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Landscaping & Design: Landscape fence, desert, colorado
desert, colorado, privet: Hello, Here is a list of evergreen privacy hedge plants that are drought tolerant and adapted to a desert environment: Emerald Green Thuga. Grows 8 to 12 feet high,but can be trimmed down. Extremely drought tolerant and disease and insect resistant....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape fence, landscape fence, leyland cypress
landscape fence, leyland cypress, rabbit brush: Dear Curtis, How about Leyland Cypress? Lacy, evergreen will get very tall and wide, but when planted properly (spaced) will not encroach or take over. Good old fashioned Privet is another option. You can also look at Boxwood, though it will be an expensive...

Landscaping & Design: Outdoor Cafe Planters, cafe, planter
cafe, planter, planting: First, your in Florida...in tropical and HOT Miami... growing plants in a planter with no irrigation...not to be sarcastic...but your search for something that will grow well in a planter with little water and still provide some sort of visual screen is going...

Landscaping & Design: building a driveway with pavers, cement slab, concrete slab
cement slab, concrete slab, bird of paradise plants: I wouldn t recommend putting any rolling gate or slab on uneven elevation. You don t say where the home is, but given your reference to plant materials; I will assume it s a warm climate. Even so, without site prep and grading, you will almost inevitably...

Landscaping & Design: Driveway paver installation, pavers, brick
pavers, brick, concrete: Jim: So if I understand this question; you are actually asking three things: 1. How do you prepare the sub-grade or yard for a concrete or brick paver driveway when you have bad soil and imperfect grades? 2. Is it wise to install a concrete beam for a sliding...

Landscaping & Design: Erosion Due to Water from Roof, gutter, gutters
gutter, gutters, downspout: Hello Allen: Good question about rainwater and water falling from your roof. Without gutters or downspouts this will always be a problem. If you have no way to install gutters of any kind then you need to create a splash zone free from soil or dirt. The dirt...

Landscaping & Design: quality, sean murphy, sean j murphy
sean murphy, sean j murphy, concrete: Hello Elsa: Your question about the cost or price of concrete verses other hard surfaces such as flagstone, stained concrete, etc is a good question. The first thing to understand is that price of these materials and methods can vary widely depending on...

Landscaping & Design: sourcing decomposed granite, granite, quarry
granite, quarry, decomposed: Hello, I think your best bet would be to try a quarry. Good luck. Let me know if I can be of further help. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/marklan...

Landscaping & Design: use for ground up willow stump, soil acidity, harmful pathogens
soil acidity, harmful pathogens, peach trees: Hello, Mulch in storage will begin to compost to some degree and in order to avoid pathogens,odors and fungus,it should be properly managed by following the guidelines I mentioned. The salicylic acid in the willow mulch will not harm your plants because...

Landscaping & Design: Boulders, landscape design, boulders
landscape design, boulders, digital photos: Sheila: I have no experience doing this but I think you might have some luck if you contact local stone yards or nurseries for major cities in your area or within a few hours drive. If they are not interested they may be able to provide the names of their...

Landscaping & Design: cypress hedges, cypress, hedges
cypress, hedges, best time: Hey, Ray. Since the cypress is an evergreen, it s always growing. However, growth is slowest in the winter, so that s when I would trim it. On the other hand, though, if it s overgrown, then it won t look it s best after you prune it, so if you prunted...

Landscaping & Design: front entryway waterlogged, drainage products, drainage pipe
drainage products, drainage pipe, drain products: Amy: If the concrete is pooling water the only way to fix it is to remove the concrete, regrade the area, and repour concrete (if you need pavement) with a minimum 1.5-2% slope to drain. If the area is a low area and you can t regrade because of trees, walls,...

Landscaping & Design: garden trees, hedge, allee
hedge, allee, tree: Hello, Here is a list of trees meeting your requirements: allee elm (good canopy tree,can be planted at large size) linden (street and canopy tree) birch maple hybrid willow oak siberian elm green ash quaking aspen hawthorn...

Landscaping & Design: Hardscaping, lawn, hardscape
lawn, hardscape, drawing: Hello, I would not make any cost estimates without drawings,produced by you or your client. With a drawing,based on a careful survey of the site,you can get a much more accurate cost estimate,than one produced by guesstimating . Breaking the structures...

Landscaping & Design: huge backyard, landscaping, estimating
landscaping, estimating, landscapes: There is no way for me to accurately price such a job based on the limited amount of details you have provided. For starters I have no idea what labor rates are in your area or the access, etc to your lot. Also there is a ton of details you need to know like...

Landscaping & Design: Loose-laid paver patio, geogrid, geotextile
geogrid, geotextile, woven: Hello, The materials you mention will work. Basically,for a sub base you should use an angular interlocking gravel no more than 1-1/2 maximum size. I would also suggest you look into using a woven soil stabilization geotextile under the sub base. This will...

Landscaping & Design: Loose-laid paver patio, crushed stone, aggregate
crushed stone, aggregate, aggregates: Alfonso: There are many trade names in different areas of the country for essentially the same materials. But basically they all serve the same purpose. Lime rock is a local name for crushed local limestone, and the number 57 is the size of the mesh that...

Landscaping & Design: landscape around our 4 feet high porch, shrubs, porch
shrubs, porch, foundation: The answer is really quite simple. Select a good, locally hardy and pest free, medium to fast growing evergreen shrub that you can plant around the porch. It is best to pick shrubs that will not typically get higher than 5 to 6 feet. However, note that there...

Landscaping & Design: Priceing on retaining walls and patios, cost, estimate
cost, estimate, overhead: Hello, Basically,you need to take into account the cost of materials,labor,overhead and site conditions. Walls are usually charged by the lineal foot and patios by the square foot. Factor in the above categories and then divide that into the unit of measurement...

Landscaping & Design: Red dirt and dogs, geogrid, terrapave
geogrid, terrapave, gravel: Hello, The various asphalt pavings,which includes macadam and recycled asphalt,are in the lowest priced categories. This category also includes gravels,decomposed granite and rock dust pavings. In order of cost from low to high,the remaining categories...

Landscaping & Design: starting out, landscape, design
landscape, design, horticulture: Hello, One strong foundation for landscape design is a knowledge of drafting,both of the manual type and by computer. It is important to learn how to convey ideas by drawings. Special emphasis should be placed on presentation drawings of various sorts,particularly...

Landscaping & Design: starting out a landscape business, landscaping business, starting
landscaping business, starting, estimating landscaping: Seth: This is an excellent question and it sounds like you are well positioned to get work from family business. I wish you luck. First, you should not go into this business lightly. It s not something you can just jump right into and do a good job. There...

Landscaping & Design: what tree to buy, bradofrd pear trees, bradford
bradofrd pear trees, bradford, trees: Dear RON: NO, absolutely not, there are no worry free Bradford pears. A Bradford pear is a Bradford pear. There are other pears for better trees, The Redspire, Aristocrat, Chanticleer and Cleveland Select are good quality, long-lived ornamental pears, worthy...

Landscaping & Design: BACKYARD IS SLOPING AND WET, Lawn drainage, water on lawns
Lawn drainage, water on lawns: Hello Rose, this is a common problem and relatively easy to fix. Basically, good drainage will help you here and by simply installing a soak-away in the middle of the low area, you will allow the access water to drain away freely. A soak-away is simply...

Landscaping & Design: brick patio frame, brick patio, old frame
brick patio, old frame, wooden frame: Pound it down, if that doesn t work consider pulling it out and excavating under it...but it might be hard to fit it back if the bricks move when you pull it out. You might also use a wood shaving device and simply plane it down to the level you need if pounding...

Landscaping & Design: Colorado Blue Spruce Trimming, colorado, blue
colorado, blue, spruce: Hello, Pruning colorado blue spruce is not recommended. Regrowth will be impeded. Good luck. Let me know if I can be of further help. Mark Harshman http://www.mahdrafting.com Email: mark@mahdrafting.com http://www.allexperts.com/ep/724-104627/Landscaping-Design/Mark.htm...

Landscaping & Design: Concrete work, concrete sidewalk, concrete finish
concrete sidewalk, concrete finish, cool deck: You ll have to find a real specialist in stamped concrete who can apply a super thin layer of topping concrete. Very few people have the skills to do this as it is not at all very common. It will likely cost more to do this than replacing the entire sidewalk....

Landscaping & Design: covering a retaining wall, fig ivy, climbing
fig ivy, climbing, vine: The fig ivy (both ficus pumila & f. repens are both called fig ivy ) loves to attach to solid objects more than lawn; at least I ve never seen it compete directly with lawn. Blade grass produces a selective herbicide against other plants roots just like...

Landscaping & Design: creativity, french drain, slopes
french drain, slopes, drainage: There is not much you can do that is creative to solve a functional drainage problem. However you could install a french drain system. Its a series of pipes with holes in them surrounded by gravel and filter fabric to keep form getting filled with silt. The...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone over existing paver patio?, cement base, landscape architect
cement base, landscape architect, concrete paver: I am alittle confused you say a concrete patio but then you say water puddles betwen pavers? Do you have a concrete patio with Pavers over top? Well assuming you remove the pavers first you could cement stone to the patio and make up for any low spots with...

Landscaping & Design: Flooding, cistern, bioretention
cistern, bioretention, basin: Hello, The plastic drywells from the kits can be placed together in battery form. It would be a matter of determining the volume of water involved and placing the required number of drywells accordingly. You would have to excavate an area approximately...

Landscaping & Design: heavy rains flood lowest part of yard(our home), Drainage solutions garden, French drain
Drainage solutions garden, French drain: Hello Amy, sorry to hear that you re having problems with the drainage in your garden. Ok, clearly the french drain system would be the obvious solution but I understand the problem with the slope etc. So, I would suggest installing a simple soak away....

Landscaping & Design: Landscape around house, rock, basement
rock, basement, foundation: Hello, I do not understand what you mean by rock bed . Are you speaking of a drainage channel similar to a french drain or a seepage area? It sounds as if you are describing the structure as constructed above ground but such structures are always below...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping around house, sand, drainage
sand, drainage, basement: The smell is probably due to MOLD that the water seepage has exacerbated. Things that rot produce methane and other really funky smells, too. I once move into a house and a few days later the stench was overpowering....A dead cat in the crawlspace. Ha!...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping career, Landscaping careers, careers in landscaping
Landscaping careers, careers in landscaping: Hi Tammy and sorry for not getting back earlier. Ok, anyone can become a landscaper and all that is really necessary is passion and that I think you have, in adundance. You can attend a a small college course on horticulture and that will open many...

Landscaping & Design: In need Of Grass, wet, soil
wet, soil, lawn: Hello, Laurah - Lots of questions. I’ll try and knock them down for you: You have an area that even though it doesn t flood, it is permanently wet, and not good for plants. It probably lacks oxygen and nitrogen, two very important plant growing ingredients....

Landscaping & Design: Plants next to driveway, snow, barrier
snow, barrier, fence: Hello, I would not recommend that you plant shrubs directly beside the driveway. The shrubs will cause more snow to be deposited on your driveway because the snow laden wind will slow as it hits the shrubs. Optimally,the setback for a snow fence or shrubs...

Landscaping & Design: plants that absorb lots of water!, absorb, drain
absorb, drain, area: Hello, It is not practical to use plants to drain an area. Drainage is done with permeable soil,retention areas,rain gardens,drywells,french drains,etc... Let me know if I can be of further help. Mark Harshman http://www.mahdrafting.com Email: mark@mahdrafting.com...

Landscaping & Design: pool trees, Trees around pools
Trees around pools: Hello Jody. Given that I am an Englishman and that I am based in Italy I am not the ideal expert to answer your question. I would have thought, however, that one of the willows or a paulonia would be ideal - given the humidity of that area. Good luck ...

Landscaping & Design: Sand/soil against foundation, foundation, clay
foundation, clay, sand: Hello, The only weather restrictions on working with soil are frozen ground and overly wet ground. For the grass to do well you cannot have too much clay or sand. Clay would produce a semi permeable surface that would promote water running off the surface...

Landscaping & Design: Willow and Evergreen trees, willow, weeping
willow, weeping, blue: Hello, The weeping willow has a spread of 35 feet and reaches a mature height of 30 to 40 feet high. Other species of willow can be 10 feet less in spread and height. The blue spruce reaches a mature height of 50 to 75 feet and sometimes reaches a height...

Landscaping & Design: wet double-sloping backyard, french drain., yard drain
french drain., yard drain, slopes: This is labor intensive but is relatively easy to fix. Dig a system of trenches 12 deep and 12 wide that are parallel to the slopes. About 5-10 on center. Connect these lateral drain lines at the ends or down the center to a main trench leading around the...

Landscaping & Design: wet yard, lemon, grass
lemon, grass, monkey: Hello, Sounds like you may have a marsh type of ground there. Consider using drainage pipe under the area. There must be an outlet for the pipe. If the soil is clay add organic matter and coarse sand,crushed rock or pea gravel to improve drainage. The sand...

Landscaping & Design: 6x6 Cedar Post - Structurally sound?, mortise, fence
mortise, fence, rail: Hello, By allowing 1-3/4 inch for each 2 by 4 rail you will have a total of 2-1/2 inches of free space in which to adjust the location of the rails. I would just locate the rails through the center of the 6 by 6 posts if the offset you mentioned is not...

Landscaping & Design: building a 2 retaining walls in sand, suitable soils, soil bearing capacity
suitable soils, soil bearing capacity, pea gravel: I would have a geotechnical engineer do a soils test in a few places along your footing unless its all the same, then one representative test should be fine. You need 3000 psi soil bearing capacity. Sand is usually ok of it is well compacted. Soils test should...

Landscaping & Design: Colorado blue spruce, How to transplant a tree, move a tree?
How to transplant a tree, move a tree?, planting trees?: Hello Nick Ok, the trick when transplanting trees is to choose the correct season above all else. Like that, even if one makes a mistake when moving the tree, it has a much better chance of surviving. The correct time to transplant an evergreen treeis early...

Landscaping & Design: Concrete retaining wall question, masonite, form.concrete
masonite, form.concrete, bender: Hello, Materials you can use include plywood,masonite,bender board (redwood and plastic) and other forms of composite, bendable concrete form material (some claim to have superior bending properties). If you use plywood,stay with 1/4 inch. This size...

Landscaping & Design: design, balance, ontario
balance, ontario, plants: Hello Elizabeth - the image of your landscape looks quite nice. I think you have the bare bones of balance , already, and just need to add some flesh to it all. the planter around the tree is in proportion to the gazebo. A good width for a foundation...

Landscaping & Design: drainage issues, drainage, water
drainage, water, french drain: Morgan: I understand the problem. As you know, drainage is all about the grade of the land and absorption rate of the soil. Obviously you are getting more water there than the soil is able to handle, so it has to be diverted elsewhere. To give you the...

Landscaping & Design: Source for Pecan Shells for landscaping, pecan hulls
Landscaping & Design: Source for Pecan Shells for landscaping, pecan hulls

Landscaping & Design: french drain/ leaning fence, drainage, water
drainage, water, french drain: Hey Trisha, The best answer would always come from seeing a picture, and you could email one to me at BMSwisher@aol.com, but here s my answer without: If your fence (your property line) is in a valley , meaning its the lowest point of the yard right...

Landscaping & Design: gardening, charcoal, mulch
charcoal, mulch: Tom, Charcoal is not harmful to plants, however it alone doesn t provide much nutrients to plants. So, to have too much of it in the soil would cause a negative effect because you d then be diluting the nutrients which are in the soil. Some people till...

Landscaping & Design: gravel yard, gravel yard, patios and walkways
gravel yard, patios and walkways, plastic fibers: Hey Teresa, Get the contractor grade weed fabric. It s really thick--the stuff it like canvas, its so strong. It s a layer of fabric, then plastic fibers woven together. Kind of expensive, but will definitely last. Its often used under patios and walkways....

Landscaping & Design: gravel yard, plastic, rocks
plastic, rocks, weeds: Hello, Teresa - NOT black plastic, obviously. Are you happy with the gravel/flat rock arrangement? If so, I would suggest a commercial-grade weed barrier, and not the more flimsy residential stuff that is available at Home Depot/Lowes/WalMart. Spend the...

