The Complete Idiot's Guide to Landscaping

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Includes a visual encyclopedia of the most popular plants, shrubs, trees and flowers.

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Overview

Produced to be the most comprehensive do-it-yourself book on successful landscaping.

Half how-to and half idea guide, this book will contain 240 pages with 400+ photos/illustrations.

Includes a visual encyclopedia of the most popular plants, shrubs, trees and flowers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028644455
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: Illustrated Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Learning the Landscape 3
1 Landscape Matters 5
It's Only Natural 5
Sizing Things Up 6
In the Beginning 7
Getting Comfortable 8
Getting Interesting 10
Dollars, Pounds, and Sense 12
2 Landscapes of the Past 17
Long, Long Ago 17
We're Getting There 19
Pleasure Gardens 19
It's Mine, All Mine! 20
The New World 21
Putting It All Together 22
3 Garden Styles 27
It Takes All Kinds 27
Characteristically Speaking 29
English Country 29
French Country 31
French or English Formal 32
Italian 33
Chinese 34
Japanese 35
Southwestern 36
Prairie or Meadow 36
The New American Garden 37
4 Enlisting Mother Nature 41
The Latest Trends 41
A Leaf from Mother Nature 42
Native Good Sense 43
And Less Fuss 43
Wild and Free 46
You Don't Have to Be a Purist 47
5 Five Basic Principles of Landscape Design 51
Balance 52
Symmetry 54
Asymmetry 54
Radial Symmetry 55
Contrast 55
Proportion 56
Repetition 58
Sequence 59
Part 2 The Lernscaping Checklist 63
6 The Garden in Your Mind 65
Learning Lernscaping 65
Putting That Landscape to Work 66
Green Pathways 71
Designing Themes 74
7 The Green Stuff 77
Hardscape Happenin's 81
Boning Up on Garden Basics 82
Utility Structures 84
Bricks and Mortar 85
Time and Effort 86
Dollar Signs 87
Part 3 Looking at the Land 89
8 The Plat Thickens 91
Developing the Landscape Plot 91
A Plan with a View 92
Cracking the Codes 94
Check Out Those Contours 95
Waterworks 96
9 The Real Dirt 101
Down and Dirty 101
Sweet and Sour Soil 102
Getting the Sights on Siting 104
To Tree or Not to Tree 104
Nurture for the Natives 106
The Shape of Things 107
10 Climatic Decisions 109
Head in the Air, Feet on the Ground 109
Tracing It Out 113
When You Need Professional Help 113
Landscape Architect (LA) 113
Landscape Designer (LD) 114
Growers and Retailers 114
Grounds Manager 114
Landscape Contractor 115
Cooperative Extension Service Horticultural Experts 115
11 Function First 117
Car Parks and People Paths 117
Walk This Way 118
Decked Out 119
Good Fences 121
Take a Seat 123
What's in Store 123
A Little Light on the Subjects 125
Finding the Energy 126
Turn Down the Sound 126
12 Aesthetically Pleasing 129
Water, Water 130
Statuesque Looks 131
A Garden in Every Sense 133
Sounds, Not Silence 135
Tasteful Plantings 137
Visitors with Wings 137
Part 4 The Hardscape How-To 141
13 Getting About 143
Can You Dig It? 144
Driving Design 145
Walk This Way 147
On the Surface 148
Mowed Grass 149
Mulch 149
Gravel 150
Dry-Laid Brick or Stone 150
Bricks or Stone in Mortar 151
14 Round-Ups 153
Underneath It All 153
Fence Us In 154
Let It Flow 155
Wall-to-Wall Charm 158
Walls on Retainer 160
15 Hold-Ups 165
Structurally Speaking 165
Location, Location 167
16 Living Spaces Outdoors 171
Pretty in Patios 171
Putting the Patio in Its Place 173
Deck Details 174
Privacy Issues 176
Tips on Deck 177
Ups and Downs 177
17 Just for Fun 181
Furnishing the Garden 181
Pooled Resources 182
Content with Containers 183
The Shape of Things 184
Rocks Rule 185
18 Nurture and Store 189
Store It Away 189
Store and More 190
Out of Sight 190
Going for the Green 191
The Panes of It All 193
Airing It Out 194
Bring on the Heat 194
Part 5 The Softscape How-To 197
19 From the Ground Up 199
The Goodness of Grass 199
Turf's Up! 201
Staying Green 203
Let Grasses Reign 203
Covering the Grounds 205
Cover the Possibilities 206
Siting the Situation 206
Bean There, Vine That 208
Air Shrubs 210
Supporting Players 211
20 Greenery Above 215
Branching Out 215
Tree Happy 217
Less Prunes for the New 220
If You Must Stake 220
Save the Trees 220
Or Don't Save Them 221
You Want a Shrubbery? 222
Hedging Your Landscape Bets 223
Calling All Conifers 224
Broader Interests 224
21 Bright Spots 227
The ABPs 227
Life on the Border 228
Trees, Too 229
Perennial Favorites 230
Planting Informality 231
Bully for Bulbs 231
Signs of Spring 232
Bestowing Bulbs 233
Grass Roots 234
Grasses in Their Places 234
Hello, Herb 235
22 Training and Maintaining 239
'Tis Always the Season 239
Snow Jobs (Early Year) 240
Selective Shrubbery 240
An Early Snack 240
Really Clean Up 241
Seeds, for Starters 243
Harbingers (Spring) 243
Fading Flowers 243
Pruning for Pleasing 243
Select Cuts 244
Broad(leaf)ly Speaking 245
Berry Good 245
Bursts Abloom (Summer) 246
Touch-Ups 246
Bulb Behavior 246
Putting the Pinch On 247
Plants Now 247
Falling into the Season (Fall) 249
It's Never Over 249
Making Mulch of It 249
Give It Air 250
Happily Ever After 250
The Root of Pruning 250
Making the Move 252
Appendixes
A Glossary 255
B Tools and Devices 257
C Plants 263
D Courts for Sports 299
Index 303
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