Midwest Home Landscaping: Including Southern Canada

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Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. After presenting 46 design variations, 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 ...
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Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. After presenting 46 design variations, 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.
US: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Canada: Ontario (southern)
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Your yard is a blank canvas just waiting for inventive design and plantings. Enter Holmes (founding editor, Fine Gardening magazine), horticultural consultant and photographer Buchanan (A Weaver's Garden), and Walheim (Citrus), who offer a succession of possible landscaping designs in this neat and polished series. Simple projects such as fencing, arbors, and pathways are logically and clearly illustrated. Each volume is broken down into three parts-"Design Portfolio," "Guide to Installations," and "Plant Portraits"-and each features approximately 50 designs, 200 plants, and 430 photos and paintings. Selection and seasonal care are individualized for the region. These lovely volumes are revisions, with first editions published between 1998 and 2001. Highly recommended but purchase according to your location. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112567
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

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 seven-book regional landscaping series of which this book is part.

Rita Buchanan is a lifelong gardener with degrees in botany and an encyclopedic knowledge of plants. She worked with Roger Holmes to edit Fine Gardening magazine and co-edit several books, including Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening. She is the author of numerous award-winning books and is a contributor to many gardening magazines.

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Table of Contents

MIDWEST HOME LANDSCAPING

Table of Contents

About This Book 8

Seasons in Your Landscape 12

As Your Landscape Grows 16

PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS

First Impressions 20
• Make a pleasant passage to your front door

A Step Up 24
• Plant a foundation garden

Up Front and Formal 28
• Garden geometry transforms a small front yard

Angle of Repose 32
• Make a back-door garden in a sheltered niche

A Neighborly Corner 36
• Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants

Streetwise and Stylish 40
• Give your curbside strip a new look

Landscaping a Low Wall 44
• A colorful two-tier garden replaces a bland slope

“Around Back” 48
• Dress up the family’s day-to-day entrance

Beautify a Blank Wall 52
• Paint a picture with plants

A Shady Hideaway 56
• Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard

Create a “Living” Room 60
• A patio garden provides privacy and pleasure

A Big Splash with a Small Pond 64
• Add an extra dimension to your landscape

Garden in the Round 68
• Create a planting with several attractive faces

A Beginning Border 72
• Flowers and a fence make a traditional design

Back to Nature 76
• Create a wooded retreat in your backyard

Make a No-Mow Slope 80
• A terraced planting transforms a steep site

A Pleasant Passage 88
• Reclaim a narrow side yard for a shade garden

Down to Earth 92
• Harmonize your deck with its surroundings

A Woodland Link 96
• Create a shrub border for nearby woods

Gateway Garden 100
• Striking structure and plants make a handsome entry

A Pleasing Postal Planting 104
• Provide a perennial setting for the daily mail

Elegant Symmetry 108
• Add a formal touch to your backyard

GUIDE TO INSTALLATION

Organizing Your Project 114
• Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.

Clearing the Site 116
• Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.

Making Paths and Walkways 118
• Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.

Laying a Patio 124
• Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage.

Installing a Pond 126
• Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.

Building a Retaining Wall 130
• Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.

Fences, Arbors, and Trellises 134
• 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 148
• Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds.

Buying Plants 152
• Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.

The Planting Process 153
• When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.

Planting Basics 155
• Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.

Basic Landscape Care 157
• Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.

Caring for Woody Plants 161
• Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge.

Caring for Perennials 166
• Routine care, pruning, dividing.

Problem Solving 168
• Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter protection.

PLANT PROFILES
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them.

Glossary 214

Photo Credits 216

Index 216

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    Posted June 29, 2009

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    Pretty cover, but not enough.

    I was expecting more from the book. I was disappointed because I was expecting more in terms of landscaping plans, but there wasn't a lot of variety in my opinion. The illustrations are great and the photographs are beautiful, but as far as content, I was expecting more than a few examples.

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