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Recommend a climbing plant that will cover a brick wall.

I'm doing some pre-planning for a landscaping project next year. I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with some form of climbing ivy or the like. It is an eastern facing wall (4'w x 8'h), gets plenty of morning sunlight, located in the New York City area and would have to be planted in limited soil depth (6" or so) or a planter. I would like something that grows fast, has a long season and is a perennial. Not sure if Boston Ivy meets these goals but that look would be the ideal. Would appreciate your advice.
posted by mbx on Nov 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Will mow for food

What's it like being a woman in the landscaping industry? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Aug 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Steep hill, can't mow it, no time to maintain it.

I have a hill on one side of my house that goes down into the neighbor's yard. It's too steep to mow, and the ground covering plants I've put down have always lost to the weeds. What's a good cost-effective and low (preferably zero) maintenance option for keeping it from becoming overgrown and looking horrible? More inside. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Aug 9, 2014 - 19 answers

Ground-cover suggestions for the absolute beginner

For the first time in my life, I have a yard, but I need to find something to cover my special-snowflake hill. Help? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Do I really need to cut down this tree?

I love the 50-foot pine tree in front of my house, but its roots have torn up my driveway. (1) Is there anything to do besides cutting down the tree? (2) How can I feel better about losing this tree? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on May 21, 2014 - 10 answers

low-cost gardening in the SF Bay Area

Landscaping on a budget! In the San Francisco Bay Area, what seeds should I be starting now, or what tiny six-packs should I be repotting, to jumpstart the effort? What are good sources for low-cost gardening supplies? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Disguising our backyard eyesore

We have an above ground pool in our New England backyard. Can you help with strategies for hiding it? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Let's pretend it's not winter.

I am looking for gardening books focusing on perennial flowers or vegetables or books on landscaping design/ideas that will make me drunk with plans for spring. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm looking for contractors for retaining wall repairs in Minneapolis.

I'm getting estimates for repairs to a retaining wall in south Minneapolis; the web's awash in listings, but I'm hoping that some MeFites have worked with and had good experiences with some contractors they could recommend. The wall in question is about 10 feet high and holding up my neighbor's yard, so this is more of a structural thing than a cosmetic thing.
posted by COBRA! on Nov 15, 2013 - 0 answers

Mysterious Concrete Slab

I'm the new owner of a 1950-built home in Whitefish Bay, WI. While doing some landscape regrading around an addition put on sometime after the initial construction (which we think included an expansion of the basement), we discovered this mysterious concrete slab buried underneath some bushes, next to one of the basement windows. Why is it there? And is it doing something important? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 21, 2013 - 22 answers

How to fix my dumb landscaping mistake?

My boyfriend got a chimenea for Christmas and we figured we'd create a safe little area in the backyard for it. Problem is, we just dumped the gravel over the existing grass, and you guessed it - the grass and weeds are now growing up through the rocks. It looks completely insane. [more inside]
posted by marshmallow peep on Jul 19, 2013 - 17 answers

What are some nice ways to improve a gross concrete backyard?

I recently bought a new house. One of the things I liked about the house was that the backyard was a blank slate -- fairly large, but nothing "done." It's just an expanse of concrete, with some edge areas covered with either tan bark or stones to keep weeds out. I thought I'd hire a landscape architect to help me envision nice landscaping and plan something great out there. But I ran out of money! Whoops. So, I turn to the hive. Hive, how would you improve a backyard that is mostly just (quite ugly) concrete, on a budget? I don't love entertaining in a prison yard. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Why Castor Beans?

Someone in a neighborhood near mine is growing Castor Bean plants in their front yard. I had always thought of Castor Beans as a waste plant that grew up, unwanted, in disturbed areas. Owing to its toxic nature I thought it a strange choice for a carefully planted yard. Are castor beans more common in landscaping than I thought? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Bring me a shrubbery....or two

Can you help me create a natural looking barrier from my neighbors? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 10, 2013 - 17 answers

You are invited to a pool some point in the future

Last Fall, we bought an awesome house. Now we want a pool, hot tub and new landscaping. Who is the correct professional to help us design a multi-year project that involves some construction, a lot of landscaping (both hard and soft) and a pool? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Homescaping Query

What's a good bush to plant next to the front door? This is in coastal Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 28, 2013 - 17 answers

You have a silver maple. What do you plant under it?

I have a large silver maple in my front yard, and I'm having trouble finding plants to grow under it. (I've been told it's because of the tree's shallow root system, but I'm no tree expert.) I live in central Illinois, and periwinkle grows in the shade all over the place here, but I haven't had any luck with it. Suggestions for a nice groundcover that would work well in this situation? Plants that are fast growing / invasive are totally okay.
posted by storminator7 on Mar 13, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I best use all these glass bottles?

I would like to landscape using these empty beer bottles. Basically, I want to set the bottles end down into the ground and have a patio floor of the glass bottle bottoms. Can I do this? Have you ever done this or seen this? [more inside]
posted by J0 on Mar 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Seeking suitable plants for an awkward flower bed, zone 8a.