Landscaping & Design: Root Barriers, root, barrier
root, barrier, tree: Hello, I place no faith at all in root barriers. They do not have a proven track record and often in fact, the tree roots simply go under the barrier or over it in search of water. These barriers have proven useful in clay soil because they can cause the...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape Design, Virginia, plants
Virginia, plants, shrubs: Yes – I also didn t have success with Azaleas as they didn t do well in full sun – maybe it was my poor efforts as they should normally perform better in VA. There are many varieties, and maybe you & I chose the wrong ones. Virginia Tech has an exceptional...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Problem, pests, walkway
pests, walkway, erode: Well hello Northern Virginians! I like in Montgomery County. Get some topsoil, pile it up where the gap is and get a broom stick or shovel handle--poke and shove all that dirt into that hole; the gap between the concrete and the existing grade where...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping under an Overhang, plant, die
plant, die, shade: Hello Peggie, I have been landscaping for myself and others for the past 16 years now, and owned a business for the last 7, so hopefully what I tell you helps--I ve seen and dealt with all these issues. A two foot overhang in and of itself should not create...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, container, shrub
container, shrub, drainage: Hello, A variety of materials could be used as a container for the shrubs,including concrete,brick,wood and stone. The depth of the container would depend on what size the shrubs are. The soil under the driveway should be relatively porous to allow for...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around septic rings, Covering ugly objects in gardens, covering septic tanks with plants
Covering ugly objects in gardens, covering septic tanks with plants, using Iris in gardens: Hello Terry In these cases I find that Iris germanica is a great plant for covering unsightly objects in the garden. Iris germanica is great because they grow almost anywhere, as long as they get some sunshine and they do not need deep soil. If you get...

Landscaping & Design: mass root removal, stump grinder, chemicles
stump grinder, chemicles, root removal: Hey there!! Wow.. thirty years old?! Well, once and shrub gets that old, the roots and trunk definitely become tree like . That being said, you have to take tree-like action. You can use root-rot chemicles but expect a year for the expected outcome...

Landscaping & Design: mazus reptans ground cover, hey julie, activity areas
hey julie, activity areas, ground cover: Hey, Julie. Mazus reptans is not listed as either a deer favorite or one that the deer will avoid. Generally deer will eat just about any plant if the food supply is poor, and as builders and developers continue to build and develop, the food supply...

Landscaping & Design: moss, landscape irrigation, clay soil
landscape irrigation, clay soil, irrigation system: Hey, Will. Moss indicates that your soil is wet all the time. The easiest solution is to cut down on watering, especially since you have a clay soil. If you re not watering, check the downspouts from your roof to see where they are discharging water. Check...

Landscaping & Design: mulching, mulch, termites
mulch, termites, rocks: Hello, Diana - Sorry you ve heard bad things about using mulch near a house, because mulching is one of the very best things you can do for your plants. Here is a comprehensive article about other alternative materials besides wood or pine straw: http://www.savvygardener.com/Features/mulch.html...

Landscaping & Design: Ornamental cherry trees sprouts/suckers, suckers, cherry
suckers, cherry, roots: Hello, Bet: All cherries will sucker if given the opportunity - most heavily in the Spring. This is usually caused by being planted too deeply, excessively pruned or physically damaged. This product may help, but it doesn’t specifically list Cherry trees...

Landscaping & Design: oak trees that are over 35 years old, overgrown, nuisance
overgrown, nuisance, tree: Along with noise, fences, and views, trees are one of the most common issues between neighbors. Since Boca Raton is a larger city, I’d think that You can find your local ordinances regarding Code Compliance online. For Boca Raton, it is located at:...

Landscaping & Design: Patio paver details, pavers, sand
pavers, sand, setting bed: You need to screed your sand to approx 1 thick and dont compact it till you set the pavers on it. I don t know why some say compact and others dont. Try this link for starters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL_ZwbFbb7g Screeding is a process of using...

Landscaping & Design: Plant selection, creeping phlox, dwarf crepe myrtle
creeping phlox, dwarf crepe myrtle, evergreen shrub: Hey there :) Creeping Phlox is nice. (I deff agree with the no ivy !) You can go to tinyurl.com/y62t7a8 for a list of ground cover ideas and pictures. Also look at Alyssum and Tapien. I d be a little hesitant with the Crepe Myrtle in that location--they...

Landscaping & Design: plant, weeds
weeds: And invasive weed like that I would just used roundup on a sponge. The roundup WILL kill anything green, but just use it on a day where no rain is in the forecast for the next 2 days (and no wind). It s the only thing that will definitely solve the problem....

Landscaping & Design: property grading, temporary, grading
temporary, grading, trex: You are right; it really isn t a permanent solution, as soil in contact with wood is a big no-no. Trex, though it is a plastic composite, will retain a certain amount of moisture in contact with the wood. It is your structure, and if you think this fits...

Landscaping & Design: Raised flower bed next to garage, bed, flower
bed, flower, termite: Hello, Locating the bed a mimimum of 5 feet from the wall would be a good way to prevent water collecting around the garage wall,but of course that would not allow you to address the weed problem near the wall. Another option may be to build the bed...

Landscaping & Design: Rocks, Large and mid-size Lots of them, boulders, mining
boulders, mining, selling rocks: Hey there- Go to www.avison.com, it s a stone quarry in Molalla, Oregon. I d start there, ask them some questions. If you just want to bring out some rocks/boulders and sell them, that may be on a smaller scale the actually mining out all the stone--that...

Landscaping & Design: rass Free Yard, weed mat, mulching
weed mat, mulching, weeds: I never recommend any kind of weed mats. The problem is they only work for a year or two then cause major problems. There a marketing dream and many companies are rich off these silly products. If you put down a weed mat and cover it with organic mulch the...

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall perpendicular to slope, walls, narrow
walls, narrow, retaining: Difficult to tell from how you described it. 2-1/2 feet isn t that much of a grade difference, and with 6 feet to work with, and I think you can successfully make an attractive “tiered” or “stair-stepped” retaining wall. Pavestone is a fine product, and...

Landscaping & Design: Source for Pecan Shells for landscaping, mulch suppliers, pecan shells
mulch suppliers, pecan shells, pecan hulls: Great stuff, but its popularity hasn t hit all corners of the market yet. Check all the bulk mulch suppliers around you (also may try calling local landscape companies and asking who they get mulch from). You may have to go far to get it (or they may not...

Landscaping & Design: water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink., swale, sump
swale, sump, pump: Hello, French drains can be useful for intercepting water around the perimeter of a house and thus stop it before it gets to the basement. Perhaps that is what the contractor is suggesting. If the problem is groundwater then a french drain may not be...

Landscaping & Design: Back Yard and two border collies, gravel, mulch
gravel, mulch, dogs: Good evening, Grace - Sorry to hear about your dilemma. I, too, have a collie. Thankfully she is kind to my landscaping. Gravel will work. It will also make it easier to scoop up the inevitable doggie offerings. Can you partition off a dedicated area...

Landscaping & Design: base for stones, patio stones, stepping stones
patio stones, stepping stones, ants: No it won t draw ants. Ants don t like sand more than any other soil. Ants move to find moisture mostly or protection from weather. They may move to the patio but it will be to nest protected under the patio stones, not for the sand. And yes, you do use sand...

Landscaping & Design: covering tree roots, Liming plants? Oak tree species
Liming plants? Oak tree species: Hello Marrue Although I am not familiar with the rock Coquina, I do not feel that the lime content of any gravel could not actually harm an oak tree. We gardener s do actually lime the soil from time to time and this benefits lime-lovers. Oak trees...

Landscaping & Design: Dogwood trees, dogwood, retaining wall
dogwood, retaining wall, roots: Hello, June - According to the National Arboretum, Dogwoods have a shallow, far-reaching root system. http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/dogwoodfaq2.html It is like a wineglass on a dinner plate – the aboveground part is the glass, the roots...

Landscaping & Design: Drain pipe Cover, erosion, concrete
erosion, concrete, metal: Hello, Concrete,metal and plastic garden art is available in the form of fountains and plaques that may suit your tastes and perhaps you could have something custom made,if you dont find something that fits off the rack,so to speak. Perhaps you could place...

Landscaping & Design: decomposed granite pathway, steep path, decomposed granite
steep path, decomposed granite, landscaping design: My response says you should not exceed 1 of fall over 12 in run(length). So if you have a garden that is 10 feet long you ll not want to have more than 10 in grade change from one end to the other. This is not an absolute but rather a recommendation. Slopes...

Landscaping & Design: drainage, filter fabric, french drain
filter fabric, french drain, several inches: Yes it will be fine to have soil on top. I would consider an additional layer of protection by placing filter fabric or silt fabric in the trenches before laying in the stone and pipe. The add the gravel and wrap the filter fabric over the top before covering...

Landscaping & Design: driving on my lawn, gravel, invisible
gravel, invisible, lawn: Hello, Dale - the info you got is entirely accurate. You need a bit more structure than just gravel and turf to both maintain the turf and deter rutting... Here are 5 manufacturers that make mat products designed to work with gravel voids and turf suitabl...

Landscaping & Design: fencing, chain link fence, privacy fence
chain link fence, privacy fence, permision: I am not an attorney so if it ever get serious I would get with a local surveyor and an attorney to discuss your local laws. However, I doubt if your neighbor could take you to court for anything over this kind of issue, but they could probably take the fence...

Landscaping & Design: Grass, shade, tolerant
shade, tolerant, fescue: Hello, First on the list would be fescue. This is a very shade tolerant and hardy grass. Also,there are plants that highly resemble grass such as liriope ( monkey grass ) and the mondo grasses. Shade tolerant ground covers would include pachysandra and...

Landscaping & Design: Grass seed, grass, seed
grass, seed, lawn: One thing that alarms me is the fertilizer. It s okay if the fertilizer was specifically made to use with seed--however if it was a normal fertilizer, than it is to potent and will prohibit that batch of seed from germinating, while weeds are more tolerant...

Landscaping & Design: Loosening soil, lawn, grade
lawn, grade, grass: Depending on the size of your lawn, it may be possible to do it yourself without heavy equipment. Once you have the grass removed, you ll be able to clearly see what you re working with under there. You can shovel up high spots and thow the soil into the...

Landscaping & Design: lawn drainage, pitch, drain
pitch, drain, pipe: Hello, Perhaps the problem is that the outlet for the pipes is not extending past the groundwater. If the entire structure of piping is sitting under groundwater than no positive drainage will take place. To drain groundwater,a herringbone or some other...

Landscaping & Design: making a new plant bed, vegetables, raised
vegetables, raised, beds: There are two generally accepted methods. One is to kill the lawn in place, by capping it with something that will inhibit its growth, like plastic or newspaper (at least 7 sheets thick). The other is mechanical removal (using a spade or mechanical sod...

Landscaping & Design: Plants, pool, chlorine
pool, chlorine, salt: Hello, There have been no reports of chlorine in pool water harming plants. The chlorine level of the pool water is relatively low and is not much greater than the chlorine content of ordinary tap water,which is used to water plants. Salt water is harmful...

Landscaping & Design: Pruning Shrubs, trim, shrubs
trim, shrubs, plants: If you cut back Azaleas in the fall then they won t bloom that next spring. So right after they re done flowering is the time to trim those. The other evergreens (depending on what they are) are most likely pretty hardy and can be trimmed either spring or...

Landscaping & Design: poplar roots, root, manual
root, manual, cutting: Hello, The roots can be removed. Use some type of manual cutting tool or use a stump grinder. A wire saw may prove to be a convenient tool since you would only have to slip it under the root. Burning may also prove effective. This method may stop the roots...

Landscaping & Design: privacy without too many trees, privacy, shrub
privacy, shrub, trellis: Hello, Think about taking out the trees and putting in a fence or wall or a trellis. You might even want to consider an acoustic wall if the traffic noise from the street is a great nuisance. The most effective acoustic wall would be made of concrete boards...

Landscaping & Design: River Rock Creekbed, creek, silt
creek, silt, pool: Hello, Do not place sand or gravel under the rock. The water will simply wash it back out. Sand and gravel placed under the rocks will do nothing to aid drainage with such a large volume of water moving at speed. Since the sand or gravel will likely be...

Landscaping & Design: seeping water in basement, water, flooding
water, flooding, basement: Plants absorb and soak up water bringing the moisture from the soil, up thru the roots, and into the body of the plant. Plants have no power in changing the course or direction of water; planting foundational shrubs along the foundation walls of your home...

Landscaping & Design: small medium strip plants, intersection, visibility triangle
intersection, visibility triangle, plants: Hello, The visibility triangle applies to intersections. Perhaps I misunderstood and there is no intersection but you mentioned not wanting the plants too high and mention another road involved. If there is no intersection then I see no reason for height...

Landscaping & Design: soil washing away around pool enclosure, erosion
erosion: The only way to build up the area that is on a hill is to tier the hill with walls. However your budget doesn t justify that project then here are some other methods to solve the problem: *With any of the below options, you will still build up the...

Landscaping & Design: type of shrubs, privet, juniper
privet, juniper, spruce: Hello, Here is a list of privacy shrubs and trees: Shrubs: juniper spruce arborvitae privet holly forsythia butterfly bush lilac spirea holly (tall varieties) Trees: dogwood crape myrtle serviceberry Mark...

Landscaping & Design: walkway, walkway
walkway: I like these kinds of questions--ones asking for the art and creative parts of landscaping; not just the how-to! I suggest two different options. A natural, dark red brick (there are sooo many different styles and colors of brick, but just and rustic natural...

Landscaping & Design: water soaked aera, water, soaked
water, soaked, plants: Here are twelve that are pretty basic for most areas: www.edgewaterhomeandgarden.com/pdf/Wet_Soils_and_Salt.pdf You ll need to know your USDA ZONE to pick which on this list is right for your area. If you happen to live in sunny Florida, here is a...

Landscaping & Design: Connifer replant, Transplanting conifers? How to transplant trees?
Transplanting conifers? How to transplant trees?: Hello Alma The answer is yes but it clearly has to be done in the correct manner. Ok, evergreens (that includes all conifers) must be moved either in the fall or, better still, in early spring just as growth starts. Dig a big hole, allowing for a...

Landscaping & Design: how to make clay soil more porous, berm, impermeable
berm, impermeable, meadow: Hello, Depending on how fine or coarse,sand has relatively good drainage properties. A good method to make clay more porous is to add organic matter. A small amount of coarse sand or gravel should not cause any problems and certain types of crushed rock...

Landscaping & Design: cost for Laying sod and top soil, price, charge
price, charge, contractor: You ll need to determine what your materials, labor, profit, and overhead costs are. Does this include underground irrigation installation, too? Also access to the site may be an issue. Here in our area, sod runs about $0.30/sf (contractor s cost, delivered)...

Landscaping & Design: edeging around existing trees, tree, trees
tree, trees, tree mulch: Jim: If done properly and at the right age, adding mulch below your trees is a good way to improve the conditions for the tree and improve the appearance of your yard. To start with, I do not recommend plastic edging. I recommend either no edging, which requires...

Landscaping & Design: erosion, draining terraces, french drains
draining terraces, french drains, soil erosion: Hello Dan, sorry if I couldn t get back to you sooner. By far the best solution would be, yes to terrace the slope, either with walls or landscape timber and then to add what is called a French drain . A French drain system is simply a flexible plastic...

Landscaping & Design: fenign around outside air conditioner, c unit, matter what type
c unit, matter what type, work space: Hey, Les. It doesn t really matter what type of fence you put up, but make sure that there is adequate work space between the fence and the a/c unit. The work space will also ensure that your a/c unit keeps working properly since it needs good air flow...

Landscaping & Design: Garden Path Border Plants, border, path
border, path, garden: Hello, Traditional plants for such a purpose would include: astilbe perrenial cornflower siberian wallflower coreopsis fringed bleeding heart mist flower hemerocalllis middendorfi herchera angguinea hosta herbaceous spirea...

