options: Remove, replace, or cover/dress it up. Remove the fence? If not, then replace it with something else? Split-rail, picket? Board-style? If its just to keep a pet in the yard, there are options. I ve seen boards *bolted* onto...

Landscaping & Design: Chill time, warm temperate areas, mississippi state university
warm temperate areas, mississippi state university, chill time: I imagine that the tree is just fine. The fruit, however, may not have set ...I don t know too much about peaches and nectarines, but in Mississippi, there are two great recourses... From the Mississippi State University: http://msucares.com/pubs/bulletins/b1040text.htm...

Landscaping & Design: Choice for third tree, boxwoods, blue spruce
boxwoods, blue spruce, hi 5: Libby, Without seeing the area I am at a disadvantage. But here goes. I would want to add some continuity to your berm and I think a good choice would be to add another weeping cherry. This would add symmetry and repetition which are desireable traits...

Landscaping & Design: Choices for screening, thuja occidentalis, screening plants
thuja occidentalis, screening plants, emerald green: Beth, I m not jealous of your situation. When I think of screening plants, I first think of Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). Evergreen, grows tall, but not wide (2ft). Grows about a foot per year. If you go to a nursery that sells to landscapers,...

Landscaping & Design: Clay soil, peat moss, perrinals
peat moss, perrinals, grass plants: Gail, You need a change the soil structure before you plant your perennials, tree, and such. You need to add organic material to the clay soil. Compost and peat moss are two good choice. Also grnulated gypsum, not lime, will help. Till this material...

Landscaping & Design: Clearing beds of unwanted growth - grass and weeds, selective herbicides, old fashion way
selective herbicides, old fashion way, grass killer: Hi Ms Walker, There are some selective herbicides out there such as Trimec, this is a commercial product and I am not sure if you can purchase the product without a pesticide license. The best way to get rid of the weeds is to get them out by their roots,...

Landscaping & Design: Clearing brush...maintaining property, latin plant names, hammondsport ny
latin plant names, hammondsport ny, lanquage: Ken, I am afraid you will need an expert in the Latin lanquage for that. I know some Latin plant names,but that is as far as it goes in a foreign language. If you will go back to the Expert Main Board and look under Foreign Languages, I am quite sure they...

Landscaping & Design: Clerodendrum Myricoides, warm climate, plant zone
warm climate, plant zone, google: Christy, What is your plant zone? I am assuming it must be a very warm climate because I have never heard of the plant.I just know plants from zone 5 to 8. Go to www.google.com and type in the plant name for a direct search.I am quite sure you will come up...

Landscaping & Design: Clients block me, initial payment, husband and wife
initial payment, husband and wife, enough money: Maybe you should speak to a lawyer. To prevent that from happening again, you could probably charge a fee for designing the project. Then, after that, you could charge for time and materials. That means that the clients would be paying for whatever they...

Landscaping & Design: Color in a garden, soft thorns, plant geneticists
soft thorns, plant geneticists, sweet alyssum: Hey, Candis. I m like you in that I have this inherent dislike of water bills. Without knowing exactly where you are, I ll answer based on you getting four hours of sun per day, disliking water bills, and not being in Phoenix or Palm Springs. First,...

Landscaping & Design: Colorado Blue Spruce, colorado spruce trees, colorado blue spruce
colorado spruce trees, colorado blue spruce, high colorado: Bill, Partial sun means full sun part of the day while the other part of the day is in shade. For the Blue Spruce to get maximum sun exposure it would need 8 to 10 hours of sun per day. If it does not get this amount of sunlight it will impede it s growth...

Landscaping & Design: Colorado blue spruce, colorado spruce trees, colorado blue spruce
colorado spruce trees, colorado blue spruce, loamy soil: Hello Bill, in New York- You ve picked a lovely tree! The Maples should not pose a problem, as these trees should eventually get to be 100 or so, given the right climate. Soon, they ll be towering over the Maples. Less light actually makes them reach...

Landscaping & Design: Concrete Tree Rings, google search, tree grate
google search, tree grate, concrete tree: For commercial applications, there is a supplier I ve used before: Quickcrete http://www.quickcrete.com/treegrates.html If you are in Canada, its quite a distance from these guys, as they are in So. California. If I were you, I d do a google search...

Landscaping & Design: Concrete back yard, long periods of time, photo amie
long periods of time, photo amie, shallow steps: Amie London, wow...you are really out of my realm of plant knowledge but as for hardscape I think I can answer this one. First, I think if you did the research you would quickly find that the cost of building walls, adding steps and then drilling the concrete...

Landscaping & Design: Contour Grading, landscape architects, landscape architecture
landscape architects, landscape architecture, handdrawn: If you are creating a grading plan, your first bit of information should be a topographic map of the existing condition. With that, your proposed design is placed on top of this map will show you how close or far your design is from the original condition...Then...

Landscaping & Design: Controlling vegetation growth, mulch beds, mulch areas
mulch beds, mulch areas, mulch materials: My sympathies. I m surprised the total kill didn t work. You can practically spell our name with the stuff on the lawn. There is what is called a pre-emergent granule, designed to kill young, tender plants, and leave the more harty/mature ones. We...

Landscaping & Design: Cottoneaster, root system, lake michigan
root system, lake michigan, new location: Hey, Marcia. Generally, you want to move any plant when all, or most of its sap, is in the roots. That allows it to immediately start creating a new root system in the new location, so I would wait until the spring. When you see new shoots starting to come...

Landscaping & Design: Courtyard Entry way - HELP!!, cement foundation, tree canopy
cement foundation, tree canopy, tree option: Sounds like you are still in the midst of construction. So, now is the time to make plans to fix this situation. My opinion is that there are three things you can try - One is to decrease the sense of walking inside of a canyon by lowering the...

Landscaping & Design: Covering a retaining brick wall, masonry mortar, mold and mildew
masonry mortar, mold and mildew, scratch coat: Stucco. Pressure wash the brick and scrub all mold and mildew off. Use lots of bleach. Then buy some masonry mortar or stucco mix and apply a scratch coat (rough coat) on the brick. Then after it dries you can add a second or third layer with a finish of your...

Landscaping & Design: Crape Myrtle Pruning, crape myrtle pruning, squint
crape myrtle pruning, squint, fungicide: Joseph, No it s not too late to prune it. But, if you want to stimulate new growth, for younger flowering wood, you should wait till the tree is dormant (leaves off) to do the pruning. So you re looking at late Nov, Dec, Jan. Next, don t think about...

Landscaping & Design: Crushed Oyster shell as a walkway, crushed oyster shells, crushed oyster shell
crushed oyster shells, crushed oyster shell, oyster shell: Hey, Gary. There s a few places that you might be able to find it, including feed stores, pet stores, and home improvement stores. It s a specialized item, though, so only the largest stores will probably carry it although any of them should be able to...

Landscaping & Design: Cutting Flagstone, spa, jacuzzi
spa, jacuzzi, coping: The part of the spa that hits the back of your neck is technically called the coping or cap stone. The spa s coping needs to be very comfortable or you will never want to use your spa. I think this is a great question. Not only does the stone need to be rounded...

Landscaping & Design: Cutting lawn in summer..., blades of grass, sprinkler system
blades of grass, sprinkler system, sprinklers: Bob, I know what you mean. I ve got places that do the same thing, or something similar. I think its got to do with grass variety, and maybe one time you let it grow more than your usual one week. There are certain varieties of grass that tend to get...

Landscaping & Design: Cutting back limbs, fruitless mulberry trees, phoenix ariz
fruitless mulberry trees, phoenix ariz, ol times: Bob, I m afraid that if you simply cut off the big clumps, you d end up with two problems: 1) a large open wound that would be slow (years) to heal which would act as an entry point for some disease , and 2) regrowth of new shoots that might make the old...

Landscaping & Design: chain link fence, chain link fence, emerald green
chain link fence, emerald green, growing plants: Vicki, What came to mind first is an Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) hedge. Emerald Green is a commonly used and really nice variety...slower, dense growth, good color year-round. The problem is that anything fast growing quickly becomes high maintenance,...

Landscaping & Design: changing things around, holly bushes, ornamental grasses
holly bushes, ornamental grasses, brick house: Hi Jessica, Hygrangeas are great shrubs and they love the sun, but I would suggest planting a variety of shrubs and perennials to offer more interest throught the growing season. Ornamental grasses, Nandena domestica (heavenly bamboo), coneflower, coreopsis...

Landscaping & Design: cherry blosom, cherry blosom, perennial plant
cherry blosom, perennial plant, cherry tree: Peter, I say fall is the best time to plant any tree,shrub or perennial plant.But you can plant a Cherry tree any time of year except I DO NOT recommend planting anything when temps go above 90 degrees in the summer months.It is just harder for the roots...

Landscaping & Design: choosing shrub, early morning sunshine, dry desert
early morning sunshine, dry desert, northern hemisphere: Hey, Wanda. You live in an area similar to where I live in San Diego in that there are a lot of microclimates that can exist. For example, in a hot, dry, desert-like environment, a microclimate can exist under shade trees that get daily watering. The microclimate...

Landscaping & Design: choosing a tree, zone 9a, climbing roses
zone 9a, climbing roses, deciduous trees: Georgia, With Google being the hot spot for ANY info you can think of,I have been sending folks there ever since I found it s vast knowledge bank. I usually check out the best direct search first for my questioners however. Go to www.google.com and type in...

Landscaping & Design: circle landscape, formal hedges, bedding plants
formal hedges, bedding plants, specimen plant: Hey, Everett. I ve seen many things done with such islands: --formal hedges that require regular pruning to continue looking nice --a specimen plant in the middle surrounded by smaller shrubs --a small bush in the middle surrounded by bedding plants...

Landscaping & Design: cleaning up after mountain laurel, shade plants, half acre
shade plants, half acre, old trees: Hmmm. I don t think so, depending on what you put in it s place. Some shade plants are designed to break down all that rotting matter - like ferns, lichen, moss, etc. My books tell me that Mtn. Laurel is related to the Rhododendron, which likes acidic, rotting...

Landscaping & Design: cleaning paving, herring bone pattern, pressure jet
herring bone pattern, pressure jet, jet wash: sue yes it could if they were not installed properly. do not let the sprayer stay in one place too long. use a brush and soap(or other recommended cleaner) for stubborn spots. when done get to a hardscape supplier and buy joint sand w/an adhesive added to...

Landscaping & Design: client block me, initial fee, initial payment
initial fee, initial payment, fact of life: You were wise in getting an initial fee up-front. Working with difficult people is a fact of life, unfortunately. If you are working on their home, knocking on their door sure seems reasonable. After all, you re in front of it anyway! If you are performing...

Landscaping & Design: college major, artistic flare, landscape architect
artistic flare, landscape architect, landscape architecture: When I was a High school senior, I enjoyed the outdoors, and crafting nice landscaping around our house. I had the benefit of growing up with a parent who was a city planner and landscape architect. Landscape Architecture is more than plants and pretty...

Landscaping & Design: color, trees, soil climate, japanese maples
soil climate, japanese maples, climate zone: Depends on where you live...If color is the only consideration, I have a favorite site I go to so that I can evaluate my color/soil/climate options: http://www.growit.com/PlantInfo/LandScape.Htm I live in a zone 7, but you ll need to check where your...

Landscaping & Design: colour of Exterior New Doors, screen doors, red brick
screen doors, red brick, varience: The red - unless you go with a very deep, dark red - shouldn t appear dark. In fact, it is a warm color, and, therefore, will pop-out. Is the Sienna Red a red with some brown in it? I think this sounds like a good idea since your trim is beige. If you are...

Landscaping & Design: concrete driveway - split design, concrete driveways, driveway designs
concrete driveways, driveway designs, vehicle wheels: Neil, Here are some links I found for you: http://www.pacificpavingstone.com/driveway-design-menu.html http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/concrete_driveways/index.html?p http://www.drivewaydesigns.co.uk/ I went to Google for these links and...

Landscaping & Design: concrete patio, self leveling mortar, driveway resurfacing
self leveling mortar, driveway resurfacing, concrete patio: Hi and thank you for your e-mail. Yes they do have a self leveling mortar, and it does work pretty good as long as you follow ever step to the tee. There is another route you can possible take a look at and that is an epoxy based driveway resurfacing. It is...

Landscaping & Design: concrete slab, concrete slab, soil level
concrete slab, soil level, jack hammer: The only way to get rid of the concrete backyard is to remove the concrete with jack hammer or skid steer. You will have to add more soil, level and grade properly, and either seed or sod. Seeding is cheaper than sod but sod is instant lawn. Bud Christman...

Landscaping & Design: concrete walkway, concrete walkway, rock walkway
concrete walkway, rock walkway, masonite: If this is one time thing you should just buy a sheet of masonite at your local home supply store and rip it into 4 x 8 pieces. Masonite bends easily but you have to screw it into the stakes as it is difficult to nail without a nail gun. The bad thing about...

Landscaping & Design: control of plants, deepest roots, pachysandra
deepest roots, pachysandra, old bottles: John, If this were my bed, I d first use a garden fork to uproot the pachysandra wherever I didn t want it. Pull it out, and save it for transplant, or see if any neighbors want it. When pulling it out, pay attention to how deep the spreading roots...

Landscaping & Design: controlling ivy on walls, root intrusion, google search
root intrusion, google search, irrigation pipe: I did a quick google search, but could not recall the name of the product, and I don t specifically recall what paint I was refering to. The industry standard for root intrusion into irrigation pipe is a chemical called Treflan. I think if you add it...

Landscaping & Design: courtyard landscaping, pine needles, pine trees
pine needles, pine trees, private space: Michelle, Approximately how close to the house are the pine trees? And yes I would be happy to view a photo of the area because it makes it much easier to help people. My email is: acottagegarden@msn.com Just send me a photo and I will help in any way possible....

Landscaping & Design: creeping juniper, oatbran, creeping juniper
oatbran, creeping juniper, booze: Could be all sorts of things...somebody stepped on it, or its drip emitter is clogged, or it s sick (any numbewr of things), or it s just old and dying. I can t be certain. Not to get too philosophical, but plants are a lot like people: some are healthy...

