Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition

Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition

by Pat Sagui


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Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition by Pat Sagui

Landscaping with Stone, 2nd Edition,is a combination landscape design and project book in one, whcih has been updated with all new photographs. The first section of the book provides readers with a framework for incorporating stone in their landscape designs, including a look at the different types of stone used in landscapes, sources of inspiration, and ways to think about stone in relation to other landscape elements. The second part provides readers with tips on working with stone, from transporting to cutting and setting. There is also step-by-step instruction on some of the most popular stone projects, including patios, walls, and rock gardens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580114462
Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Landscaping Series
Edition description: Second
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 499,920
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Pat Sagui gained her landscaping experience firsthand as a member of a family-owned nursery and landscaping business. She has been writing about gardening and landscaping since 1991. She lives in Westfield, VT.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Designing with Stone 12Decide What You Like 14• Explore the PossibilitiesAesthetic Decisions for Stonework 18• Developing a Design Direction• Inspiration from the Site• Use PropsCreating Walkways and Steps 26Creating Stone Patios 30Creating Walls 34Creating Rock Features 38

Chapter 2 Planning Your Project 42Defining the Site 44• Site Evaluation• Become a Soil Sleuth• Create Site Drawings• Managing the Worksite• Professional Expertise• The Budget as a Planning Aid• How Much Will It Cost?

Chapter 3 Stone as a Building Material 56Stone Classifications 58• Evaluating Stone• Small-Dimension Materials• Price, Availability, and QuantityGuidelines for Delivery 64Learn from the Stone 66

Chapter 4 Tools & Techniques 68Tools 70• Tool PreferencesWorking with Stone 73• Before you Begin• Shaping Skills• Dressed StoneMortared Stonework 78• How to Mix MortarLiving with Stone 80• Stone DisplacementProtect your Plants 81• Temporary Relocations• Saving Sod• Working Around Mature Trees and Shrubs• Changing the Grade• Altering Natural Watercourses

Chapter 5 Paths & Walkways 86Path and Walkway Design 88• Complement Garden Features• Walkway and Path Basics• Edging• Walkway SlopeStepping-stone Paths 95• Stone Selection• Laying Out the Walk•Set the StonesGravel Paths and Walkways 96• Types of Stone• Installing a Loose-Aggregate Walk• Spread the Loose AggregateDry-Laid Flagstone Walks 100• Walk Design• Lay Stone in Sand• Remove the FormsStepping-stones in Water 104

Chapter 6 Stone Patios 106Patio Uses 108Installing a Dry-Laid Patio 108Building a Patio 111• Leveling• Calculate the Slope• Excavate the Soil• Add a Gravel Base• Add a Sand Bed• To Edge or Not• Choose a Pattern and Spacing• Set the Stone• Fill the JointsMortared Patios 122• Choose and Dry Fit the Stone

Chapter 7 Landscape Steps 126Step Design 128• Rise and Run• Calculate Unit Rise and Run• Step WidthBuilding Steps 134• Mortared Steps

Chapter 8 Stone & Water Features 138Water Features 140Carving a Water Bowl 140• Find Your Stone• Examine the Stone• Choosing a Chisel and Hammer• Rough-out the Bowl• Finishing the Bowl• Maintaining the Water BowlConstructing a Fountain 144• Stone for the Fountain• Pump Assembly• Installing the Pump• Fountain MaintenanceDry Streambeds 148• Design• Installation

Chapter 9 Setting Large Stones 150Explore the Possibilities 152Basic Shapes 154• Vertical or Upright• Horizontal• Blocky or Chunky Stone• ArchingSurface Qualities 156Creating an Arrangement 158• Ratios• Spacing• Orientation• Quantity• Companion PlantingsTechniques and Tools 162• Site Preparation• Placing Stones with Hand Tools• Earthmoving Equipment• Protect the Stone

Chapter 10 Rock Gardens 170Choose a Site 173Prepare the Site 174• Gardens in WallsChoose the Stone 176Arrange the Stone 179

Chapter 11 Freestanding Walls 182Creating Stone Walls 184• Stone for Your WallDry-Laid Freestanding Walls 188• Building BasicsMortared Freestanding Walls 194• Working with Mortar

Chapter 12 Retaining Walls 198Retaining-Wall Designs 200• Preparing the Site• Building the WallAdding a Fire Pit 209• Build the Fire Pit

Resource Guide 212
Metric Equivalents 215
Glossary 216
Index 218
Credits 223

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