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California Home Landscaping
Table of Contents
About This Book 8
As Your Landscape Grows 12
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
First Impressions 16
Make a pleasant passage to your front door
A Foundation with Flair 20
Flowers and foliage create a front garden
Up Front and Formal 24
Garden geometry transforms a small front yard
An Eye-Catching Corner 28
Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants
Streetwise and Stylish 32
Give your curbside strip a new look
Landscape a Low Wall 36
A two-tier garden and patio replace a bland slope
Beautify a Blank Wall 40
A vertical garden makes the most of a narrow site
A Shady Hideaway 44
Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard
An Outdoor “Living” Room 48
Patio and shady arbor provide open-air opportunities
Splash Out 52
Make a water garden the focus of outdoor activities
Garden in the Round 56
Create a planting with several attractive faces
A Beginning Border 60
Flowers and a wall make a traditional design
Back to Nature 64
Create a wooded retreat in your backyard
A No-Mow Slope 68
A terraced planting transforms a steep site
Under the Old Shade Tree 72
Create a cozy garden in a cool spot
A Pleasant Passage 76
Reclaim a narrow side yard for a stroll garden
Down to Earth 80
Harmonize your deck with its surroundings
Gateway Garden 84
Arbor, fence, and plantings make a handsome entry
Front-Door Makeover 88
Enhance your main entry in a weekend
An Island Retreat 92
Create a freestanding patio garden
An Entry Oasis 96
Extend a friendly desert welcome
Backyard Makeover 100
Getting a lot out of a small, frost-free lot
Poolside Pleasures 104
Plantings to enhance your swimming pool
Planting in the Pines 108
Surround your woodland deck with flowering shrubs
GUIDE TO INSTALLATION
Organizing Your Project 114
Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.
Clearing the Site 116
Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.
Water for Your Plants 118
Water-wise practices. Watering systems.
Making Paths and Walkways 120
Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.
Laying a Patio 126
Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage.
Installing a Pond 128
Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.
Building a Retaining Wall 132
Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.
Fences, Arbors, and Trellises 136
Wood selection, layout, post setting, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, trellises, and arbors shown in the Portfolio of Designs.
Preparing the Soil for Planting 148
Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds.
Buying Plants 152
Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.
The Planting Process 153
When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.
Planting Basics 155
Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.
Basic Landscape Care 157
Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.
Caring for Woody Plants 161
Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge.
Caring for Perennials 166
Routine care, pruning, dividing.
Problem Solving 168
Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter damage.
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them. 172
Photo Credits 216