Landscaping & Design: Heavy Rains Wash Out Soil, water, rock
water, rock, fill: Hello, I do not believe that fill will prove to be of value as long as erosion is taking place. It would have been nice to have a look at whats over the fence and have some idea of where the water is coming from and how much water is involved. The best...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda Trees, jacaranda, tree
jacaranda, tree, cherry: Hello, There have been reports of this tree growing in the Fresno area but for each individual case it would be an uncertain proposition,so I would not recommend it. The Fresno area may be too far north for the jacaranda tree. The jacaranda tree is most...

Landscaping & Design: Large limestone rocks around trees, arborist, trees
arborist, trees, health: Limestone is actually a good thing in regard to pH balance & acid rain issues. It also helps with heavy clay soils, but only if it is in powder form... http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/196soil.html I don t know what kind of tree you have, and...

Landscaping & Design: Patio water puddle, sean murphy, landscape
sean murphy, landscape, concrete: Erica: If you don t get immediate acknowledgement that they plan to fix this, I would threaten to file suit immediately in a certified letter, I would also threaten to call BBB and file a complaint with local permitting authorities (the City). They absolutely...

Landscaping & Design: planting between slate stone, Planting paving cracks
Planting paving cracks: Hello Claudia and Tom Quite honestly, if plants like sedum and baby s tears are not growing in the cracks there is neither sufficient sunlight or sufficient shade to support the growth of these two plant species. Sedum requires hot sun and baby s tears...

Landscaping & Design: porcelain tile patio, chess, tile
chess, tile, set: You can set tile onto concrete using either outdoor rated epoxy or thin-set mortar, if you find glazed tile that meet your needs, in terms of size %26 color. I would caution you regarding a transition from the concrete surface to the tile/playing surface...

Landscaping & Design: preventing soil erosion using retaining wall, retaining, wood
retaining, wood, wall: There are a number of excellent how to sites on the web that can answer the nuts and bolts of how you assemble a pressure-treated wood retaining wall. Here are a few: http://www.ehow.com/how_10151_build-simple-reinforced.html http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Outdoor-Projects/Backyard-Structures/Retaining-Walls/how-to-build-a-treated-wood-retaining-wall...

Landscaping & Design: prices and lawn care, mowing, landscaping
mowing, landscaping, roads: To place bids for mowing the right of ways and medians for roads you need to get in touch with the municipal agency that owns the roads. It may be the state, a county, or City. In some casees it may be a private road in a subdivision in which case you ld have...

Landscaping & Design: Raised flower bed against brick wall, waterproofing, flowerbeds
waterproofing, flowerbeds, raised gardens: Matt: Not to be sarcastic but the best way to ensure you don t cause serious damage to your home including water damage and mold is NOT to pile dirt against the house. It s not worth the chance and neither you nor I is qualified to properly waterproof this...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining wall, retaining, wall
retaining, wall, soil: Hello, If you just want something to trap debri,a fence or wall would be more in order,not a heavy timber retaining wall. If there is erosion, use plants in the area suited for the purpose of erosion control. This would be the least expensive option but...

Landscaping & Design: Rock Quarry Patio, mortar, sand
mortar, sand, agent: Hello, Perhaps the binding agent added to the sand used failed or if a pre-mixed paving joint sand compound was used,perhaps it was not handled properly. The sand could be too fine and is now washing out. If what was used was some kind of semi-dry mortar...

Landscaping & Design: railroad ties..., railroad ties, landscaping
railroad ties, landscaping, retaining soil with railroad ties: Thanks, I ve just never heard them (railway sleepers) named in that way, these Brits hey? Ok, the creosote, although still maintaining the timber disease free for many years, will have leached any dangerous toxins over time that might otherwise leach free...

Landscaping & Design: replace a tiny pond with slate or brick, birck, slate
birck, slate, landscape: Try a red bud for a smaller tree. I m not that familiar with your area though so you may want to contact your local county extension office or nursery for a list of good trees specific to your area and climate. Not sure what you mean by more seating? That...

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall, retaining, wall
retaining, wall, swale: Hello, Place drainage gravel no larger than 3/4 inch at the face of the wall. Make the width about 2 feet and take it to about 1 foot from the top of the wall. A drainage pipe placed at the bottom of the wall may also be helpful and to further aid drainage,place...

Landscaping & Design: Cutting Block, retaining wall block, home depot
retaining wall block, home depot, tool rental: You need a masonry saw. Rent it from tool rental. They are gas powered. You can cut one inch and then use a chisel but that will still result in a jagged edge. If you want smooth all the way the only answer is a masonry saw. Good Luck www.seanjmurphy.co...

Landscaping & Design: Flower bed, grass, flowers
grass, flowers, soil: Hello, Actually it would not be a good idea to plant the flowers immediately after working the grass into the soil because certain microbial activity will then be taking place in the break down of the grass and that will interfere with the growth processes...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone pathway, base, compact
base, compact, flagstone: I would agree - sort of like skateboarding on marbles. My preference would be to use road base which is a mixture of different size particles, from gravel to sand, that compacts very firmly. Another alternative base material is what is called crusher...

Landscaping & Design: Italian cypress, lombardy, poplar
lombardy, poplar, thuja: Hello, You are located too far north for italian cypress. I would not recommend italian cypress for a residence anyway because it looks too formal and out of scale in residential settings. I would suggest the following pyramidal shaped privacy plants:...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Design rates, travel charges, landscape
travel charges, landscape, design: Dear Carla: If the designer is not also installing the plan then the only way he/she makes money is selling you his/her expertise which is essentially their time. Some designers include a high enough fee or require a minimum number of hours to cover their...

Landscaping & Design: Need ideas, ditch, drainage
ditch, drainage, retention: Hello, I would first look into draining the water away to an outlet. If the outlet would be on city property you will have to apply for a permit to drain to it. Perhaps you could install a perforated drain pipe and cover it with soil and gravel and create...

Landscaping & Design: Raising Grade - Saving Spruce Trees, move, raising grade
move, raising grade, roots: WOW - what a challenge. I would suggest you hire a local arborist for a consult. I doubt you ll get a 50% success from this pipe method or any other mechanical method. It would be closer to 20:80 mortality, if I had to lay odds. The sheer weight* of 5...

Landscaping & Design: Removing "scrub trees", chain link fence, ivys
chain link fence, ivys, grapevine: Hi Jean, Cutting down the trees (with whatever is handy, chain or reciprocating or good old fashioned tree saw) is the way to go. For the vine, you can cut at the base and then wait for it to die off, that s the easiest way to tear it down. You can use...

Landscaping & Design: Sealing Walkway, sealing concrete, sealing stone
sealing concrete, sealing stone, sealant: John: First, if there stones are set on sand and not set in concrete then any mortar you put down between the joints will just crack and come up when the first frost heaves the soil beneath and moves the stones. However, if you have a slab and the stones...

Landscaping & Design: soften a retaining wall with plants, Plants to cover walls?
Plants to cover walls?: Hi Sarah Yes, ivy is probably the wisest choice but I would look at a few other plants too. Take a look at Rhynchospernum jasmoinoides as this has evergreen foliage, it drapes and has perfumed flowers in the summer but it can t stand heavy frosts. ...

Landscaping & Design: trees near pool, deck, and driveway, pool, thuja
pool, thuja, shade: Hello, Below is a list of flowering and non-flowering evergreen street trees. Limiting yourself to non-flowering will reduce your choices,so you may want to reconsider that. None of these trees will do well in wet soil. If the soil floods and then drains...

Landscaping & Design: UBC & laws/codes re: Plants, juniper, UBC
juniper, UBC, boulder city: Nope - No such law. I think he may be referring to possible LOCAL codes (like Lake Tahoe s TRPA), or Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) suggesting the restricting of juniper planting in defensible zones. NDF has a booklet that refers juniper as little...

Landscaping & Design: Wooded area to landscape, woodland landscapes, forest landscaping
woodland landscapes, forest landscaping, woods: Tracy: Question for you...If you bought a beautiful house in the mountains...why did you buy it? Wasn t it to get away from all the mundane city life and the dull manicured over maintained, over fertilized and heavily sprayed landscapes of the suburbs?...

Landscaping & Design: walkway using rocks?, cardboard boxes, weed barrier
cardboard boxes, weed barrier, main objective: Hey, Timothy. I ve used cardboard and newspaper as a weed barrier before, and it works quite well. I call it the poor man s weed fabric, but really it s just a way to recycle cardboard and newspaper rather than throwing it in the landfill. As to crusher...

Landscaping & Design: watering in Indiana, irrigation, timing
irrigation, timing, indiana: Hello, Don - congratulations on your new home. I will try and answer in generalities, as the information you gave is pretty broad - such as how big an area to irrigate, the types of plants (shrubs, trees, lawn), etc. You will need to take a look at what...

Landscaping & Design: Angle of sun, AC, enclose
AC, enclose, enclosure: Richard, Don t believe the hype! Sun on your condensing unit is most likely not costing you significant money. More than likely it is the loss of shade on your house that is the real issue. I have never heard that sun on a condensing unit can cost a significant...

Landscaping & Design: Arborvitae evergreen tree, arborvitae, evergreen tree
arborvitae, evergreen tree, thanks in advance: George: No, although there are many types of Arborvitae, this genus is not typically associated with shade loving trees. On the contrary they usually prefer some sun. However many varieties will do well in part shade. There are very few trees that will remain...

Landscaping & Design: anchoring a piece of fence, Hiding garden eyesores, anchoring a piece of fence
Hiding garden eyesores, anchoring a piece of fence: Hello Carl In a case of this kind I would recommend using a concrete base in which the spikes can then slide. Use some hollow metal poles with the correct diameter and set them in a small amount of concrete (a footing) and set them below the soil s surface....

Landscaping & Design: arch symbol for rrties, railroad ties, drafing
railroad ties, drafing, symbols: There is no specific railroad tie symbol. Showing a piece of dimensional lumber on end (in section view) has, for many years, been conventionally shown as a square with an X through it. Here is a website with a standard architectural symbol for rough...

Landscaping & Design: Brick Walk-Stairway Rebuild, pavers, steps
pavers, steps, geotextile: First you have to stop the water problem. For this sand to have washed there must be a problem with water intrusion into the base material. It is highly likely the bricks were loosely fit into the spaces with large gaps filled with sand and not cut to be tightly...

Landscaping & Design: backyard weeds, sod, weeds
sod, weeds, prep: Hello, Jacob - Well, what you have now is really already a form of xeriscape. Your weeds have probably already gone to seed, so next year s crop, in seed-form, is cocked and ready to fire, next spring. The best time to kill them is when they emerge as...

Landscaping & Design: brick patio drainage, patio drainage, drains
patio drainage, drains, patio: You could certainly do a French drain but the wisteria roots would likely clogg it in short order. Instead install an small flat topped area drain maybe a 6x6 or 12x12 at the largest and pipe it around the corner of the hose to a lower elevation. You will...

Landscaping & Design: curb appeal, open beams, porch roof
open beams, porch roof, tall fence: Thanks for the clarification. As to the ugly brown brick, white wash may be the right solution. Here, concrete brick and “slump” stone (a kind of adobe looking large brick) is routinely painted over. You’ve got to live with it, too. I just wanted to warn...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage, plants that assist with drainage problems, drainage around house
plants that assist with drainage problems, drainage around house: Hello David Mmm this is tricky because the roots of most plants are notorious for penetrating the sealing membranes on houses and any large shrub will definitely not help for that reason. However, perennial plants like Acanthus mollis will consume water...

Landscaping & Design: Flagstone Look alikes, stamped concrete, flagstone
stamped concrete, flagstone, walkway: I would do irregular shaped real stone. You can buy a full ton of stone (2000lbs) for around $100-130 here in GA. It s not likely you ll find concrete steeping stones any cheaper to cover the same area. Cut flag stone (rectangular stones shaped like flags)is...

Landscaping & Design: Fountain splashing, fountain, splashing
fountain, splashing, water: Filter media! You can buy it at any home or hardware store. It is a mesh fiber a lot like steel wool. That is typically used in air conditioning units to filter dust. You can buy it in large sheets and cut as needed. Its about 1 thick. It will basically break...

Landscaping & Design: French drain in winter, catch, basin
catch, basin, berm: Hello, I would suggest the idea of intercepting the water before it reaches the area. This can be done by ditch,swale,trench drains or catch basins. Filter fabric can be omitted if the pitch of the pipe is steep enough to allow fine sediment to be flushed...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping as a profession, trade, designer
trade, designer, architect: Hello, As stated in my profile,I am not a landscaper. I only do design work,no actual landscaping. I am not aware of any publications or trade shows concerning installation of landscapes. I read grounds magazine on the net sometimes but this is geared...

Landscaping & Design: what can be put in a landscaping easement, easement, landscape
easement, landscape, erosion: Hello, You should contact the owner of the easement and request permission to drain the water. Permission to run the pipe is subject to what impact it would have on the area;for instance,will it cause flooding or erosion. Good luck. Let me know if I can...

Landscaping & Design: ligustrum "hole", ligustrum, pruning
ligustrum, pruning, holes: If there is sun on that side of the tree and the tree is healthy it should fill in within a couple years. You may try training a few local(adjacent) branches to grow in the direction of the hole to fill it in faster. You can do this by bending small branches...

Landscaping & Design: Murphy's Garden Art, Murphy's Garden Art, 1616 Gardens
Murphy's Garden Art, 1616 Gardens, Murphys: Murphy moved to Morganton, Ga (near Blairsville) and is running a private invitation only sculpture garden and garden art business on her 10 acre property near Lake Nottley. Please email me at sean@seanjmurphy.com and I will send you her contact information...

Landscaping & Design: Prevention of sand build-up in cobble stone drainage, monsoon storms, arroyo city
monsoon storms, arroyo city, water spillage: Similar by what you are describing to the dry streams we will often build here in the Northeast to handle run off water and add aesthetic interest to a natural water course. What you may be able to do is raise the cobbled portion by adding a metal screening...

Landscaping & Design: planting pots, planting pots, weed barrier
planting pots, weed barrier, empty pot: The heat from the stones, as well as the weight itself; has probably precluded the Dianthus from doing well this year. Yes, you can absolutely change the plant material from season to season by sinking the pots. Remember to water more often, the container...

Landscaping & Design: planting a replacement tree, stump, root
stump, root, hoe: Hello, It would be desirable to remove the entire stump to eliminate the possibility of sprouts coming back up from the stump and roots. A stump grinder will cut down to about 1 foot. A tine trencher could be used. This piece of equipment will cut to 3...

Landscaping & Design: replanting a 20 yr old Blue Spruce, transplant, tree
transplant, tree, spruce: You are on the top end of tree sizes that are required to be moved with a spade on a truck. Here is a good PDF link that helps you plan for this challenge; The document is third PDF from the bottom ( Tree Transplanting with a Tree Spade ) http://www.destitotree.com/tree_articles.htm...

Landscaping & Design: Small Backyard facing golf course, patio, screening
patio, screening, golf: Sorry for the delay, Pam. Offending neighbors is a gift of mine – Seriously, you bought the house, not your neighbors. If your CC&Rs don’t preclude you from putting up barriers or landscaping to give you some privacy, go for it. The best way to not offend...

Landscaping & Design: Water accumulation on unistone, unistone, paver
unistone, paver, drainage: Hello, First,if settlement of the pavers has occured,you might want to think about having them reset. Sounds like settlement may be the cause for the water not draining or perhaps the pavers were just not set to a steep enough pitch to allow for water drainage....

Landscaping & Design: Water Feature Repair, epoxy sealant, copper pipe
epoxy sealant, copper pipe, repair question: I may have miss used the term as there appears to be use of this term to describe a device in a floor drain that keeps the water from swirling as it drains. However my understanding from past fountain projects, if I am remembering the correct term, was that...

Landscaping & Design: Carrotwood Tree Roots, carrotwood, tree
carrotwood, tree, roots: Hello, Kameron - Well a Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) tree is a very nice plant, and from what you ve told me I think it is as big as it is going to get. Therefore any potential damage is already done, and removal would not be necessary. It is considered...

