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We’ve been digging up our backyard to get rid of Japanese knotweed and have been finding pockets of this grey, gritty stuff. Does anyone know what it is (see images; in one you can clearly see the grey line where this layer of stuff is)? We thought that perhaps its by-product from when homes were heated by coal and rather than properly dispose of the by-product it was dumped in the backyard. Or perhaps it’s leftover gunk from when a narrow concrete walkway was put in the yard. We’ve been trying to throw out this crap, but easier said than done. Thanks.
Was hoping some gardening expert here could help me out. I planted these enormous asters in terracotta planters a couple weeks ago, and although I kept them watered (once a week or so) and the leaves seem healthy, the flowers are all brown, and the proportion of dead:live flowers doesn’t seem right. What am I doing wrong? Any advice? Thanks!
I am in need of help to eliminate grubs from a potted tree (6′ tree). Its destroying the tree and before its gone I would love if someone with a green thumb can come help save her. While at it, inspect to be sure the other potted trees we have on this terrace are safe and sound… My lack of knowledge is not helping, need someone that knows what they are doing and can come to help me sort this out. Asap…! Located in Fort Greene and would love to take care of this before Sunday when I need to travel…
I have large pieces of blue stone for sale. $200. If interested send a reply.
Hi, I recently worked with Eco Brooklyn on my back yard renovation, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a contractor for a similar project. Here is the review that I wrote for Gennaro, Eco Brooklyn’s founder:
I feel fortunate to have worked with Eco Brooklyn on our back garden renovation. My neighbor and I hired Gennaro simultaneously to renovate our shared backyards, so that our respective gardens would function as a single, unified space, but also work just as two separate spaces. For our side of the yard, the project included extending an existing bluestone patio, creating an invisible drain in the bluestone, and building a curvilinear brick planter along two contiguous walls, with bluestone capping that doubles as a bench. The finished garden surpasses my expectations, and Gennaro and his crew were truly a pleasure to work with.
Gennaro’s expertise on construction issues such as proper drainage, materials selection, etc. were immediately apparent when he assessed our garden. What also became quickly apparent is his excellent sense of design. Being a designer myself, I had anticipated doing most of the design of the garden, but i ended up seeking and using many of Gennaro’s design ideas and opinions. He truly cares about aesthetic quality and worked closely with me throughout the project to ensure that I was happy with its progress.
Another skill that sets Gennaro apart is his knowledge and experience with safe lead removal. During the planning phase of the renovation we discovered that our soil was contaminated with lead. Since we have two young children, dealing with the lead safely and effectively became the number one priority . Gennaro thoroughly outlined and implemented safe lead removal practices throughout the project. Our children were at home much of the time that his crew was working, and we had peace of mind of knowing that they were not in danger of lead exposure.
Eco Brooklyn is unique in its commitment to using reclaimed materials. In addition to its environmental benefits, the antique bluestone and bricks that were used are beautiful, with a patina of age that new materials could not replicate.
Gennaro is a thoughtful, soft-spoken person who consistently met our schedule and deadlines. His crew is friendly and courteous. They were such a pleasure to have around that both my husband and I were a bit sad when the work was finished! Gennaro was also kind enough to take us to the nursery to help us pick out local plants for the garden. He even built a tree fort for our children, using scraps left over from the project.
Thanks to Gennaro, what was formerly a marginally used outdoor space has been transformed into a lovely Brooklyn garden, that has, in turn, transformed my family’s experience of living in Brooklyn.
We want to buy about 10 medium sized blue stones for our garden. 70 sf surface to cover. Anybody needs to discard some? Please let us know
Anyone need soil for their garden? We filled a new bed with nice bagged topsoil and compost about 2 years ago but now are covering the area with bluestone. Seems a shame to throw it away if someone can re-use it.
Soil is in bags, small amounts in each so not too heavy. Some small stones and sticks mixed in, as we mixed the new topsoil we bought with the existing soil that was there. Good quality dirt!
Enough to fill 3 foot by 8 feet area, 6 inches deep. Take it all, take a few.
Please call Tracy if you are interested. 718 832 5786
Does anyone know a supplier in Brooklyn / NYC that can deliver about 350-400 sqft of white river peebles / rocks to put around the edges of my garden? I’m not really trying to take home 80 40lbs bags from the Home Depot.
I just finished fixing up my yard and have a patio to grill on now. The yard isn’t huge, maybe 20 X 35. I am sizing up some propane grills to get. I’ve settled on a weber but not sure which one. Anyone have suggestions for size? I already have a round weber charcoal grill but I don’t see us using that too often given the setup time needed.
My backyard is a mess of patchy grass and weeds, mosquitoes, and plenty of tree shade and leaves on the fall. I’ve seen out of state many playgrounds with mulch as a safe playing area and like the idea.
My idea is to weed-whack the back yard square (around 16×25), set some sort of anti-weed landscape fabric and spread mulch. I will put some sort of wood barrier, maybe 5 inches up, where the soil touches a cement base adjacent to the home out drain. This barrier is to prevent mulch floating into that cement/drain area under the deck attached to the house. The back yard could use a bit of pitching against the house, but I don’t think I can get into that due to manual labor and I can’t spend much money on the area at the moment.
Is this a bad idea?
I am a member of the Presotect Heights Community Farm on St. Marks and a few weeks ago we had a huge sick maple tree cut down and now we need a wood chipper. Parts of the trunk are approximately 2 feet in diameter and we also have a huge pile of smaller branches. The chipper can take the chips or leave them behind. We are looking for someone to grind down the exisiting stump as well.
Ideas, suggestions and referrals are welcome!
Any advice for a first time visit to the Department of Buildings? I’m doing due dilligence before a purchase so looking to see if there’s any additional info on the property or outstanding violations. There is no i-card online and no C of O (pre 1938 but classified B3 by Finance Dept). Looking to see if previous plans are available detailing the configuration of the property.
Is there anything in particular I need to bring (besides some reading material)? Also…may be a dumb question but is the main office in Manahattan where I should go? This is for a Brooklyn property.
Anyone have recommendation for a professionals who can rehang an old heavy set of oak pocket doors? Doors are in great shape but track needs some help. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thx!!
Can anyone recommend someone to help me lay a 10 X10″ bluestone patio (set on sand/gravel) in my yard?
Putting in a patio – and have removed some great soil. Just pick upon on Eastern between Bedford and Rogers – middle of the block – on car wash (corner of Bedford Ave) side.