Landscaping & Design: curving driveway on steep hill, decorative gravel, crushed gravel
decorative gravel, crushed gravel, crushed granite: I can not offer the best advice without more information like drainage patterns, grades, soil types, soil type depths, compaction, etc. However, in general you should be able to excavate the soft soil down below the frost depth in your area(varies around the...

Landscaping & Design: cut back butterfly bush, butterfly bush, ground flowers
butterfly bush, ground flowers, vienna wv: i m in southern nj yes...late winter/early spring is the correct time to cut back the stems to 6-12 from the ground. flowers are produced on new growth. if you have a large variety of landscape plants get to a local garden center/nursery to quiz them on...

Landscaping & Design: cutting concrete, masonry blade, easy rent
masonry blade, easy rent, tool rental: Cutting concrete is fairly easy. Rent a masonry saw from your local tool rental and have them show you how to operate it. The rental of the saw is cheap but the blade is not. Blades are often measured prior to use and after use and you are charged for the...

Landscaping & Design: cutting back ivy on a steep hillside, steep hillside, hedge cutters
steep hillside, hedge cutters, weed eater: Thank you for your e-mail. Yes you can cut it down to the ground level. You can use a weed eater or any type of hedge cutters, as long as your not digging it up you slope will stay intact. You ll be fine and it should grow back in pretty nice. Good luck Bil...

Landscaping & Design: cutting back ivy, flower bed, english ivy
flower bed, english ivy, entryway: You can cut it back any time. However, fall would be better since you probably won t be out much in winter when its going to look bad and then it will come back fast in spring. Yes you can cut all the way back. English Ivy is very difficult to hurt. Even...

Landscaping & Design: Datura innoxia, (Angel's Trumpet), van bourgondien bulbs, sheperds seeds
van bourgondien bulbs, sheperds seeds, white flower farm: Howard, My expertise is in low maintenance perennials,bulbs and design. I live in western Kentucky in the US. Our climate is vastly different so I don t want to give you the wrong advice about your plant that you like so much.I would feel badly if I gave...

Landscaping & Design: Decorative-dwarf-weeping tree close to home, dwarf tree, japanese maples
dwarf tree, japanese maples, dwarf weeping tree: Here is a list of weeping forms for the Minneapolis (zone3!)area... http://www.bachmans.com/tipsheets/Specialty_Gardening/WeepingPlants.cfm Some of the shrubs listed for this colder climate will actually get quite large in a Zone 6, so you may consider...

Landscaping & Design: Decorative stone, landscape fabric, volunterr
landscape fabric, volunterr, western canada: John, You should dig out about 3inches down, apply Preen according to the label instructions (this is a preemerge herbicide), lay out a layer of landscape fabric, and cover with your rock. Good luck If you are satisfied with my response please consider...

Landscaping & Design: Depth of River Rock, weed mat, weed seed
weed mat, weed seed, herbicide: make sure you use a geotextile(weed mat) under it. and you will have to do weed pulling and herbicide spraying periodically because weed seed will sprout amongst the rock eventually. depth of rock depends on how big the rocks are. usually 2 is enough if...

Landscaping & Design: Design for Large Back Yard, landscape garden design, steep topography
landscape garden design, steep topography, blank canvas: Like an artist confronted by a blank canvas, or a writer stumped by a white sheet of paper, it can be daunting. Since I don’t know anything about where you live or what your family enjoys doing, it is hard to lay down hard & fast design options for you....

Landscaping & Design: Design Opportunity, metro atlanta area, plants in the landscape
metro atlanta area, plants in the landscape, lanier tech: The answer is simple. If you can walk through a local nursery and name and are familiar with the growing habits and needs of at least 70% of the plants then you are probably capable of designing for most residences and can learn the rest through trial and...

Landscaping & Design: Design Services, landscape designers, key shop
landscape designers, key shop, finished design: Chris, There are several ways you can go about getting a good design.Of course everything depends on,you guessed it already.....money.How much you have to spend is key. Shop around just like you would for a doctor! One way is to call all of your local...

Landscaping & Design: Design software, landscape work, programming costs
landscape work, programming costs, demo version: Frank, Good programming costs more than $500-600. I have been looking for a good program for my students here at ISU but have not been able to find one that is cost effective. My suggestion is to contact the various companies out and ask for demo version...

Landscaping & Design: Design, self help books, proud grandparents
self help books, proud grandparents, rough sketch: There are thousands of options open to you, but without details of where you live, or what you mean by all that jazz , I think your best resource is Lowes or Home Depot. Seriously. They have a cool selection of self-help books, and even I have a collection...

Landscaping & Design: Designing, info on plants, exact area
info on plants, exact area, southern maine: Anna, Go to these links and get some info on plants for your area: http://www.mainescape.com/gardencenter.html http://www.yardscaping.org/plants/n_shrubs.htm http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/PDFpubs/2366.pdf http://www.servicemagic.com/category.Landscaping-Design-Installation.10343.html?fromCatOID=10343...

Landscaping & Design: Dirt against the side of a pool, cement blocks, vinyl deck
cement blocks, vinyl deck, ground pool: Sounds like an ABOVE GROUND pool, and if so you are correct: no dirt should be in contact with the supports (expecially if they are wood), as the pool is designed to stand all on its own. wood + dirt is a bad idea. As far as supports, if the ground is firm...

Landscaping & Design: Dirt mound for upper pond, dirt mound, online calculator
dirt mound, online calculator, upper pond: 12x6= 72 sf. 72 x 3 =216 cubic feet. Now divide by 27 cu feet(1 yard) The answer is you need 8 cu yards. Or a half tandem(a tandem is a full size dumb truck) load of soil Good luck. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles...

Landscaping & Design: Downcast lighting, focus landscape lighting, lsi industries
focus landscape lighting, lsi industries, vista lighting: Downcast is a pretty broad term...Where I live, they also call it cut-off or shielded lighting. Its all part of an effort to promote dark skys , and lowering light pollution & light spillover. If it is a development specific requirement, then it...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage, landscape supplier, rocks and soil
landscape supplier, rocks and soil, sod cutter: John, Sure. I change the level of lawn and garden areas fairly often. While I could tell you a specific kind of soil, what you re probably going to have to live with is whatever your local landscape supplier is going to have available, and improve it...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage, concrete sidewalk, wall options
concrete sidewalk, wall options, t drain: Please provide additional information. Make your question more specific. Are you looking for wall options, as in different materials or alternatives to using a wall? Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs and articles on landscape topics...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage in flower bed, flexible drain pipe, safety precaution
flexible drain pipe, safety precaution, schrubs: Connect your down spouts to the drain under the driveway with 4 flexible drain pipe. Most home stores sell it in rolls of 50 or 100lf. It is flexible black plastic, ribbed pipe (without the holes in it). You can buy fittings to connect it to square down spouts....

Landscaping & Design: Drainage issue, nds products, soil conditions
nds products, soil conditions, several thousand dollars: As I have not seen your yard and your description is a little vague but here are my suggestions: Option one, re-grade your yard so that there is a swale directing water around your house. The center of this swale should be a minimum of six to ten feet away...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage problem, drainage problem, french drain
drainage problem, french drain, case problems: If your driveway or concrete slopes towards the house then it might be a good idea. But any time you cut the concrete and install a drain you create small joints where water can get between elements and case problems. I ld try the french drain on the south...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage problem, landscape architech, drainage practices
landscape architech, drainage practices, land slopes: This sounds like a complicated and detailed issue. First, I wish you good luck on getting this fixed I had similar problems at my own office. To fix the problem we raised the soil around our foundation and installed light wells at our vents. The surrounding...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage problems., inground swimming pool, drainage problems
inground swimming pool, drainage problems, french drain: Thank you for your e-mail. Sorry to hear about the problem you are having. The only thing I can think of to do without seeing the set-up you have is install some drains several feet before the hot tub. This way you can have the water rerouted to the street....

Landscaping & Design: Drainage, tiny pores, entrance holes
tiny pores, entrance holes, downward slope: Your walls and foundation are not water proof. If the water is only there when it rains it is most likely seeping in through microscopic or tiny pores and voids in your foundation walls and slab. You need to re-grade the yard so water does not run up to the...

Landscaping & Design: Draninage problem, filter fabric, fence line
filter fabric, fence line, landscape area: Hello Reginald, There is only one reason that the area would remain wet and that is that it must be a low spot. Without visiting your site, from your comments alone, I suspect that the raised area at the fence might be causing a back up. What ever...

Landscaping & Design: Driveway grasses, pre emergent herbicide, pea gravel
pre emergent herbicide, pea gravel, gravel drive: Jim, First...yes more gravel would help, but I d leave the pea gravel behind and go with what we refer to here as 3/4 minus or 3/4 crushed with fines . This ( as you ve probably figured out) is crushed rock that hasn t had all the little stuff screened...

Landscaping & Design: Driveway, concrete driveways, driveway construction
concrete driveways, driveway construction, weave: Mike, What an original question! I believe(but am not positive) that it is a weave of grass and concrete or brick.I will look it up and give you links. http://www.garden-helper.com/plan/garden_plans/plan001.asp http://www.hometime.com/TV/pastshow/pastshows/syndication/2005/s501hillside_patio.htm...

Landscaping & Design: Dwarf Japanese Maple question, dwarf japanese maple, excessive humidity
dwarf japanese maple, excessive humidity, nitrogen content: Hi Rick, I ve got your pictures. I think your tree is probably infected with a fungus called verticillium. If that is the case, there s not much we can do about it. Try cutting the affected branches and feed the tree with a high nitrogen content fertilizer....

Landscaping & Design: Dye for dryed pine tree branches, italian cypress, bermuda grass
italian cypress, bermuda grass, boxwoods: Allen, I did not know there was such a thing. I have heard of something people put on trees after cutting the branches so that disease does not set in but not dye for damaged ones.I sure would like to find some for some bad spots on some mature Boxwoods where...

Landscaping & Design: deck/patio design, decks and patios, landscape designers
decks and patios, landscape designers, rough sketches: Pam, You could get a software designed specifically for decks and patios by going to www.google.com and typing in basic patio design software or beginners software for patios or type in your area for landscape designers and you will come up with those...

Landscaping & Design: deck/pool/erosion problem, compact soil, pool decking
compact soil, pool decking, concrete deck: Hello Kathy - I thought about this question for a bit...There are literally HUNDREDS of products & solutions that could work. Erosion Control is a sub-industry in landscape world, as there are federal & state laws that dictate their use for projects that...

Landscaping & Design: decorative rock in concrete, concrete walkway, decorative rocks
concrete walkway, decorative rocks, paint store: Peggy: The best way that I know of is to press the rocks in immediately after pouring and screeding the concrete while it is still very workable. They need to be pressed in 3/5ths of the way to ensure they won t pop loose. Then after pressing them all in...

Landscaping & Design: desert theme, golden barrel cactus, palm springs california
golden barrel cactus, palm springs california, palo verde tree: Hey, Steve. You might be asking the wrong person because I m not a fan of leaf blowers. I like to go out once a quarter and pick up any excessive leaves, twigs, etc. It s much quieter and more enjoyable than blowing stuff all over the place. That notwithstanding,...

Landscaping & Design: design dilemma, landscape design solutions, design dilemma
landscape design solutions, design dilemma, ups driver: I infer that you want the front door to be the focal point (the place where attention is focused). How do people arrive at your house, now? If I were a UPS driver delivering a package, do I know where to go, or do I enter through the back door or kitchen...

Landscaping & Design: design ideas, trees and shrubs, flower beds
trees and shrubs, flower beds, design ideas: Erica, There is not much to work with here. On one hand you want lawn w/trees and shrubs and your husband wants desert. Practically speaking you need to have a landscape that conforms to your neighborhood. Primarily this will maintain the value of...

Landscaping & Design: design question, dwarf flowering almond, raphiolepis indica
dwarf flowering almond, raphiolepis indica, red barberry: Heather - Hibiscus is a fine idea. There are a lot of different species that could be used (there are some 38 species world-wide, but only ablout three commerically grown). I would stick to the evergreens - H. rosa-sinensis. Even then, it comes in a wide...

Landscaping & Design: design, unwanted plants, pachysandra
unwanted plants, pachysandra, restricted area: John, I do not believe a barrier will work and certainly there is no chemical that would be acceptable. The best advice I can give that you will have physically remove the Pachysandra from where you do not want it. It probably means that each spring...

Landscaping & Design: designing a peaceful japanese terrace, triangular stone, japanese white pine
triangular stone, japanese white pine, liquen: Try to find some stones that are covered mith moss and liquen. One of them should have a triangular mountain top shape. It should be about 3 high. This would be considered the main stone. On the left side of the terrace mound up some dirt, as to form a little...

Landscaping & Design: dirt over where pool was, native clay soil, organic compost
native clay soil, organic compost, plant grass: Yes, assuming it is local native clay soil (not some special brought in soil), add some organic compost, a little sand, till it in together and add seed or sod. Water and you ll have a nice lawn. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED AP Please check out my blogs...

Landscaping & Design: dog friendly landscape, hardwood mulch, pea gravel
hardwood mulch, pea gravel, muddy track: The best thing in my experience is lots of hardwood mulch like 8 with gravel and sand bellow to ensure it drains well. Also you may use pea gravel. Preview some of my past answers for more discussion on this same issue. Sean J Murphy, LA,ISA, LEED...

Landscaping & Design: dogwood pruning, dogwood borer, shallow root system
dogwood borer, shallow root system, dogwood tree: DOGWOOD (Cornus) Prune during the dormant season.(now) Avoid cutting dogwoods during summer months when the Dogwood Borer is active; if unavoidable, spray cuts with Lindane. Prune as little as possible, clean out of dead or broken limbs, thin out some branches...

Landscaping & Design: Why don't the redbud trees bloom?, balanced fertilizer, redbud trees
balanced fertilizer, redbud trees, nw louisiana: Danette, I don t know of a redbud variety that doesn t bloom. I haven t had this problem with redbud, but I have with other flowering trees, especially dogwood. The things I look for are 1) enough sun, 2) enough nutrients in the soil, 3) old enough....

