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Outdoor projects
Burda, Cindy, 1972-
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Publication Information:
Richmond, Va. : Time-Life Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
126 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
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TH4961 .B87 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Backyard Living series is designed to help you make the most of outdoor leisure time at home -- without spending a lot of time or money. From cooking and gardening to decorating and simple landscaping, each volume offers expert tips and ideas for entertaining friends, relaxing with family, or just enjoying peace and solitude in your own backyard.Whether it's finding or building the perfect outdoor chair, laying an inviting path, summoning birds and butterflies, or building a fence, there are dozens of ways to enhance your outdoor space -- without spending a lot of time or money. Outdoor Projects is packed with great ideas and information for the weekend garden do-it-yourselfer. Each chapter includes several projects, as well as enough inspiration to get you started on projects of your own design. Includes a special techniques section that covers basic woodworking, stonescaping, and brick masonry.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Garden Paths and Walkwaysp. 8
Choosing the Right Pathp. 10
Path Materialsp. 12
Preparing a Base for Your Pathp. 20
Edgingp. 27
Finishing Your Path: Adding the Surface Materialp. 28
Garden Bordersp. 42
Choosing a Borderp. 44
Where to Put Your Borderp. 46
Hedgesp. 48
Planting a Hedgep. 50
Fencesp. 52
Building a Picket Fencep. 58
Wallsp. 60
Building a Mortared Stone Wallp. 64
Gates and Entrywaysp. 66
Enhancing Existing Bordersp. 68
Garden Wildlifep. 70
Domestic Harmonyp. 72
Attracting (and Deterring) Wildlifep. 74
Building a Bat Housep. 78
Inviting Birdsp. 80
Decorating a Purchased Birdbath with Mosaicp. 83
Inviting Butterfliesp. 85
A Butterfly Garden Planp. 86
Building a Butterfly Boxp. 88
Garden Furniturep. 90
Selecting Outdoor Furniturep. 92
Buying Garden Furniturep. 96
Building Wooden Garden Furniturep. 97
Building a Portable Deckp. 98
Building an Adirondack Love Seatp. 100
Building an Outdoor Table and Matching Chairp. 104
Appendixesp. 110
Appendix A When to Bring in the Professionalsp. 110
Appendix B More About Stonep. 110
Appendix B.1 Characteristics of Common Stonep. 113
Appendix C More About Brickp. 113
Appendix C.1 Types of Brickp. 114
Appendix D More About Woodworking for Outdoor Usep. 115
Appendix D.1. Properties of Common Wood for Outdoor Usep. 117
Appendix E Softwood Lumber Sizesp. 118
Appendix F Metric Conversionsp. 118
Appendix G USDA Hardiness - Zone Mapp. 119
Acknowledgementsp. 120
Bibliographyp. 122
Indexp. 124