Landscaping & Design: catch basin calculation, drainage, pipes
drainage, pipes, catch basin: Hi, Ralph: Kind of a loaded question. It depends on a few more drainage factors like how much & how hard the rain typically falls in your area, what kind of surface is draining to the basin, how much slope the pipe is going to have, and where you want the...

Landscaping & Design: Damage to Brick Pavers, sean murphy, pavers
sean murphy, pavers, spalling: I know of only three reasons you could be getting new holes in bricks. But all depends on what your bricks are made of. Are they concrete pavers or are the clay pavers...both commonly called brick. 1. The most likely scenario is that the bricks are possibly...

Landscaping & Design: dying cedars, concrete, dust
concrete, dust, sodium: Hello, Concrete contains sodium hydroxide. Plants are very sensitive to any salt (sodium) and can be readily killed by it. The alkalinity of the concrete dust would also act to kill plants. The only advice I can give is to hose down the cedar and hope it...

Landscaping & Design: English Ivy, adhd child, poison ivy
adhd child, poison ivy, english ivy: Dear Michelle, I completely understand your concern. You are speaking to the mother of a severely ADHD child who, as a little guy, decided to taste what poison was like and proceeded to drink some herbicide. Luckily, since he doesn t depend on photosynthesis...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone pathway, falgstone, lawn
falgstone, lawn, harsh: Standard flagstone installation in on compacted, crushed limestone base: http://www.ehow.com/way_5484079_laying-flagstone-patio.html Here is the standard installation, where the joints are filled with grass: http://www.ehow.com/how_2007359_install-flagstone-patio.html...

Landscaping & Design: HIllside - Clay - Rocks, slope, hosta
slope, hosta, azalea: Hello, First,that hill looks pretty stripped of vegetation and so look into planting some shade tolerant,soil holding ground cover,preferably something that can also act to slow the water down on the hill as that may be a contributing factor to the flooding....

Landscaping & Design: patio edgers, patio drainage, storms
patio drainage, storms, rain: Karen: You have two separate issues: 1. Storm water washing mud into your patio. 2. Ground water washing away the sub-base of your patio. The solution for both is the same. You must stop or significantly reduce the water from traveling over or under...

Landscaping & Design: Redirecting rain water from the house, catch, basin
catch, basin, pipe: Hello, I would suggest building a swale around your house. The french drains may be carrying some water away but it doesnt appear they are effective to control flooding around your home. If the french drains were not covered by the sod and had an open design...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining Wall on Slop, walls, concrete
walls, concrete, block: If you are referring to the wall being level (up and down vertically) then no it should not be straight. It should have a batter (step back at each course of block) as it does in the pictures. That appears correct, although it looks quite sloppy(not even)....

Landscaping & Design: transplanting blue spruce, fall, transplant
fall, transplant, spruce: You should still have time - fall is an excellent time to transplant. You can transplant them up until your first frost. Local contractors will plant up until the first hard freeze, but it gets dicey much past cold nights and warm days. Be sure and water...

Landscaping & Design: Backyard Drainage Problems, french drain, seepage
french drain, seepage, spring: Brian: Thanks for your interest in All Experts. This is a good question to ask before you buy this property. For starters unless this house is just too good to pass up for other reasons like a great price well below market, I would consider looking at...

Landscaping & Design: mark up for landscape project, gross profit margin, landscape project
gross profit margin, landscape project, rule of thumb: Your GPM (gross profit margin) will be based on different markups for different types of work. You can, as a new contractor, put 20% markup on RETAIL (not your cost) for plant and other materials. Labor should be decided as a per hour rate that you sell...

Landscaping & Design: Plat knowledge...putting up a fence, surveying, boundary
surveying, boundary, fence: Hello, Kat - This is the first time you ve asked me this Q., but sadly not the first time I ve answered other homeowner s about it. Surveying is not just finding monuments and markers, but verifying the other guy s work, even from 20+ years ago. The appropriate...

Landscaping & Design: small land/mudslide advice, slope stability, mud slide
slope stability, mud slide, landscape: Miriam: Here in Georgia I have little to no experience with this as we don t have land slides. However, I suspect that a well qualified Landscape Architect in your area may be at least partially qualified. If not, they may be able to provide some advice as...

Landscaping & Design: ?, precise answer, sprouts
precise answer, sprouts, grass: Greetings! Your question makes me think in the terms of grass, your lawn. People cut their grass and it still keeps growing. The grass is young sprouts and the tips are cut off during the mowing process and it keeps grows and does not die. Many times when...

Landscaping & Design: Designing around a catch basin, rain, flooding
rain, flooding, ponding: You need to see if there is a recorded storm drain or detention pond easement on your plat registered with the local County. If there is, then you probably can not do anything with the ponding area if it was designed for that purpose specifically. However...

Landscaping & Design: raised flower bed, weep holes, stone veneer
weep holes, stone veneer, flower beds: Are these flower beds built on top of dirt or soil? Is so, you should not need any weep holes unless the soil is all clay and does not percolate. If it is on concrete and has no gaps at the bottom then yes adding some holes about 3/4 would be good. One every...

Landscaping & Design: front yard/porch, knee jerk reaction, pieris
knee jerk reaction, pieris, rhodie: Dear Samantha, Sorry for the delay, I just now received the photo of your front landscape. I would either remove the tall Pieris on the right, or underplant it with another low shrub to disguise the legginess of the plant. If you choose to underplant,...

Landscaping & Design: patio-maple tree roots, gravel, patio
gravel, patio, tree: Hello: Gravel will not make a good patio surface and it is not advisable to cut tree roots. Your options would be to remove the tree or locate the patio away from the tree so that the roots will not interfere And perhaps another option would be to construct...

Landscaping & Design: swampy area, drainage, field
drainage, field, pipe: Hello: I would suggest field drainage (a system of perforated pipes) perhaps combined with interception ditches on the hill. Dewatering wells could also supplement the field drainage. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website...

Landscaping & Design: Walkway woes, Italianate Landscape, Garden
Italianate Landscape, Garden, Design: Dear Heather, You re a neighbor... we re in New York and the majority of our clients are in Connecticut. For your walkway, what I would suggest is something evergreen or semi-evergreen with a mounded effect to compliment your European style of landscape....

Landscaping & Design: drainage, new patio over old patio, stone
new patio over old patio, stone, patios: Hi Brian: Sounds complicated. Putting a new patio over an old could create a very saturated condition surrounding the patio. A couple thoughts come to mind; 1. Best solution would be to remove old slab first. 2. Be sure if you are raising the new patio...

Landscaping & Design: fencing, zinc, galvanized
zinc, galvanized, hot dipped: While this is really not my area of expertise I will try and tell you want I know. What is the difference between zinc and galvanized? Both zinc plating and galvanizing applies a zinc plating. So they both use zinc. The big difference is in thickness, zinc...

Landscaping & Design: appropriate plants for east facing homes, china, rose
china, rose, shrub: Hello, The yew will produce a red berry in winter but here are 2 more shrubs that produce flowers: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Blue flowers. Grows to 3 feet. China rose (Rosa chinensis) Pink and red flowers. Grows to 5 feet. All the...

Landscaping & Design: Jacaranda Sapling, Jacaranda, zones
Jacaranda, zones: Native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of South America, the two most common Jacaranda varieties, the J. mimosifolia & J. acutifolia can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees. There are 47 other species, not all commercially grown, and these may...

Landscaping & Design: non-evergreen bush, white, flowers
white, flowers, forsythia: These plants may fit your description: Chionanthus virginicus/Fringe tree *My best guess* This is a pretty cool plant. Eugenia uniflora/Pitanga tree Viburnum odoratissimum/Sweet Viburnum Viburnum rufidulum/Rusty Black-haw or Southern Black-haw Photinia...

Landscaping & Design: Plants/shrubs for east facing home, indian hawthorn, society garlic
indian hawthorn, society garlic, garlic lover: Greetings! I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, however my family has been dealing with some illness and accidents for the past several months. I am located in Florida, however many of our plants are used in your area. Check with the Enchanted...

Landscaping & Design: savannah holly, hey pam, pine needles
hey pam, pine needles, root system: Hey, Pam. The best way to answer that question is, Would I do that to my own property? My answer would be yes. The savannah holly doesn t have a huge, destructive root system, so it should be okay, and I really like your idea of covering the water...

Landscaping & Design: front yard, touch foundation, concrete barrier
touch foundation, concrete barrier, foundation walls: Unfortunately, there is no way to have soil and keep it from the house unless you were to put some sort of buffer between the two, like a concrete barrier that might have gravel against the house itself. Since you ve already had termite trouble, I would...

Landscaping & Design: acrylic stain over acid stained patio, acrylic stain, colored concrete
acrylic stain, colored concrete, 2 birds: Hey Ben. Great question. I will be very upfront here. I have limited technical knowledge in this area as I am more specialized in the use of natural stone. Also, I find a lot of controversial issues in dealing with concrete. We all do things a little bit differently...

Landscaping & Design: adding concrete to back yard, sean murphy, concrete
sean murphy, concrete, weeds: No you don t need to kill one little weed before putting down concrete if you only have one or two. The concrete will kill everything under it. However, if you have sod or a whole bunch of weeds in masses then you do want to remove them with a shovel and expose...

Landscaping & Design: Concrete mixed with dirt, poison, herbicide
poison, herbicide, grass: Hello: I do not support poisoning the soil in any circumstances. There are other ways to do this then what you are proposing. I have no idea about how much salt and lime poisoning will occur because I do not know the amount of concrete you are talking...

Landscaping & Design: depth of grape trellis post, grapes, trellis
grapes, trellis, trelliage: They need to be 24 inches deep to support the future weight of mature vines and set in concrete not blocks. Best of luck/ Sean J Murphy, RLA, ISA, LEED AP Check out my landscape websites at http://www.seanjmurphy.com and http://amenityarchitects.com...

Landscaping & Design: depth for grape trellis post, trellis, pier
trellis, pier, ground: Hello: The 2 by 4 pieces are not rated for ground contact. Anchor the posts to piers above ground. Your frost depth varies from 0 to 6 inches,so depth would not even be an issue as far as frost heave is concerned. You would only have to anchor the piers...

Landscaping & Design: Ep Henry Patio, slate, patio
slate, patio, sean murphy: Mike: To demo an old patio with slate they will have some significant labor to remove the old mortar bed. The demolition and surface preparation, depending on the access, haul off and dump fees, could be a couple hundred dollars before you even start the repaving....

Landscaping & Design: planting ideas, lambs ear, water usage
Landscaping & Design: planting ideas, lambs ear, water usage, rosemary

Landscaping & Design: fencing, redwood fence, fence height
redwood fence, fence height, restrictive covenants: If you own the fence (100% on your property) then they are responsible for the damage and you have every legal right to sue them for the damages. I am not a lawyer, but that is pretty straight forward. I wouldn t recommend going down that road though because...

Landscaping & Design: flower bed around porch, boxwood shrubs, tiki torch
boxwood shrubs, tiki torch, plants flowers: Dear Jamie, You ve been busy! In addition to the Marigolds and Dahlias you already have on hand, I think Echinecea would be lovely - particularly the Tiki Torch variety which is a wonderful orange accompaniment to the colors you already have. Also Daylily,...

Landscaping & Design: flower bed around my porch, mississippi, perennials
mississippi, perennials: 1. Do I have any better suggestions for placing plants and the appropriate kinds to have there? Here are two really good websites, with good plant suggestions that are Mississippi specific, brought to you by the MSU Ag extension: http://msucares.com/lawn/index.html...

Landscaping & Design: low maintenance, honey bees, autumn joy
honey bees, autumn joy, bumble bees: Hi Elsa, Unfortunately, anything with bloom that thrives in full sun will also attract bees. But with that said, you re going to get honey bees and bumble bees, not wasps or yellow jackets. If you want to preclude bees in general, you can opt for...

Landscaping & Design: Noise reduction from 4 Wheelers, decibel level, 4 wheelers
decibel level, 4 wheelers, noise reduction: Dear Stephanie, I am sorry for the delay in responding! I had responded previously but apparently my answer to you was lost in cyberspace. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to clock that kind of noise organically. A screening of very large...

Landscaping & Design: Property Grading, street view, foot drop
street view, foot drop, water table: sorry Robert without being there I can really tell you what else to do. Sounds like a really bad lot. French drains wont work well at all at 1% slopes, they will hold water at that slop. Raising the house would likely cost between $10,000 and $20,000 in my...

Landscaping & Design: planting ideas, weep screed, termite problems
weep screed, termite problems, stucco wall: Hey, Elsa. I ll be in Chula Vista next week. I ll be in the 91910 zip code on Date Avenue. It will be sometime between Wednesday and Saturday. If that s not too late, I d be happy to stop by. Let me know. You can also call me at 619-341-0173. Russe...

Landscaping & Design: price of a nice garden, landscape costs, landscaping costs
landscape costs, landscaping costs, cost to landscape: I am not familiar with your local labor rates, however in the southeast this would likely cost between $7000 and $10,000. But that is really a guess as your description is pretty vague. I hope that helps. Sean J Murphy, ISA, RLA, LEED AP Please check...

Landscaping & Design: Stone border for raised flower bed, stone, weight
stone, weight, slate: Hello: You have to determine how many cubic feet of stone you need. The stone is sold by weight but in what dimensions? It is either in cubic feet or cubic yards. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/marklan...

Landscaping & Design: suggestions on types of flowers to plant around my porch which has boxwood shrubs, boxwood shrubs, plants flowers
boxwood shrubs, plants flowers, types of flowers: Greetings Jamie! You have such a beautiful house, porch and yard and you are asking me for additional advice and direction! I am honored, however I believe you are planting too many annuals with the hopes of year round color. Have you considered Knock-out...

Landscaping & Design: Water drainage major problem, drainage, subdrain
drainage, subdrain, french drain: I hear you, James. Our area got 200%+ of snow this year, and we’re all concerned with a possible warm spell. Your plan sounds like it will work, overall. You have option besides renting a full backhoe (http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/engines-equipment/backhoe-loader9.htm),...

Landscaping & Design: Above ground fire pit., fire, pit
fire, pit, pits: Rob: On the issue with your fire pit s concrete support table, without specific details of the concrete construction and design I am taking an educated guess here...but the main issue with your fire pit table construction is likely in the design of the concrete...

Landscaping & Design: concrete foundation+dirt flower bed, garden waterproofing, rain
garden waterproofing, rain, water: Leslie: You need to do one of two things to ensure you do not get water in the wall. First you could create separation between the wall by building a back wall into your planter and leaving a 1 gap. Second you could seal the wall with a water proof membrane...

Landscaping & Design: Deck paint color?, stain, latex
stain, latex, rubber: Hello: Paint will start to peel in about 3 to 8 years so it wouldnt necessarily last longer than stain. While some exterior paints are of the chalking (slowly washes off but does not peel) type,this type of paint is not suitable for a deck because it will...

Landscaping & Design: footing design, proper compaction, footing design
proper compaction, footing design, design question: Do you have any pictures of this? I am reluctant to give you any advise on a footing without seeing what you are dealing with. If you cannot pack the subsoil under your footing, your project may be doomed. Your best course of action here is to have some...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape design, trampoline, pit
trampoline, pit, retaining walls: Hi, Tiffany - Here is a company with a patented system. They use a modified sheet-piling. Their istruction manual shows how it assembles together: http://in-groundtrampolines.com/installation.html You don t need big concrete or timber retaining walls,...

Landscaping & Design: Low side yard with ground level bsmnt. windows, drainage issues, drainage problem
drainage issues, drainage problem, ac units: Hi Greg. I can t fully visualize this in my head. Is it possible for you to send a picture of this side yard? This would help me greatly. I have dealt with many drainage issues in the past with my landscaping, and would love to help you if I can. Sometimes...

Landscaping & Design: Mulch on hill, mulch
mulch: Steep hills don t hold mulch well. It also depends on the type of mulch material. Large rocks will stay on a steeper slope; bark mulch won t. I ve used jute matting, pinned to the slope, so as to create a rough surface. Then place bark mulch on top of that....