Landscaping & Design: downslope backyard, landscape expert, gardening store
landscape expert, gardening store, evergreen trees: Tarra, Sorry it took a while to get back with you. This is my busiest time of year. First off I need to know a few more details before I can solve this. Everything CAN be solved in gardening so think positive. Question 1: Where exactly do you want the...

Landscaping & Design: drainage, landscape beds, heavy layer
landscape beds, heavy layer, roof water: Jean: Its hard to visualize this without a site visit but I m guessing you have two things you can do based on the mention of seed and mud. 1. If you have enough light for grass to grow...install SOD not SEED. Seed is difficult to establish on a slope...

Landscaping & Design: drainage, drainage easement, landscape fabric
drainage easement, landscape fabric, correct direction: Renee, You might want to use river jack or river stone with landscape fabric underneath. Grade the soil in the correct direction, lay down landscape fabric, and then lay down river jack. To save money, buy the stone in bulk not bags. Hope this helpe...

Landscaping & Design: drainage around slab from roofwater run off, drip line, pine needles
drip line, pine needles, pinestraw: Place the river rock at the drip line. Make it 6 deep and 6 to 12 wide centered on the drip line. You can also cover the gravel with pinestraw so you don t really see it. It will still function. Or you could install gutters that have a leaf guard type of...

Landscaping & Design: drainage easements and patio options, drainage easement, concrete pavers
drainage easement, concrete pavers, patio porch: Erica: First, if they sold you a house and did not indicate you had an easement in the yard you may have a viable law suit. That is something that should have been disclosed. So check your closing documents and property description. Second, Depending on...

Landscaping & Design: drainage issues, excessive drainage, drainage issues
excessive drainage, drainage issues, poor drainage: Sounds like you are doing just that - holding up their permit...The builder is probably at the table because if the inspector does not final the house, he cannot transfer title to the new owners or close out his construction loan (i.e. get paid!) Regarding...

Landscaping & Design: drainage problem, drainage problem, asphalt driveway
drainage problem, asphalt driveway, leaky pipes: It sounds like you have bigger issue than a pesky drainage problem. Its called subsidence - for a real eye-opener, this link shows a severe case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsidence If the driveway is separating from the rest of the house, then...

Landscaping & Design: drainage problems, landscape architect, drainage problems
landscape architect, drainage problems, poor drainage: The best thing for you to do is send a letter detailing your concerns along with photographs of the problems. Send the letter via registered mail to both the county inspection department head and the builder. In the letter state that if the problem is not...

Landscaping & Design: drainage problems, tall fescue, drainage problems
tall fescue, drainage problems, drainage problem: Lisa, I know exactly what you mean.I have a dog too and they love to wreck lawns and gardens. But first things first. You must establish a lawn and there is very little chance of this if you sew the grass seed and then allow the dogs to tromp and roll around...

Landscaping & Design: drainage in a river rock set in concrete area, surface slopes, circular areas
surface slopes, circular areas, concrete area: I m not exactly sure what you are looking for but the key is to make sure you don t have any areas that are either too flat or have depressions. Make sure surface slopes 1/4 per foot for best results. I supposed if you are putting down a lot of river rock...

Landscaping & Design: drainage, french drains, landscape area
french drains, landscape area, drain systems: This is a complex problem and you probably can not provide enough information for me to accurately solve your concerns without having a topographic survey done or sending me multiple photos (which I can not do for free either). However, in basic terms you...

Landscaping & Design: driveway landscaping, leyland cypress, good fences make good neighbors
leyland cypress, good fences make good neighbors, nuisance issues: Hello Linda - Maybe I should send this answer to the psychology expert? Seriously - if your neighbor didn t care what you thought before, why should YOU care what THEY think, now? Funny thing: I was just out at a jobsite this morning were one homeowner...

Landscaping & Design: dry, rootbound, and shady problem, rootbound, lily of the valley
rootbound, lily of the valley, poor shape: Hi Maria, Sounds like a problem if I ever heard one. It will be hard to grow things like rhododendron and evergreens beneath large trees like you have especially rootbound conditions. I would suggest that you apply a good 4-6 of screened humus soil beneath...

Landscaping & Design: dwarf alberta spruce, dwarf alberta spruce, van bourgondien bulbs
dwarf alberta spruce, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials: Been there! Albeta Spruces are probably the most unreliable and costly of the dwarf evergreens.Mainly because there aren t many dwarf evergreens. The Alberta Spruce is a beautiful evergreen when it is healthy but it has a very low survival rate. Once it starts...

Landscaping & Design: Ecessive weed growth, crusher run, soil aggregates
crusher run, soil aggregates, thick accumulation: Unless you regularly drive on the crushed aggregate, it too will be filled with weeds one day. Unless you pave it with asphalt or concrete or unless you drive on it a lot no matter what it is...mulch, sand, clay, soil, aggregates, etc...it will always eventually...

Landscaping & Design: Emerald Green Bare Spots, acid loving plants, arborvitaes
acid loving plants, arborvitaes, soil condition: Do not fertilize them to much!! Arborvitaes are nortorious for not handling winters very well, and will suffer some winter damage. They might not like the spot they are planted, the soil condition might not be right? Send me pictures if you don t min...

Landscaping & Design: Englihs garden, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, white flower farm: Daniel, Well first you need a plan.Without a plan,you will be lost. Take your camera and get as many views as possible around the house and where you want the beds to be. Start slowly.If you rush it,you will be sorry you started.So roughly sketch out the...

Landscaping & Design: English Ivy, hedera helix, overgrown bushes
hedera helix, overgrown bushes, usda zone: Probably the other way around - the lawn will invade your ivy and cause weeding problems. English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a loved and hated plant, because it is an aggressive, invasive, introduced species. It is an alien in this ecosystem and has no natural...

Landscaping & Design: Front Entrance Landscape, organic soil conditioners, annuals and perennials
organic soil conditioners, annuals and perennials, hardy perennials: Not all perennials look bad when not in bloom. Of the ones above that I listed for example, iris, coreopsis and others look fine in winter. Unless you have irrigation and plan to replace your annuals at least 3 times a year, annuals is not an option you should...

Landscaping & Design: Front Entrance, plant zone, deck area
plant zone, deck area, side entrance: Karin, Photos on this question would be absolutely necessary. Sounds beautiful!Just send me some photos in my email as attachments on the focal point area you are wanting to develop a design on and I will be glad to give suggestions. Also,I need your location/climate...

Landscaping & Design: Erosion, erosion control blankets, retainer wall
erosion control blankets, retainer wall, flow events: There are ways to armor lawn with various devices to assist in keeping the soil & sod in place during high-flow events such as you are describing. Some are made of concrete (so-called grasscrete products), while others are plastic rings or netting below...

Landscaping & Design: Euonymous, ground cover, outdoor patio
ground cover, outdoor patio, pots: Where are you located? To my knowledge Euonymous can be transplanted in the ground at any time of the year until the ground feezes. You don t have to use pots for any reason unless you just want them in pots. There are many varieties of Euonymous. Shrub form...

Landscaping & Design: Evergreen for foundations, hydrengias, nikko blue
hydrengias, nikko blue, foundation plantings: Katie, Just to be safe and not recommend something that grows in my area(zone 6)but will die in your colder climate,I will give you some links to go on to shop around for some evergreens for foundation plantings.You might want to layer them.Place some taller...

Landscaping & Design: Evergreen Globes, azalea bushes, evergreens
azalea bushes, evergreens, low maintenance: Marsha, Sure. As long as you re planting from containers, and not transplanting. In general, evergreens don t like to have their roots disturbed, and especially when they re actively growing. So don t be rough and bare-root anything, OK? Sounds...

Landscaping & Design: Evergreen trees for screen and niose reduction in Southern California, nice fragrance, incense cedar
nice fragrance, incense cedar, evergreen trees: Sandra, I ve got to recommend one of my favorite trees: Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens). Once Incense Cedars are established, the foliage is quite dense...making it a great green wall! The beautiful dark green, flat foliage doesn t require raking...it...

Landscaping & Design: Extending a driveway, overflow parking, asphalt driveway, snow fence
asphalt driveway, snow fence, grid block: 3 x 6 isn t a HUGE problem. There are a number of products out there, and basically 3 ways to address the issue. You can add reinforcement on the surface in the form of a plastic grid, rolled out like a netting, used for overflow parking for special...

Landscaping & Design: energy conserving landscaping, soil replacement, hot humid climate
soil replacement, hot humid climate, soil and water: As plants do not typically consume man-made energy (except in nurseries, etc which use heat and lights), the only way you can make a garden conserve less energy is to limit the amount of water and fertilizer it needs. This is because water and fertilizer do...

Landscaping & Design: english garden idea, spring hill nursery, bluestone perennials
spring hill nursery, bluestone perennials, white flower farm: Gabe, It depends on what amount you are willing to spend on the project.You might consider turning the slope into a terraced garden using a method of stacking flat paver stones or wooden landscape timbers.The paver stones are more expensive than the timbers....

Landscaping & Design: english garden, centepede grass, tiger lilies
centepede grass, tiger lilies, michaelmas daisies: Laura, Love your name,by the way. Well,it really all depends on what you mean by garden .Are you wanting to just start slow(best way in my opinion) and do a few beds,or do you want your whole backyard to be a cottage garden design? You always need to...

Landscaping & Design: english ivy not adhering to concrete wall, concrete siding, boston ivy
concrete siding, boston ivy, sucker growth: Interesting - I m usually asked how to STOP it from attaching to walls (there is a spray/chemical that you can paint on the wall to impede the sucker growth). It seems to like wood and brick, best. I guess that plain concrete is not to it s liking. ...

Landscaping & Design: english ivy desease, little specks, granular fertilizer
little specks, granular fertilizer, spider mites: you probably need to apply an organic fertilizer over the ivy. buy & apply a good granular fertilizer(espoma plantone, hollytone, gardentone, etc.) at your local garden center/nursery. quiz them on plants in your area. i m in southern NJ zone6. check to make...

Landscaping & Design: evergreen needing topsoil, surface roots, midwest drought
surface roots, midwest drought, moddle: Max, You are right. Removing the duff during the hot, dry weather, might have allowed the roots to dry out suddenly. But water now won t help very much. It won t reverse the damage. If roots dry out, they stop working, and if they stop working, the...

Landscaping & Design: evergreens, emerald arborvitae, backyard fence
emerald arborvitae, backyard fence, plant trees: Beth, Since I do not know how long the fence I will give a couple of species that would work together, Emerald Arborvitae and White pine Good gardening If you are satisfied with my response please consider nominating me for volunteer of the month...

Landscaping & Design: expert testimony design of parks, school football field, expert witness services
school football field, expert witness services, american society of landscape architects: Mr. Fox: I have worked for several firms in the past that provide Expert Witness services. As you are located in the Chicago Area, I would suggest two sources for locating such a firm: 1.) American Society of Landscape Architects -Illinois Chapter...

Landscaping & Design: exterior tiles of a porch, exterior tiles, grout line
exterior tiles, grout line, ceramic type: Hi, thank you for your e-mail. The size of the grout line really depends on the size of the tile you are going to install. I am assuming you will be using at least a 12 tile. If so you ll want to use a 1/4 min grout line or spacer. If you are going to be...

Landscaping & Design: Fence Cover, harsh climate, emerald green
harsh climate, emerald green, growing plants: Taryn, What came to mind first is an Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) hedge. Emerald Green is a commonly used and really nice variety...slower, dense growth, good color year-round. The problem is that anything fast growing quickly becomes high maintenance,...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, grass killer, fence row
grass killer, fence row, long fence: Andy, Yes,the Daylilies are a great camoflauge to a weed problem. What you do is wait for a bright sunny day to spray the weed killer.I like the new Season Long weed killer by Ortho(I think).It keeps weeds down longer.When you see the grass or weeds turn...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, roundup herbicide, grass killer
roundup herbicide, grass killer, grass areas: the only effective way i know of that keeps it nice looking and works is spraying with roundup. spray the grass areas w/roundup herbicide as per the labeled directions(normally 2 oz concentrate/1 gallon water). it will only kill the plants whose foliage...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, landscape architect, privacy fence
landscape architect, privacy fence, architectural review committee: Tina: I can t draw it for you for free but here is what I would do. First, if you are hiring the work out then ask the contractor to provide what is needed. However if that is not an option try these: 1. First, call your HOA architectural review committee...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, fence contractor, privacy fence
fence contractor, privacy fence, google search: Usually, the HOA/ARC has a Design Book or Landscape Guideline of some sort...or a standard detail. It is tough for a homeowner to build what the HOA/ARC are NOT telling you what they want. I cannot, either, as there are soooo many different ways to build...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, spectrum herbicide, cyclone fence
spectrum herbicide, cyclone fence, grass clippings: Andy, I have seen concrete used the way you re thinking about using bricks...as a permanent barrier that moves the grass border out to where a mower is all that s needed. On long fence-lines where looks aren t real important, I use a broad spectrum herbicide...

Landscaping & Design: Fencing, home improvement center, rock mulch
home improvement center, rock mulch, brick pavers: You can pave under the fence with concrete or brick pavers, but I wouldn t hesitate to use the generic weed killers or soil sterilizing chemicals at your local Big-Box home improvement center. For a small investment of a pump sprayer ($15) plus a gallon...

Landscaping & Design: Festuca rubra grass morphology., private forestlands, square kilometers
private forestlands, square kilometers, northern nv: General appearance and uses: http://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/d%20-%20g/festuca_rubra_rf.htm What your government says about it: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=FERU2 And, finally, our local turf supplier for our area (Great Basin/Northern...

Landscaping & Design: Ficus Hedges, boca raton florida, ficus hedge
boca raton florida, ficus hedge, landscape architect: You re in a pickle. I hate HOAs that are formed with by-laws that are poorly written (usually by lawyers, or cheap developers - or both) that don t consider the long-term consequences, from rules that are so quickly jotted down in the Landscape sections...

Landscaping & Design: Fieldstone border around flower bed, manmade stone, gravel base
manmade stone, gravel base, eastern seaboard: Hello Bruce - 1. Yes 2. Maybe, depending on install (see below) 3. No 4. Yes, if cost is a concern, over exactly matching the rest of the house s exterior. There is a neat product that you can look at on-line, made by Bradstone (bradstoneusa.com),...

