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  1. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I rent an apartment on a shared lot with a large backyard that we all share to park our vehicles on. Over the past few years, the grass in the center has eroded away from a heavy van and a truck and extreme dips were made. Roughly 20x30 ft in area was almost 4 inches deeper than the grassy...
  2. Tools
    I have a shovel that is probably 40 years old and has worked wonders. I can tell though that it's about to retire. Any suggestions for a really good shovel that can take a beating and last years?
  3. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We recently moved into a house in NorCal with a big, dead yard. We're planning to have a house warming party in a week or so and want to put something down to protect folks from the burr clover and thorny weeds and are wondering about the best approach. We're thinking of seriously temporary...
  4. Building & Construction
    I finally got around to designing my backyard via the image below. I'm looking for constructive feedback before I begin. I live in North Florida. The pergola posts will be 18 inches from the house wall and retaining wall. I may move them in another 6 inches to have a longer overhang. Are the...
  5. Pest Control
    Hi all! My wife and kids and I just moved into a nice little rental home and everything is perfect except that the house itself (and the yard) is infested with chiggers. The home had been redone with new carpet and paint, etc. but somehow they're everywhere. Just about everything online is a...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    There are lots of leaves in my yard. See the attached pictures. I want to rake them off the lawn and dump into the cracks of the rocks. My house sits on a small hill of about 1 acre and there are lots of big rocks. Question is: Will the leaves decompose themselves if I dump them amongst the...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Just had (today) a beautiful new 15x15 concrete yard laid by a very good, reputable local masonry contractor. I asked him whether I should seal the concrete and he said no - he would just leave it alone. I also asked whether I needed to mist it or water it to help with curing, and he said it...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi... looking for some creative options and recommendations for my yard. It is a 15' x 15' rowhouse yard - solid concrete which is cracked and heaved. I'd like to make the surface flat and attractive, and waterproof (the cracks currently allow water to penetrate to the basement). My wife would...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I bought my first house last year and have been steadily working on fixing it up. I am thinking about tackling the yard soon but need some advice. I live in central Arkansas and my home is located in a densely forested area, i.e. lots of shade. My current lawn is very patchy and thin, and I want...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi guys, So I made the biggest mistake ever this spring. I basically killed my entire yard. Went to Tractor Supply and asked the worker what the best product was for weed control. She obviously had no idea, but pointed to me what all the "farmers" were using. Without thinking twice, I grabbed...
  11. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi everyone, We are a couple of former city apartment dwellers who just bought a house and are in way over our head with this whole yard thing. We are still in the city so it's a small yard, but we would like to make a lawn out of it. Attached are some photos of things currently growing in our...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. General DIY Discussions
    so the back yard is fenced but it is on a slope and the bottm of the fence does not meet flush with the ground and my dog being the curious meathead he is loves to sneak under and get us all in trouble...i dont want to just screw some plywood along the bottom thinking the neighbours wouldnt be...
  15. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi everyone... First off, I just want to say that I am not savvy when it comes to this stuff but I need some help. I have a Yard Machines Push-Mower (158cc I believe) that I bought from Home Depot about a year ago. I have used it several times and always had trouble starting it, but I always...
  16. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello, So here's the scenario: We have a very flat lot in a "marshy" neighborhood. We're on a 2 block crawl (read: very tight and no fun to be in) and our soil is clay all the way. I was going to have my entire crawlspace encapsulated and still may at some point, but finances don't allow for...
  17. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi Everyone, (see attached image for a rough sketch of what I am describing) My house sits on a lot with a gentle and consistent downward slope from back to front. Rainwater runs from my backyard towards the deck and then around the house to a drainbox that drains to the street. The problem is...
  18. 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...
  19. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We live in Arkansas. Since I bought this house I have been unable to grow grass, even though I have tried many times. Any information on the best approach is appreciated. Also, I would love some ideas to give the front a 21st century look. I so appreciate your help in this and look forward to...
  20. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello everyone and thank you in advance for your suggestions/opinions, I need all the help I can get. I recently bought a house with a 3000 sqft backyard. The yard was leveled off using rail road ties to create multiples tiers of dirt. There is aprox 1000 sqft of dirt that is raised up 8...
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