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Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, third edition, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. Each situation is presented with a variation, for a total of 46 designs. In addition, the book explains how to install and care for the plants, ponds, walls, and fences involved in the landscape designs. Plants that are proven performers in the Midwest are used in the designs and described in full detail. Step-by-step ...
Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, third edition, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. Each situation is presented with a variation, for a total of 46 designs. In addition, the book explains how to install and care for the plants, ponds, walls, and fences involved in the landscape designs. Plants that are proven performers in the Midwest are used in the designs and described in full detail. Step-by-step instructions provide the essential knowledge to tackle each project.
United States: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Canada: Ontario (southern)
MIDWEST HOME LANDSCAPING
Table of Contents
About This Book
Seasons in Your Landscape
As Your Landscape Grows
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
Make a pleasant passage to your front door
A Step Up
Plant a foundation garden
Up Front and Formal
Garden geometry transforms a small front yard
Angle of Repose
Make a back-door garden in a sheltered niche
A Neighborly Corner
Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants
Streetwise and Stylish
Give your curbside strip a new look
Landscaping a Low Wall
A colorful two-tier garden replaces a bland slope
Dress up the family’s day-to-day entrance
Beautify a Blank Wall
Paint a picture with plants
A Shady Hideaway
Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard
Create a “Living” Room
A patio garden provides privacy and pleasure
A Big Splash with a Small Pond
Add an extra dimension to your landscape
Garden in the Round
Create a planting with several attractive faces
A Beginning Border
Flowers and a fence make a traditional design
Back to Nature
Create a wooded retreat in your backyard
Make a No-Mow Slope
A terraced planting transforms a steep site
A Pleasant Passage
Reclaim a narrow side yard for a shade garden
Down to Earth
Harmonize your deck with its surroundings
A Woodland Link
Create a shrub border for nearby woods
Striking structure and plants make a handsome entry
A Pleasing Postal Planting
Provide a perennial setting for the daily mail
Add a formal touch to your backyard
GUIDE TO INSTALLATION
Organizing Your Project
Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.
Clearing the Site
Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.
Making Paths and Walkways
Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.
Laying a Patio
Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage.
Installing a Pond
Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.
Building a Retaining Wall
Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.
Fences, Arbors, and Trellises
Selecting wood, layout, setting posts, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, trellises, and arbors shown in the Portfolio of Designs.
Preparing the Soil for Planting
Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds.
Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.
The Planting Process
When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.
Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.
Basic Landscape Care
Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.
Caring for Woody Plants
Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge.
Caring for Perennials
Routine care, pruning, dividing.
Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter protection.
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them.