Landscaping For Dummies by Phillip Giroux, Bob Beckstrom, Lance Walheim, The Editors of the National Gardening Association


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  • Pub. Date: January 1999
  • 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 145,794
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    • Pub. Date: January 1999
    • Publisher:Wiley
    • Format: Paperback, 384pp
    • Sales Rank: 145,794


    A beautiful landscape reflects well on your house, making it a  welcome part of a  neighborhood or native terrain. And it  dramatically increases your home’s value. Landscaping also makes your house and yard more useful and better able to complement your family’s lifestyle. Trees shade your home to reduce energy use. Thorny shrubs deter prowlers. Lawns reduce dust from bare ground and give children the perfect play area. Patios and decks are great for entertaining. And a vegetable garden can yield fresh, delicious salads to eat on that patio or deck.

    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:

    • Designs
    • Fences, walls, gates, and paths
    • Decks, patios, and outdoor rooms
    • Trees
    • 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.

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    This guide is intended as a basic reference for those who want to improve their landscape. Beginning with a Wish List, the authors help gardeners achieve the yard of their dreams. Each step of the process is explained: designing a layout, building "hardscape" (paths, fences, arbors), selecting plants and trees, choosing a contractor or deciding to do the work yourself. Icons are used to point out important information. Many illustrations, checklists, a hardiness zone table, plant lists, lists of mail-order suppliers, 16 professional landscape designs, recommended readings, and online resources provide inspiration. The tone of the book is upbeat and humorous. Recommended for public libraries. (Color photographs not seen.)--Nancy Lee Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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    Phillip Giroux owns a landscape design firm.

    Home improvement authority Bob Beckstrom and gardenexpert Lance Wallheim are veteran authors.

    The National Gardening Association is America's largestnonprofit gardening organization.

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    I found out I'm not that DUMB!by pgPG

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    June 06, 2009: I found out I wasn't that DUMB! It was more for someone who had never gardened. And in that case it would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good book if you're newby spillingvoid

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    July 20, 2010: Great book for people who are looking into doing there own landscaping and have never done it before. If you have any real experience look somewhere else for new info.