The builders have left your dream house sitting on a bare lot. Your older house has landscape flaws or lacks creative planting beds. You'd like to improve the look of the entrance, hide the well cover, or install a brick walkway. The key to the yard of your dreams is here in Landscaping from the Ground Up.
With the expert advice of professional landscape designer Sara Jane von Trapp, you can increase the value of your home and turn your yard into an attractive outdoor space. In this book, von Trapp explains exactly how to assess your site for possible improvements, how to choose the options that best fit your needs, and when to call a professional to help.
Following the author's practical, jargon-free advice, you will learn how to:
- map an existing landscape and plan for new features
- select materials and estimate costs
- use the right tools for each job
- build retaining walls
- install walkways and patios
- dig beds to add borders and gardens
- select plants for low-maintenance gardening
- plant shrubs, trees, perennials, and annuals
- add special features such as water and rock gardens, garden furniture, and sculptures
- Additional Information
SKU FGN64077788 Table Of Contents Introduction
How to Use This Book
1 Making the Grade
2 Down and Dirty
3 Your Neighborhood and Your Yard
4 The Landscape Plan
5 A Retaining-Wall Primer
6 Walkways, Patios, and Decks
8 Adding Garden Features
9 Establishing a Lawn
10 Planting Beds
11 Specialty Gardens
12 Hiring a Landscape Architect, Designer, or Contractor
USDA Plant-Hardiness Zone Map
No matter the size of the challenge, I never tire of gardening and creating new landscapes-it replenishes my spirit. I am sure I am not alone in my reveling. Millions of people across the United States are awakening to the thrill of gardening and are hungry for the knowledge and expertise needed to fulfill their fantasy landscapes.
For the last 20 years I have been helping homeowners realize their landscaping goals. Now it's your turn to realize the potential of your landscape. Perhaps you are having a home built or are living in a new home, and you have a barren lot in desperate need of a makeover. Or maybe you have a tired, overgrown yard that's begging for a face-lift.
This book can help you change your situation for the better. In it I will explain how to develop a landscape that works well with your neighborhood and with the architecture of your home -- one that combines both function and form to create a yard that reflects the personality and lifestyle of you and your family. This is not an easy job. It will take time, patience, and oftentimes muscle. But all your efforts will be reflected in the beauty of the landscape.
To achieve a successful landscape makeover, it is essential to have a well-developed plan divided into steps and performed in logical order. I will show you how to create an efficient and economical plan that, even if phased in over a. period of years, will harmonize when the job is completed.
You'll also learn how to assess and adjust the grade of your site and how and when to perform a soil test. You'll see how to integrate yard structures such as retaining walls, walkways, patios, fences, and shade structures into the landscape and how to design and build them to last.
I'll show you how to start a lawn from scratch and how to design planting beds that blend color, texture, shape, and size to create year-round interest in the yard. I'll also give you a few ideas on how to jazz up the yard with specialty gardens, such as rock gardens and water gardens.
You can create the yard of your dreams with imagination and good planning. I hope this book provides you with enough information about tools, technique, and theory that you have the confidence to build your own landscape from the ground up.
Video No Author Sara Jane von Trapp ISBN 978-1-60085-450-7 Publication Year 1997 Pages 160 Photo No Drawings No Video Download No Other Formats No Cover PDF eBook Format eBook (PDF)
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