Landscaping & Design: matching home brick front, color, elevation
color, elevation, 3D: Hello: The color would be completely subjective. Either a light or dark color or somewhere in between would look good depending on what you prefer. Have an elevation,3D or perspective drawing done and see what color appeals to you. Or,gather similar...

Landscaping & Design: Patio edge drainage, curb, catch
curb, catch, basin: Hello: The best solution would be to regrade the slope toward the curb but if that is not possible than various drainage devices should be considered. I would think about using a trench drain,catch basin,french drain or a soakaway. With the patio sloping...

Landscaping & Design: Paver weeds problem, landscape fabric, polymeric sand
landscape fabric, polymeric sand, industry norm: Even if you decide to do planting between the cracks, it will require quite a bit of work. The joints are pretty small on your patio. Other things to consider with planting between the joints. Controlling the growth and size. Soil, light, water, requirements...

Landscaping & Design: Paver installation on gravel driveway, pavers, sand
pavers, sand, screed: Thomas: It is really hard to evaluate the base preparation just from this description. I suggest your use a shovel and check a few places to be sure the gravel and base is fairly uniform and well compacted. If you find that it is thin in places it may not...

Landscaping & Design: Planting a Pear tree near a retaining wall, types of pear trees, nectarine tree
types of pear trees, nectarine tree, drip zone: Hi Sunny. It really depends on the individual tree for deciding how close to any wall or structure it can be planted. There are also different types of pear trees and the root systems can vary between varieties. (Not a major factor with pears though). I wish...

Landscaping & Design: Please help ID this plant, oregon grape holly, shady landscape
oregon grape holly, shady landscape, will find additional information: Greetings Steve! The plant in question is an Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia augustifolia), which has been one of my favorite plants. It loves shady areas; has an edible fruit; is very durable to most conditions; and is a wonderful accent in any shady landscape....

Landscaping & Design: Preparing mulch beds, mulch beds, mulch bed
mulch beds, mulch bed, sod cutter: I understand what you are saying about not wanting to put in a lot of time. I have never used tarpaulin before. It s not a common question to run across. I am sure it will be fine. I guess my point is that it may work, and may be fine, but I would not want...

Landscaping & Design: Property divider, allee, tree
allee, tree, hedge: Hello: I would suggest the following,used singly or in combination: Allee Trees Fence Wall Low Wall Hedge Here is a list of allee trees: Allee Elm (good canopy tree,can be planted at large size) Linden (street and canopy tree)...

Landscaping & Design: poor drainage, drainage issues, drainage problem
drainage issues, drainage problem, ncsu edu: Dear Joe, Without knowing where you live, I can t give you any specifics - it s too contingent on the local climate. However, here s a link to a list of trees that love wet feet . It s a great idea to use a moisture loving tree to help drainage issues....

Landscaping & Design: Red Apple Ice Plant, weed, barrier
weed, barrier, fabric: Hello: In order of effectiveness,economy and simplicity,consider the following: 1) Mulch. 2) Weed barrier fabric. 3) Weed blocking companion plants. 4) Herbicide. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at:...

Landscaping & Design: sealing stamped concrete, stamped concrete, stamping concrete
stamped concrete, stamping concrete, stain: Stamped concrete is a simple process that has these basic steps: 1. Pour colored concrete 2. Float concrete and lightly trowel Optional, add color hardener to some areas to create a mottled natural look 3. Allow concrete to partially harden 4. At the...

Landscaping & Design: stamp concrete for spansih style home, mediterranian, color
mediterranian, color, stamp: Sunbath is a lovely color, and it looks very similar to the color of your house, now. Behr does a wonderful job of pairing colors for homeowners who are timid and hesitant to mix the wrong ones together. In your case, the Behr exterior guide suggests...

Landscaping & Design: stop erosion around new culvert pipe, rain runoff, landscape fabric
rain runoff, landscape fabric, runoff water: You have options here Becky. It depends on your budget and what you like. When dealing with erosion, I would love to have a picture if possible. If a client called me with this question, I would want to visit the yard on a rainy day. My main concern with erosion...

Landscaping & Design: Thuja Green Giant, thuja, giant
thuja, giant, green: Hello: The spacing would depend on how dense you want the screening effect to be. I would consider 8 feet to be too far apart. I would recommend from 5 to 6 feet spacing on center. The spread of thuja giant is from 12 to 20 feet. The thuja has a pyradmidal...

Landscaping & Design: Thuja Green Giant, arizona cypress, leyland cypress
arizona cypress, leyland cypress, bird sanctuary: Greetings Brandon! Well, I had to do research about Thuja Green Giant since I was unaware of this particular species of this genus and learned they are very slow growing for the first five years or so. Apparently these plants spend their energy in establishing...

Landscaping & Design: Thuja Green Giant, hedge, screen
hedge, screen, juniper: Hi, Brandon - (7) Thuja are only 56 feet of cover at 8 o.c., so you ll need another 3 plants. As far as spacing, it really depends on the style you are going for -- Natural or formal. NATURAL, unclipped look: The spacing seems O.K., and you ll have...

Landscaping & Design: thin out monkey grass, post hole digger, types of shovels
post hole digger, types of shovels, monkey grass: Greetings! Oh, how I love Monkey Grass/Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) and its thickness and carpet of dark green. You did not say whether you have used the Mondo Grass as a border or as a mass planting! Regardless, it is easy to dig up and one of...

Landscaping & Design: tree roots in the lawn, oak, roots
oak, roots, grass: Oak trees and their roots & leaves do not have growth inhibitors (like Eucalyptus or Black Walnut), but the leaves contain a large amount of tannin which may affect grass growth. Bottom line, I don t think the direct problem is the dead roots. Perhaps the...

Landscaping & Design: using landscape to hide large items, screening, RV
screening, RV, Association: A common problem. The average motor home is 9-1/2 feet tall. There are many types of plant materials that are tall & skinny that can screen such a beastly object. I am assuming a couple of facts here: 1. They park in their front driveway, that is adjacent...

Landscaping & Design: Walkway sealant, Rez-seal, sealant
Rez-seal, sealant, concrete sealer: Jeff: I like to use a solvent based sealant like Rez-Seal or Super-Rez-Seal. See this link: http://www.asdcosupply.com/products/EUCLID-Super%20Rez%20Seal-datasheet.pdf If you cant find this product, you will need a quality commercial brand, but you usually...

Landscaping & Design: wet garden, wet garden, damp
wet garden, damp, soil: Mary: Honestly the real answer is that you probably don t need to do anything unless water is standing for more than one day. If it has rained a lot, it may take several (3-4) days of good sun and no additional rain or watering for the soil to dry out. If...

Landscaping & Design: Xeriscaping front yard, xeriscape plants, decorative rocks
xeriscape plants, decorative rocks, desert climate: Hey, Megan. You should be able to install new xeriscape landscaping yourself. That s because most xeriscape plants don t have a lot of requirements, which is what makes them good xeriscape plants. For basic suggestions, see this file: http://www.russel-ray.com/reports/Vegetation.pdf...

Landscaping & Design: yard drainage, french drain, drainage
french drain, drainage, pipe: Greg: What you described is fairly common. We have clay here in Georgia also and we are still able to effectively drain larger areas of the yard simply by creating a network or grid of drain pipes. I suggest you check out the NDS Pro website. There are some...

Landscaping & Design: Back yard slope problem, sand, filter
sand, filter, ultraviolet: Hello: Typically, sand and charcoal is used to filter the water and then a treatment of chlorine or ultraviolet light is used. Plastic cisterns may be purchased or one can be built of concrete or masonry. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive...

Landscaping & Design: back yard water flow., swale, french drain
swale, french drain, drainage: Wade: First its hard to know much without details that I can only get on site. The water flow may stop after spring thaw and a few weeks of time. Its only April 15th. However, the simple answer is stop this water you need to create a French drain behind and...

Landscaping & Design: dappled willow, dappled willow tree, foot privacy fence
dappled willow tree, foot privacy fence, oak lawn illinois: Greetings Alex! It has been forty plus years since I have lived in your zone with my degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in 1970. I feel I cannot answer your question fairly or correctly, especially since I now live in the Florida area....

Landscaping & Design: extending my driveway, polypropylene fabric, sod cutter
polypropylene fabric, sod cutter, landscape fabric: Hi Scott. I am from Hammonds Plains ( white hills area ), what a small world. Buying that product in bags from a store could cost you considerably more money. Stone and landscaping supply yards sell these materials in bulk quantities by the cubic yard. ...

Landscaping & Design: Flower Beds Against Stucco House, termites, foundation
termites, foundation, raised beds: Jane, the simple answer is you can not have soil against the plaster / stucco if wood is behind it at the same elevation. You should have a stucco contractor install a break at the terminus of the wood portion using a saw or what ever means needed. They can...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone, flagstone walkway, sand base
flagstone walkway, sand base, stone suppliers: Thanks for the question Scott. I have never used metal edging myself. I use plastic edging spiked in with 10 inch spikes that I purchase from stone suppliers. I would think that the metal would last for a good number of years before deteriorating enough...

Landscaping & Design: hide a well head pipe, well, head
well, head, planter: Hello: Pile stones or cobbles around it. Mound soil around it and place some accent plants on the mound. Build a planter around it. Plant shrubs around it. Place a piece of garden art over it,such as a bird bath or other type of sculpture. ...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping boulders vs rocks, 1 carat diamond, landscaping boulders
1 carat diamond, landscaping boulders, moss rock: This is interesting, but I think I can help you here. First off, boulder rocks are generally cheaper than any type of flagstone rock. It sounds like you got more of a wallstone quality rock. It can sometimes (Not always) be the opposite of diamonds....

Landscaping & Design: natural area in clay soil, sunflower, radish
sunflower, radish, cover: Hello: Add organic matter. You can get organic matter by growing cover crops on the site. Here is a list of cover crops: mustard turnip radish fodder radish (deep rooted,accumulates nutrients) phacelia beans (adds nitrogen to soil)...

Landscaping & Design: Resin, place dogs, diameter size
place dogs, diameter size, claudette: No Claudette, that will not be strong enough to hold the stones together. How big are the stones in question? (Please give me an average diameter size) eg. 1 to 3 inches. Also, what kind of base do you have for your walkway? What are the stones sitting on?...

Landscaping & Design: Road bank landscape, rip, rap
rip, rap, slope: Hello: If the slope is less than 45 degree you can cover it with cobbles (rip rap) of about 8 inches in size. Here are the steps to installing rip rap: Clear the slope of all vegetation and compact the soil to a density similar to the surrounding undisturbed...

Landscaping & Design: Screenroom mold from outside planter, drainage, basement
drainage, basement, water: Hi, Thomas - Yes, change the grade any way you can to avoid both packing dirt up against the sunroom wall, and having drainage run towards the building. I also noticed the downspout draining onto the planter. Any way you can direct it to the base of the...

Landscaping & Design: Stone pathway with drainage problem, french drains, drainage problem
french drains, drainage problem, french drain: Thanks for the question Mike. When dealing with drainage, it is sometimes difficult to picture how to deal with this without being there. ( I need to walk the yard with clients and take all this into consideration before I ever give any quotes or suggestions...

Landscaping & Design: Sump pump drain area, sump, pump
sump, pump, mud: Hello: Landscaping around the drain will not eliminate the mud. You either need to relocate the discharge to an outlet or create a more porous area of soil around the discharge so that the water will soak away or use a combination of both. Another possibility...

Landscaping & Design: Under the Deck, shade garden plants, campania international
shade garden plants, campania international, spectacular fountains: Certainly fern, hosta, astible, dicentra, brunnera, heuchera, ladies mantle, cimicifuga, lily of the valley, etc all make great shade garden plants. As to the poisonous issues, do some research on google and you ll find that few plants are actually treacherous...

Landscaping & Design: Water, clay, organic
clay, organic, mole: Hello: Basically,you should perform the following,in order of importance: Add organic matter. Use plants with penetrating and deep roots. Use a mole plow. A mole plow is a specialized plow for slicing into clay soil and aiding in opening it...

Landscaping & Design: carrotwood tree root invasion of sewer, clay pipes, birch trees
clay pipes, birch trees, dear joan: Joan, there s really no way for me to be able to tell you why the prior Beeches had rotted. With that said, though, varieties become stronger and hardier through hybridization over the years so unless there s an obvious reason why the old one (pre-Carrotwood)...

Landscaping & Design: eco-friendly paths and driveways, lime rock, crushed stone
lime rock, crushed stone, driveway: Terry: I have never heard of any significant inhalation dangers associated with inert materials such as gravel dust. However, repeatedly breathing in any kind of dust can t be good and any gravel when dry will certainly create dust if there is wind and someone...

Landscaping & Design: Large Upcoming Patio Project - Upstate, NY, pavers, pergola
pavers, pergola, retaining wall: Jim: Looks like you have done some homework and have a good set of questions here. On the first question I would typically say that a wall that is only 3 high should be no problem if you are using a good heavy block of any brand. I would not use the small...

Landscaping & Design: MULCH, warm season grasses, lawn care maintenance
warm season grasses, lawn care maintenance, core aeration: Hi Ed. Your friend was probably referring to a product on the market that is a mix of mulch, grass, seed and/or starter fertilizer in a bag. It is used for reseeding bare patches. If you use this product, roughen up (Break up) the top 1/2 inch or so of ground...

Landscaping & Design: My neighbor’s sumac puts out runners all over my lawn, lawn weed killer, sumac tree
lawn weed killer, sumac tree, constant contact: They may actually be liable for the repairs to your lawn. This is a very tough issue. Local by-laws and covenants change in every town or subdivision. I would first take some pictures (If you haven t already) Then pose this question to your town or city by-law...

Landscaping & Design: parking pad, weed barrier, pit run
weed barrier, pit run, clay mix: between the pit run and the gravel. So long as it is good clean washed gravel anyway. I am thinking that your pit run has some smaller particles and possibly some dirt mixed in? The problem is, that we have different names for materials and aggregates all...

Landscaping & Design: PLANT A TREE OVER AN OLD TREE STUMP, crape, myrtle
crape, myrtle, stump: Hello: You should remove the entire stump and plant the crape myrtle in good soil. The stump will impede its growth. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/markland ...

Landscaping & Design: privacy, cyclone fence, garbage cans
cyclone fence, garbage cans, back fence: Yes, you can grow bamboo in large containers. You can actually use garbage cans - cheap and big enough and you can get in plain green or black. It will grow quickly and you can find at a decent nursery - home improvement stores will not usually have it....

Landscaping & Design: raised garden - made with 4x4x8 cedar, deck, soil
deck, soil, lightweight: Hello: If you want to access a planting area from your deck you should use planting boxes no more than 18 inches wide attached to the rails and boxes on the deck if there is room. If you need more room,consider extending the deck. An area the size you mentioned...

Landscaping & Design: raised garden - made with 4x4x8 cedar, raised, garden
raised, garden, bed: Hello: If you are thinking about elevating the bed off the ground at a height of 4 feet,that will not be practical because the bottom would not support the weight of the soil and you would have problems reaching into the garden from the deck. If you are...

Landscaping & Design: how to size the width of shrub/flower bed, golden, mean
golden, mean, ratio: Hello: This is called the golden mean or golden ratio and it measures 0.618 of the total length but it can vary and still be visually pleasing. I would not take it past 0.700 or below 0.333. Simply multiply these numbers by the total length. Mark Harshman...

Landscaping & Design: Yard Grading and Drainage, drainage, erosion
drainage, erosion, slope: D: The effects that a steeper slope could have on your yard are minimal. If anything it would mean the slope will erode faster than it would if it was a more gradual slope. At most I would think it could mean that you get some excess soil washing onto your...

Landscaping & Design: draonage, weed, grass
weed, grass, ground: Hello: Replace the weeds with some type of ground cover or grass. Examples of ground cover and grass: Ground Cover: Creeping phlox Sedum Creeping thyme Veronica Periwinkle Wintercreeper Ice plant Grass: English Rye Grass...

