Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance
A must-have guide for anyone working with landscapes, Sustainable Landscape Management eases the transition of the landscape industry into a new era of green consciousness. Filled with examples that illustrate best practices, the book provides a practical framework for the development of sustainable management strategies from design to execution and, eventually, to maintenance in an effort to construct landscapes that function more efficiently and minimize the impact on the environment. Sustainable Landscape Management includes:
An overview of sustainable design and construction techniques as the basis for the maintenance and management of constructed landscapes
Coverage of ecosystem development, managing landscape beds, managing trees and shrubs, and lawn care
An entire chapter devoted to issues associated with the use of chemicals in landscape management
Guidance on retrofitting existing landscapes for sustainability
Reshaping the landscape takes on more significance as society embraces a new value system for advancing environmentally friendly ideals. By following the management principles laid out in this book, readers will learn the key elements for building landscapes that integrate beauty and function to create a sustainable presence that extends well into the future.
About the Authors.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Sustainability.
Emergence of the Sustainability Movement.
Chapter 2 Sustainable Landscape Design.
The Process of Sustainable Landscape Design.
Selecting Plants to Increase Sustainability.
Creating Aesthetically Pleasing Landscapes.
Creating Functional Landscapes.
Creating Landscapes that Meet Basic Human Physical and Cognitive Needs.
Designing to Minimize Maintenance.
Designing to Enhance a Landscape’s Short- and Long-term Cost-Effectiveness.
Integrating Specialized Design Approaches to Maximize Short- and Long-term Sustainability.
Chapter 3 Sustainable Landscape Construction Process, Irrigation Systems and Hardscape Materials.
The Conventional Landscape Construction Process.
A Sustainable Landscape Construction Process Alternative.
Sustainable Irrigation Design and Installation Strategies.
Sustainable Hardscape Materials.
Chapter 4 Retrofitting Existing Landscapes for Sustainability.
Site Analysis for Retrofitting.
Identifying Opportunities to Improve Landscape Sustainability.
Chapter 5 Ecosystem Development and Management in the Context of Sustainable Landscapes.
Sustainable Landscapes and Ecosystem Services.
Historical Review of Ecological Design.
How Landscapes Function as Ecosystems.
Considerations in Designing a New Landscape Ecosystem.
Establishment Strategies for a New Landscape Ecosystem.
Management Strategies for a Landscape Ecosystem.
Chapter 6 Environmental Issues.
Nutrient Leaching and Runoff.
Pesticide Leaching and Runoff.
Health Concerns Associated With Pesticides.
Fish and Wildlife Issues Associated With Pesticides.
Air Pollution Due to Power Equipment Emissions.
Depletion of Water Resources.
Sustainability and Environmental Rhetoric.
Perspectives on Environmental Issues Regarding Pesticide Use.
Chapter 7 Sustainable Soils for Landscapes.
Sustainable Options in Developing Soils for Landscapes.
Managing Soils Sustainably.
Chapter 8 Managing Trees, Shrubs and Beds Sustainably.
Managing the Waste Stream.
Chapter 9 Lawns in Sustainable Landscapes.
Matching Grass Types to Climate in Theory and Practice.
Impact of Grass Breeding Programs.
Species for Sustainable Lawns.
Sustainable Maintenance Strategies.
Chapter 10 Sustainable Pest Management.
Definition of Integrated Pest Management.
Components of Integrated Pest Management.
Insect Control Strategies.
Disease Control Strategies.
Weed Control Strategies.
ANN MARIE VANDERZANDEN, PhD, is a Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to academic journals, she is coauthor of Mathematics for the Green Industry, published by Wiley, and Landscape Design: Theory and Application.