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Lawn repair

My lawn has quite a lot of some kind of wide blade fescu that seems to be spreading more each year. There is also a few bare patches. What would be the best way to go about repairing the lawn, or woul...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post September 13, 2012
Fruit tree maintenance

Hi There, I have recently acquired a home with a 2 acre property and home to 6 different apple trees and two pear trees. Unfortunately, they were very neglected and overgrown all the way down to the ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post March 3, 2012
De-icing

What types of salt can be used to de-ice walkways which are not harmful to adjoining grassy areas and trees??...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post December 1, 2011
Is There A Realistic Minimum Deck Height?

We're just starting to design a replacement deck, to be built by some lucky contractor next spring, and had a question about the minimum height off the ground. Our yard grading sweeps gently down a...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post November 18, 2011
Decking

I need to know the cost of replacing a 45 year old deck with a new one. We were thinking of tearing it all down. It is a wrap around as well as used for a carport. We were thinking of a detached single car g...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post October 30, 2011
Growing Lawn under evergreens

Trying to establish a healthy lawn but have several evergreens lining the property (10 ft from lawn). Also have a dog. Any recomendations on sucessful soil mixtures or treatments?...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post October 6, 2011
Grubs & aphids

What is the best way to get rid of these pesky critters and can we do something in the fall to prevent infestation next year for both grubs and aphids (sunbirst locust)?...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post September 25, 2011
clearance between furnace intake/exhaust and fence

Hi. I am doing landscaping and was going to put up lattice infront of house to hide furnace exhaust/fresh air intake and a/c coil. Is there a specific distance (legally and efficiency) the lat...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post August 24, 2011
Best fence for reducing street noise

I am planning on having a new fence built specifically to reduce road noise into my backyard. I back onto a 2 lane street that gets quite busy during rush hour. Any advice on what type of product or what co...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 23, 2011
Backyard Terrasse

My backyard terrasse consists of an elevated land measuring appr. 8x20ft and has 24x24" ciment blocks covering the elevated land. Over the years, the elevated land has decreased in height, sloping a...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post August 3, 2011
pavers

Hi There. Home depot has nice pavers that work out roughly $ 4.8 per square foot incl. tax. My question is. How much should a good landscaper ask for installation per square foot, if I supply the pa...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 2, 2011
Installation of above ground pool

Can someone be hired to install this?...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post July 29, 2011
Material for fixing grading around house.

I'm concerned that my grading around the house is currently sloping towards the house, and I am worried about leakage. What is the best material to use to build up the grade so it is sloped properly...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 6, 2012
diveway edging

what is the best edging to have when installing paving stones in a driveway. I have been told cement and I have been told pvc. Help!...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post June 6, 2011
inground pool installation

We recently had an inground pool installed. We are at the stage just prior to the liner being installed. It is a steel wall frame with a concrete finishing on the bottom and pre fab stairs. The backfill has bee...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 31, 2015
Rough Cost to Insert 2 Deck Posts

I posted a job here to have two deck posts set in 4 feet of concrete. I would do the work myself by renting an auger ($60), buying the post cement ($50) and the 4x4x8' posts (...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post June 3, 2011
Garden Cleanup and Planting

I am looking for a person, not a major company, but someone who comes to homes and likes to prune, cleanup and plant etc. for the bed. My preference as stated is a person who enjoys doing this ty...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post May 1, 2011
How far to dig for flag stone patio?

We are installing a flagstone patio ourselves and wondering how deep we should excavate? How much gravel should we use? How much sand? ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 27, 2011
Exterior Accessible Ramp construction from rear laneway

We need to alter an existing retaining wall that connects our urban back yard to the rear laneway in order to build an accessibility ramp from that laneway to our rear deck. Our property is 1 metre or more abo...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post May 19, 2011
Is this Grubs, and Rodents digging for them?

Pictures attached, I assume I have grubs, and last fall or something some kind of rodent has gone digging for them. Last summer/fall this area was thick green grass, no weeds. I am someone tha...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post June 21, 2017
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