Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut Your Utility Bills by up to 30 Percent and Create a Natural, Healthy Yard / Edition 1

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If you've ever relaxed under a tree on a hot day or hurried across an open field in a biting wind, you've experienced how the features of a landscape can dramatically affect your comfort. Studies have shown that on the same day, at the same time, at only slightly different locations, landscaping can change the temperature by 20 to 25degreeF.

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping will show you how to save up to 30% on heating bills and 75% on air-conditioning, cut outdoor water costs by 80%, reduce yard maintenance for a lush lawn with less effort and no toxic chemicals, and create a yard that's inviting to wildlife and pest-free.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963878403
  • Publisher: Appropriate Solutions Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Publisher's Note 4
1 Why Energy-Efficient Landscaping Makes Sense 7
2 Putting Nature to Work: The Basic Principles 13
3 Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Cool Climates 33
4 Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Hot, Arid Climates 45
5 Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Hot, Humid Climates 57
6 Energy-Efficient Landscaping for Temperate Climates 69
7 Water-Efficient (Low-Maintenance) Landscaping 91
8 Natural Lawn Care 103
9 Landscaping for Wildlife 113
10 Creating a Natural-Looking Garden with Native Plants 123
11 The Lazy Gardener's Guide to Recycling Yard Waste 131
12 An Environmental Gardener's Guide to Pest Management 141
13 Designing and Planning 149
14 Landscaping Skills 101 159
A Map: The Zones of Plant Hardiness 173
B Map: The Latitudes of North America 175
C Table of Solar Angles for the U.S. 177
D Table of Tangents 183
E Table of Tree Densities 187
F Lists of Plants According to Size and Form 189
Bibliography 219
Index 225
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