Landscaping & Design: Finding a Good Residential Landscape Designer/Architect, irrigation and drainage, business phone number
irrigation and drainage, business phone number, landscape designers: Ed, Go to www.google.com. It is the largest search engine on the internet. Type in a direct search: San Diego landscape designers .You will get all kinds of results and then you can narrow them down by going on their website or get their business phone number.Just...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone, organic soil conditioner, back pack sprayer
organic soil conditioner, back pack sprayer, masonry supply: Good Question. Now let me ask you, do you want a lush garden style patio or a clean and hard surface? If you want a garden feel it may be nice to put a mixture of organic soil conditioner and permatill (expanded shale ...tiny porous stones)between your flag...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone in the backyard, landscape fabric, course sand
landscape fabric, course sand, patio floor: Did you purchase the flagstone yourself or did a contractor pick them out? When I choose a stone material for a customer I am very selective. You want to look for flagstone that all have relatively the same thichkness. You can t always get it perfect,...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone on slope....., crushed gravel, drainage issues
crushed gravel, drainage issues, gentle slope: The answer depends on the gradient of the slope and the level at which you place the stone. If its too high water moving across the slope will wash away the material in the joints. If its too steep stones may slide when walked on. Best bet is to be sure slope...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone, flagstone patio, concrete paint
flagstone patio, concrete paint, porous stone: Hello Lynn - No need to rip out all that glorious flagstone and replace it. It is a porous stone that easily stains, so there are many products to help prevent this from happening. There are two basic types of treatments: coatings (to prevent stuff from...

Landscaping & Design: Flooded Backyard, mail solution, water pools
mail solution, water pools, county engineer: Your problem is beyond an e-mail solution from the likes of me. You have three options: (1) intercept the water before it gets to your property and re-direct it to another location, (2) raise the grade by adding fill, or (3) use bigger pipes to convey it...

Landscaping & Design: Florida home near the water , plants, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, sheperds seeds: Ron, Your climate is so much different than mine.I should be so lucky to live in your beautiful area. Here are some sites to look for some planting ideas: Here are some great sources to look at on the web:White Flower Farm,Wayside Gardens, Shady Oaks Nursery,Walters...

Landscaping & Design: Florida landscape design, crepe myrtles, tree plantings
crepe myrtles, tree plantings, queen palm: Janine, To be honest what you are asking is far beyond what we can do in this forum. You need a design consultant that can visit with you and your landscape. In this way you will be able to have a landscape plan that you will be able to implement in stages....

Landscaping & Design: Florida/Mulch/Weeds/Fungi, powdery mildew, green bush
powdery mildew, green bush, air circulation: Hey, Lisa. That sounds like powdery mildew but without a picture I can t be certain. It also sounds like you are using large mulch because that s always when I have a problem with powdery mildew. The area being too wet is another problem since petunias...

Landscaping & Design: Flower Bed, butterfly weed, autumn joy
butterfly weed, autumn joy, ceratostigma: Some plants that will offer variety, texture, depth, and color: Sedum autumn joy and Purple coneflower togehter in combination. Crocosmia Lucifer (red) Butterfly Weed (orange) and Ceratostigma Plumbago (Blue) together. A low growing groundcover to use...

Landscaping & Design: Flower bed next to a chain link fence, chain link fence, loose dirt
chain link fence, loose dirt, flower bed: Victoria, What I usually do is to drop the edges of the bed about 3 inches lower than the dirt or lawn outside the bed, then shape the bed to slope up to its normal height in the middle, and back down to a dropped edge in the back. This contour will...

Landscaping & Design: Flower bed of rocks, landscape fabric, gust of wind
landscape fabric, gust of wind, rampid: Hello Renita, I would suggest river rock. It comes in a variety of sizes up to 5-6 . They also come in a variety of colors. Place landscape fabric down first before you put down the rock, it will keep weeds from running rampid. If the old plants still...

Landscaping & Design: Flowers that compliment a japanese maple, japanese maple, good luck
japanese maple, good luck, plants: Staci, Go to your local garden center and pick out some plants that you like and plant them. Homeowners get too caught up in finding the perfect plant. My opinion is that if you like a plant, plant it, and not worry if anyone else likes it. Good...

Landscaping & Design: Flowers for late August/Early Sept., shrub roses, flower plant
shrub roses, flower plant, flower bed: Roseanne, This doesn t sound like a tough question, but the timing of flowers has been tricky for me. Most of the flowering plants I have around flower briefly, and while I can generally predict when, I don t always hit the time I want. Perennials pay...

Landscaping & Design: Forsythia Bush, forsythia bush, garage wall
forsythia bush, garage wall, hostas: Hey, June. Forsythias grow best in very well-drained soil and in full sun, so I think planting them in a northern exposure against a garage wall with hostas is the wrong thing to do, especially since forsythias can grow up to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide....

Landscaping & Design: Forsythia bushes, forsythia bushes, dormant season
forsythia bushes, dormant season, former glory: Forsythias flower from the previous season s growth, and not on new growth. Therefore, pruning should be done immediately AFTER this year s flowers have faded. Sounds like your particular Forsythia is drastically overgrown from years of neglect, and has...

Landscaping & Design: Foundation Planting, canadian hemlock, pinestraw
canadian hemlock, pinestraw, daylillies: Well it sounds like you should hire some one to come do a design but in the interest of time and money here are some short answers. Replace you burning bush with Cleyera Japonica. It is happily maintained at 30 wide and 4 to 5 tall for a long time. ...

Landscaping & Design: Foundation Planting Design, front foundation, will know what type
front foundation, will know what type, grunt work: 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: Foundation Planting, dense canopy, foundation plants
dense canopy, foundation plants, flowering shrubs: First it is hard for me to make any determination as to why your rhodies are dying without testing the soil, noting the drainage, light patterns etc. in person. Plus I don t know what zone you are in. But I can tell you that in Metro Atlanta where I practice...

Landscaping & Design: Foundation trees/shrubs, product trees, plants and trees
product trees, plants and trees, unusual plants: Bob, Just to clear up what your zone is,it is zone 6 which is the same as mine here in Western KY. You did not specify how close to the house the area is that you would like to fill in. There are many freeform evergreens but you MUST take into account how...

Landscaping & Design: Beautifying my yard, overflow guests, grunt work
Landscaping & Design: Beautifying my yard, overflow guests, grunt work, hardscape

Landscaping & Design: Boxwood Hedge, boxwoods, worth the wait
Landscaping & Design: Boxwood Hedge, boxwoods, worth the wait, 100 years

Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear Tree, bradfords
Landscaping & Design: Bradford Pear Tree, bradfords

Landscaping & Design: Brown rain off oak tree staining patio, live oak trees, granular chlorine
Landscaping & Design: Brown rain off oak tree staining patio, live oak trees, granular chlorine, arborist

Landscaping & Design: backyard beach, beach umbrella, nice beach
Landscaping & Design: backyard beach, beach umbrella, nice beach, pails

Landscaping & Design: building raised beds, adequate drainage, cancer survivor
Landscaping & Design: building raised beds, adequate drainage, cancer survivor, nutrient exchange

Landscaping & Design: Carrotwood tree problem, native trees, carrotwood trees
Landscaping & Design: Carrotwood tree problem, native trees, carrotwood trees, invasive trees

Landscaping & Design: CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE, cherry blossom tree, stumps
Landscaping & Design: CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE, cherry blossom tree, stumps, goodness

Landscaping & Design: Chain Link Fence, fence, neighbor
Landscaping & Design: Chain Link Fence, fence, neighbor

Landscaping & Design: Chainlink Fence, horizontal pieces, slats
Landscaping & Design: Chainlink Fence, horizontal pieces, slats

Landscaping & Design: Crushed Oyster shell as a walkway, walkway, livestock feed
Landscaping & Design: Crushed Oyster shell as a walkway, walkway, livestock feed, riding stable

Landscaping & Design: concrete driveway - split design, google search, driveways
Landscaping & Design: concrete driveway - split design, google search, driveways, google

Landscaping & Design: deck/patio design, deck design software, design component
Landscaping & Design: deck/patio design, deck design software, design component, cost estimates

Landscaping & Design: dwarf alberta spruce, dwarf alberta spruce, 3 years
Landscaping & Design: dwarf alberta spruce, dwarf alberta spruce, 3 years, climate

Landscaping & Design: Erosion, slope erosion control
Landscaping & Design: Erosion, slope erosion control

Landscaping & Design: Florida landscape design, dusty millers, mona
Landscaping & Design: Florida landscape design, dusty millers, mona, lavender

Landscaping & Design: fence work, fence, fence company
Landscaping & Design: fence work, fence, fence company, tape measure

Landscaping & Design: Gravel patio, flooring solution, concrete problems
Landscaping & Design: Gravel patio, flooring solution, concrete problems, concrete resurfacing

Landscaping & Design: HILLSIDE, bad idea, slope
Landscaping & Design: HILLSIDE, bad idea, slope, landscape

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda trees, jacaranda, sacramento area
Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda trees, jacaranda, sacramento area, bloom

Landscaping & Design: Japanese Maple, red leaves, red maple
Landscaping & Design: Japanese Maple, red leaves, red maple, maples

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design School, green roofs, 50 best jobs in america
Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design School, green roofs, 50 best jobs in america, environmental movement

Landscaping & Design: Laying bark for filler in yard for landscape, bark mulch, cedar bark
Landscaping & Design: Laying bark for filler in yard for landscape, bark mulch, cedar bark, bugs

Landscaping & Design: Live oak spacing, red tip photina, viburnums
Landscaping & Design: Live oak spacing, red tip photina, viburnums, nurseryman

Landscaping & Design: Living Patio - what ground cover to choose?, midst
Landscaping & Design: Living Patio - what ground cover to choose?, midst

Landscaping & Design: Locus tree, leafs, gutters
Landscaping & Design: Locus tree, leafs, gutters, locus

Landscaping & Design: landscaping on a hill, preen, weeds
Landscaping & Design: landscaping on a hill, preen, weeds

Landscaping & Design: landscapog with rocks, rock polisher, wd 40
Landscaping & Design: landscapog with rocks, rock polisher, wd 40, vegetable oil

Landscaping & Design: Mayten tree, mayten tree, invasive species
Landscaping & Design: Mayten tree, mayten tree, invasive species, plumber

Landscaping & Design: Mountain-side concerns, bottom of the hill, tough job
Landscaping & Design: Mountain-side concerns, bottom of the hill, tough job, retaining wall

Landscaping & Design: mulch bed maintenance, weed
Landscaping & Design: mulch bed maintenance, weed

Landscaping & Design: New Backyard Flower Bed, landscape fabric, unwanted chemicals
Landscaping & Design: New Backyard Flower Bed, landscape fabric, unwanted chemicals, weed growth

Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier for noisy neighbors, third word, expectation
Landscaping & Design: Noise barrier for noisy neighbors, third word, expectation, quality of life

Landscaping & Design: Patio Paver Molds??, quik crete, plastic mold
Landscaping & Design: Patio Paver Molds??, quik crete, plastic mold, lowes

Landscaping & Design: Pindo Palm, pindo palms, leaves
Landscaping & Design: Pindo Palm, pindo palms, leaves, epson salts

Landscaping & Design: Planting shade trees near a septic tank, double pane windows, drought stress
Landscaping & Design: Planting shade trees near a septic tank, double pane windows, drought stress, sugar maples

Landscaping & Design: PRICING LANDSCAPE WORK, hourly wages, stone dust
Landscaping & Design: PRICING LANDSCAPE WORK, hourly wages, stone dust, larger company

Landscaping & Design: playground
Landscaping & Design: playground

Landscaping & Design: Rubber Walking Paths., asphalt rubber, recreational paths
Landscaping & Design: Rubber Walking Paths., asphalt rubber, recreational paths, bicycle trails

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall
Landscaping & Design: retaining wall

Landscaping & Design: Slate path, polymeric sand, techniseal
Landscaping & Design: Slate path, polymeric sand, techniseal

Landscaping & Design: Steep hill on a lake, outdoor stairs, websearch
Landscaping & Design: Steep hill on a lake, outdoor stairs, websearch, trams

Landscaping & Design: Steep Slope Landscaping, landscape mulch, spines
Landscaping & Design: Steep Slope Landscaping, landscape mulch, spines, hillside

Landscaping & Design: Stump and shrub removal, knowledge nuggets, stump removal
Landscaping & Design: Stump and shrub removal, knowledge nuggets, stump removal

Landscaping & Design: Sweet Gum Root System
Landscaping & Design: Sweet Gum Root System

Landscaping & Design: sega palm fungus, plant food, fungus
Landscaping & Design: sega palm fungus, plant food, fungus, lowes

Landscaping & Design: septic fields, drain tiles
Landscaping & Design: septic fields, drain tiles

Landscaping & Design: slope of a baseballfield, slopes, slope
Landscaping & Design: slope of a baseballfield, slopes, slope, mea culpa

Landscaping & Design: sloping ground
Landscaping & Design: sloping ground

Landscaping & Design: standing water in backyard
Landscaping & Design: standing water in backyard

Landscaping & Design: Tree next to swimming pool, gorgeous tree, front yard
Landscaping & Design: Tree next to swimming pool, gorgeous tree, front yard, roots

Landscaping & Design: Trees, best time to plant trees, forestry dept
Landscaping & Design: Trees, best time to plant trees, forestry dept, mimosa tree

Landscaping & Design: transplanting large trees, evergreens, moving company
Landscaping & Design: transplanting large trees, evergreens, moving company

Landscaping & Design: Usage of Slate for exterior patio, concrete slabs, thin flakes
Landscaping & Design: Usage of Slate for exterior patio, concrete slabs, thin flakes, bar stools

Landscaping & Design: Water absorbing trees/plants, weeping willow trees, leaves
Landscaping & Design: Water absorbing trees/plants, weeping willow trees, leaves, water woes

Landscaping & Design: wheelbarrow, gravity storm
Landscaping & Design: wheelbarrow, gravity storm

Landscaping & Design: working with english ivy, invasive plants, english ivy
Landscaping & Design: working with english ivy, invasive plants, english ivy, native plants

Landscaping & Design: Yucca Cane Plants, tampa florida area, yucca cane
Landscaping & Design: Yucca Cane Plants, tampa florida area, yucca cane, plants

Landscaping & Design: ZONE 9 PLANTING, growing zones, aspx
Landscaping & Design: ZONE 9 PLANTING, growing zones, aspx

Landscaping & Design: fence, urban backyards, wooden fence
urban backyards, wooden fence, burkesbackyard: Mary, Sorry for the delay in responding. I don t necessarily agree that a wooden fence will make the back yard feel even smaller. It will certainly give it a different feel, but that doesn t have to be bad. A wooden fence, softened up with a few...

