Landscaping For Dummies
Landscaping for Dummies has everything you need to turn the little patch of earth you call your own into a personal paradise. Whether you’ve waited for the day to have property to landscape, you’d never given it a second thought until you had to, or you want to improve on an existing landscape, this book offers a clearly written wealth of knowledge on:
- Fences, walls, gates, and paths
- Decks, patios, and outdoor rooms
- Shrubs and vines
- Ground cover
From the basic principles of landscape design, to all the ins and outs of hillsides, balcony gardens, and water gardens, this book will show you how to:
- Think like a designer
- Dream up the right landscape for your family’s needs
- Increase your home’s resale value
- Conserve energy
- Deal with contractors, nurseries, and hardware suppliers
- Create an edible landscape
Full of helpful problem-solvers for all kinds of landscapes, Landscaping for Dummies also features sample plans, “theme” landscape ideas, and a brilliant color photo section to inspire the imagination. Accessible and informative to both beginner and expert landscapers, this is the complete guide to creating the yard you’ve always wanted.
PART I: Designing Your Landscape.
Chapter 1: Plotting Your Landscape Design.
Chapter 2: Thinking Like a Designer.
Chapter 3: Getting Serious about Your Design.
PART II: Building Hardscape into Your Yard.
Chapter 4: Taming Your Site.
Chapter 5: Fences, Walls, Gates, and Paths.
Chapter 6: Building Decks and Patios.
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room.
PART III: The Planting o' the Green.
Chapter 8: Barking Up the Right Tree.
Chapter 9: Landscaping with Shrubs and Vines.
Chapter 10: Using Plants for Color and Texture.
Chapter 11: Covering Lots of Ground.
Chapter 12: Solutions for Your Landscape Problems.
PART IV: Putting It All Together.
Chapter 13: Plans for Your Whole Lot.
Chapter 14: Plans for Special Situations.
Chapter 15: Plans for "Theme" Landscapes.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Make Your Surroundings Unique.
Chapter 17: Tens Ways to Conserve Energy.
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Increase Your Home's Resale Value.
Appendix: Landscaping Resources.
Book Registration Information.