Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition

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Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition, is a combination landscape design and project book in one, whcih has been updated with all new photographs. The first section of the book provides readers with a framework for incorporating stone in their landscape designs, including a look at the different types of stone used in landscapes, sources of inspiration, and ways to think about stone in relation to other landscape elements. The second part provides readers with tips on working with stone, from transporting to ...

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Overview

Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition, is a combination landscape design and project book in one, whcih has been updated with all new photographs. The first section of the book provides readers with a framework for incorporating stone in their landscape designs, including a look at the different types of stone used in landscapes, sources of inspiration, and ways to think about stone in relation to other landscape elements. The second part provides readers with tips on working with stone, from transporting to cutting and setting. There is also step-by-step instruction on some of the most popular stone projects, including patios, walls, and rock gardens.

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The popularity of stone in landscaping projects continues to be on the rise in the United States, where until only recently wood dominated as the preferred choice of building material for decks, patios, and garden walls. This book teems with stunning photos of landscapes fully embracing this natural material. The instructions are meticulous but easy to follow, and since there are so many ways to "stonescape" and quite a few new terms to learn, the detailed index and glossary will come in handy. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580114462
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Landscaping Series
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 266,923
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Sagui gained her landscaping experience firsthand as a member of a family-owned nursery and landscaping business. She has been writing about gardening and landscaping since 1991. She lives in Westfield, VT.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1
Designing with Stone 12
Decide What You Like 14
• Explore the Possibilities
Aesthetic Decisions for Stonework 18
• Developing a Design Direction
• Inspiration from the Site
• Use Props
Creating Walkways and Steps 26
Creating Stone Patios 30
Creating Walls 34
Creating Rock Features 38

Chapter 2
Planning Your Project 42
Defining the Site 44
• Site Evaluation
• Become a Soil Sleuth
• Create Site Drawings
• Managing the Worksite
• Professional Expertise
• The Budget as a Planning Aid
• How Much Will It Cost?

Chapter 3
Stone as a Building Material 56
Stone Classifications 58
• Evaluating Stone
• Small-Dimension Materials
• Price, Availability, and Quantity
Guidelines for Delivery 64
Learn from the Stone 66

Chapter 4
Tools & Techniques 68
Tools 70
• Tool Preferences
Working with Stone 73
• Before you Begin
• Shaping Skills
• Dressed Stone
Mortared Stonework 78
• How to Mix Mortar
Living with Stone 80
• Stone Displacement
Protect your Plants 81
• Temporary Relocations
• Saving Sod
• Working Around Mature Trees and Shrubs
• Changing the Grade
• Altering Natural Watercourses

Chapter 5
Paths & Walkways 86
Path and Walkway Design 88
• Complement Garden Features
• Walkway and Path Basics
• Edging

• Walkway Slope
Stepping-stone Paths 95
• Stone Selection
• Laying Out the Walk
• Set the Stones
Gravel Paths and Walkways 96
• Types of Stone
• Installing a Loose-Aggregate Walk
• Spread the Loose Aggregate
Dry-Laid Flagstone Walks 100
• Walk Design
• Lay Stone in Sand
• Remove the Forms
Stepping-stones in Water 104

Chapter 6
Stone Patios 106
Patio Uses 108
Installing a Dry-Laid Patio 108
Building a Patio 111
• Leveling
• Calculate the Slope
• Excavate the Soil
• Add a Gravel Base
• Add a Sand Bed
• To Edge or Not
• Choose a Pattern and Spacing
• Set the Stone
• Fill the Joints
Mortared Patios 122
• Choose and Dry Fit the Stone

Chapter 7
Landscape Steps 126
Step Design 128
• Rise and Run
• Calculate Unit Rise and Run

• Step Width
Building Steps 134
• Mortared Steps

Chapter 8
Stone & Water Features 138
Water Features 140
Carving a Water Bowl 140
• Find Your Stone
• Examine the Stone
• Choosing a Chisel and Hammer
• Rough-out the Bowl
• Finishing the Bowl
• Maintaining the Water Bowl
Constructing a Fountain 144
• Stone for the Fountain
• Pump Assembly
• Installing the Pump

• Fountain Maintenance
Dry Streambeds 148
• Design
• Installation

Chapter 9
Setting Large Stones 150
Explore the Possibilities 152
Basic Shapes 154
• Vertical or Upright
• Horizontal
• Blocky or Chunky Stone
• Arching
Surface Qualities 156
Creating an Arrangement 158
• Ratios
• Spacing
• Orientation
• Quantity
• Companion Plantings
Techniques and Tools 162
• Site Preparation
• Placing Stones with Hand Tools
• Earthmoving Equipment
• Protect the Stone

Chapter 10
Rock Gardens 170
Choose a Site 173
Prepare the Site 174
• Gardens in Walls
Choose the Stone 176
Arrange the Stone 179

Chapter 11
Freestanding Walls 182
Creating Stone Walls 184
• Stone for Your Wall
Dry-Laid Freestanding Walls 188
• Building Basics
Mortared Freestanding Walls 194
• Working with Mortar

Chapter 12
Retaining Walls 198
Retaining-Wall Designs 200
• Preparing the Site
• Building the Wall
Adding a Fire Pit 209
• Build the Fire Pit

Resource Guide 212

Metric Equivalents 215

Glossary 216

Index 218

Credits 223

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