Landscaping & Design: fence/gate, concrete cutting company, silicon caulk
concrete cutting company, silicon caulk, wick water: Cut the post to fit and attach the post to the house with lag bolts. (Make sure you leave an inch clearance at the bottom so the post doesn t wick water from the ground.) If the post are 4x4 (actually3.5 ) get a 6 to 7 lag bolt and pre-drill holes in the...

Landscaping & Design: fence too high for pool code?, fencing contractors, landscape architect
fencing contractors, landscape architect, drainage problems: First, I can not really offer any specific advice without personally seeing the site or lots of pictures. It could be really simple case of a couple of $3.00 bags of soil and a wheel barrel or if it would cause drainage problems it could be much more costly...

Landscaping & Design: fence work, fence work, exact boundary
fence work, exact boundary, county plat: Rahan, I would recommend that you hire a surveyor to physically mark the corners of your property according to the county plat references and the titled description of your particular property. This may seem expensive, BUT people get possessive of property...

Landscaping & Design: fence work, fence work, exact boundary
fence work, exact boundary, surveyer: Rahan, This is a good question. Many communities have restrictions on how close you can place fences to a property line, some don t. I would tell your neighbor what you want to do and contact your county or city offices and check into any ordinances would...

Landscaping & Design: fencing in a patio, obedience training, cottage style
obedience training, cottage style, straight lines: You could create a planting bed around your patio (without the plants at first).It doesn t really matter what shape - with curves or straight lines - as long as you have an opening for a gate. Once the bed is down, install your fence. I m not sure how big...

Landscaping & Design: fieldstone walkway, stone dust, fieldstone
stone dust, fieldstone, organic matter: Hi there! First of all, you have to make sure that the soil has been really compacted and leveled. Depending on the size of the stones, it would be better if you could use stone dust to set them. Large sized stones could be set in any soil with a good...

Landscaping & Design: how to figure out amounts of conrete for patio, concrete truck, conrete
concrete truck, conrete, cubic yard: The math is pretty straightforward: 1 foot = 12 inches, therefore 4 inches = 1/3 of a foot, or .33 So, a 10 x10 x.33 patio gives us 33 cubic FEET. A yard is 3 feet long; a cubic yard is 3 x3 x3 , or 27 cubic feet. For your patio, 33 cubic feet...

Landscaping & Design: figuring square yards, math homework, right triangle
math homework, right triangle, math question: Ahh!! A math question. Instead of looking at it as a triangle, look at it as HALF of a rectangle. (BTW, I checked your measurements and indeed, it is a true right triangle) Since school is not in session in most areas right now, my fear that I m doing...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone cutting, wet saws, concrete sidewalk
wet saws, concrete sidewalk, great journey: John, You are embarking on a great journey. Wet saws are easy to use and work very well. Always wears safety googles and gloves. Cutting curves can be tricky as you need to nibble the edge away with the saw blade. Since you are using flagstone I would...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone pavers, wet mortar, professional belief
wet mortar, professional belief, wet sponge: The simple answer is yes you can. As long as your patio is in good shape and does not have too many cracks in it or a bad slope, you can cover it with stone. Stone is best laid just like tile. You will use a standard gray mortar to set the stone (make...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone pool decking, mildew mold, wet sealant
mildew mold, wet sealant, silica sand: Joyce: The answer depends on what you are attempting to remove. If it is just old dust, dirt, mildew, mold etc. then a mild bleach and light pressure wash should do the trick. I don t know that acid will do anything but pit the surface and burn your nose....

Landscaping & Design: flagstone walkway, flagstone walkway, flat pieces
flagstone walkway, flat pieces, suitable product: Mike, the limestone is eroding because it is slowly soluble in water. I am assuming that you are using flat pieces of limestone as the filler? I would not suggest using mortar. Go to your stone outlet and see if they have a sealer that is suitable for...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone walkway, gary bachman, flagstone walkway
gary bachman, flagstone walkway, costly mistake: Mike, That s really not my expertise and I would feel badly giving you a somewhat hesitant answer that could be a costly mistake. There are several other experts that may be better informed on this particular subject. They are in the Garden design category...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone, patio slab, concrete slab
patio slab, concrete slab, seal stone: Erik: Follow these steps: 1.) First check or ensure that your existing slab is set low enough that when you add 1/2 of mortar and 1 of stone that the top of the stone will not be higher than your finished floor or door threshold. If it will then you will...

Landscaping & Design: flattening the sloped lawn, grass seed, top soil
grass seed, top soil, free estimates: Helen, Well there are several ways to go about this. I would say the less expensive route would be to bring in soil to even up the terrain. You can ask around at nurseries and construction sites to get in contact with someone that hauls soil. This would...

Landscaping & Design: flooding pool patio, rain gutters, door threshholds
rain gutters, door threshholds, pool installation: Not good, at all. Standing water next to a house is a big no-no. I would recommend a two-pronged approach. You ve already done #1... 1.) Add rain gutters to the eves of the house, and get the rainwater away from the deck as much as possible. Then,...

Landscaping & Design: flower bed vs. front stairs, garden beds, flower bed
garden beds, flower bed, best bet: Yes, that would be your best bet. When installing the pathway, I would suggest you use natural irregular shaped flagstone. It comes in various colors and is easy to install. Pick a color that will compliment your house exterior. Any other advice I can...

Landscaping & Design: flowering hedge for noise reduction, coastal northern california, wooden fence
coastal northern california, wooden fence, blue flowers: RB, 1. Taking out these trees will allow more noise to get through, but I believe it should not be substantial. 2. The berm will help to deflect the sounds up so it is a good idea. Now the idea of a flowering hedge has plusee and minuses. Usually...

Landscaping & Design: follow-on question about Bradford Pears, poor soil conditions, fire blight
poor soil conditions, fire blight, bradford pears: I m 90% sure its age...Dogs (and other critters) help by adding amonia and nitrogen. Unless you re running a kennel and its really HEAVY deposits, I wouldn t blame the dog, just yet. Maybe its the roots, but the top 10-12 inches or so have to be exposed....

Landscaping & Design: forsythia, good fences make good neighbors, plant choices
good fences make good neighbors, plant choices, s yard: “Good fences make good neighbors” – My heart goes out to you. I, too, have experienced too much of what goes on over in my neighbor s yard. For some general care tips for our Forsythia, try this link. http://www.yardener.com/Forsythia.html Or, maybe...

Landscaping & Design: forsythia, prunus laurocerasus, plant choices
prunus laurocerasus, plant choices, cherry laurel: Dave, First, about forsythia in general. I ve had both good and bad experiences with hard pruning of forsythia. On the one that I keep tree-like, with a skeleton of older branches for structure, and annual new growth for flowers...things are great. Strong,...

Landscaping & Design: forsythia, specimen shrubs, small backhoe
specimen shrubs, small backhoe, evergreen shrub: Dave, First of all, Forsythia would never be my choice for a privacy hedge. Forsythias are used mostly for beautiful Autumn specimen shrubs in groups of 3 or 4. They are green for 10 months out of the year and do grow rapidly,therefore need regular pruning...

Landscaping & Design: fragrant flowers, lonicera japonica halliana, paeonia lactiflora
lonicera japonica halliana, paeonia lactiflora, tatarian honeysuckle: Hello Ryan - Here is a list of New Jersey (zone 6A & 6B) patio-friendly fragrant plants. Of course, the shrubs can be trimmed back, so don t get too alarmed with the overall sizes. Calycanthus floridus - sweetshrub, strawberry bush (6-10 ft. shrub)...

Landscaping & Design: french drain, abc pest pool and lawn, hard wood floors
abc pest pool and lawn, hard wood floors, french drains: Its hard to tell what the price should be without knowing the length and depth that is needed for the french drain. But on average if the pipe is only 12 deep it should not be more than about $10lf installed with labor, excavation, pipe and gravel so a 50...

Landscaping & Design: french drain, french drain, foundation repair
french drain, foundation repair, dallas area: sounds a little high. 2 guys could hand dig a trench like that in one day so figure $20/hr each so $40 hr times 8 hours equals $240 plus pipe and gravel, which wont be more than $500.00 delivered add another day to install at $240 plus a supervisor who comes...

Landscaping & Design: french drain, installing a french drain, day laborer
installing a french drain, day laborer, retail contractor: Susan: On the surface it is on the high side but everything is relative...where do you live? If it is California or upstate New York then that is probably a good price..if its south Georgia or Alabama that is very high. How hard is your yard access, do they...

Landscaping & Design: fungus, fungus problem, poor drainage
fungus problem, poor drainage, oak trees: Thank you for your e-mail. There are several different reasons for the fungus your trees are getting. There is also different type of fungus that oak tree can get. The most common cause of the fungus is poor drainage and another is caused by barriers such...

Landscaping & Design: Garden Decking, wet weather, garden decking
wet weather, garden decking, iosh: Mark, It sounds rather dangerous and I can see why you are concerned. Follow these links for some helpful info.Just copy and paste the links into your browser and click go.Good luck and be careful! http://www.gardenadventure.co.uk/Decking/faq.php http://www.cedaroutdoors.co.uk/...

Landscaping & Design: Garden design, couch grass, wiltshire england
couch grass, wiltshire england, herbacious: Jim, Sounds like a cottage garden I have been reconstructing for 2 years now. Especially the Boxwoods. In this case it would be great if you could send me photos through email. My email address is: acottagegarden@msn.com. If you can t for some reason I...

Landscaping & Design: Gardening By The Beach, time gardeners, tidal shoreline
time gardeners, tidal shoreline, sip coffee: Congratulations! Being able to live so close to the ocean is a blessing. The beach environment, however, can be tough on plants. (I AM assuming you re referring to the salty Atlantic/Pacific/Gulf Coast, and not a lakefront of some kind, such as Michigan/Huron,...

Landscaping & Design: Gary,We have two very..., transplant shock, sagos
transplant shock, sagos, fronds: Tom, I wouldn t chop off the old leaves. Your plants are suffering from transplant shock. If you remove too much foliage you might just increase the stress the plants are under. Once you see new growth sprouting it will OK to remove the old foliage....

Landscaping & Design: General Information, japanese gardens, japanese garden
japanese gardens, japanese garden, natural features: Hi there! A good place to find pictures of Japanese gardens on the internet would be the Japanese Gardens Database. For your project, I would recomend you to start with simplicity. In a Japanese Garden, there in no truer saying than less is more...

Landscaping & Design: GRASS SEEDING, grass seed, gardening shop
grass seed, gardening shop, groundcover: Jill, One possibility that comes to mind is using some course jute landscape netting. (Here s a link to a bad picture of what I m talking about: http://www.mrdrip.com/images/Fabric13b.jpg) This is a groundcover of sorts, but it doesn t work alone....

Landscaping & Design: GROUND COVER QUESTION, woody perennials, harsh weather
woody perennials, harsh weather, patio container: Patricia, If these new plants just came from the greenhouse, I d wait till temperatures moderate a little more before putting them out in the garden. It will be a little less stressful on them, and chances for successful transplanting will be higher. ...

Landscaping & Design: GROUND COVER QUESTION, baby tears, sandy soil
baby tears, sandy soil, patio container: Hi! I think that it would be best for you to wait a little longer so that there would be no risk in planting them outside. The sedum would suely survive there, but the baby tears could probably get some winter dieback, but I do not believe that it would...

Landscaping & Design: Grading Yard, property slopes, floor elevation
property slopes, floor elevation, sandy soil: Pat: Yes you can do this easily. All you need is a 3 or 4 level, duct tape, shovels, wheel barrel, and a 8 2x4. You want the land on all sides of your home to slope away from your foundation and you never want any dirt piled higher than you Finished...

Landscaping & Design: Grading, intensive job, basement water
intensive job, basement water, water problem: Hi Martha, I would highly recommend having a professional do this job for you. Grading can be a very labor intensive job and be very tricky if you do not know what your doing. The shrubs would have to be dug out an replanted again, the soil has to be...

Landscaping & Design: Grass between two driveways, asphalt driveways, drive ways
asphalt driveways, drive ways, exact problem: Ginger, A photo sure would help. If possible send me one to my email: acottagegarden@msn.com. I can give you a more accurate method if I know the exact problem. Some questions are a bit more complicated as far as me picturing your situation in my mind and...

Landscaping & Design: Gravel for Japanese garden, crushed granite, japanese garden
crushed granite, japanese garden, somthing: Hi there! You could use anything that is whytish/gray/black speckled. In Japan they use crushed granite that has similar color. The best size for raking is somthing that would be from the size of a grain of barley to a small pea (combined). Good luck...

Landscaping & Design: Gravel lawn, paint section, weed barrier
paint section, weed barrier, weed killer: Adam, You have two choices here. Either use weed killer first,then lay down black plastic on the whole yard using rolls of black plastic(usually found in the paint section at retail stores and very inexpensive)and metal garden staples.Look at Lowes or Home...

Landscaping & Design: Gravel paths, gravel path, gravel paths
gravel path, gravel paths, pea gravel: Ron, I would have someone haul in a truckload of something a little larger than pea gravel and have it packed down by a machine that is used just for that.It looks like a small steam roller that you can rent one weekend and do it yourself.They also have hand...

Landscaping & Design: Gravel patio, concrete resurfacing product, resin sand
concrete resurfacing product, resin sand, weather area: I am assuming you want to do it yourself, instead of hiring someone else to mess with it. I have also seen a number of “franchise opportunities” for this product in the back pages of Entrepreneur & other business magazines. Concrete polymer overlay or...

