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Landscaping with Stone is a combination landscape design and project book in one. The first section 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 of the book 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“…a terrific resource for this important new trend.”  “...expert advice on virtually every type of stone feature you can design.”

                                                                                                            Architects & Designers Book Service

                                                                                                            Mar 07

“… introduces you to the latest trend.”  “You’ll learn the basics of designing and working with stone and how to use stone in walkways, patios, garden walls and as a dramatic focal point in your landscaping.”

                        Gillette News-Record (Gillette, WY)

Apr 15, 2007

Winner of an Ippy Award (Independent Publisher Book Award) and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award.
 
Finalist for the Publisher's Marketing Association (PMA) Ben Franklin Award.

Library Journal
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: 9781580111126
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Pat Sagui gained her landscaping experience first hand 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

Landscaping with Stone

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 172
Prepare the Site 174
• Gardens in Walls

Choose the Stone 177
Arrange the Stone 178

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 208
• Build the Fire Pit

Resource Guide 212

Metric Equivalents 215

Glossary 216

Index 218

Credits 223

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