Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies


Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.

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Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470411490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 685,386
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen E. Dell is the owner of County Landscape and Design in Santa Barbara, California. He has nearly 40 years of experience designing and building beautiful, sustainable, and soul-satisfying residential and commercial landscapes.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Sustainable Landscaping: The Basics.

Chapter 1: Landscaping the Sustainable Way.

Chapter 2: Making Good Decisions about What to Include in YourLandscape.

Chapter 3: Deciding Whether to Do It Yourself or Call in thePros.

Part II: Good Design: The Key to SustainableLandscaping.

Chapter 4: Getting Better Acquainted with Your Property.

Chapter 5: Brushing Up on Design Basics.

Chapter 6: Plotting Your Sustainable Landscape.

Part III: Water, Water, Everywhere: Water-ConservingIrrigation and Drainage.

Chapter 7: Surveying Your Watering Options.

Chapter 8: The Nuts and Bolts of Water Harvesting, Irrigation,and Drainage.

Chapter 9: Managing Water: The Other Half of the IrrigationEquation.

Chapter 10: Maintaining Water-Harvesting and IrrigationSystems.

Part IV: Hardscaping Made Easy: Creating Awesome Featureswithout Wrecking the Environment.

Chapter 11: Preparing Your Site.

Chapter 12: Exploring Basic Hardscape Elements and OutdoorRooms.

Chapter 13: Spicing Up Your Hardscape with Other Fun andFunctional Elements.

Chapter 14: Sustainable Hardscape Construction.

Chapter 15: Hardscape Maintenance.

Part V: Great Greenery for a Green Garden.

Chapter 16: Planting the Seed: Sustainable Plant Basics.

Chapter 17: Introducing Benefi cial Trees and Shrubs to YourLandscape.

Chapter 18: Enhancing Your Landscape’s Sustainability withSmaller Plants.

Chapter 19: Exploring Lower Impact Lawns and Sustainable LawnAlternatives.

Chapter 20: Examining the Essentials of Sustainable GardenCare.

Chapter 21: Pest and Disease Control the Sustainable Way.

Chapter 22: Opting for Organic Lawn Care.

Part VI: The Par t of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Projects That Pay You and the Environment BackBig Time.

Chapter 24: Ten Totally Nonsustainable Landscaping Mistakes andHow to Avoid Them.

Appendix: Planning for Special Situations.


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    Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies is helpful in a broad knowledge of the subject and inspires the reader to learn more.

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