Landscaping & Design: Ground cover in a 7-8 hardiness zone, lake arrowhead ca, plant zones
lake arrowhead ca, plant zones, snow season: Sandra, Go to www.google.com and type in ground covers for plant zones 7 and 8 in the direct search box. Google is a great source for just about anything! As a matter of fact lots of people pass up on AllExperts now because of all the info on Google.LOL...

Landscaping & Design: Ground covers, crushed shells, center nursery
crushed shells, center nursery, ground cover: no such thing as a no-maintenance ground cover. shells and stone will always have weeds growing in them eventually. the seed will blow in from another location. shells stink when 1st put down but will last a long time. any plant material will get weed in it...

Landscaping & Design: Grow grass not rocks!, leaf rake, garden rake
leaf rake, garden rake, veggie gardens: James, Well several positive points is that your yard is only 100 X 100 and is fairly level. There is no way to remove ALL the rocks but you can remove the largest ones with a garden rake. Not a leaf rake but a heavier type heavy metal rake that people use...

Landscaping & Design: Growing Arborvitae in pots, clay pots, pottery type
clay pots, pottery type, arborvitae: Robin, It all depends on the pots.If they are clay pots,you should bring them indoors.Clay and pottery type material will not stand up to winter cold.They will crack and will not protect the roots.If they are the light weight resin pots that are insulated,you...

Landscaping & Design: Growing Grass, growing grass, sod
growing grass, sod, 28 days: Janet if your yard is not level, you will have to fix that as well. The cheapes way to grow grass is to seed rather than sod. Sod will give an instant lawn, seeding wil take up to 28 days to establish. First how big of an area are we talking? Is there...

Landscaping & Design: Growing grass over septic tank, turf sod, shallow soils
turf sod, shallow soils, growing grass: I don t believe it is escaping gasses, but rather shallow soils - 3-4 just isn t enough to keep grass alive. Plus, if you have a concrete tank, it contains lime, petroleum sealers, and sometimes root inhibitors (the plastic tanks sometimes have this) and...

Landscaping & Design: Growing grass under a Maple Tree, grass seed germination, shade tolerant grasses
grass seed germination, shade tolerant grasses, toronto ontario canada: Mark, That s a lot of shade, but lack of light is only part of the problem. Not only are the maples out-competing the grass for light, but they re also working hard to get their share of water and nutrients with their roots, many of which tend to be right...

Landscaping & Design: Growing Hydrangasc from Cuttings, flowering shrubs, potting soil
flowering shrubs, potting soil, deepone: Lauren, If you lool down around the base of the shrub there will be little shoots coming out of the main root system.These are still attached to that main system,but have also created their own roots by contacting with the soil. You can take a sharp spade...

Landscaping & Design: Growing moss in a container, organic compost, green moss
organic compost, green moss, soil mix: Hi Rebecca! Growing moss in a balcony in New York City? Let s try to do that! First: The place should not be too sunny. Second: Moss does not like chlorinated water. You can save rain water or allow chlorinated water to sit for three days before watering...

Landscaping & Design: Growing plants under trees., plant suggestions, top soil
plant suggestions, top soil, growing plants: Here is a handy east Texas shade-gardening link, with some plant suggestions: http://easttexasgardening.tamu.edu/homegardens/Shade/shade.html As to the Oak, if you add soil & water to an existing oak that has been standing out in a field for (sometimes)...

Landscaping & Design: garden design around a patio, virginia sweetspire, nandina domestica
virginia sweetspire, nandina domestica, ft span: Dawn, Here are some plants that would meet your request. Virginia Sweetspire, Nandina domestica, coneflower, ornamental grasses, Gold thread cypress. Please keep in mind that in the winter months nothing really looks spectacular, so these will at least...

Landscaping & Design: garden paths, google search, concrete sidewalks
google search, concrete sidewalks, decomposed granite: Here is one person s adaptive re-use of broken concrete to make a path: http://www.leknott.com/photos/path/index.html They placed it like flagstone, then filled in the voids woth decomposed granite...and it looks nice, too. I have used it to make...

Landscaping & Design: garden question, colorful foliage, green bushes
colorful foliage, green bushes, red berries: Hey, Richard. I can think of three plants that I always think look good in corners: holly, with its red berries; nandina, with its colorful foliage in the fall and its red berries; and just about any vine allowed to grow on some latticework. However, I...

Landscaping & Design: garden question, emerald green arborvitae, green bushes
emerald green arborvitae, green bushes, arborvitaes: I hope you know that these cute little arborvitaes will get 15-20 feet tall? (Unless you hedge them of course) More general arborvitae info here: http://www.evergreenplantnursery.com/Emerald-Green-Arborvitae-Thuja-p/arbemg3.htm Speaking of birdbaths,...

Landscaping & Design: general horticultural - english ivy, construction debris, root node
construction debris, root node, method yields: Hedra (Ivy) readily roots on just about anything! It can be a nuisance, leaving root marks on walls and concrete. I wouldn t even bother to transition cuttings into a pot, just snip off cuttings with a root node and a couple of leaves. Remove a leaf or...

Landscaping & Design: good cover over drainage, landscape fabric, soil particles
landscape fabric, soil particles, runoff problems: There are lots of types of Landscape Fabric some are better suited for your needs. Consult Google and search Filter Fabric in quotes. You ll need to move away from the common weed barriers sold at home landscape stores and consult your local grading and...

Landscaping & Design: gophers, domesticated house cat, dirt area
domesticated house cat, dirt area, strawberry patch: With an average infestation, these little guys can move about 50 tons of soil per acre, in one year. Plus, they live from 2 to 5 years, and have 2 litters/year with from 4 to 10 offspring. The battle-lines are drawn. Your choices are few: Repellant, physical...

Landscaping & Design: grading, minimum slope, hp calculator
minimum slope, hp calculator, homework question: I thought I could just point you to an online PDF document or guideline explaining basic grading ideas and concepts, but I just couldn t find any...mostly just governmental codes relating to land development, etc. (I ll keep looking, and post a follow-up,...

Landscaping & Design: grass seed, turf varieties, types of grass
turf varieties, types of grass, grass seed: Stuart, First let me make sure you know I don t have experience in your climate. Second, if you ve already chosen to commit to Bermuda with sod, you might consider seeding with the same thing. Over time, sod won t do better or worse than seed, so seeding...

Landscaping & Design: grass, best management practices, bahia grass
best management practices, bahia grass, drainage channels: You might try Bahia grass - a native to Argentina... http://www.turfgrasses.com/info/erosion.html Plus, general info on other grasses by State at turfgrasses.com This is not an uncommon problem for open drainage channels in new construction. The...

Landscaping & Design: grasses, grass scapes, types of grasses
grass scapes, types of grasses, fountain grass: Victoria, Australia?! Neat. (Unless, you mean Victoria, Texas, or Victoria, Africa or Vicoria, British Columbia). YES. Grass-scapes are a great substitute for lawn or standard planters. They offer high visibility, and lower maintenance than a standard...

Landscaping & Design: gravel pathway, vibratory plate compactor, crushed granite
vibratory plate compactor, crushed granite, decomposed granite: 1. Excavate 6 of soil. 2. Set out 4 of crushed granite. 3. Compact the granite using a vibratory plate compactor or equal. 4. Stake metal edge restraints along each side of the path being sure that they are equally spaced and parallel. 5. Place your...

Landscaping & Design: green giant Pyramidal arborvitae, pyramidal arborvitae, privacy fence
pyramidal arborvitae, privacy fence, arborvitaes: Jackie, The evergreen family of Arborvitae is a great choice. They grow taller than wider if you know what I mean. You may want something that will create a wall faster or denser.Still, the Arborvitaes are a great choice. Here are several links that will...

Landscaping & Design: ground cover, briar patches, habitat manipulation
briar patches, habitat manipulation, brush piles: It is a real head-scratcher here in the west. Two lists to consider (careful to consider your USDA zone, or you’ll just have annuals): Arizona: http://www.tohonochulpark.org/PDF/rabbit%20resistant.pdf California: http://www.sheridangardens.com/thegardenshop_deerproof.htm...

Landscaping & Design: ground cover or grass, types of lawn grasses, some guiding questions
types of lawn grasses, some guiding questions, ground cover: Not trying to be indecisive , but it really depends on a number of factors - Just some guiding questions to help you get your choice right the first time...or make it self-evident: How steep is the slope? Are you willing/able to run a mower over it?...

Landscaping & Design: ground cover, lily of the valley, english ivy
lily of the valley, english ivy, time mike: Mike, One of the hardiest groundcover would be pachysandra. You will have to water for a little while until established. It is evergreen and the least expensive of the groundcovers. Its not to interesting, its flower are difficult to see. The other groundcover...

Landscaping & Design: ground coveri have a slope on my property, leo leo, ecology section
leo leo, ecology section, product menu: Leo, You might want to try spraying out what s on your slope now, and replanting with a low maintenance seed blend. http://www.protimelawnseed.com/ecology_mixes.html I m not connected with this company, but I ve used their products. From their product...

Landscaping & Design: ground covering, blue star creeper, laurentia fluviatilis
blue star creeper, laurentia fluviatilis, hydrangea plants: Kim, I ve had some success with Blue Star Creeper (Laurentia fluviatilis). It provides a mat of little light blue flowers. It will need some water in the hottest part of the summer, and it will die all the way to the ground in the coldest part of winter,...

Landscaping & Design: groundcover, peri winkle, medium shade
peri winkle, medium shade, east toronto: 1. it can be very invasive and needs to be cut back frequently. many people use it as a groundcover and have no problem w/it. you have to control how big an area it takes over by following up w/the proper pruning maintenance. if not it will take over a lot...

Landscaping & Design: groundcover, magnolia tree, usda zone
magnolia tree, usda zone, liriope: You are in USDA zone 9, with lots of options. Here are a few groundcovers that will grow in heavy shade and a poor spoil condition in your area: Ajuga (lots of varieties) Ferns (again, lots of varieties) Euonymus Ivy (l.o.v.) Hostas Liriope (etc.)...

Landscaping & Design: groundcover in NH, ground coverings, groundcover
ground coverings, groundcover, thanks in advance: As a follow-up, Bobbie, you mentioned that you live on a shoreline. Here is a link from UNH for plants that do well there: http://extension.unh.edu/Pubs/HGPubs/plntshor.pdf I d also try to find a Willow or river-dwelling plant that may also work....but...

Landscaping & Design: groundcover (& shrub) recommendations, kolkwitzia amabilis, delosperma nubigenum
kolkwitzia amabilis, delosperma nubigenum, winter jasmine: I combined both evergreen flowering shrubs and groundcovers, as you have enough space to accommodate either. Really, it is taste & preference. My favorite is the Breath of Heaven, as it has an intoxicating aroma when crushed, so great for entryways! It...

Landscaping & Design: groundcover, bark mulch, clay soils
bark mulch, clay soils, frost days: If you re not RIGHT up on the Lake (Erie), you re probably in zone 5 or so. The lake effects frost days, and therefore actually a slightly warmer zone 6 (If you can say that about upper Ohio!). This link is from the Ohio State Ag extension, and the accompanying...

Landscaping & Design: grow fast from little?, supply nutrients, moist soil
supply nutrients, moist soil, humanitarian emergency: Miriam, I won t be much help with this one. I haven t heard about the cellulose fabric you mentioned. But if I were to guess, I would say that it provides mechanical support for the plants, but wouldn t supply nutrients or water. Those you would still...

Landscaping & Design: What to grow next to driveway, turf stone, compact soil
turf stone, compact soil, mud puddle: Elisa, You re asking a lot from a plant. Actually, I don t know anything that will be able to take the damage of driving, and the compact soil that the driving creates. If it can keep recovering quickly from the damage, that means it s a foliage factory...it...

Landscaping & Design: How do you grow a sweet gum, sweet gum tree, cold coughs
sweet gum tree, cold coughs, peat moss: Hi there! You should harvest the seeds as soon as they mature in the fall. As you probably know, the seeds are inside that thorny capsule. Place the capsules on a sheet of paper in a warm place. As they open, shake the seeds out and sow them in a mixture...

Landscaping & Design: growing moss, moss growth, clay soil
moss growth, clay soil, home depot: Hi There! You don t need sawdust. Just make sure that the soil is well packed. You can do it by using one of those metal asphalt tampers. (Home Depot usually carries them) Moss will grow very well on clay soil. If you keep the humidity high you could...

Landscaping & Design: growing moss, moss spores, soil and water
moss spores, soil and water, bone meal: Yes, First of all, make sure that the soil is well tamped. Evenly spread some bone meal as to form a thin layer over the area. If you would like to collect some moss spores, (seeds) look for tiny little brown shower head like capsules sticking out of...

Landscaping & Design: growing vines, kiwi vine, climbing vines
kiwi vine, climbing vines, gardener supply: Barbara, Sorry. I ve never done this so I don t know, I ve never seen kiwi seeds available, and I m really bad at getting stuff started from seed. So you re on your own on this one. Having said that... It wouldn t hurt to try your scoop out, clean...

Landscaping & Design: growth of spruce trees, product trees, foot spruce
product trees, foot spruce, sure what kind: Sue, Cut and paste this link into your browser and click go to find out the different growth rates of various Spruce trees. If you are not sure what kind they are maybe you can voice your concerns to the neighbor that planted them to see what sort of growth...

Landscaping & Design: gutting and cementing, concrete formwork, insurance attorneys
concrete formwork, insurance attorneys, river rocks: Costs are VERY regional...especially concrete! For our neck of the woods, I d estimate that a 480 square foot job would be something like this: Clear & Grub - $600 Concrete, installed - $2,400 Extras - Time & Materials (T&M) (B this, I mean, what if...

Landscaping & Design: Hard to be designer, feelings of inadequacy, initial fears
feelings of inadequacy, initial fears, task masters: I m still chasing my dreams, too!! And dreams are sometimes very hard task-masters. We designers are generally an introverted group. If being a designer is your dream, you can easily do that in the safety of another person s dream ; their desire to own...

