Home Landscaping: Texas

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Home Landscaping: Texas, Including Oklahoma is the latest edition in Creative Homeowner’s best-selling Regional Home Landscaping series, providing easy, practical ideas to beautify outdoor environments. Starting with the 200 best plants that thrive in the region, landscape professionals from Texas created 46 outdoor design concepts. Included are easy-to-follow instructions to create the paths, fences, walls, and arbors included in the designs, as well as information on plant care and maintenance. Clearly written ...
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Overview

Home Landscaping: Texas, Including Oklahoma is the latest edition in Creative Homeowner’s best-selling Regional Home Landscaping series, providing easy, practical ideas to beautify outdoor environments. Starting with the 200 best plants that thrive in the region, landscape professionals from Texas created 46 outdoor design concepts. Included are easy-to-follow instructions to create the paths, fences, walls, and arbors included in the designs, as well as information on plant care and maintenance. Clearly written in friendly style, Home Landscaping: Texas provides the reader with enough insider advice to turn even a novice gardener into a landscape pro.

Author Bio:
Greg Grant is a garden writer, ornamental plant developer, public speaker, and horticulturist with the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Humble, Texas. He is a regular contributor to Texas Gardener. He is a Master Texas Certified Nurseryman, a member of the Garden Writer’s Association of America, and a charter member of Crape Myrtle Society of America.

Roger Holmes is the founding editor of Fine Gardening magazine. He co-edited the monumental Taylor’s Master Guide to Gardening, and other highly regarded gardening books, and produced the landscaping series of which this book is part. He also co-wrote Creative Homeowner’s Creating Good Gardens.

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Finally, a landscape guide co-authored by Texas' own Greg Grant. This is no prissy coffee table book but a pure how -to guide with lots of design ideas and plant suggestions--a must have for any serious or beginning gardener in the Lone Star or adjoining states. (Editor/Publisher, Texas Gardener)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580111447
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book 8
Seasons in Your Landscape 12
As Your Landscape Grows 16
Portfolio of Designs
First Impressions: Make a pleasant passage to your front door 20
A Foundation with Flair: Flowers and foliage create a front garden 24
Up Front Informal: Turn a small front yard into a welcoming garden 28
An Eye-Catching Corner: Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants 32
Streetwise and Stylish: Give your curbside strip a new look 36
Landscape a Low Wall: A two-tiered garden replaces a bland slope 40
Beautify a Blank Wall: A vertical garden makes the most of a narrow site 44
A Shady Hideaway: Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard 48
An Outdoor "Living" Room: A patio and shady arbor provide open-air opportunities 52
Splash Out: Make a handsome water garden in a few weekends 56
Garden in the Round: Create a planting with several attractive faces 60
A Beginning Border: Flowers and a fence make a carefree design 64
A Woodland Link: Create a shrub border for nearby woods 68
A No-Mow Slope: A terraced garden transforms a steep site 72
Angle of Repose: Make a backdoor garden in a sheltered niche 76
A Garden Path: Reclaim a narrow side yard for a stroll garden 80
Down to Earth: Harmonize your deck with its surroundings 84
Gateway Garden: Arbor, fence, and plantings make an inviting entry 88
A Green Screen: Hide bins for refuse and recycling with a fence, foliage, and flowers 92
Elegant Symmetry: Make a formal garden for your backyard 96
Guide to Installation
Organizing Your Project: Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results 102
Clearing the Site: Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material 104
Water for Your Plants: Water-wise practices. Watering systems 106
Making Paths and Walkways: Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface 108
Laying a Patio: Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage 114
Installing a Pond: Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants 116
Building a Retaining Wall: Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps 120
Fences, Arbors, and Trellises: Wood selection, layout, post setting, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, trellises, and arbors shown in the Portfolio of Designs 124
Preparing the Soil for Planting: Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds 142
Buying Plants: Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price 146
The Planting Process: When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers 147
Planting Basics: Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs 149
Basic Landscape Care: Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering 151
Caring for Woody Plants: Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge 155
Caring for Perennials: Routine care, pruning, dividing 160
Problem Solving: Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter damage 162
Plant Profiles
Glossary 200
Photo Credits 202
Index 202
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