Landscaping & Design: leveling, drainage, grading, slope
grading, slope, permit: Hello: The best solution would be to regrade. You may need other drainage devices to support the grading. Any grading involving over 5 cubic yards usually requires a permit. The utility lines are in an easement and so you will need to get permission from...

Landscaping & Design: Minor drainage issue, minor drainage, drainage problem
minor drainage, drainage problem, drainage pipe: Dig a gravel sump or french drain either will work. Perhaps the easiest thing is a 2-3 foot deep hole filled with gravel maybe 12 wide. Its really that simple, unless your ground wont perc, then you may have to do a longer french drain. That should work...

Landscaping & Design: Regrading and foundation plantings, drainage, foundation
drainage, foundation, landscape: Well I think you already know the answer to the first question. If the top soil is loose the rain just penetrates it to the clay layer and then runs in the direction of the slope of the top of the clay layer. So it is perhaps important that the clay layer...

Landscaping & Design: Saga Palm Plants, palm, Sago
palm, Sago, seeds: Hi, Jim - Congratulations. It is a most likely a seed pod for a Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta), IF you have a female palm, and it has been pollinated (How many other Sagos are there in Ohio?), you should get some seeds. -- Here is a link that will help you identify...

Landscaping & Design: driveway drainage, mulch, dam
mulch, dam, slope: Hello: Thanks for pointing the dimensions of the stone out. These are only approximate dimensions. I should have said stone up to 9 inches in dimension but the individual stones can vary from approximately 4 to 9 inches in diameter. The point is,the stones...

Landscaping & Design: Landscape drainage, apron, concrete
apron, concrete, soil: Hello: The rock will not serve to drain water away and may in fact,impede the flow away from the house and thus give the water more time to soak into the soil. The water may not be coming entirely from the surface. The soil around the foundation may saturated...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping design, perennial, shade
perennial, shade, light: Hello: The following flowering perennials will tolerate conditions up to light shade: Rudbeckia (black eyed susan) Aquilegia (columbine) Belamcanda chinensis (blackberry lily) Foeniculum vulgare (bronze fennel) Campanula americana (american...

Landscaping & Design: laying bricks for patio, laying bricks, crushed gravel
laying bricks, crushed gravel, drainage problems: Hi Ann. You are going to have to either modify the bricks by cutting them to fit the area, or modify the area to accept the dimensions of the bricks. 16 inches multiplied by 4 bricks = 64 inches (You have 62 inches by 42 inches) 16 inches multiplied by...

Landscaping & Design: Raised Bed against a cyclone fence, build against fence, raised garden bed
build against fence, raised garden bed: Hi luis. Thanks for the question. Unfortunately I have rarely dealt with this issue, as I try to steer people away from building up against fences. There really is no great solution to this, that is why it is not done very often. Most people will use...

Landscaping & Design: Raised veggie gardens, pressure treated, wood
pressure treated, wood, garden: Roy: Great question. I have done a good bit of research on this topic in order to help with two major community gardens I designed and helped build here in Georgia. We could not find any reports of the modern pressure treatment chemicals causing any measurable...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining Wall in Sand, caisson, piling
caisson, piling, sheet: Hello: Construct a caisson. This can be done with sheet or wood pilings. Drive the pilings into the sand and then excavate the sand from the caisson formed by the pilings. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/markland...

Landscaping & Design: Sedum, Flora, Colorado
Flora, Colorado, landscape: Marti: Note being from Colorado and not knowing exactly where you are it would be difficult for me to advise on the flora of Colorado in great detail. However here are a few places to start you off in the right direction: These links focus mostly on...

Landscaping & Design: Garden steps, stairs, concrete
stairs, concrete, veneer: Preventing subsidence is all in the foundation preparation. Why not just start with slabs of rock on a solid compacted base? It is a less expensive way, and I think a more attractive and informal use of stone. A general guide is here: http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/stone-stairs/index.html...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping, front yard landscaping
front yard landscaping : Hi Carolyn. It s difficult to help you with your front yard landscaping without some pictures of the property, or a personal visit. I also don t know what sort of taste and style that you have in mind? Here are a few suggestions. I would suggest doing...

Landscaping & Design: Passive Solar, Windbreaks, and so on, georgia, sustainable
georgia, sustainable, design: As you have stated, how far to plant a tree for a home depends on the type of tree (deciduous for sun/shade, and evergreen for winter storm-blocking), your global latitude, and other impediments such as adjacent objects such as utility poles & wires, views...

Landscaping & Design: Post and board/rail, not happy, service
not happy, service, fee: Your initial I am not happy with the results says it all - You are paying for a service and they are providing it. You are not happy with it. Talk to them directly about it. Give them a change to explain why this is their best effort, and worth the price....

Landscaping & Design: privacy decking, silk plantas, palms
silk plantas, palms: At one time, I used these for a commercial project (10 years ago), and they were available locally. It is a different world, now and EVERYTHING is available with a quick google search, trip to nextag.com, or at amazon.com. Most, if not all, are going...

Landscaping & Design: raised garden bed, Raised beds, gardens
Raised beds, gardens, plots: I am sorry I had answered and submitted the response to this question but somewhere along the lines it must not have posted. I just noted the notice from AllExperts that the question was still unanswered. My apologies. Only do it on soil. Scrape away the...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping up against foundation, plastic mulch, foundation plants
plastic mulch, foundation plants, plastic barrier: If your foundation is concrete or concrete block, yes, you can raise the extra 4-5 inches with fill dirt. The black plastic barrier will also impede root growth, so if you have foundation plants they will not like that idea. The mulch really doesn t do anything...

Landscaping & Design: percolating a pergola, concrete footings, anchor kit
concrete footings, anchor kit, proper drainage: Hi again Mike. This process of using sono tubes is covered on you-tube many times, so here are a couple of links for you. (It is so much easier to show you than tell you.) As far as the excess, you can cut it off or leave it. You should be setting...

Landscaping & Design: slope drainage, building a retaining wall, top of the slope
building a retaining wall, top of the slope, erosion problems: Does the slope level out at its base? If so, the cause of the Juniper failure may be that they were left with the pooling of the run off water. That would explain why those on the top of the slope survived while those lower did not. In any event, it is...

Landscaping & Design: oyster shells in patio use, binder, oyster
binder, oyster: Hi Lee - That is the very product I was going to recommend - Ekoflow by Technisoil. Our local landscape paver supply company (designutdoor.com) sells it for $99/gallon, which covers 40 square feet. Your supplier prices may vary. See attached. Shiny quality...

Landscaping & Design: Gravel path on a steep slope, slope, gravel
slope, gravel, steps: You have at least 3 options: Adding a grid to hold the gravel, applying a polymer to bind the gravel all together,or adding treads periodically to decrease the slope of the path. Of the 3, I think the treads are the easiest to install by a typical homeowner....

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping on top of a leach field, leachfield, septic
leachfield, septic, roundup: A good, tough question, Jeff. I cannot put my finger on a study or report of adverse effects of Roundup (or similar products like Crossbow or Cassoron) impacting a leachfield s performance. Joshua Smyth, an eHow contributor (eHow.com# identifies potential...

Landscaping & Design: Live Oak Roots at Surface, oak, tree
oak, tree, shade: How big is the tree? From what I ve seen, some Live Oaks heave out of the ground over time. Every situation is unique, and Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana# are genetically variable. If you dig a trench near your foundation and find no roots, I wouldn t stress...

Landscaping & Design: shifting a Jacaranda tree, jacaranda, transplant
jacaranda, transplant: Hi, Louise-I m honored you think I might have something useful to pass on to you. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda) there are 49 different varieties, yet I noticed they didn t include the one most planted here in the US: Blue...

Landscaping & Design: climbing plant for front of house, ohio, trees
ohio, trees, vines: A very lovely home. An excellent source for all-things Ohio-specific can be found at your local Ag extension: http://extension.osu.edu/ Over the years, Ohio gardeners have tried many trees & shrubs, and there are about 50 publications to help you in...

Landscaping & Design: Crushed seashells, shells, source
shells, source, Pawling: I didn t find any in the imediate Pawling, NY area (using GOOGLE) Myco Supply definitely carries it for bocceball courts, and tennis courts, and driveways. P.O. Box 15194 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 1-888-447-7319 Call for bulk rates to Pawling, NY....

Landscaping & Design: Drainage - Hydrostatic pressure, detention, basin
detention, basin, drain: Hello: Drywells could be part of the solution but you will also need devices to direct the water away from your house and if that cannot adequately address the problem you may need to combine that with drainage devices in your basement. I would focus on...

Landscaping & Design: Flooed Lawn, dam, drain
dam, drain, pipe: Hello: Find the source of the water and then divert the water to another location if possible. This could possibly be done with drain pipe or ditches. Perhaps retention areas could be built under or near the wet area. These are pits filled with loose rocks...

Landscaping & Design: Raised bed along fence line, fence board, fence boards
fence board, fence boards, fence line: I once did a project similar to this but in a larger yard at a customers request. I can t say that building up in front of a fence is a great idea and I really wanted to do, but it can work. Cedar is a great way to start. It is definitely less prone to rot...

Landscaping & Design: Walking path suggestions please, berms, south carolina
berms, south carolina: For landscape plant ideas, here is the link form Clemson University for plants that work best in you area: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/ As to the piles of dirt, I’d suggest you spread it out as much as possible to create more...

Landscaping & Design: flagstone, flagstone, quarry
flagstone, quarry, stone: Hello: The thickness should be in between too thin and too thick. Too thin,such as 1 to 2 inches will not have the durability you seek and too thick,such as 3 to 4 inches will be too heavy to work with. So I would go with 2 to 3 inches. Flagstone is...

Landscaping & Design: French Drain, pvc drain pipe, filter fabric
pvc drain pipe, filter fabric, drain tile: 1. Yes 12x12. Yes rigid is better. Yes sock is better. 2. Yes you can and yes it will complicate grading. You need 1-2% slope on all pipe. 3. From top: grass, 3 soil, filter fabrick, 4 min gravel, 4 pvc pipe, filter fabrick, original soil. Dig 12 trench...

Landscaping & Design: Patio - retaining wall?, gentle slope, transition zones
gentle slope, transition zones, rule of thumb: Hi Elizabeth. Funny, I actually used to live in Pierrefonds when I was very little. My stepmother is from laval. If it is only a gentle slope, I really can t see you needing a retaining wall. There are usually alternatives to blending between projects and...

Landscaping & Design: Planting Trees on retaining wall (NJ), espalier, screen
espalier, screen, New Jersey: 4 feet is plenty of space to work with behind the wall. Here are some screening plants that would work in your situation: Emerald green arborvitae – space 3’ apart, 25 total; Gets 15-20 ft. tall in about 10-15 years. Thuja ‘Green Giant’ (Thuja Plicata)...

Landscaping & Design: Removed retaining wall, top soil, certian
top soil, certian, definitive answer: It is hard to say what will happen. A lot depends on how far it is to the point where the wall was and your fence is. In addition the steepness of the slope will also be a factor. Unfortunately in this situation I really can t tell you anything for certian...

Landscaping & Design: trees for privacy, southern california, hedge
southern california, hedge, privacy: Those look like Privet (Ligustrum) that were planted as a hedge long ago, but now have overgrown the space. And, yes, they have invasive & shallow roots. Off the top of my head, here are three for Southern California plants that I remember growing up with...

Landscaping & Design: Use of rock in flower beds, rhododendron bushes, grey limestone
rhododendron bushes, grey limestone, landscape fabric: Hi Kayla. Certain rocks can also affect plant growth based on their mineral composition. Limestone is a great example of this as it can actually lower the acidity of soil. As far as being too sharp? I have never had a problem with this, as I always...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage ditch landscaping, swale, filtration
swale, filtration: The roundup solution is probably the lowest maintenance (not necessarily costs the least nor is legal), other than paving it over. Sadly, the weed-eater route is #2. A couple of times a month, eh? Is it lined with Kudzu? Wow. The most common grass liners...

Landscaping & Design: Extending driveway width, pavers, permits
pavers, permits, houston: Crushed granite is a fine and inexpensive choice, but if you what something that looks a bit more refined, interlocking concrete pavers come in a multitude of styles and colors to accentuate the home and give more of a “fit & finish” look. Colors can be picked...

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around pool
Landscaping & Design: landscaping around pool

Landscaping & Design: landscaping around pool, water problems around pools, drainage around pools
water problems around pools, drainage around pools: Hi, and thanks for the question. I always find it difficult to deal with drainage when I just can t see the whole yard, but I will give a few comments and suggestions for you. First off, I am surprised the company that installed the pool did not deal...

Landscaping & Design: machine shed, tin machine, viburnum
tin machine, viburnum, blooms: There are very few choices for a zone 2 location, even less with the rock on the ground. Given this is by a shed and may not be coddled, I would go with something more native and hardy like a Birch and underplant that with some Viburnum to give it texture...

Landscaping & Design: Moss on Paver Brick, irrigation sprinklers, automatic irrigation
irrigation sprinklers, automatic irrigation, home depot: Moss needs constant moisture to grow, so your paver walkway is simply staying wet all the time. I d guess you have automatic irrigation sprinklers nearby and/or that it s a walkway under trees or in a shaded north-side area. Decrease the moisture there...

Landscaping & Design: OLIVE TREE AROUND CONCRETE PATIO, olive, los angeles
olive, los angeles, patio: Olive trees are amazingly resilient trees and robust healers. Their roots are extensive and shallow. They are not sensitive to root disturbance like bougainvillea. Though these lovely trees have a Spanish-Old California charm, they are messy, dropping blossoms,...

Landscaping & Design: Rocks, river rocks, plant trees
river rocks, plant trees, couple dollars: I suspect that there is a market. However in order to sell them in the market place you would have to package them and deliver to local stone yard. Alternatively you could place an ad on craigs list to give them away to any one who will collect them. Or offer...

Landscaping & Design: Root System of Red Oak and Backyard Pool Placement, red oak tree, pool wall
red oak tree, pool wall, midland texas: Dear Kim I can t imagine why a builder would construct a pool that close to a mature tree. Through construction, the root system will surely have been damaged in excavation - the question is only how far the root system was effected. I would watch...

Landscaping & Design: sealing concrete, gallon bucket, sealant
gallon bucket, sealant, personal thing: I would do a light pressure wash and test a small area first so you dont wash off stain. Let it thuroughly dry for at least 12 hours. Then apply sealant. I like the penetrating masonry sealants that dont look too glossy. However you may like a heavy gloss...

Landscaping & Design: how much tumbled rock to use, weed mat, material choice
weed mat, material choice, two spaces: Hi Don For stone work awed mat is fine but be sure it doesn t impede drainage. You can alo use a ore-emergent to ensure weed control. The size of the stone is purely preference and the volume of stone is easily calculated. By visiting any of the...

Landscaping & Design: dirt next to house siding, siding, soil
siding, soil, grade: Hello, It is never desirable to have soil placed against siding. You should have a minimum of 1 foot clearance between your first floor and the ground. The siding should not extend below the finished grade outside. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive...

Landscaping & Design: Sloping backyard, fence, patio
fence, patio, trees: Sounds like your future “privacy” fence isn’t very private. Add some dogs, a slope to the neighbor’s yard, no landscaping, and the problem isn’t going to improve on its own. 20x 40 is an intimate size for a back yard. How big are the dogs? Most dogs need...

Landscaping & Design: using ash as a mulch, ash, infestation
ash, infestation, chips: Using chips from trees that have been infested is OK, as long as they have been run through a chipper. Our biologists (I currently work for a federal land management agency) think that the larvae don t survive the trip. Here is a recommendation pamphlet...

Landscaping & Design: 4-inch pipe at the bottom of my steep slope front yard, inch pvc pipe, drainage holes
inch pvc pipe, drainage holes, roof gutters: I doubt that it s to get air into the soil. With your follow-up, I suspect that it is the termination for some landscaping that was originally done by the builder but previous owners have done their own landscaping. One of our hilly subdivisions here where...

