Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping: Everything a Homeowner Needs to Know About Designing, Maintaining, and Renovating a Home Landscape / Edition 1

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Developing your landscape is one of the pleasures of owning a home. It's an opportunity to surround yourself with beauty and provide for your comfort and convenience. In a well-designed yard, kids have room to play and adults have an attractive area in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Your guests find a safe, welcoming path to the front door, and you don't have to struggle to bring in the groceries and take out the trash.

TAYLOR'S MASTER GUIDE TO LANDSCAPING is a stunning and useful book on a subject that even experienced gardeners find intimidating. It is essential reading if you plan to do all or most of your own landscaping work, but it's equally important if you intend to hire the work out. Buchanan's description of what to expect from landscape and gardening professionals is an eye-opener that will save a lot of disappointment and a great many dollars.

In TAYLOR'S MASTER GUIDE TO LANDSCAPING, you will learn how to - choose plants that will thrive in your climate and growing conditions - avoid common mistakes with foundation plantings - plan and plant for future growth - create an outdoor living room - design and build walks, paths, and steps - create privacy with fences, walls, and hedges.

Separate chapters explain how to care for landscape plants—trees, shrubs, vines, lawns, groundcovers, and perennials.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" . . . A landmark work destined to become a classic." Library Journal Starred

"This richly photographed book is the essential tool for anyone planning to do their own landscape or for those who intend to hire a professional." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Buchanan's clearly written, abundantly illustrated guide should go a long way toward helping amateurs have the courage to tackle what often seems a daunting task." Publishers Weekly

Lee White
This companion to the bestselling Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening is a practical guide for those tackling their own landscaping, whether starting from scratch with a new home, taking on a hand-me-down garden, or simply updating an existing landscape. Horticulturist and designer Rita Buchanan understands that few of us landscaping our homes work from a master plan, but she advocates the value of a master concept to guide the process. She offers lots of ideas for solving common problems, a volume of design tips, and planting suggestions for all kinds of sites and situations. Whether it's foundation plantings, hardscaping features, planting design, or caring for your garden, Buchanan covers it.
Fine Gardening
Seattle Post Intelligencer
This richly photographed book is the essential tool for anyone planning to do their own landscape or for those who intend to hire a professional.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Comprehensive and easy to follow, Buchanan's companion volume to Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening covers just about all the features that can be included in home landscapes--from lawns and foundation plantings to fences, driveways, bridges, steps, outdoor rooms, pools and outdoor lighting. Buchanan encourages homeowners to think carefully about the specific requirements of the site (topography, shape of the lot, size of the budget, etc.) before beginning a landscaping project. Then home landscapers can follow her step-by-step instructions and carry out the project on their own or use her tips on hiring professionals to do the work. Buchanan offers a wealth of practical information, from advice on seeing the overall character of a home and its setting to opinions about details, such as which materials are best for paths and walkways. There are also suggestions for choosing and caring for trees, shrubs, vines, ground cover and perennials, with lists of plants appropriate for individual situations. An interesting aspect of the book is the author's emphasis on seeing the home landscape in relationship to the surrounding neighborhood and the community as a whole; there are hints, for example, on how to counteract the antisocial impression made by a wall or a fence erected in front of a house. Buchanan's clearly written, abundantly illustrated guide should go a long way toward helping amateurs have the courage to tackle what often seems a daunting task. 425 color photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Since the median age of the American home is 30 years, many home landscapes need updating. Von Trapp (Landscaping from the Ground Up), a professional landscape designer and horticulturist, was prompted by her experiences in revitalizing her own home's aging landscape to write a book guiding homeowners step by step through a landscape makeover. Helpful checklists are included for both the planning and execution phases. Beautiful color photos and black-and-white line drawings, along with clear directions for do-it-yourself projects, make this a practical guide for bringing new life to a past-mature yard. Buchanan, a botanist, horticulturist, author of more than 20 books, and contributor to Country Living Gardener, also uses her own home as a showcase for her work. Unlike von Trapp, who focuses on rejuvenating older landscapes and solving common home landscaping problems, Buchanan offers a comprehensive treatment of landscape design, emphasizing designing with plants and including extensive information about choosing and caring for plants, trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers. Her book, a companion volume to Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening (Houghton, 1994), is a landmark work destined to become a classic. The text is authoritative, but both the language and the examples are down-to-earth. Color photographs, line drawings, plant lists for special purposes, and checklists for projects such as making and using compost enhance this title. Practical yet challenging, both titles will help homeowners to improve their outdoor living environment, add value to their homes, and increase their pleasure in their yards. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Nancy Myers, Univ. ofSouth Dakota Lib., Vermillion Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Provides solid, clear guidance on virtually all aspects of home landscaping, from basic principles for beginners to the many practices involved in landscaping, such as designing outdoor rooms, paving and edging, paths and bridges, fences, the care of various types of landscape plants, and long-term maintenance. Fine color illustrations throughout, including examples of effective and ineffective landscaping choices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Garden Design
Taylor's Guides are the best, most authoritative guides on the market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618055906
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Taylor's Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.88 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita Buchanan is the coeditor and co-author of TAYLOR'S MASTER GUIDE TO GARDENING as well as many other books. A botanist, horticulturist, and passionate gardener and designer, she turned a featureless cow pasture into a glorious garden landscape surrounding her home. She resides in Connecticut.

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Read an Excerpt

"Many people are confident in their abilities to build things, grow plants, or care for a finished landscape, but intimidated by the idea of designing a landscape. This is partly because professional designers, like academics . . . speak a language of their own. Most 'design talk' strikes me as vague, abstract, and lofty, so I avoid it. Good design is the basis for successful landscaping and this book is all about design, but I've deliberately chosen to write in plain English and use down-to-earth examples. . . You make design decisions every time you get dressed. Does this shirt go with these pants? Is it so cold I need a coat? Home landscape decisions involve similar questions. Does this gate go with our fence? Would mountain laurel grow well next to the house? . . . Designing a landscape is like filling your closet with a collection of flattering, comfortable clothes that go together, meet your needs, and suit your style and situation."—from the introduction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    Just For a Beginner

    It is a good book for the beginning gardener, but not meant for the advanced.

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