Landscape Construction 1-2-3
Expert Edvice from the Home Depot
Packed with practical techniques and technical know-how to help do-it-yourselfers succeed.Covers fences and gates, retaining walls, outdoor sheds, trellises and arbors, outdoor electricity, plumbing and drainage, and working with concrete."Wisdom of the Aisles" on every page guarantees a beautifully landscaped yard.Guarantees great results with step-by-step instructions, timeframe for completion, plus skills and materials lists.Plenty of helpful tips and shortcuts that the pros use.
Gardening with Hardy Heathers
Hardcover ISBN: 0881927821
A timely and comprehensive review of these high-color, low-maintenance garden plants. The sight of a wild landscape covered with heathers in full bloom is breathtaking, so it is little surprise that people have found ways of introducing these rewarding plants into their gardens. In the residential context they excel, offering color in the drabbest months and a huge diversity of height, habit, and other valuable characteristics in return for modest cultural demands. A fascinating account of the unique ecological niche they occupy—including their remarkable adaptation to make use of the nitrogen and phosphorus unavailable to most other plants— provides a fitting context for discussion of their specific cultural needs. The detailed selection of cultivated hardy heathers conveniently provides gardeners with the best garden performers while further lists allow them to search for heathers for specific qualities such as heat tolerance, ground cover, or early summer blooming. Design options for displaying heathers at their best in the garden are provided along with advice on spacing, pruning, propagation, pests, and diseases. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated work, classic wild-collected cultivars are described alongside the latest introductions to produce an invaluable reference that will inspire heather enthusiasts and gardeners for generations to come.
Simple Steps to Earth-Friendly Landscapes
Paperback ISBN: 086571682x
Provides urbanites and suburbanites with a way to design and maintain an eco-yard, detailing soil science, the best way to grow vegetables; making one's yard water-wise; and replacing one's lawn with trees, shrubs, flower beds and hardy, low-maintenance grass. Original.
Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design
Paperback ISBN: 158017423x
From spring green to winter gold, the drama of grasses is nonstop. There are the striking yellow-and-green ostrich plumes of Zebra Grass. The fine-textured leaves of Blue Oat Grass. Flame Grass's dazzling red-orange leaves, Fountain Grass's coppery brushes, the rich brown nuggets of Northern Sea Oats, the feathery purple haze of Switch Grass. Whether on their own or as backdrops for colorful garden flowers, ornamental grasses are admired for their color, form, movement, and texture. They also aid in erosion control, soil stabilization, and water retention, making them great conservation tools for gardeners in all hardiness zones. Although grasses are widely available at garden centers all over North America, few books advise the gardener on how to use them in the garden - and especially how to combine them with perennials and other plants. GRASSES features plans and practical advice for more than 24 unique gardens. It's complete with an identification and growing guide to the plants, and it features more than 150 full-color photographs, illustrations, and landscape plans.
How to Build Paths, Steps & Footbridges
The Fundamentals of Planning, Designing, and Constructing Creative Walkways in Your Home Landscapes
Paperback ISBN: 1580174876
Making the outdoors more inviting becomes easy in a guide to constructing practical and beautiful elements on any property, with hundreds of instructional drawings of plans and techniques, and advice on every step of the building process, from choosing a site to finalizing a design. Simultaneous.
A Life Spent Changing Places
Hardcover ISBN: 0812242637
The title does not make clear that this is an autobiography. Halprin (1916-2009) completed the manuscript in the last years of his life. It is a charming and vigorous narrative of life and work illustrated with family photos, drawings made during all phases of his life, and photos of projects. Laurie Olin (landscape architecture, U. of Pennsylvania) provides a foreword summarizing highlights of the great landscape architect's career, contributions, and legacy--particularly his strong interest in a process of creation that reaches into the minds of many people. The book's format is horizontal (11x8.5)--elegantly designed in a manner that allows readers to walk through text and photos as if in the company of a highly creative and articulate friend. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Grow More With Less
Sustainable Garden Methods: Less Water - Less Work - Less Money
Paperback ISBN: 1591865514
Horticultural expert Vincent Simeone helps you plan your green garden in this practical, holistic guide. With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, Grow More with Less lets you put your best foot forward in creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. From composting and mulching to planting trees, author Vincent Simeone covers all the eco-friendly essentials in one straightforward handbook. Simeone makes the what, how, and why of sustainable gardening unmistakably clear: why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, how to manage invasive species, how to make the most of your lawn (regardless of its size), the importance of IPM (integrated pest management) in fighting insects and pests, how to conserve water with proper irrigation, installing rain barrels and cisterns, and more. Even when the solution is to do nothing—for instance, leaving some parts of a lawn un-mowed in order to save time and money while attracting local wildlife—Grow More with Less enables you to confidently make the call. With effective, time-proven recommendations like these, field-tested in a large botanical garden and adapted for home use by Vincent Simeone, Grow More with Less is your complete step-by-step personal roadmap for green gardening.
Landscaping With Stone
Paperback ISBN: 0376014296
Includes more than 24 projects that use stone--from paths, patios and steps to decorative boulders, rock gardens and walls, in a book that includes 400 full-color photos, detailed shopping lists for each product and professional advice from stone masons and landscape designers. Original.