Desert Landscaping: How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest

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University of Arizona Press, Aug 1, 1992 - Gardening - 253 pages
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George Brookbank has distilled nearly twenty years' experienceĐas an extension agent in urban horticulture with the University of ArizonaĐinto a practical book that tells how to avoid problems with desert landscaping before they occur and how to correct those that do. In the first part, "How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape," he provides 28 easy-to-use chapters that address concerns ranging from how to start a wildflower garden to how to cope with Texas root rot. In Part Two, "A Month-By-Month Maintenance Guide," he offers a handy almanac that tells what to do and what to watch out for each month of the year, with cross-references to the chapters in Part One. Homeowners who maintain their own landscape will find in this book ways to make the work more satisfying and productive, while those who hire landscape contractors can make sure the work is done effectively and economically. "You'll find all kinds of books on desert landscape design and materials, irrigation system and design, and landscape installation," says Brookbank. "So far as I know, however, this is the only book that tells you what to do with what you've got and how to keep it growing."
CONTENTS
Part 1 - How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape
1. Desert Conditions: How They Are "Different"
2. Plants Are Like People: They're Not Alike
3. Use Arid-Land Plants to Save Water
4. How to Irrigate in the Desert
5. How to Design and Install a Drip Irrigation System
6. Soils and Their Improvement I: How to Plant in the Desert
7. Soils and Their Improvement II: How to Use Fertilizers
8. What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Troubleshooter's Guide
9. How to AvoidĐand RepairĐFrost Damage
10. How to Control "Weeds"
11. Palo Verde Borer Beetle: What to Do
12. How to Avoid Texas Root Rot
13. When You Move Into an Empty House
14. What to Do About Roots in Drains
15. How to Dig Up Plants and Move Them
16. How to Have Flower Bed Color All Year
17. Landscape Gardening with Containers
18. Starting Wildflowers
19. Starting a Lawn
20. Making and Keeping a Good Hedge
21. Pruning Trees and Shrubs
22. Palm Tree Care
23. Caring for Saguaros, Ocotillos, Avages, and Prickly Pears
24. Roses in the Desert: Hard Work and Some Disappointments
25. Landscaping with Citrus
26. Swimming Pools: Plants, Play, and Water-Saving
27. Landscape Maintenance While You're Away
28. Condominiums: Common Grounds, Common Problems

Part 2 - A Month-by-Month Maintenance Guide
 

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Contents

How They Are Different
4
Theyre Not Alike
12
Use AridLand Plants to Save Water
17
How to Irrigate in the Desert
25
How to Design and Install a Drip Irrigation System 3 3
33
How to Plant in the Desert
43
How to Use Fertilizers
51
A Troubleshooters Guide
62
What to Do About Roots in Drains
109
How to Dig Up Plants and Move Them
113
How to Have Flower Bed Color All Year
118
Landscape Gardening With Containers
126
Starting Wildflowers
133
Starting a Lawn
137
Making and Keeping a Good Hedge
147
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
155

How to Avoidand RepairFrost Damage
79
How to ControlWeeds
85
What to Do
96
How to Avoid Texas Root Rot
99
When You Move Into an Empty House
106
Palm Tree Care
163
Caring for Saguaros Ocotillos Agaves and Prickly Pears
169
A MonthbyMonth Maintenance Guide
207
Index
249
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George Brookbank learned landscape maintenance in his native England and as a Government Agricultural Officer in Tanganyika. He has spent nearly thirty years in Arizona, first teaching landscape maintenance classes at Arizona Western College in Yuma and then serving as an Extension Agent with the University of Arizona.

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