Landscaping & Design: Hard to be designer, energy search, sensitive person
energy search, sensitive person, nightmares: JJ, I am not a psychologist so I can not analyze you, but I can offer some advice. Landscape designing is about the dollars. It always is about the dollars. You want clients to buy your designs and have you install. But to get there you need an attractive...

Landscaping & Design: Hard to be designer, landscape companies, landscape service
landscape companies, landscape service, energy search: JJ, I used to work for a private landscape service, and ran my own for awhile. I hated the sales part of it so much, and the complaining customers, that I switched to being a groundskeeper ... same work with plants, but no sales. I didn t have thick...

Landscaping & Design: Hard to be designer, spider mums, energy search
spider mums, energy search, sucessful business: JJ, Well,about 20 years ago I came a perennial nut.I started beds of mums (Chrysanthemums) first because I thought I would sell them.What I actually got though was every kind of mum you can imagine.Not the ones that sell,except the fall cushion mums,but...

Landscaping & Design: Hardscape tree ring, masonry wall, stone masonry
masonry wall, stone masonry, ep henry: A 20 tree needs a 20 radius or a 40 diameter to protect its critical root zone. The structural root plate is about the first 10 from the trunk and this is even more critical to be protected. I rarely would recommend encircling an existing tree with masonry...

Landscaping & Design: Hardscape, artificial turf, pound cat
artificial turf, pound cat, big dogs: Most kennels use concrete, so that or innerlocking pavers could be used, unless it is in the full sun all day. Even then, my dog seems to enjoy it when our front porch is in hte sun...she acts like a 60-pound cat, sometimes. If heat is a concern, put down...

Landscaping & Design: Helleri holly, helleri holly, google
helleri holly, google, anr: Joan, Follow these links for more info on diseases that attack Hollies: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/oldnotes/od7.htm http://hort.ufl.edu/shrubs/ILECREC.PDF http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1087/anr1087six.html http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/PlantPathologyNovember.html...

Landscaping & Design: Help for a complete novice., unsightly growth, east of ireland
unsightly growth, east of ireland, tree trunks: George, If you are referring to the country Ireland,then I don t think I can help you in plant selection.I live in the Heartland of the US. But I can certainly guide you in the right location. Are you familiar with the Google search engine? Just type in...

Landscaping & Design: Help in landscaping design, horticulture graduate, landscape architects
horticulture graduate, landscape architects, tropical background: Thank you for honoring me with this question, but unfortunately, I known very little about this topic. Maybe, I can direct you to some places that may help, such as contacts in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, or Singapore, though the International Federation...

Landscaping & Design: Help, maintenace, sprinkler system
maintenace, sprinkler system, back yard: Sherry, What you are asking for is the impossible. There is no such thing as a landscape that looks inviting but requires now work. Sorry about being blunt, but that is the truth. My suggestion is to contact a local professional and hire them as a...

Landscaping & Design: Herbicides, post emergent herbicides, fruits and vegetables
post emergent herbicides, fruits and vegetables, planting flowers: Linda, Is spraying with herbicide safe for a future planting? Probably, but it depends on the herbicide. Each has a characteristic residue persistence, and there s not an easy source of good information about that. You may want to find out what...

Landscaping & Design: HILLSIDE, total vegetation killer, steep hillside
total vegetation killer, steep hillside, farmers co: Paul, The best way to do a steep hillside is to remove or kill off all existing vegetation,weeds,grass,etc until it is completely brown.The best way to do this is to get a concentrated total vegetation killer and mix it strong in a good large sprayer.Spray...

Landscaping & Design: HiI was given a Southern..., adequate irrigation, saucer magnolia
adequate irrigation, saucer magnolia, southern magnolia: Marcella, All with perform adequately in containers. I am assuming you would keep on your patio or some like arrangement. Put them in as big of container as your site will allow. I personally think the terra cotta would work better than the plastic and...

Landscaping & Design: Hibiscis, double blooms, tropical hibiscus
double blooms, tropical hibiscus, sun porch: Maria, The tropical Hibiscus with the big double blooms is what you are describing.I know how beautiful they are,I have been around them and worked with them for many years. They tend to be dramatic and picky and almost human in their demands.And what I have...

Landscaping & Design: Hibiscus near a foundation, drain tile, tall flowers
drain tile, tall flowers, root problems: In Iowa, its not an invasive species, and no mention of root problems. more info here: http://www.trop-hibiscus.com/gindr.html I think that it will have trouble surviving in heavy shade, so this may solve any potential threat to your new tuck-work......

Landscaping & Design: Hiding a slight, but awkward slope, shrub beds, landscape design
shrub beds, landscape design, google: Mike, A great shrubbery bed in an irreggular shape,slightly raised would hide some of this slope(Not directly on the slope but behind the slope). I think you should go to www.google.com and type in landscape design with shrub beds in the search box and...

Landscaping & Design: Hill erosion, small evergreen shrubs, creeping phlox
small evergreen shrubs, creeping phlox, groundcover plants: Lois, It depends on how rapid the erosion is and how steep the hill is. You might want to build a retaining wall if it is too steep to plant anything on. If it is eroding rapidly that is what I would suggest. You could try planting some groundcover plants...

Landscaping & Design: Hillside Landscaping, cypress mulch, jute fabric
cypress mulch, jute fabric, landscape fabrics: Ok, lets address one by one: 1. Yes, landscape fabric will help in addition to mulch. 2. If your putting the fabric OVER the mulch then jute would be the only option. An Excelsior Blanket is really meant to replace mulch not cover it. 3. Pine straw is the...

Landscaping & Design: Hillside Landscaping, e mail address, flat rocks
e mail address, flat rocks, steep slope: Paul, My email address is christmannlandscapes@comcast.net. Just send the pictures I will take a look at them and get back to you with an answer to your question. please allow a few days, due to my crazy and very busy work schedule Thanks, Bud Christman...

Landscaping & Design: Hillside and planter drainage, water seepage, surface drainage
water seepage, surface drainage, pacific palisades: Hi Chris - It isn t the summer water that will get behind these walls. I grew up in southern California, and we knew it was spring when houses started sliding off of Mulhulland Drive or Pacific Palisades homes slipping into the Pacific. I remember...

Landscaping & Design: Hosta in small area, nancy nancy, single mom
nancy nancy, single mom, hostas: Nancy, Go to your local garden center and ask to look at medium sized hostas. You should buy 5 plants and space evenly in the space you have described. As far as advice, contact your local extension office. Many times they have volunteers who would...

Landscaping & Design: Hydrander, gary bachman, beautiful blooms
gary bachman, beautiful blooms, national arboretum: There are all sorts of reason why a Hydrangea might not be blooming. Here is the National Arboretum s website information on care & trouble-shooting of this plant: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/hydrangeafaq2.html As far as trimming method, its...

Landscaping & Design: Hydrangea, dead stalks, flower buds
dead stalks, flower buds, o clock: Janice, I am guessing that you have removed the flowers when you were pruning and that you started pruning 4 years ago. Without knowing which species you have I am going offer some generic hydrangea tips. Pruning in the fall or removing twigs in the...

Landscaping & Design: Hydrangeas need company, pink azaleas, japanese andromeda
pink azaleas, japanese andromeda, climbing hydrangea: Hmmm. Year-round, in the shade/near shade, in the northeast is a tough one. My initial thought for color compliment is Blue/Red/Purple and maybe a touch of white. You d be hard-pressed to get an evergreen to survive in full shade. There is more shade in...

Landscaping & Design: hedge, prunus laurocerasus otto luyken, thuja occidentalis
prunus laurocerasus otto luyken, thuja occidentalis, maintenance nightmare: Elaine, When I first think of hedges, I think of Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). It s readily available (so it s cheap) easy to plant, and grows like you want a hedge to grow--tall, not wide, but thick. There are many varieties of Arborvitae, each which...

Landscaping & Design: can you help, electrical contractor, gizmo
electrical contractor, gizmo, lighting: Electically, it s a simple gizmo (like the indoor manual light dimmer), so I m sure it exists. I know that the On The House radio show mentioned that using a dimmer can create a better mood in the garden than just on/off, but I know of no automatic...

Landscaping & Design: help! awkward driveway, photo thanks, front yard
photo thanks, front yard, closer look: I would add a curb unless you require the shoulder along the drive to trun or back out. Without seeing picture its hard for me to say much else. email two or three clear photos less than 500kb each to landscapearchitectjob@hotmail.com and I will take a closer...

Landscaping & Design: help with front of house!, blue agapanthus, maintenance plants
blue agapanthus, maintenance plants, shrub roses: Heather, Here in Portland, Hibiscus is flowering for about 4-6 weeks a year. During that time it s I real eye-catcher, but during the rest of the year it s maybe not so interesting. I d probably put something around it that will provide some color or...

Landscaping & Design: can you help, lighting expert, solar lighting
lighting expert, solar lighting, new lighting: John, That is really not my field of expertise. Go back to the main menu and look for either an electrician or a lighting expert.I have never installed a new lighting system but I have several customers that have lights that are set up tocome on automatically...

Landscaping & Design: hide a wall and wind brake, sago palms, cochella valley
sago palms, cochella valley, scotch pines: My desert home, The Great Basin, actually is tougher on plants because it is a cold desert ...you, in Cochella Valley/Mojave get a lot hotter, but its the frost & snow that destroys plants quicker. (It just snowed here on Tuesday!!) That said, I think...

Landscaping & Design: hill eroision, hypericum calycinum, vinca major
hypericum calycinum, vinca major, slope failure: By apple groundcover , do you mean Carpobrotus/Ice Plant? This is a common plant for southern California slopes - unfortunate; because it can matt and actually pull the slopes down by it s own weight! It is a native to the area, and requires litle to...

Landscaping & Design: hill eroison, degree slope, groundcovers
degree slope, groundcovers, groundcover: Don, That sounds very challenging.You certainly can t mow it so it is either leave it alone or plant a groundcover over the entire slope.Go to www.google.com and type in groundcovers for LA area .You should come up with many different websites that give...

Landscaping & Design: hill side, dwarf maples, bradford pear
dwarf maples, bradford pear, kind of trees: many flowering trees will remain lower(30 )---bradford pear, weeping cherry, dogwood, and many more. you could also use dwarf maples(bloodgood variety & others) 25 . my favorite for small trees is to pick a shrub plant(euonymous, lilac, crepe myrtle, and the...

Landscaping & Design: hillside foliage, red twig dogwood, hillside foliage
red twig dogwood, hillside foliage, rosa rugosa: Mike, If this was my troubled hillside to deal with, first, I d put down some course jute landscape netting. (Here s a link to a bad picture of what I m talking about: http://www.mrdrip.com/images/Fabric13b.jpg) This is a groundcover of sorts, but it...

Landscaping & Design: hillside rock, azalea bushes, drainage ditch
azalea bushes, drainage ditch, drainage pipe: Hi Karen - Yep. Retaining walls will add to the cost, but how safe is having to mow with cleats or a rope/pully system, now? If you put in 50 feet of wall, at say 3 feet high, the cost should be about $4,500-$6,000, plus some cost of regrading the earth...

Landscaping & Design: homemade flower bed fence, kanawha county wv, wooden flower
kanawha county wv, wooden flower, garden fence: Joey, Actually, the old match flooring sounds good, and will give you an interesting look. Just make sure you have solid posts. I can piece together fences out of just about anything as long as I ve got solid posts to attach it all to. Even though...

Landscaping & Design: honeysuckle nightmare, day lillys, day lillies
day lillys, day lillies, growth spurt: Beth, What advice do you need on the trees? All I can say without seeing your site is that a chain saw is usually the fastest and cheapest way to take out a tree. Hostas and day lillys are pretty easy to Transplant almost any time. However, it easier...

Landscaping & Design: i hope you can answer my question, sledge hammer, hassle factor
sledge hammer, hassle factor, cement floor: In the south east US the Cost is usually about $1.50 per sq. foot for a large amount, like a driveway. Smaller amounts may cost more per sq. foot because the hassle factor is the same even though there is less of it. If you want to do it yourself just get...

Landscaping & Design: i hope you can answer my question, weekend gardener, concrete bits
weekend gardener, concrete bits, cement floor: Yes, you can do it yourself, with a bit of planning and forethought. There are folks you can hire to remove it (based on a bid to break up, remove, & dispose of the refuse concrete). There are some questions that need to be answered before deciding which...

Landscaping & Design: i hope you can answer my question, pound sledgehammer, cement floor
pound sledgehammer, cement floor, home depot: Hey, Guy. I have no idea how much it would cost because I have always done it myself. Which answers the second part of your question: Yes, you can do it yourself. It s backbreaking and tiring work. It will take a 10-pound sledgehammer or renting an appropriate...

Landscaping & Design: house entrance, old milk cans, albemarle county
old milk cans, albemarle county, acre cattle: I used to live on a similar community in Virginia...there were four of us on a cul-de-sac, in a rural part of Albemarle County. The neighbors across the street ran a 600+ acre cattle farm. I d always thought of how we might set our little road out as...

Landscaping & Design: house foundation landscaping, plate compactor, black dirt
plate compactor, black dirt, clay soils: Doug: It generally does not matter what you use for fill soil as long as it is compacted(as long as you are not using a very organic top soil). Any type of typical fill soil will settle at least a little bit if it is not properly compacted. Stay away from...

Landscaping & Design: front of house landscape--choices of shrubs, boxwood shrubs, musser forests
boxwood shrubs, musser forests, white flower farm: Nancy, I am getting ready to do the same thing with my new home which is a Colonial style with white porch railings that I don t want to hide.We also had to pull up some huge old Azaleas that were hiding the porch.I am going to use Boxwoods.Probably the Green...

Landscaping & Design: Front house landscaping, bay water quality, water quality issues
bay water quality, water quality issues, fredrick md: If I had to hazard a guess, I d say you were a USDA zone 6a/6b...I ve been though Fredrick MD, on our way to Gettysburg. Lovely little community. I m guessing the flowering bushes are either Hydrangeas, Azaleas, or Rhododendrons. I would normally direct...

Landscaping & Design: hydrangeas, rich soil, partial shade
rich soil, partial shade, bud: Hello Betty, Hydrangeas can be planted now. The best place to plant is where you have the space to grow them. They can get quite tall and wide. Grow in moist, but well drained soil. Moderately fertile, and humus-rich soil in sun to partial shade. protect...

