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How should I cheaply improve this terrible front yard?

Moving into a rental house and the lawn is bare and weedy. I don't want to sink a lot of money in it, but I do want it to look better. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Keep yer damn morning glories off my lawn

The neighbors' morning glories are growing under their fence into our yard, and driving me nuts. How can I fend them off? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jul 11, 2014 - 19 answers

ISO best practices for cleaning up broken glass outdoors

I have a (potentially) lovely area in my yard where I'd like to put some patio furniture. Problem: it seems to have been used as a midden/trash heap at some point in the past. Things I've found there include old glass fuses, broken window glass, and old vacuum cleaner parts (some with tree roots growing right through them). I suspect the *right* way to fix it is to dig up and replace a few inches of the topsoil (or to pave it over), but I'm renting. I'm willing to put down a few inches of mulch, but I'd like to get as much of the glass up as I can beforehand. I've been picking it up by (gloved) hand but if anyone has any secret tips for locating and picking up broken glass off of dirt, I'd love to hear them!
posted by mskyle on Jun 12, 2014 - 10 answers

What do I do about this hole in my yard?

I discovered a hole, roughly 10 inches across, in my yard (at a house I just moved into). It's basically a pipe going far far down, and had a stone top resting over the hole, loosely covering it. It reminds me of the Baby Jessica well, which makes me want to get rid of it, fill it in, cover it up. But I don't know what it is. Who might I call to figure out what it is, what it's for, if I can just remove the whole thing, or if it's necessary to keep it as-is?
posted by davebug on Apr 25, 2014 - 28 answers

The Great Outdoors: Furniture Edition

Never-ending winter be damned! I want to think about outdoor furniture, but I'm basically clueless. What holds up well? Dining set-up or lounge? Specific recommendations appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Mar 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Need ideas for backyard ground cover

The backyard of the house we bought has several raised beds (great!) and a couple of trees. The previous owners removed the lawn, so the rest of the ground is plain ol' bare dirt. They apparently liked it that way, but I don't. I'd like some ideas for a low-maintenance ground cover that isn't straight-up grass or sod. Other details within. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 15, 2014 - 10 answers

interesting tree choices for South Carolina yard?

The very large pecan tree shading our backyard is dying and must go this winter. We're looking for a replacement to be centered in the (1/8 acre or so) backyard. We don't want another shade tree - just a nice tree to anchor the yard. I'm specifically looking for especially odd/unique/interesting options - something that will surprise people. This is in zone 8a and would probably start as a seedling.
posted by ftm on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Creative uses for old cut stones (blank tombstones)?

My house was built in 1890. When I had foundation work done several years ago, the workers dug out a lot of dirt from under my house, and in that dirt they found a bunch of cut and carved stones - pure white marble, limestone, and granite. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Resources and advice for maintaining a koi pond?

Just moved into a house with a really nice koi pond. It has a waterfall, rock bridge...the works. But I have no idea how to do anything with it. I don't even seem to have the right language to search the web for detailed advice. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Downed tree, city in storm aftermath, what to do?

We've had a giant storm and an incredible number of trees are down including many blocking roads. One downed tree is mine, although thankfully it's not in the street. I was actually in the process of getting an arborist out here to get it taken down next week...and now it's down! Er, mostly down! And that's where I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

How to safely evict squirrels from a palm tree about to be trimmed?

We share a 10' tall palm tree with a neighbor. The tree needs to be trimmed (dead fronts, some rotting areas, etc.). At least one, and probably a whole family, of squirrels has made its home somewhere in that tree. I don't want to see them get injured, but I don't know how to get them out before the tree-trimming service people come and start whacking at it. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on May 18, 2013 - 6 answers

commercial where woman steals bite of friend's cookie?

What is that commercial that's currently running where a woman steals a bite of her friend's cookie? They are standing at a fence and she steals a bite. Her friend says, "You just bit my cookie!" And she replies with her mouth full: "No way!"
posted by cmp4Meta on May 14, 2013 - 4 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

Help me help my yard

I've recently moved from renting an apartment in a complex to renting a privately-owned duplex. It has a little (8 ft by about 15 ft) yard-ish thing right now that I would like to transform into a real yard. The owners won't pay for it, but would be fine with whatever I do to it. The problem is, right now the yard is completely overrun with weeds; everything else gets choked out by them. I don't know what kind of weeds, there's a variety of them. The other problem is that I live in Phoenix and the ground is very hard and dry so pulling the weeds by hand is going to be... difficult if not impossible. I've seen previous yard questions, but I am a special desert-dwelling snowflake and a little bit of a hippy, so I'm looking for more ideas than the "poison the whole thing" that I see in some of the other questions and also Phoenix-specific advice. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on May 5, 2013 - 20 answers

I know it's always greener over there...

So, tell me about grass. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I get these fallen leaves out of my decorative stone flowerbeds?

