Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener

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This book takes the guesswork out of planning any landscaping project.

Landscaping a property can be an overwhelming task. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What plants will grow best in a particular location? Is it a do-it-yourself or a professional job?

Landscape designer and horticulturalist Judith Adam provides every crucial step in designing and implementing a landscape plan: from assessing specific needs and planning a budget and timeline, to making the best choices for a successful garden. From her years of experience, Adam describes 200 of her favorite plants, shrubs and trees. This revised edition includes a new chapter on low-maintenance and self-reliant gardening that helps the home gardener get the most out of the space with the least amount of work.

This new edition of Landscape Planning includes:

  • 25 fully illustrated step-by-step projects
  • 27 fully illustrated Ten Best lists, such as ten best drought-resistant shrubs; ten best plants for autumn display
  • A property assessment survey, budget questionnaire and sample four-year plan
  • Hardscaping: ideas for steps, sidewalks, fences and lighting
  • Softscaping: working with plants, shrubs, trees and lawns
  • Techniques for planting, irrigating and fertilizing plants and controlling pests
  • A list of tools that every gardener needs
  • Plans for a low-maintenance garden -- and much more.

This comprehensive guide is a must-have for homeowners and avid gardeners alike.

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From the Author:

When I was writing Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener, I remembered what it was like making my own first garden. I'd been growing perennials and shrubs for some time, but making changes in the whole landscape of the yard was quite a challenge. What I needed was one book that anticipated my questions, offered clear how-to instructions, and included lots of plant choices. Well, sometimes you just have to write it yourself, and I did.

New homeowners making a yard from 'scratch', or gardeners renovating older yards are about to take the leap into landscaping. The changes you make might be small -- a new patio, a full-moon gate, a front-lawn tree -- or you might want to construct stone pathways, hedges and a pond. The most important key to successful landscaping is advance planning, and this book will give you the necessary information to make intelligent decisions.

You'll need to decide how much work you can do yourself and when you should hire a contractor. Choices in plants and materials, when and where steps are needed, knowledge of soil grading and lawn installation, stone retaining walls, concrete paver construction, and how to handle heavy specimen-size plants are skills this book can teach you. You'll also want to learn about lighting, irrigation systems and maintenance techniques to keep what you make looking its best.

I know you'll find this book valuable as you make changes in your garden landscape. I wrote it for you!

About the Author:

Judith Adam is a horticulturalist, educator and landscape designer. She is the author of several gardening books, including the award-winning New City Gardener, contributes to many magazines, and appears on Home and Garden Television. She lives in Toronto.

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