Landscaping & Design: Allan Block retaining wall, allan block retaining wall, block retaining wall
allan block retaining wall, block retaining wall, plate compactor: Thanks for the question Aron. Good landscape contractors do solid pre work for everything they do. Can you describe what doesn t look right? Also, what does the law say in your area about the height a retaining wall must be engineered? 4 ft. is...

Landscaping & Design: Base underneath patio pavers, ABC, crusher
ABC, crusher, run: Hello: The ABC (aggregate base course,also known as crusher run) does resemble concrete mix and with the addition of portland cement could be used to make a type of concrete. ABC is an excellent foundation base material for paving and is a lower cost material....

Landscaping & Design: Curious Lantana Bead, Lantana, shade
Lantana, shade, perennials: Jeneva - Those black beads are seeds! And no, picking them off won t encourage more flowering. Seeing them means your Lantana is happy & vigorous. Don t bother removing them as they ll fall off all on their own, unless you don t like the look. Birds will...

Landscaping & Design: removing juniper hedges to plant sod/perennials, knock out roses, root balls
knock out roses, root balls, gallon pot: The problem is that the mower will catch on the raised root portions when you try to move. The next best thing to removing the root ball is to at least make sure you cut it below the soil line and add some soil on top to ensure it s a decent canvas for the...

Landscaping & Design: BLOCK NEIGHBOR BACKYARD, privacy, designer
privacy, designer, site: Hello: The following shrubs would be a good choice for your site,but they will not do much to block noise from the dogs. Holly Privet Azalea Although not ideal,landscape design can be done without the designer visiting the site. Basically,...

Landscaping & Design: clear out overgrown yard, ground covering plants, herbacide
ground covering plants, herbacide, mature tree: Round Up or any other commercial weed killer will take care of the current growth. You wont have to worry about a mature tree - Round Up works as a systemic, that is the material is absorbed through the leaves and fleshy tissue of the plant and will not penetrate...

Landscaping & Design: clear out overgrown yard, flagstones, herbicide
flagstones, herbicide, weeds: There are many types of herbicide, but the most popular is called Round-Up . Directions are on the bottle. You typically mix it with water, and apply once every 6 to 8 weeks, as needed. Careful, Yes, it can kill bushes, shrubs, and even trees if applied...

Landscaping & Design: retaining wall, rubber, water
rubber, water, insects: Hello: While the rubber may offer protection from water it does not offer protection from insects and that is a function of the preservatives used in pressure or surface treated woods and so if you go with the rubber and you are using a wood susceptible...

Landscaping & Design: use of gravel ..., pea, gravel
pea, gravel, mud: Hello: For a walking surface use pea gravel. The size is basically small and large. Small makes the best walking surface because it compacts better. It can be purchased in 50 pound bags. Lay it 4 inches deep in the ground or retained by an edging. ...

Landscaping & Design: landscape drainage, landscape drainage, decorative pebbles
landscape drainage, decorative pebbles, concrete pads: Hi Farryl. Sorry for the delay getting back to you over the weekend. So looking at this picture and not knowing what features you are installing, makes it difficult for me to give advice in this situation. I wouldn t worry about the dirt clogging...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping over weep screed, weep screed, party pooper
weep screed, party pooper, planter pots: Hey, Mark. If you re the president, you should be able to solve all problems!...........lol I suspect the first problem is the watering schedule. Cut down on that, save water money, save on problems. After that, whenever the landscape company comes...

Landscaping & Design: lawn and grass seeding, roof overhang, grass seeding
roof overhang, grass seeding, decorative rocks: Absolutely Joe. Shade tolerant varieties can do pretty well with even just a few good hours of sunlight per day. Your local garden center should be able to supply you with the best variety for your particular climate. Just make sure you prepare the area...

Landscaping & Design: Rocks next to cement patio., mystery, gravel
mystery, gravel: Hard to say, from a distance. The rocks could be there just for decoration, or to catch the runoff of the patio and into a french drain of some sort. If you scrape them off and they are only an inch or two deep, then go ahead and replace them with grass...

Landscaping & Design: help with selecting the right evergreen trees, privacy, screening
privacy, screening, pool: Hello: I would think more of privacy screening the pool from the street rather than distracting. The idea of creating a distraction to one view away from another is not likely to accomplish much. Simply using privacy screening would be much less complicated....

Landscaping & Design: determine if trees should be kept or removed
Hey, Carol. Many decades ago when I was a senior at Texas A&M University, my Urban Forestry class did an analysis of how valuable trees are to real estate value. Mature trees at that time were adding $25,000 to the value of property in Houston, Texas; 1976....

Landscaping & Design: determine if trees should remain, keeping trees, planting trees
keeping trees, planting trees, clearing trees for a new home : Hi Carol. Sorry about the delay answering your question. This is something that I have some personal experience with. I have been in a similar position. I opted to save most of the native trees on my lot, and design my yard to blend in to the natural...

Landscaping & Design: Preventing plant in common area from coming back, root, english
root, english, ivy: Hello: I would suggest materials in the following categories: concrete pavers poured concrete corrugated metal panels heavy plastic sheeting rubber sheeting various geotextile fabrics Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help...

Landscaping & Design: Pricing fall cleanup, Landscaping business selling tips, pricing landscape work
Landscaping business selling tips, pricing landscape work : Hi Laura. Thanks for the question. I can t really comment on the average rate for a fall cleanup as the market is different in every place. I will give you a few of my thoughts on some other issues. This appears to be a sales/value issue. These are quite...

Landscaping & Design: Oyster Shells in Southern California, crushed shells, oyster shell
Landscaping & Design: Oyster Shells in Southern California, crushed shells, oyster shell, burney

Landscaping & Design: Oyster Shells in Southern California, oysters, maryland
oysters, maryland, concrete: Hello, I dont know of any suppliers on the west coast. They dont appear to be in good supply on the west coast because they have not been very prolific reproducers there. They are certainly abundant here. I have seen them on many pieces of ground in maryland....

Landscaping & Design: type of ground cover, liquid stains, gravel river
liquid stains, gravel river, container plantings: Truthfully, I am not a fan of artificial turf. Particularly with pets. I find the odors can be a challenge, as can fading and wear. That said, should you choose to go that route; I would make sure the product is laid with adequate drainage beneath. Nothing...

Landscaping & Design: hillside that ends at property line of neighbor who does not cut the grass, weed, cover
weed, cover, plant: Hello: I suggest the following: Plant cover to block the growth of the weeds. Herbicide. I would not waste time or money with weed barrier as its a losing battle in the long run. Tilling can actually stir up more weed growth. Mark Harshman...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping, mildew mold, golden pothos
mildew mold, golden pothos, wood mulch: Hey, Pam. They key to anything in that corner is to either get rid of the water or use the water. You could use it with phildendrons and elephant ears, or create a natural water feature that would use whatever water flowed into that area. I ve even installed...

Landscaping & Design: Shrub/tree selection on retaining wall, retaining, wall
retaining, wall, root: Hello: Here is a list of shrubs that should meet your requirements: Juniper. Juniperus chinensis spartan . Fast growing,columnar shaped,tolerates partial shade. Grows to about 8 feet high with about a 6 feet spread. Evergreen. Forsythia. Blooms in...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage, pipe, drainage
pipe, drainage, gravel: Hello: You dont need drainage gravel in the trenches. The water will simply flow into the pipe from the soil. The rock or gravel would be used in place of pipe,not with pipe. If your pipe is up to 3-1/2 inch in diameter,then a 4 inch trench should be...

Landscaping & Design: Grading-culvert, concrete culverts, monsoon season
concrete culverts, monsoon season, natural soil: Are you wanting to put culverts on each side of the driveway? If so, I d advise against it for you in Arizona. Instead, create some terraced gardens on each side of the driveway so the water will soak in. For the driveway, I d dig a ditch (a type of...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping materials, mold, carpet
mold, carpet, old carpet: Hi Cara - Congratulations on a new home! First, the mold question. From your description, it actually sounds like you have a type of mushroom, also a type of fungus. Fungi kingdom includes mushrooms, molds, mildew, yeast, lichen, rust, and truffles. According...

Landscaping & Design: Grading on a 45 degree angle slope, retaining wall, slope
retaining wall, slope, finish: Ah, looks very correctable, with a little time & patience. You live in Zone 10, and the plant material that you can select from is pretty generous. (http://www.hgtv.com/topics/garden-zone-10/index.html) I looked at the City of Torrance Building & Safety...

Landscaping & Design: japanese magnolia, roots, magnolia
roots, magnolia, barrier: There are several varieties of Magnolia, both deciduous & evergreen, and come in different sizes*. While most stay small (15 ft tall x 10 ft wide) some Japanese varieties can get about 30 ft tall x 30 ft wide, when full-grown. All have a fleshy, shallow...

Landscaping & Design: raised bed next to fence, tiered stone wall
tiered stone wall: Hi Elisha. I am not quite sure if it is work that I have done or not. Are you talking about a back corner of a yard with a 2 tiered stone wall and small steps incorporated into each level? If so, it is my work. It was probably done 5 or 10 years...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining wall, native stones, t rush
native stones, t rush, purchasing books: Thanks for the Question Cory. The cheapest retaining wall you can build requires you to obtain your own materials. Many people do this by starting a collection of local native stones. Permission may have to be obtained by the owner of the land though....

Landscaping & Design: Step stone material choice, landscape supply yard, garden stepping stones
landscape supply yard, garden stepping stones, concrete slab: Hi Jenn. There are many different companies that manufacture stepping stones. This will leave you with many choices. I would recommend concrete for a durable and relatively slip free surface. A trip to Home Depot or a landscape supply yard will...

Landscaping & Design: Interview
Hey, Jaden. If I had it to do all over again, being a landscape architect would be much higher up on my list. As it is, I did everything through the school of hard knocks, and it was more a part-time hobby than a full-time profession. I did thoroughly enjoy...

Landscaping & Design: Agapanthus Companion Plant with Same Water Need
Hey, Will. While I personally probably would not have chosen to plant agapanthus and mini roses together, the agapanthus is a very adaptable plant, and the mini roses normally don t require as much water as standard roses. I say normally because I don...

Landscaping & Design: Drainage issues, flow, rate
flow, rate, hill: Hello: Its possible that the water is not flowing into the pipe fast enough (the pipe is too small diameter) or not going through the soil over the pipe at a fast enough rate. The steeper the hill,the faster water will flow down. Slowing the water down...

Landscaping & Design: Trees and land slippage, maples, slope
maples, slope, tree: Hi William. According to the State of Washington Department of Ecology, the Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) is excellent for shoreline erosion control. It is a large, fast-growing tree and needs plenty of space to grow. It thrives in poor gravelly soils...

Landscaping & Design: Question, florida, mini tree
florida, mini tree: TREES: Dwarf Blue Corkbark Fir (Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica Glauca Nana ) 8 to 10 feet in 20 years Degroot s Spire Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis Degroots Spire ) 6 to 12 feet The Blues Weeping Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens The Blues ) 5-6 ft....

Landscaping & Design: Question.., tree, tropical
tree, tropical, crape: Hello: Here is a list of trees and shrubs that will give you enough flowers,leaf color variations and textures to work with. Arrange your plantings in contrast and variety. For instance,you might want to have a section of trees arranged in a neat row and...

Landscaping & Design: Varigated Privets, privet, clay soil
privet, clay soil, overwater: Perhaps so. Variegated privet (Ligustrum sinense) tolerates sun, heat and drought, but is susceptible to root rot in wet or heavy soil when watered frequently, especially an hour a day! Armillaria root rot (Armillaria mellea), also called oak root rot, and...

Landscaping & Design: Carrotwood trees
Hey, Carl. It should be safe as long as you don t build a fire that s too large for your fireplace. If you re going to burn wood, though, please make sure your chimney has spark arrestors on it. Also, if you burn the branches, twigs, and leaves, or...

Landscaping & Design: lawn re do, cost
cost: Your bill comes to $20,300? ($1.16 x 17,500) Here is my stab at it: 1 ton of topsoil (my guess is $17-20/ton ~ you fill in your #) x 36 tons = $720 Plus fuel/eqpt. rental = I m guessing $500 Labor: my guess is 3 days, or 24 hours of labor x two people...

Landscaping & Design: soil washing away under grass, erosion, grass
erosion, grass, sod: Hello, Maybe soil underneath grass is of poor quality. Use sod or use seed on erosion resistant soil topped with straw to lessen erosion while grass seed takes root. If poor soil is regularly saturated this will increase erosion. Look for ways to keep...

Landscaping & Design: hi
Hey, Patty. There are several plants with the common name blue euphorbia. However, euphorbias are succulents, so they don t need a lot of water. If you know how many minutes the irrigation system was watering them, match that. It will also help if you...

Landscaping & Design: wood choices, wood, cedar
wood, cedar, redwood: Your two big enemies of wood are termites and decay. Installing fence posts, deck sleepers, or lawn edging? Go with pressure-treated (or PT) lumber. The redwood & cedar have tannins, a naturally rot-resistant chemical. Termites will still eat redwood...

Landscaping & Design: drain system in a raised flower bed, planter, underdrain
planter, underdrain, perforated: Hello: Basically you will need a perforated underdrain pipe placed at the low spot of the planter. Connect the perforated segment of the this pipe to a solid pipe that will connect to the outfall. Make provision for flooding in the planter by connecting...

Landscaping & Design: Stone Sealants for Landscaping Uses, varnish, stone
varnish, stone, sealer: Hello, I would suggest a sanding sealer followed by a coat of satin polyurethane varnish,both waterbased products,costing about 30 dollars per gallon. For more durability,a satin poly spar varnish can be applied at a cost of about 40 dollars per gallon....

Landscaping & Design: GROWING UNDER HEMLOCKS, new your, long island
new your, long island, zone 6: Hi Ken - Since I don t know the exact space you are working with (a palatial beachfront or a cozy condo), I ll give you lots of resources to choose from: Cornell University Cooperative Extension compiled a list of shade-loving NY-proven performers in the...

Landscaping & Design: Symetry Pavers and needed 6" x 6" squares, pavers, graystone
pavers, graystone, symetry: Hello: I do not know of any source for symetry pavers in Oregon but EP Henry,based in New Jersey,makes a paver trademarked symetry. Perhaps you could have them shipped to you. The actual size for 6 by 6 pavers are 5 and 7/8,2 and 3/8 thick. With this...

Landscaping & Design: changing from grass to rocks
Grass that is dead won t come back, but there probably dormant grass seeds in all that grass, and water will cause them to sprout and grow. I have done the Southwest landscaping both ways, leaving the sod and removing it. I usually left it and covered it...

Landscaping & Design: grass to rocks, grass, drought
grass, drought, plastic: Hello: How well the grass can recover from drought depends on how drought tolerant the particular species of grass was and on climate conditions. The hot dry conditions of your area will make it harder for grass to return but with proper watering you could...

Landscaping & Design: 3' retaining brick wall on sandy soil, drainage, wall
drainage, wall, rocks: It depends on a couple of factors, such as the total length of your 3 ft.wall (20 feet versus 200 feet long!!), if you provide weep holes at the base (I usually omit a vertical mortar joint between the base coarse bricks/concrete masonry units about every...

Landscaping & Design: Ground Cover
Hello: clover (will attract many bees) creeping charlie (very fast spreading but can be invasive) thyme pachysandra sedum (drought tolerant,cannot tolerate wet conditions) Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website...

Landscaping & Design: Question, lawn substitute
lawn substitute: The classic lawn-substitution plant here is a called Buffalo Grass (Bouteloua dactyloides), though I don t know it is available in your area. Trinidad? But not the one in Colorado, right?! Buffalo Grass is planted in plugs, and once it fills in does not...

Landscaping & Design: Staining of deck by large potted plants (two types of stains), polymer, water
polymer, water, foam: The polymer is mixed in at a ratio depending on the manufacturer s recommendations. Typically, for a 3 caliper tree/24 box, you add only 8 to 12 oz., or about 1 to 2 oz. per cubic foot of soil. More for sandy conditions, less for clay soil. It doesn t...