My new house has some nice flowerbeds that are covered in decorative white stones. They have been a bit neglected, and a lot of dry fallen leaves have accumulated in the flowerbeds and mixed with the stones. I tried gently raking the leaves out, but I couldn't get all of them. I can't seem to rake them out without removing the stones too. I think it looks messy like this. What's an easy way to remove the leaves?
posted by (F)utility on Feb 7, 2013 - 12 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

How to make friends and influence smart birds

How do I make friends with corvids? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

How to get started with landscaping our yard?

Ms. B and I live in our first house. We'd like to do some stuff in the yard, but don't know where to start. We're in the U.S. What do we need to know? [Some details inside.] [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 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

The Mystery of the Rusty Broken Thingamajig

What the crazy heck is this rusty antique yard implement a friend found under their house? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 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

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

Hey presto, your waterfall is a tomato plant!

I want to fill or cover a large water feature on my property so it's child-safe, does not require maintenance, and ideally, allows planters/planting. Advice? Online guides? Experience? [more inside]
posted by bq on May 2, 2012 - 13 answers

What yard, lawn, or garden tools can't you live without?

What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Apr 16, 2012 - 36 answers

String Up My String Trimmer

I need advice on loading and threading the string on a gas-powered weed-eater/string trimmer. I have owned many of them in my adult life, and either they all suck, or I'm doing something fundamentally wrong. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 10, 2012 - 17 answers

I want to hire your favorite home repair/upkeep people.

Spring cleaning/maintenance recommendations, please! I want to hear about companies you've hired and been really happy with in Toronto. Detailed list of services desired inside. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Good fences make good neighbors.

Last week I asked about creative hedge fence ideas because our neighbor has a trashy yard. We thought it would be too rude to put up a fence. Well...now we want the fence. What type of fence? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 25, 2012 - 30 answers

Soft Kitty, warm kitty, GO AWAY KITTY!

The cats in my yard are driving my indoor cat crazy! [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Mar 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Ashes to...?

What is best to do about a large pile of wood ashes in the corner of my yard? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Feb 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me jazz up some yard sale prints!

What color to paint the frames of some neat little animal prints from a yard sale? [more inside]
posted by klugarsh on Sep 25, 2011 - 8 answers

How to separate gravel and yard?

Gravel on one side, grass on the other. What's a good border that's kid friendly? [more inside]
posted by smelvis on May 29, 2011 - 4 answers

What ground cover thwarts grass best?

What ground cover will best defy the incursion of my nemesis, grass? Shady (under tree) area in Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 28, 2011 - 10 answers

It ain't a yard, it's weeds.

What is the best thing to do about all the weeds in my yard? There's hardly any grass remaining. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 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

WTF MR X

Question about the game Scotland Yard. Are the rules crazy or are we just playing the game straight up wrong? [more inside]
posted by degoao on Dec 26, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I keep my yard scrap cart from getting gunked up by my kitchen scraps?

RecologyFillter: Those of you Bay Area residents who've received the Recology yard scrap and recycling carts, how do you manage your kitchen scraps in a way that doesn't muck up the inside of the cart too badly and create a stinky mess? [more inside]
posted by choochoo on Dec 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Where can I find a landscape consultant? Does such a profession exist?

My rather large yard needs help. More inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How should I prep my above-ground pool for a period of disuse?

Can I let my (full, covered) above-ground pool go a few years without opening or swimming in it? Will the pool still be OK should I wish to reopen and use it at some point in the future? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Overhauling the yard

What do I need to know before overhauling my packed-dirt backyard? Bonus points for inexpensive and green/sustainable suggestions. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Cool (cheap?) Garden Edging

Ideas for neat / interesting garden edging. [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Jul 10, 2010 - 11 answers

It's a Peppy onslaught of LePews

I have skunks in my backyard. What can I do about it? I mean besides running inside and screaming like a nine year old girl. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Help get rid of flies off shrub

How do I get rid of an infestation of flies from my euonymus (kiautschovicus/manhattan?) shrub? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Happy Happy Fun Outdoors Toy

I want to buy something fun for the family to play with, either in the backyard or at the park. I have about $100. Water balloon cannon? Bocce? What have you played outdoors that is tons of fun and holds up to repeated playing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 1, 2010 - 31 answers

Repelling Peter Cottontail

How do I make my yard less rabbit friendly? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Jun 15, 2010 - 24 answers

How should I handle my backyard?

New to homeownership. How should I handle my backyard? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Jun 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Find an elsewhere to be, roaches.

Urban dwellers with concrete yards: Have you had any success repelling cockroaches? I'd prefer less creepy-crawly company in the summer when I'm relaxing in my garden, thanks. [more inside]
posted by desuetude on May 30, 2010 - 8 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

What water feature?

Help me make a "water feature" - for visual/aural esthetics, as well as attractive to birds and other wild life. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Apr 12, 2010 - 5 answers

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