Texas Home Landscaping

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Texas Home Landscaping is an updated, expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's award-winning best seller on landscaping Texas-style. Readers will find inspiring ideas for making the home landscape more attractive and functional. The 54 featured designs are created by landscape professionals from the region and use more than 200 plants that thrive in the southeast. Detailed instructions for projects such as paths, patios, ponds, and arbors are also included. Over 450 full-color photos and paintings are ...
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Overview


Texas Home Landscaping is an updated, expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's award-winning best seller on landscaping Texas-style. Readers will find inspiring ideas for making the home landscape more attractive and functional. The 54 featured designs are created by landscape professionals from the region and use more than 200 plants that thrive in the southeast. Detailed instructions for projects such as paths, patios, ponds, and arbors are also included. Over 450 full-color photos and paintings are complemented by easy, step-by-step instructions. The Lone Star state will be in full bloom with Texas Home Landscaping
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The regional gardening paperback updates, expands, and improves an award-winning home landscaping classic. Texas Home Landscaping introduces 54 professionally developed designs that use more than 200 plants indigenous to both Texas and Oklahoma. Detailed, step-by-step instructions are supplemented by over 450 full-color photographs and paintings. The projects include lawns, gardens, paths, patios, ponds, and arbors. Both authors boast enviable credentials: Greg Grant coauthored The Southern Heirloom Garden, and Roger Holmes is the founding editor of Fine Gardening magazine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113151
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 718,054
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author


Greg Grant is a horticulturist with the Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center in Nacogdoches. He previously held positions with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Louisiana State University, Lone Star Growers, San Antonio Botanical Garden, and Mercer Arboretum. He is a regular contributor to Texas Gardener, Neil Sperry’s Gardens, and Ornamental Outlook magazines and co-author of The Southern Heirloom Garden..

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.

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Table of Contents

TEXAS 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

An Entry Oasis 24
• Extend a friendly desert welcome

A Foundation with Flair 26
• Flowers and foliage create a front garden

Fancy Foundation 30
• Create a striking entry garden

Up Front Informal 32
• Turn a small front yard into a welcoming garden

An Eye-Catching Corner 36
• Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants

Backyard Makeover 40
• Getting a lot out of a small, frost-free lot

Streetwise and Stylish 42
• Give your curbside strip a new look

Landscape a Low Wall 46
• A two-tiered garden replaces a bland slope

Beautify a Blank Wall 50
• A vertical garden makes the most of a narrow site

A Shady Hideaway 54
• Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard

An Outdoor “Living” Room 58
• A patio and shady arbor provide open-air opportunities

Formal Outdoor Living 62
• Create shady entertaining space on this formal patio

Splash Out 64
• Make a handsome water garden in a few weekends

Poolside Pleasures 68
• Plantings enhance your swimming pool

Garden in the Round 70
• Create a planting with several attractive faces

A Beginning Border 74
• Flowers and a fence make a carefree design

Year-In-Year-Out Border 78
• Perennials and a wall make a traditional design

A Woodland Link 80
• Create a shrub border for nearby woods

A No-Mow Slope 84
• A terraced garden transforms a steep site

Angle of Repose 88
• Make a backdoor garden in a sheltered niche

A Garden Path 92
• Reclaim a narrow side yard for a stroll garden

Down to Earth 96
• Harmonize your deck with its surroundings

Decked-Out Deck 100
• Make your deck an inviting gateway to the outdoors

Gateway Garden 102
• Arbor, fence, and plantings make an inviting entry

A Green Screen 106
• Hide bins for refuse and recycling with a fence, foliage, and flowers
 
Elegant Symmetry 110
• Make a formal garden for your backyard

Planting in the Pines 114
• Surround your woodland deck with flowering shrubs

GUIDE TO INSTALLATION

Organizing Your Project 118
• Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.

Clearing the Site 120
• Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.

Water for Your Plants 122
• Water-wise practices. Watering systems.

Making Paths and Walkways 124
• Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.

Laying a Patio 130
• Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage.

Installing a Pond 132
• Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.

Building a Retaining Wall 136
• Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.

Fences, Arbors, and Trellises 140
• Wood selection, layout, post setting, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, trellises, and arbors shown in the Portfolio of Designs.

Preparing the Soil for Planting 158
• Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds.

Buying Plants 162
• Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.

The Planting Process 163
• When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.

Planting Basics 165
• Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.

Basic Landscape Care 167
• Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.

Caring for Woody Plants 171
• Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge.

Caring for Perennials 176
• Routine care, pruning, dividing.

Problem Solving 178
• Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter damage.

PLANT PROFILES
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them. 182

Glossary 216

Photo Credits 218

Index 218

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

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    This is by far the best book specifically for Texas that I have ever used!!! It is easy to understand, helpful and beautifully illustrated. I have recommended it to many of my friends who have also run out to buy it!

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    I can't say enough good things about this book. I learned a lot about diffent plants and trees and got some great ideas for my garden as well.

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