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  1. Blog
    Or, if there is, you already have one. Many plants are easy to grow, and I can prove it. If you’re the kind of person who says that you can’t keep a plant alive, this blog post is for you. I’m going to talk extremely generally about “most” houseplants here, of course, there are exceptions to...
  2. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am looking for some advice. We have a small "starter home" in Michigan. The previous owners had installed a brick paver patio and sidewalk that was buckling, rippled, and loaded with weeds. Last weekend we pulled (about 2,000 brick) it out thinking that we would re-lay it ourselves. Then we...
  3. New Member Introductions
    My wife and I just bought an unfinished new construction duplex. The contractor is contracted to put in HVAC, floors, plumbing, kitchen cabinets, appliances, remove a wall, and electric. I am responsible for putting in a driveway, a porch/deck, landscaping, big picture vision and oversight. I...
  4. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    My wife and I live in a small suburb of Chicago with a 3 city lot property. We recently had some tree's removed due to a carpenter ant problem and are working with a clean slate in terms of the yard space and looking for ideas on how to setup the area / landscape it. I did purchase on an end of...
  5. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    My wife and I just purchased our first home and it is in desperate need of curb appeal. Any suggestions? We are not married to the boxwood hedges and would love to replace them. We also thought about putting a small entryway deck /stairs under the front door the would extend to the first...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi all, I just joined this forum. hopefully someone can help me. I'm having interlocking done in my backyard the last few days and its been raining alot. yesterday my wife saw the guys putting the gravel (HPB) on the wet ground. then they had to take out some of the gravel, scoop out water...
  7. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am looking at working on a project for my Eagle Scout that involves using 12"x12" concrete pavers for a 20'x7' landscaping mural on a small hill. This is not for a patio and will not be walked on. I will be painting a picture on these pavers. Do I follow the same procedure as if it was for a...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hey guys. I have a 22x30 back garden that is virtually an empty shell at the moment. I'd like to put a tree or two back there, but don't want something that will get too large since it's so close to the house. Any recommendations on trees that will give a bit of shade without becoming overgrown...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    House in Gilbert/Phoenix AZ, yard has an irrigation system but it has several damaged/broken sprinkler heads and who knows what other problems. So rather than trying to get that fixed up and doing grass, I'm considering just doing the typical gravel/rock layer. I'm just curious what kind of...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Im trying to build a retaining wall and have a few questions. There was ivy there, but it didn't look good, so I removed it. Now I would like to build an elevated and level area to put grass. I've never done this before, if any additional info is needed, let me know. I'll give you the...
  11. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    My name is Anthony. I am trying to figure out the best cheap way to get rid of my old lawn and reseed with new grass. The size is about 1/3 of an acre. It is mostly rock and dirt right now but where there is grass it is extremely thick and heavy. Do I just till it and leave the old grass in...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have been looking for a free copy of software that will help me design my back and front yard. I am trying to be cheap but if there aren't any free ones out there worth having can someone recommend one under $80? Thanks, Shawn
  13. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Just what it sounds like...Anyone ever done this before? A friend of mine has a skid of approx. 250 2"x12"x8" cap stones. Squared on all sides except the decorative side, which has a distressed / rough edge. He suggested I could take the skid and use them to build up a retaining wall for...
  14. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi-- I'm a newbie, so just wanted to say hello, and glad I found you. I have a million questions so thank you in advance for any advice you might offer. I'm interested in laying a recycled concrete patio, but I'm not sure where to start. I'm a single mom so my budget is tight, and I'm trying...
  15. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am planning to surround my home borders with decorative stones. Not sure which stone to be used so that they look good and does not create a problem in long run. Also I would be needing a lot of stones. Could you please advise any one who can supply in bulk. I know homedepot and lowes have...
  16. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I'm looking at constructing something decorative on each side of our driveway culvert. I'd like to use retaining wall blocks and possibly either keep it capped with stone blocks on top or leave it open to fill with river rock or mulch. Any suggestions of how to do this and what supplies I all...
  17. Electrical
    Hi Guys, We just recently moved into our new house and I finally figured out that the lamp post in the front is gas. I do not see any gas lines coming into the house,so I assume it is disconnected (will double check). How can I convert it to solar? I have this top piece exactly (the one with...
  18. Blog
    3/2/2011 I just wanted to share a quick update on myself and some of my DIY projects. February went by stunningly fast. My dog Akiva, broke his front leg early this month and had 3 weeks of quiet time where I carried him around. Though he really rapidly recovered and was walking normally...
  19. Blog
    The summer has gone by in a hurry. I've made a lot of progress on several projects that I have been working on, including landscaping and my kitchen remodel. I hope the Kitchen Remodel will be at a functional kitchen stage before Christmas. A couple recent photos of my kitchen, the next steps...
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