Rocky Mountain Garden Survival Guide

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With a widespread, continuing drought in their region, gardeners in the Rockies need help now more than ever, and they can finally get the quick, expert advice they need in this easy-to-use pocket-size guide.
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Overview


With a widespread, continuing drought in their region, gardeners in the Rockies need help now more than ever, and they can finally get the quick, expert advice they need in this easy-to-use pocket-size guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915070
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Geography 5
Knowing the Place 5
What's in a Zone? 6
What's Your Map Zone? 7
What's Your Actual Zone? 8
What's My Ecosystem? 9
What's a Frost Pocket? Reading the Landscape of Your Yard 10
It's Too Steep! 11
Designing in Place 12
It's Too Flat! 12
Why Grow Rocks? 14
Plants for Any Zone in the Rockies 15
Soil, Glorious Soil 17
What's My Soil? 18
So You've Got ... Sand or Gravel, Clay, or Construction Junk 19
Who's Underfoot? 20
What's pH? 21
It's Too Dry! It's Too Wet! 22
Ants Aren't Bad 23
Why Is My Soil So Pale? 25
Plants for Problem Soils 26
Microclimate 27
Finding Your Microzones 28
Desert to Arctic: South Side Versus North Side 29
Timing Is Everything: East Versus West 30
Designing an Accessible, Safe Garden 31
Plants for Difficult Microclimates 33
Intense Sun 33
Shade 34
Wild Weather and Changing Climates 35
Drought and Arid Climates 35
Surviving with Less Water 37
How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need? 38
Measure-to-Measure: Efficient Watering 39
What to Do with Too Much Lawn 40
Tough Love: More Water Is Not Better 42
Xeriscaping Is Not "Zero-Scaping" 44
My Trees Are Turning Brown 45
To Mulch or Not to Mulch: Baring It All Is a Bad Idea 46
No Burn: Fertilizing Techniques for Arid Climates 47
Plants for Dry Times 49
Flood 50
The Soil Is Wet but My Plants Are Droopy 51
Burial! 52
Plants That Survive with Wet Feet 53
Climate Change 54
If the Globe Is Warming, Why Is It So Cold This Winter? 57
El Nino: How Can the Ocean Affect My Garden? 57
Plants for Warming Climates 59
Extreme Weather 60
Blizzard! 61
Snow Loads and Plant Architecture 62
It's Freezing Out There! 63
Big Winds 65
Thunderstorms 66
Weathering Warm, Dry Winters 68
Plants for Warming Climates 69
Wildfire 71
What's a Fire-Dependent Ecosystem? 71
Planting and Maintaining a Fire Barrier 72
Plants That Resist Fire 73
Invaders 75
Weeds 75
What's a Weed? 75
Green Today and Gone Tomorrow 76
Outsmarting the Invaders: The Region's Top Garden Weeds and How to Defeat Them 77
Noxious Weeds 79
When Good Plants Go Bad 80
The Law of Empty Spaces 81
A Rose by Any Other Name: Decoding Scientific Names 82
Designing a Low-Allergy Garden 83
Plants That Won't Get Out of Control 85
Pests Large and Small 87
Who's Eating My Garden? 87
Outwitting the Invaders: A Primer on the Region's Top Animal, Insect, and Fungus Pests 88
Garden Sex: Pollinator-Plant Relationships 92
The Killing Fields: The Perils of Pesticides 93
Who Eats Whom? 95
Indigestible Plants 97
Plants That Attract Wildlife 98
Acknowledgments 100
Gardening Resources 101
Books 101
Gardening Society Newsletters 105
Internet Sites 106
Gardens and Nurseries: Inspiring Places to Visit 109
Index 113
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