Landscaping & Design: windbreak, windbreak, fence
windbreak, fence, drought: Hello, Trees and shrubs will not give you an effective windbreak for 5 to 10 years after planting but you might consider windbreak fencing as a stopgap measure or for use in combination with trees. The break requires about a 50 percent porosity to be effective....

Landscaping & Design: pythagorean theorem, pythagorean, slope
pythagorean, slope, distance: Hello: Used for finding the length of a slope or for finding the distance between two points or for finding the unknown length of a line. This is basic trigonometry using a right triangle. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website...

Landscaping & Design: weeping tree, weeping, shade
weeping, shade, peach: Hello: All these trees tolerate some shade. weeping peach (height 10-12 feet,spread 6-8 feet) weeping redbud (height 4-10 feet,spread 4-10 feet) chaparral weeping mulberry (height 6-8 feet,spread 8-12 feet) japanese maple (dwarf variety heights...

Landscaping & Design: root system of sweet gum tree, sweetgum, roots
sweetgum, roots, failure: I was taught in school that the American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) has a shallow, extensive -some would call them aggressive- root system. Imagine it is like a wine glass on a dinner plate, the plate being the root system. Other shallow-rooted trees...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping Design & Build‎, landscape architecture, licensing
landscape architecture, licensing: In the United States the path to becoming a licensed LA is by education or substantial and documented work in the field then apprenticeship under a licensed LA, before taking a national exam. Each state then has its own guidelines. 30 require continuing...

Landscaping & Design: juneberry tree or canadian red chokecherry
I have not heard anything about increased growth rate from pruning it into a sigle trunk. It is hard to say how fast your tree may grow, as it depends on so many factors, like your soil, exposure, how harsh the winter is, watering schedule, general vigor of...

Landscaping & Design: Water drainage/run off, fence, dam
fence, dam, swale: Hello: I wouldnt dam water against a wooden fence and depending on how much water is dammed,you may be causing more problems on your neighbors side. Perhaps a curb and gutter set back from the fence would be more appropriate or a swale and this would look...

Landscaping & Design: Crushed Shells, bocce, court
bocce, court, oyster: This question came up in 2011. Here where two who responded to my answer back then: Burney OCain wrote at 2011-10-20 14:36:31 Carolina Supplies & Materials in Charleston, SC supplies all sizes of oyster shell including bocci ball mix. Contact Burney at...

Landscaping & Design: Japanese Maple Tree, damge, transplant
damge, transplant, shock: Newly transplanted trees will experience some degree of transplant shock. This is simply the plant reacting to having been moved. It is generally caused by damage to the roots of the plant during the transplant. Even though there are lots of thick roots at...

Landscaping & Design: stone mulch, mulch, stone
mulch, stone, shrub: Hello, I would guess that the stone mulch was originally put in place to cut down on maintenance. Organic mulch requires more frequent replenishment than stone mulch. To state some pro and cons between stone mulch and organic;organic mulch may hold a...

Landscaping & Design: cementing loose stones in a stone wall, wall, stone
wall, stone, mortar: Hello, Layer the mortar about 1 inch thick and that will give you a joint of about half inch thick. The 1 inch thickness compensates for mortar displaced by the weight of the stone. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website...

Landscaping & Design: Landscaping, vine, fence
vine, fence, ivy: Hello, Here is a list of suggested climbing vines: Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) honeysuckle morning glory (can be invasive) golden hops clematis hydrangea yellow variegated ivy (can be invasive) wisteria jasmine...

Landscaping & Design: Retaining wall, deadmen, retaining
deadmen, retaining, wall: Hello, Railroad ties are relatively light compared to stone or concrete,so deadmen would be in order. Spacing of 8 feet apart should be adequate. Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/marklan...

Landscaping & Design: Dirt Fill against brick, drainage, moisture
drainage, moisture, brickwork: A small retaining wall is a great idea to take up the extra grade, especially if “a few feet” is a height of less than three. Regarding dirt against the brickwork, yes dirt on raw, exposed brick is a no-no. It is a code issue, as some municipalities require...

Landscaping & Design: beautyfying our ditch, stonescape, wilflowers
stonescape, wilflowers, grass: Hello, If the ditch is not in the right of way,I would suggest: ornamental grass low growing shrubs wildflowers dry landscaping (stonescape,rock garden) Mark Harshman For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/marklan...

Landscaping & Design: steep downward driveway, driveway, steep
driveway, steep, entrance: I saw the pictures, and it is a pretty steep slope. Landscape Architectural guidelines are that a driveway should not exceed a 15% slope (6.5:1). Anything above 6-7% and it is uncomfortable to open your car doors. I would pursue re-aligning access more...

Landscaping & Design: No gutters, turf, artificial
turf, artificial, gravel: Hello, Here is a list of options: Regular artificial turf installed over a gravel subbase to aid drainage and increase stability and with holes punched in the material for drainage. Permeable artificial turf installed over a gravel subbase. Since...

Landscaping & Design: Fire pit basin wearing through, fire, basin
fire, basin, pit: Hi Jean - I was thinking of various solutions, but as metal is a corrosive element, it will over time dissolve under heat and acids present is the ash of pinewood or briquettes. When you say pit it seems as though you are referring to a fire bowl or cauldron,...

Landscaping & Design: pea gravel to mulch sedum ground creepers, gravel, colors
gravel, colors, bulk: Sorry about the delay. Forgot to turn on the vacation notification. Yes, you can special order it in 1/2 cubic foot (30#) bags from Home Depot, if they don t carry the particular color you want. Different materials suppliers in different areas (yes, I go...

Landscaping & Design: 3d programs for garden design, program sketch, 3dstudio max
program sketch, 3dstudio max, flower trees: I had this question asked last year, and I still have no firm opinion...I ve been using AutoCAD since version 8.0(1988?), and have NEVER used the 3D functions it affords in production of a landscape design. I have, however, used AutoCAD in designing grading...

Landscaping & Design: 6' tree ring breaking, concrete tree, junk mail
concrete tree, junk mail, root crown: NO, do not put a band around it. That would do only one of two things: casue the concrete to begin to bite into the tree root crown (eventually leading to wounds and paths for disease or infestation) or it woul just cause the cracks to change position and...

Landscaping & Design: Above ground pool - landscaping ideas, pool landscaping ideas, inground pools
pool landscaping ideas, inground pools, ground pools: Coleen, I would seriously consider building a deck around it. It is very difficult to landscape around an above ground pool without causing dirty water,clogged filters,nicks from the weedeater and grass thrown from mowing. Of course if you are on a budget...

Landscaping & Design: Acuba turning black, stalk, hort
stalk, hort, shrubs: I do not know much about the Acuba but I went to Google and found some links for you to check out. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/Ornamental/od21aucuba/od21aucuba.htm http://www.crescentbloom.com/plants/Specimen/AU/Aucuba%20japonica%20Picturata.htm...

Landscaping & Design: Adding privacy to a corner lot, chain link fence, masonry material
chain link fence, masonry material, plant vines: Well unfortunately I m not very familiar with the plants in your zone. I want to add that there is no cheap solution here that will look great right away. A vine will take a good bit of time to make a real impact and hide an ugly chain link fence. A hedge...

Landscaping & Design: Advice re: landscape rings around established oaks?, kevin mcgrath, level landscape
kevin mcgrath, level landscape, new porch: You can not do this if it involves trenching within 20 feet of the tree. If you must have something as a wall, then use larger flat stones and stack them up using gravity only to hold them together. This way they can move when the roots grow. You may have...

Landscaping & Design: Advice about which type of plant I need, flowering and non flowering plants, non flowering plants
flowering and non flowering plants, non flowering plants, dwarf plants: Sue, I have found a few links for you to try.I believe you should be looking for dwarf plants.Copy and paste these into your browser.Hope these will help you find the correct plants. http://www.iloveindia.com/garden/tips-techniques/dwarf-plants.html ...

Landscaping & Design: Alberta Spruce alternative, dwarf evergreens, product trees
dwarf evergreens, product trees, whiskey barrel: Dottie, Been ther! Albeta Spruces are probably the most unreliuable 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...

Landscaping & Design: Approriate plants for north side with overhang, black eyed susan, lilies of the valley
black eyed susan, lilies of the valley, climbing vines: Hey, Kathy. If I were as far north as you are (I m in San Diego), I would definitely look into the hosta family. There is a wide variety of them with beautiful leaf variations. The flowers appear on stalks, and while they are not awe-inspiring, a lot of...

Landscaping & Design: ARBORVITA, couple feet, arbor vitae
couple feet, arbor vitae, left behind: John, Like almost all plants, Arbor vitae has a built-in size it wants to get to, both high & wide. Different varieties of it have different size limits. Topping it can cause what s left behind to produce denser growth, but it won t cause the plant...

Landscaping & Design: Arbor, trumpet vine, joyce joyce
trumpet vine, joyce joyce, osmocote: Joyce, The Trumpet vine is no trouble twining around any support onec you get it long enough to twine around. The wisteria is a bit more difficult and you will have to tie the various stems as it grows. I love Wisteria! Fertilize with a slow release granular...

Landscaping & Design: Arborvitae Growth & cedar fence, medium growth rate, new england region
medium growth rate, new england region, cedar fence: Paul, If my neighbor had a white cedar fence I wouldn t have to plant trees,but some people are different I guess.Most people use trees OR a fence,but not both.This cause conflict between neighbors.I sure hope they do not cause problems with your fence.I...

Landscaping & Design: Area facing Northwest, south central pennsylvania, concrete walkway
south central pennsylvania, concrete walkway, moss garden: Hi there! I m sorry for answering your question so late. I was on vacation, and I had some problems in flying back. I apologize for that. If this area that you mention is lacking sunligth, and, as you say, you already have some stones in the place,...

Landscaping & Design: Asian Jasmine - How to kill, st augustine grass, weed seeds
st augustine grass, weed seeds, black surface: Alan, If I have large areas to kill of anything, and if I have the time, I ll cover it with black plastic in the late spring or summer. The sun heats up the black surface, and the trapped heat cooks things pretty well. If the timing for that isn t...

Landscaping & Design: AVG. NURSERY PROFIT MARGIN. (MARK UP % ), german roaches, roach bait
german roaches, roach bait, pest control company: normally 100% to 200%. it depends on what you buy them for. at holidays i would buy flowering azaleas for $1.85 and sell them for about 2 weeks for $6.99. after the holiday i would sell the rest for 1/2 price($3.50) to get rid of them. good profit on them....

Landscaping & Design: acuba, acuba, category code
acuba, category code, time of year: Dan, Here are some great links to copy and paste in your browser. http://www.weirddudesplantzoo.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WDPZL&Product_Code=acubjapV2&Category_Code=TS http://www.geocities.com/~jimclatfelter/acuba.html http://www.paghat.com/aucuba.htm...

Landscaping & Design: alternatives for shadey area, fill dirt, wood chips
fill dirt, wood chips, ugly thing: Tanya, I think you re right. Go with the wood chips. Over time, both the chips and the decorator rocks will sink into the soil. Chips will break down eventually, but the rocks don t, and would create an increasingly hard area, that would be more difficult...

Landscaping & Design: arborvitaes, arborvitae, tress
arborvitae, tress, gardeners: Hi RR I think that you have planted them too close to one another. The lack of light will make them loose their leaves. You probably see the yellowing of the leaves more prominent where they meet the other tree. The problem will increase as they grow....

Landscaping & Design: arbovitaes, peat moss, emerald greens
peat moss, emerald greens, brown leaves: Hi Sue, I would hold off on the liquid miracle grow for a little bit. If the ladscaper planted them in Miracle grow soil, it has nutrients in the soil already, you might be over fertilizing? Were the arbs. in pots or burlaped? If burlaped, check to see...

Landscaping & Design: artificial ground cover, redwood bark, steep slope
redwood bark, steep slope, gardening shop: Yes & no. The product that comes to mind is 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. It s used...

Landscaping & Design: BACKYARD DISASTER, dry dirt, earliest convenience
dry dirt, earliest convenience, crabgrass: Michael, I believe you would get better solutions from a lawn expert here on AllExperts site.Here is the link for those experts.Just copy and paste this link into your browser bar and click enter on your keypad.Sure hope they can assist you and get you on...

Landscaping & Design: Backyard Landscape plan, flower plants, landscape plan
flower plants, landscape plan, border garden: Seema, 1. A garden is a form of creativity, have fun with it 2. Any garden needs attention 9weeding) 3. For a border, Perennials: coneflower, coreopsis, hosta 4. The cheapest would be concrete. This is an investment, so the cheapest is not the way...

Landscaping & Design: Backyard - steep slope, steep slope, dwarf trees
steep slope, dwarf trees, fruit trees: Well are several things you can do with a steep slope. I don t know what area you live in, but for one you could plant some really nice fruit trees on it. Slopes are perfect for citrus or other types of fruit trees. You can also just plant the slope with a...

Landscaping & Design: Beautifying my yard, wheel drive jeep, overgrown shrubs
wheel drive jeep, overgrown shrubs, nursery pots: Jana, It really depends on how huge of a mess iit is. You need me,because that is exactly what I do.LOL! I restore neglected gardens and landscaping and here is how I have done it for 20 years: First look around to see if there are any plants worth salvaging....

Landscaping & Design: Beauty bark and Sod, organic mulch, growing mushrooms
organic mulch, growing mushrooms, fairy rings: beauty bark ? That was a new term for me...So I did a quick web search. Neither the organic nor non-organic mulch is good as a growing media, unless you re growing mushrooms! Short answer: no. Long answer: see below. The sod will grow for a while,...

Landscaping & Design: Berms, building a berm, drainage pipe
building a berm, drainage pipe, township engineer: Seems like there s at least a couple of parts to this problem. One part I can give some advice, on the other I can only speculate... First, is the immediate problem of limiting damage to your property. The idea of a berm is workable, but I think it would...

Landscaping & Design: Beryl Rocks?, semi precious stone, quartz crystal
semi precious stone, quartz crystal, massive quantity: My son is a budding geologist, so I think I can answer this one. Here are some pictures of them (from Maine). They are found all over the world. http://www.capecodrocks.com/berylaquamarine.htm It comes in many colors, and depending on its color,...

Landscaping & Design: Best Designs for a Florida Landscape, lawn experts, florida landscape
lawn experts, florida landscape, florida lawn: Henry, My expertise is in perennials,bulbs and design but lawns are sort out of my territory as I rely on lawn experts myself in my business. Heres where to go: Go back to the main menu of AllExperts,go to landscaping and then you should see Lawns as a specialized...

Landscaping & Design: Big drainage problem, mold remediation, mold problem
mold remediation, mold problem, groundwater table: Unfortunately, you have TWO problems: Mold & Drainage. The one problem (drainage) is enhancing the other (mold growth). For the mold, I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the EPA s website on the topic & possible solutions: Residential Mold Problem:...

Landscaping & Design: Blue Spruce transplant, dirt clods, potting soil
dirt clods, potting soil, blue spruce: Alisa, We also just moved to a new house in the country and I took my 6 year old Blue Spruce with me and transplanted it. It looked fine for a while but it did not survive. I believe though that it was due to my husband spraying too much weed killer around...

Landscaping & Design: Blue Spruce, colorado blue spruce tree, colorado blue spruce
colorado blue spruce tree, colorado blue spruce, blue spruce tree: Will, I am confused with your question. Does it say not answered .If so,please ask the question again. I thought you meant other evergreens for your area(which I am not located in)besides Colorado Blue Spruce. If you just want to know a good size for transplanting...

Landscaping & Design: Blue spruce close to house, leland cypress, picea pungens
leland cypress, picea pungens, columnaris: The Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) needs space - so planting them too close to buildings, walks, or fences is a bad idea. Yours may eventually get 80 to 100 feet tall, so now is the time to bite the bullet , and remove it. Not so much for the sake of foundation,...

Landscaping & Design: Border Hedge, english boxwood, euonymous
english boxwood, euonymous, garden beds: Loretta, Here is a great link to browse.It has other links that lead you to different Boxwood varieties. The Euonymous is not an evergreen,so I would definetly go with a dwarf variety of evergreen Boxwood.This site should tell you what type is best for your...

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...