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Big dogs == no lawn?

We have a pair of 65 pound dogs and a 35'x60' back yard. There used to be a mix of clover, zoysia, and violets as ground cover, but the dogs' running around (and digging) has reduced it all to roots and dirt. What ground cover can we grow that will stand up to the dogs' track and field events? Barring that, what the heck do we do back there so we don't have to bathe the dogs every time they go out there within three days of a light rain? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

How do connect a neckless globe to this light socket?

DIY Light Fixture: I want to connect a neckless globe like this to a swag cord like this. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Apr 4, 2014 - 2 answers

What light fixture is this?

Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by esd on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Beach Canopy To Shade The Family?

Going on our annual summer vacation an need to get a canopy for the beach that can: -provide shade -not fall over in typical beach wind -handle the sand [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jul 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Light fixture/ceiling shade mystery.

Looking for plain shades for light bulbs in the ceiling. Having a heck of a time finding the right search terms to find something to buy something online. Pictures and details inside. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jul 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Gardening and plant placement in an overcast climate

How does living in an area with near-constant overcast skies affect the placement of plants that are labeled "Full Sun", "Part Sun/Part Shade" or "Shade"? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Jul 5, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants.

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2013 - 9 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

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

Easier than EZUp?

I'd like to find a screenhouse/shade structure that I can set up by myself. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Compact, effective shade structure for Burning Man?

Asking for a friend: "How do I best go about buying/getting/building a shade structure for Burning Man? Specific requirements, as always, inside." [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jul 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me block out the sun!

I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

daughter breaks, mommy pays

Shopping help - Need to find replacement glass lamp shade [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Sep 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Lightweight shade tent?

I need to buy a shade tent/canopy that is 1) as lightweight as possible and 2) easily erected by one person 3) who is only five feet tall. If I could, I would buy the REI Alcove Shelter, but it's out of stock. What else can you recommend?
posted by HotToddy on Jul 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me make my garden tastier

I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Keeping cool on the sidelines

What is the best way to keep a merry band of seven- and eight-year old girls cool at soccer games? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

What plants would be good for screening a window?

What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

How to attend Burning Man while avoiding the sun?

I really don't like the sun. I would like to go to Burning Man. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by the jam on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I slow down my window shade?

I have a pull shade in my window that flies up too fast. How do I slow it down? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Help my mom select low-hassle, shady plants?

What are the best shade-tolerant, ultra-low-maintenance plants for my mom's terraced flowerbed? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on May 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Canopy or awning?

Pop-up canopy/gazebo or crank- out awning (like Sunsetter)? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Apr 17, 2010 - 5 answers

I'd like my floor lamps to be more attractive than lightbulbs lying on the floor.

Help me turn a blindingly bright LED tube into a functional and decorative floor lamp! [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 5, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I grow food in my shady apartment?

How do I grow food and be more sustainable in a shady city apartment? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me figure out a window covering/curtain/other for a small group of glass blocks!

We're moving into a new place in a few weeks, and we've got a nice glass block "window" in the bedroom. We love it, but the boyfriend needs darky darkness in order to sleep at night and there's a street light right outside the window. Help me figure out a window covering/curtain/shade/other! [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper on Jun 23, 2009 - 22 answers

What shade should I put on this lamp?

I just found this funky diamond shaped lamp and am not sure what it is, or what kind of lampshade would look right on it. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jun 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Balcony privacy

I'm looking for an outdoor shade/blind to use on my balcony. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Should I use the blue or silver side of my car sun-shade?

Car Sun Shade Question: I have a car sun-shade that is blue on one side and silverish on the other side. Which side should I face out to keep my car cooler? [more inside]
posted by boots77 on May 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Skylights, not skyheaters.... how to reduce heat gain/loss in a Manhattan office?

Energy efficient skylight and window treatments for Manhattan office - what is this film coating? Others experiences? Suggestions? Who and where to procure it? [more inside]
posted by keasby on Feb 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Cheap Shoji?

I need a large sheet of thin but durable, mylar-ish translucent material in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Jan 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Shade Tolerant Plants

Shade-tolerant plants! I have a small raised bed outside my door which is in deep shade, under a large white pine tree. I'm in coastal New Hampshire, Zone 5, somewhat moderated by the ocean effect. The soil is on the acidic side but is easily augmented. It's quite moist. I don't need veggies because I grow them in a community garden, but herbs would be nice, or just ornamental things. Any ideas as to what might grow?
posted by Miko on Apr 23, 2007 - 23 answers

I need some help constructing a shadecloth/tarp type thing for the backyard.

I need some help constructing a shadecloth/tarp type thing for the backyard. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jun 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Cool Shade

The deck / patio on my mother's house is completely exposed to the sun and umbrellas haven't been working as shade providers. The wind breaks them. Or they provide insufficient shading. Besides building a roof over the deck, what else can we try to turn her deck into a nicely shaded space?
posted by Aghast. on May 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Ground cover for a shaded hill?

What can I plant to cover a well shaded, steep hill? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Mar 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Cord/small gauge rope that doesn't deteriorate in the sun?

Is there some way to get rope or cording which won't fall apart after a summer in the hot southern Arizona sun? Last year I installed some roll down window shades made of bamboo to take the brunt of the sun that was otherwise streaming in the windows. These aren't the most well constructed shades ever invented, but they did admirably at providing a cheap solution to shading my windows from the intensely hot summer. [more inside]
posted by mulkey on May 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Help me fix my window shades

I have vinyl shades on my windows. One, in particular, has absolutely no tension. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on May 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Perennials for Shady Dry Area on Zone 4/5

I have a spot on the East side of my garage that just won't support grass. It's in deep thick shade and gets little water. The soil is heavy and clay-like. What kind of perennials would work here? Have you done this before? Have you any pictures?
posted by kc0dxh on May 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Tall Houseplant Recommendations

recommendations, please, for tall houseplants that need little watering (we're sometimes away for a week or two), like the warmth (summer is warm, winter has central heating), and don't mind the shade (in summer there are blinds outside to keep the temperature down)? someone just recommended ficus alli to us, yet they are described on that page as "sun loving" - what's right? also, once bought, do we need to repot them into something larger? if so, what soil do we need? anything else plant-clueless people should know? thanks! [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Dec 8, 2004 - 11 answers

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