The Complete Guide to Finishing Touches for Yards & Gardens: More Than 60 Practical & Ornamental Projects for the Landscape

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After major construction is completed on a landscape, adding personal finishing touches is what turns the yard into a genuine extension of the home, allowing it to reflect the personality and tastes of the owner. In established landscapes, adding finishing touches is an easy way to "remodel" the outdoor home and make it new again.

The Complete Guide to Finishing Touches for Yards & Gardens presents more than 60 complete projects to create practical and decorative finishing ...

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Overview

After major construction is completed on a landscape, adding personal finishing touches is what turns the yard into a genuine extension of the home, allowing it to reflect the personality and tastes of the owner. In established landscapes, adding finishing touches is an easy way to "remodel" the outdoor home and make it new again.

The Complete Guide to Finishing Touches for Yards & Gardens presents more than 60 complete projects to create practical and decorative finishing features for the outdoor home. It features a wide assortment of building materials, including wood, masonry, and metals, with complete directions for working with these materials. The book includes projects for the living garden, such as installing decorative edging, constructing a rock garden, and building planters and window boxes. It also includes projects for the general landscape, such as building decorative gates, ornamental fountains, and benches.

Each project includes detailed plans, and comprehensive how-to directions accompanied by color photos and illustrations.

Among the featured projects: Low-voltage deck lighting, Decorative birdhouses, Metal windmill, Brick barbecue, Timber planter for shrubs and small trees, Copper water sprinkler, Gate with stained glass, Cedar trellis for climbing plants, Sunscreen awning for patio, Drip irrigation system, Container water garden, Post & wire trellis, Cold frame for starting plants Raised planting bed, Shadow box, Stained glass planter, Garden benches, Cobblestone fountain, Framed fence opening with copper insert, Temporary screen wall, Pergola, Twig & slat bench, Framed trellis wall, Arched gate, Dry stone wall, Clay pot birdbath, Copper patio candelabra, Decorative carved stones, Porch swing Window box bulb planter, Boulder raised bed, Naturalizing bulbs in lawn grass, Planting trees in decorative planters, Raised shrub bed, Post-mounted birdhouse, Patio potting bench.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589231443
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Series: Black and Decker Outdoor Home Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors of Creative Publishing international have created more than 25 of the best-selling books on home repair, home improvement, and landscaping. All books are exhaustively researched, written, photographed, and edited by veteran staff members with years of experience in their areas of expertise.

The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.

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Table of Contents

The Complete Guide to Finishing Touches For Yards & Gardens Contents

Planning

  • Building Materials
  • Regulations
  • Measuring
  • Drawing Plans
  • Laying out a Structure
  • Footings
  • Setting Posts
  • Tools & Materials
Building Landscape Structures
  • Installing Terraces and Levels
  • Planting Bed with Boulders
  • Butterfly Flower Bed
  • Landscape Planter
  • Building a Raised Shrub Bed
  • Building a Wooden Raised-bed Planter
  • Cold Frame
  • Masonry Edging
Building Walls
  • Types of Walls
  • Post & Wire Trellis
  • Wall of Arbors
  • Framed Trellis Wall
  • Mortarless Block Wall
Building Gates
  • Types of Gates
  • Basic Gates
  • Gate with Stained Glass
  • Arched Gate
  • Trellis Gate Combinations
Planning & Building Pools
  • Concept to Design
    • Planning and Designing a Water Garden
    • Waterproof Liner
    • Selecting Water Liners
    • Recirculating Pumps
    • Selecting Pumps for Water Features
    • Fountains and Waterspouts
    • Selecting a Fountain
    • Designing Power for the Site
  • Installation and Construction
    • Self-Contained Water Gardens
    • Water & Electrical Supplies
    • Installing a Water Supply to the Feature
    • Installing an Electrical Supply to the Site
    • Pumps and Liners
    • Pond Layout & Excavation
    • Installing a Recirculating Pump System
    • Installing a Rigid Preformed Liner
    • Installing a Flexible Liner
    • Advanced Watercourses
    • Lining a Stream
    • Cascades & Waterfalls
    • Creating Waterfalls
    • Finishing Touches
    • Installing Coping Stones
    • Lighting Systems
    • Installing a 12-Volt Lighting System
  • Planting Aquatic Environments
    • Aquatic Environments
    • Selecting healthy Aquatic Plants
    • Preparing to Plant
    • Preparing Soil for Planting
    • Preparing Containers & Baskets
    • Planting Submerged Aquatic Plants in Containers
    • Water Garden Care
    • Fertilizing Submerged Plants
    • Fertilizing
    • Water Quality & Algae
    • Testing and Treating Water
    • Periodic Maintenance
    • Cleaning a Pond
    • Repairing Liner Leaks
    • Winterizing in Cold Climates
    • Planting Marginal Aquatics in the Liner
    • Planting Shoreline Plants
Building Garden Furnishings
  • Constructing a Rose Bench Planter
  • Potting Bench
  • Birdhouse Plant Stand
  • Twig & Slat Bench
  • Porch Swing
  • Stained Glass Planter
Accessories
  • Copper Sprinkler
  • Clay Pot Birdbath
  • Millstone Fountain
  • Wire Rabbit Bean Cage
  • Placemat Birdfeeder
  • Carved Stones
  • Flower Box
  • Copper Chandelier
  • Decorative Birdhouse
  • Candle Tree
  • Tealight Candelabra
  • Door Spring Bug
  • Building a Wooden Rose Arbor
  • Building a Mailbox Planter
  • Building a Post-Mounted Birdhouse
Basic Techniques
  • Cutting & Soldering Copper
Working with Hypertufa Glossary Resources, Contributors, Photos

Conversion Charts

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