Landscaping & Design: hydranger (spelling?), southern califonia, agriculture extension
southern califonia, agriculture extension, fertile soil: You can fertilize a Hydrangea, but its not really necessary if you have a planter bed with moderately fertile soil. Its a tough plant, and doesn t require lots of fuss . Here is a link with some other suggestions: http://www.helpfulgardener.com/hydrangea/2003/index.html...

Landscaping & Design: Ideas for a bare spot, cul de sac, liveoak
cul de sac, liveoak, oak trees: Hi Nancy, One idea that comes to mind is planting pachysandra. It is a very hardy ground cover and will do well under the oak trees. To prevent cars from running over the lawn I would set medium to large boulders in front 2-4 depending on how large your...

Landscaping & Design: Installing pavers in a path/walkway, installing pavers, quarry rock
installing pavers, quarry rock, concrete company: Robert, I would just have someone haul in a load of coarse white rock gravel.The sort they use in concrete and driveways.It is medium size and would be a perfect bed for the pavers.Mixing in sand would be a great idea so that the pavers will settle better...

Landscaping & Design: Installing pavers in a pathway, installing pavers, quarry rock
installing pavers, quarry rock, garden pathways: I d go with the 3/4 rock, as the turkey grit sounds too unstable. By that, I mean that the smooth surfaces of the stone would encourage the path to creep down the hill, like it was on a conveyor belt. You are, after all, defying one of the most powerful...

Landscaping & Design: Installing a raised garden bed against an exterior wall, block retaining wall, masonry wall
block retaining wall, masonry wall, weep holes: In general it is definitely a bad idea. However, if it is something that is important to you let me explain the steps you need to follow. 1. You must apply a fluid applied water proof membrane to your existing exterior wall face. This is typically a thermo-plastic...

Landscaping & Design: Installing a Trellis, concrete mixture, iron trellises
concrete mixture, iron trellises, ground anchor: Brooke, I have installed metal or iron trellises as well as wooden ones.The metal trellis always have legs that go deeply into the ground.I would recommend that type.But the wooden ones should be anchored with concrete. You dig about a 1 foot trench and...

Landscaping & Design: Inter-Locking Pavers, drainage issues, drainage patterns
drainage issues, drainage patterns, aggregate base: Tom: Without knowing your exact soil conditions, proposed usage, and drainage patterns through this area I can not give you my absolute opinion. However, in most cases where the pavers are only going to support pedestrian and vehicular traffic of a residential...

Landscaping & Design: Interior Plants, amstel king, ficus trees
amstel king, ficus trees, indirect sunlight: In your situation you may have to continually rotate out sick plants for more heathy ones if you don t have very good light. Ficus trees are good for 8 ht but may also slowly weaken due to lack of direct light. You could replace the dracena with healthy ones...

Landscaping & Design: Interlocking Pavers, interlock pavers, limestone screenings
interlock pavers, limestone screenings, pool features: As I live in work in Georgia, I am not familiar with your particular frost depth requirements. Some places in Canada the frost depth is 48 or more. I would consult with your paver supplier and ask them about the depth of aggregates you will need in your area...

Landscaping & Design: Ivy Transplant, time of year, best time
time of year, best time, sunlight: Hey, Ryan. The answer to all four of your questions would depend on the type of ivy, the difference in soil between his place and your place, and what area (city) of the country you are in. If you can take a picture an email it to me at russelraypc@aol.com,...

Landscaping & Design: increasing home's value, ornamental cabbage, accent color
ornamental cabbage, accent color, bright flower: In most of the studies I have read in my trade journals and magazines such as Money, etc. the very BEST way to acquire quick curb appeal and long-term return on remodeling dollars invested is to landscape! The Why: http://www.asla.org/nonmembers/publicrelations/homeowners_guide.htm...

Landscaping & Design: insects on my outside container plants, integrated pest management ipm, beneficial bugs
integrated pest management ipm, beneficial bugs, wet soils: sounds like gnats. they are a sign of keeping the soil too wet. they breed in wet soils. let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes....

Landscaping & Design: ivy or other ground cover, cold desert climate, sod cutter
cold desert climate, sod cutter, using solar power: Generally, if there is lawn already established, you ll want it dead at the roots. If you dig it up, its unlikely you re going to get all the little rizomes if its that kind of nasty grass. Be sure those plants and trees you want to keep are clearly outside...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda Questions, vigorous plant growth, california central valley
vigorous plant growth, california central valley, root sprouts: Pruning: I d wait to see what is dead and what isn t - if it is obviously brown and shriveled, then trim it back to just before the nearest joint where the shriveled part is. Personally, I d just let nature show me what is bad , as dead branches won t harm...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda Tree, city arborist, santa anas
city arborist, santa anas, little trunks: I cannot be too specific, as I don t know the exact problems associated with your tree like its location, orientation, soil conditions, recent weather (like those nasty Santa Anas or recent freezes), local disease problems. etc. Even though my guess is...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda tree facts, santa ana winds, jacaranda trees
santa ana winds, jacaranda trees, central coast california: Sorry for the delay. I looked through my technical information, and there is no obvious branch drop problem (called appropriately, Summer Branch Drop ) for this species. They are a beautiful tree, and I have planted them as street trees (all be it,...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda tree leaves, purpose fertilizer, beautiful blooms
purpose fertilizer, beautiful blooms, ocean breezes: Its considered a Semi-deciduous tree - so leaves coming off in the fall is normal. Just about EVERYTHING falls off of this tree, eventually. Thats how you pay for the beautiful blooms: with lots of pods, leaves, and spent flowers all over the yard & driveway....

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda trees, usda hardiness zone, airport parking lot
usda hardiness zone, airport parking lot, menlo park california: The zones I was previously referring to were SUNSET zones primarily for west coast climates, created by the Menlo Park, California magazine of the same name (Sunset.com). The rest of us (I m in Nevada, but went to college in California), use USDA zones....

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda trees, purple robe locust, google search
purple robe locust, google search, california valleys: I love those trees, too. Unfortunately, they don t grow in your area, under any circumstances! The closest area they would grow in is along the coast, from about Garberville to Klamath along 101. The interior northern California valleys just get too cold...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda, tiny leaflets, tall hope
tiny leaflets, tall hope, jacaranda tree: There are four different kinds of Sapote/Zapote grown in South America: black (Diospyros), white (Casimiroa), red/green (Pouteria), and yellow (Mammea). Since you didn t say which one, lets concentrate on identifying the Jacaranda leaf... It is a delicate,...

Landscaping & Design: Jacksonville, FL - mold/moss, cow manure, vermont slate
cow manure, vermont slate, hand shovel: I am sorry but I don t specify moss often enough to tell you the name of one that works best for your area. Besides, there are probably hundreds of species. But actually the name is not really that important because its rare to find any for sale in a nursery....

Landscaping & Design: Japanese Fig Tree, ficus carica, types of figs
ficus carica, types of figs, mulberry tree: YEP - hazards of reading fast....mature, miniature. Big difference! Have had a hard freeze yet? If not, get them in ASAP. We, here in zone 7b had ours at Thanksgiving. If they are not dormant (if they are that variety), then putting them in now won...

Landscaping & Design: Japanese garden base, chicken grit, landscape fabric
chicken grit, landscape fabric, locust tree: Hi Lucy! Unfortunately it is still very hard to find good gravel in the US. I have been using the chicken grit myself Good idea to limit the materials. Simplicity is the secret. Good Luck! Carlo For better raking yes, use the...

Landscaping & Design: Japanese Maple, bloodgood japanese maple, palm springs arizona
bloodgood japanese maple, palm springs arizona, close ups: Hey, Rona. The Bloodgood is a gorgeous maple, but I ve never seen one with green leaves. Even the newer leaves always seem to be red. I m wondering if it was mislabeled at the grower or at the nursery. That s always a possibility and would not be a first....

Landscaping & Design: Japanese maples and dwarf oleander, dwarf oleanders, japanese maples
dwarf oleanders, japanese maples, plant god: Hi Jerry, Regarding the maple, try to find something called Acer Palmatum cv. yatsubusa The best way to know what would survive in your area would be look around the gardens and nurseries in town. Oleanders are sensitive to cold weather, specially...

Landscaping & Design: Japense garden in townhome patio MN, cement slab, patio slab
cement slab, patio slab, walking stones: Hi there! If those roots are thick enough, you could probably plant more moss around them. That would create the feeling of what the Japanese call Sabi or Mellow with age which is the patina of age that can make a particular spot something very interesting...

Landscaping & Design: Is my Jaracanda dying?, clay soil, sandy soil
clay soil, sandy soil, jacaranda tree: Daytona BEach is closer to a 9A/9B, which is in the upper reaches of the Jacarada s zone. For more on this trees, see see the link, below - it has a chart on page 2 showing it s range: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/JACMIMA.pdf When I lived in on the...

Landscaping & Design: jacaranda trees, usda charts, broadleaf evergreen
usda charts, broadleaf evergreen, micro climates: Grassy area should be fine without changing the watering regime. Just keep it watered until established , or about 2-3 months, every three days or so, depending on your climate and keep the lawn away from the trunk by about 3-4 feet. UC Davis did a...

Landscaping & Design: japanese garden, low maintenance garden, distant mountains
low maintenance garden, distant mountains, japanese garden: Hi there! Stones and gravel well arranged would make a garden that could be very interesting to look at, and would require very little maintenance. The tricky part would be setting the stones in a nice way.The quality of the stones is something that should...

Landscaping & Design: japanese influenced garden design, garden landscape design, traditional japanese gardens
garden landscape design, traditional japanese gardens, bloodgood japanese maple: There is a whole sub-culture of Japanese Gardening - as you say, the goal of traditional Japanese gardening is to emulate the nature, and to do so asymmetrically (unlike western ideals of symmetry), and to try and capture its vastness. The dry version,...

Landscaping & Design: jasmine, home improvement store, blooming plants
home improvement store, blooming plants, pretty flowers: Hey, Sonjie. There are, indeed, varieties that do not bloom, but it would be somewhat unlikely that you bought one at a nursery or home improvement store. They generally are exchanged by jasmine collectors and specialists. Since it is thriving, it might...

Landscaping & Design: juniper staking, fence post, fence posts
fence post, fence posts, snow damage: Hi Nina, First, you did not have to cover for the winter, juniper is a tough plant. Sometimes wrapping can do harm to a plant. Junipers as well as any plant will have some damage from the harsh winter, but they will survive. As they get older they will...

Landscaping & Design: junipers and pines, junipers, pine trees
junipers, pine trees, medium height: Carole, You didn t give me your zone but go to www.google.com and type in spreading Junipers for zone? whatever your zone is in the search box.I would plant them about 2 to 3 feet in front of the pines and about 3 feet apart from each other if get a freely...

Landscaping & Design: killing a tree, killing a tree, greetings
killing a tree, greetings, roots: That s a tough question... Assuming that you kill the tree, you ll still have to have it removed. That is going to cost you money. How long has this tree been living there for? If the roots are doing all of that, I would assume that the tree was already...

Landscaping & Design: LANDSCAPING A RANCH HOUSE, landscape beds, variegated ginger
landscape beds, variegated ginger, tropical vines: I can not give you proper design advice without seeing the site. However, it sounds like your yard is well suited for a tropical landscape with dappled shade half the day and sun the other half. In lieu of me making specific suggestions for design here are...

Landscaping & Design: Labor & time needed to put sod on 3.5 acres of land, expert crew, labor time
expert crew, labor time, pallot: Thank you for your email. I guess the first place to start is, how much time to you have to complete the job? It is 504 pallot of sod. Thats a lot of sod. It is kind of hard to say. It depends on how experienced the guys you have are. And how well they will...

Landscaping & Design: Land question (sorta), sod farm, bermuda grass
sod farm, bermuda grass, damn sense: Wow - you are a patient man! He really sounds like a goober of a contractor. Maybe you can hire a 1-man surveyor...it shouldn t be too expensive or difficult to calculate the area. Just explain WHY you want the area measured, so when it becomes court...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design, pam pam, client questionnaire
pam pam, client questionnaire, landscape design: Pam, If the young man you have does not listen to the client s wishes, fire him. It is your landscape not his. And of course the landscapers will not give their plans away, but most will sell them to you. Also you could contract with a designer who...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design, estimate sheet, landscape designer
estimate sheet, landscape designer, professional estimate: Kim, Usually the cost of everything should be in a written professional estimate sheet. The hauling off of material should be subcontracted by the designer,meaning she has people that she hires to do that for her.The price of that should be added to your...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design, irrigation system, turf grass
irrigation system, turf grass, color suggestions: Great! I love planning the design before the chovle hits the dirt; it saves a lot on the wallet & the back muscles. Cheap & easy (but looks great) is the gold standard - hard to find, but most often desired. COLOR: I would suggest complimentary; Red,...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design School, landscape architecture design, landscape design school
landscape architecture design, landscape design school, landscape designer: I love your question, and it is very important to know what you are getting into. Beyond what I tell you here I suggest you consider calling companies that you might want to work at and ask if you can do a 1 week internship and offer to work for free so you...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design, national arboretum, complimentary colors
national arboretum, complimentary colors, plant recommendations: Lets start with complimentary colors – with a red trim, beige brickwork, and ivory siding, there are basically three ways to enhance your entry sing colors. 1.) Plants that would introduce red would tie into the existing trim, 2.) Or you could compliment...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape design, drought stress, hyacinth bulbs
drought stress, hyacinth bulbs, mass plantings: Amy, First of all, I d wait maybe 3 or 4 weeks before I d do any major planting. Between the tranplant stress, heat stress, drought stress, etc., it s really a rough time to plant. If you wait, you ll lose a lot fewer plants. Then, by the end of September,...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape design for a house in an island, crabapple tree, landscape design
crabapple tree, landscape design, hardscape: Christine, I would recommend putting the patio on the left side yard. It doesn t sound like there is much room in the back and the right side has the large crabapple tree. I would install the patio and landscape around it for privacy and to soften the...

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...