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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.
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them. 182
Photo Credits 218
Posted June 12, 2008
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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