My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Trees. What's up with those?

We live in a rural New England house on a wooded lot and we don't actually know a whole lot about taking care of trees. Other than 'you should call someone and learn about taking care of trees' what will be useful for us to know? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Do you have to dig a trench for gravel paths?

We would like to install a gravel path in the front yard of our house from our concrete entryway to the street (a distance of about 35 feet not including curves), and have received conflicting advice about the need to dig a trench for the path. We were told by a nursery that we could use 4" metal edging, bury 2" of it (leaving 2'' above ground), add landscape fabric (after clearing the grass and weeds, though it's mostly dirt), then fill it in with 1.5" of gravel sitting above the ground, with no need for a trench. Everything we've read online says that you need to dig a trench, then bury the edge flush with the surface of the ground. On one side of the path will be gravel xeriscaping, but most of the path will be surrounded by the level yard. Will edging that sticks out 2 inches above the ground look bad or weird? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Feb 3, 2013 - 12 answers

It's a beautiful tree but it's a pain to landscape around.

What sorts of things can I plant in my back yard that won't be ruined by Western red cedar needles? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a cheap way to un-xeriscape my yard?

I want to un-xeriscape my back yard as cheaply as possible. How can I do it. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Where do I find reasonably-priced patio stone?

What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some low-maintenance plants that grow in the shade?

Can you suggest some plants for a shady yard? North of Seattle, brown thumb. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Did I just offend this landscaper?

What did I do that was inappropriate in my consultation with this gardener/ landscape designer? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Sep 22, 2012 - 30 answers

I want it gone--all gone

Best way to dispose of lava rock [more inside]
posted by katyh on Aug 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Pimp my front lawn

You live in the Seattle area and can recommend an awesome landscape architect or other landscaping professional who can transform a small, city front yard into something that looks awesome and requires not much maintenance. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Aug 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Will Boston Ivy harm my stucco siding?

I have mature and well established Boston Ivy (not English Ivy) growing on the side and front of my stucco house. I am worried about damage to the stucco, but I am finding conflicting information about whether I should remove it. Does anyone have any clear guidance on this? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by neksys on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Please take my money.

Why can't I hire a landscaper? I know how to find one. I know how to show what I want done and how to ask for bids. Why can't I get one of them to accept the job? [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 31, 2012 - 20 answers

Dune, Interrupted.

Any idea's on how to remove a large amount of sand? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Creative suggestions for landscaping a yard

I have a house that needs creative landscaping—but I'm in over my head. Can you recommend inspiring photos or magazines or websites, or some guides to getting started choosing ground cover, hedges, flowers, etc, for a landscaping newb? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Bamboo: elegant solution or flora nightmare?

Should I plant bamboo? [more inside]
posted by amanda on May 15, 2012 - 34 answers

Xeriscaping in the Central Valley, Calif.

Resources and recommendations for xeriscaping my front lawn in California's Central Valley? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Tree pit mitigation strategies?

Previous homeowners built concrete retaining walls around trees in the backyard, creating large tree pits. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

How to buy a ton of glass?

How can I buy a ton of glass? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Jan 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Bitter Gnomes & Garbage

Where can I find DIY backyard remodeling ideas outside of the Sunset magazine aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by queensissy on Aug 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Failure is an option, but best if avoided...

What's the best way to build a concrete block retaining wall for my small backyard? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Quality Austin Landscapers?

Landscapers in the Austin area? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jun 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Overgrown azalea...

[AzaleaFilter]We have a beautiful azalea plant in front of our front porch. It has amazing blossoms for about two weeks, which have now all fallen off. Best way to prune this bush (special snowflake details inside)... [more inside]
posted by kuanes on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Online landscaping design idea mock-ups

I have some guys coming in two weeks to pull the shrubs in the flowerbed in front of our house and replace them with others. The problem is that I am very undecided on what types to put in, or how to arrange them. Is there an online application (free) where I can mock up ideas to see what they would look like? Preferably one that allows head-on views more than from-above views. Thanks.
posted by atm on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof?

I can't seem to grow grass in my front yard. Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof? I don't care what kind of grass it is, I just need it to grow! [more inside]
posted by rglass on Mar 21, 2011 - 13 answers

300 years of oak down the drain: $1100

We just had two 150-year-old oak trees felled. My landscaper is telling me that we need to pay $1100 to essentially take them to the dump. [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Mar 15, 2011 - 36 answers

How do you work with grass plugs?

Grass plugs, a small-tenderly kept area, and no luck... How am I messing this up? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

gravel invaded by weeds!

any advice on the best way to reclaim a gravel parking area from the weeds? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Aug 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Native plants for a DC backyard?

Suggestions needed for mid-to-low maintenance, ornamental, native plants that I can grow in D.C. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I xeriscape an easement?

Utility Easements and Landscaping - What's legal? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jun 24, 2010 - 5 answers

landscapers for photoshoots in nyc?

Are there people who specialize in landscaping / horticultural arts for architectural and residential photoshoots? In NYC? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jun 9, 2010 - 4 answers

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