Landscaping from the Ground Up

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Taunton Press, 1997 - Gardening - 167 pages

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
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
How to Use This Book
3
Making the urade
4
Down and Dirty
17
Your Neighborhood and Your
25
The Landscape Plan
34
A RetainingWall Primer
45
Walkways Patios and Decks
60
Establishing a Lawn
108
Planting Beds
117
Specialty Gardens
135
Hiring a Landscape Architect Designer or Contractor
156
USD A PlantHardiness Zone Map
160
Further Reading
161
Sources
162
Credits
164

Fences
76
Adding Garden Features
96

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About the author (1997)

von Trapp is a certified horticulturist and has over 20 years' experience as a landscape designer.

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