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Better homes and gardens step-by-step landscaping : planning, planting, building
Blume, James D.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith Corp., [1991]

Physical Description:
336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
General Note:
On spine: Step-by-step landscaping.

Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
Better homes and gardens.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
SB472.3 .B544 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
SB472.3 .B544 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB472.3 .B544 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB472.3 .B544 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A complete step-by-step guide to landscaping, including 550 full-color photographs and more than 200 illustrations to help readers design structures and fit them--along with plans--into an overall landscape. Also includes plant selection charts and advice on maintaining landscape structures and plants.

Author Notes

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Better Homes and Gardens is a home and family magazine for people who want to make those things the focal points of their lives. It provides the readers with information to make more informed decisions and covers subjects such as education, parenting, travel, gardening, health, cars, money-management and home entertainment. The magazine also includes recipes and home improvement topics from decorating to do-it-yourself projects.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

For a gardener with carpentry, masonry, and electrical skills, this book is a treasure. Each chapter focuses on a landscaping problem or area of the yard. Initial pages offer an overview of turning the yard into one's "own personal environment," which involves such projects as drainage, grading, and erecting posts. Subsequent chapters proffer advice on controlling minor erosion; on building fences, gates, and latticework screens and installing security lighting; and on constructing walks and paths, patios, decks, gazebos, swimming pools, sun rooms, sheds, driveways, irrigation systems, etc. There are 150 photographs of yards and projects, 285 detailed how-to photos, 35 pages of charts, and a number of plant identification photos. ~--George Cohen

Table of Contents

Creating an Environmentp. 6
Front Yards
Swimming Pools
Garden Pools
Planning and Preparingp. 20
Assessing Your Landscaping Needs
Weighing Your Landscaping Options
Measuring Your Existing Site
Drawing a Map of Your Existing Site
Designing Your New Landscape
Choosing Your Final Plan
Scheduling the Work
Solving Drainage Problems
Correcting the Grade
Laying Out Project Sites
Erecting Posts
Dealing with Existing Plants
Slope Solutionsp. 62
Assessing Slope Solutions
Controlling Minor Erosion
Building Contours and Bevels
Building Retaining Walls
Building Structures Over Slopes
Gallery of Slope Ideas
Privacy and Securityp. 78
Assessing Privacy Solutions
Choosing Plants for Privacy
Building Fences and Gates
Building Latticework Screens
Choosing a Fence or Screen Style
Fence and Screen Plantings
Installing Security Lighting
Gallery of Privacy Ideas
Sun and Shadep. 96
Assessing Sun and Shade Solutions
Building Overhead Sunshades
Building Arbors
Arbor and Trellis Plantings
Choosing Plants to Provide Dense Shade
Choosing Plants to Provide Filtered Shade
Gallery of Sun and Shade Ideas
Front Yardsp. 114
Assessing Front-Yard Options
Creating an Attractive Front
Building Walks and Paths
Building Steps
Building Ramps
Installing Walk Edgings
Choosing Walk and Edging Materials
Gallery of Front-Yard Ideas
Controlling the Viewp. 136
Screening Unwanted Views with Plantings
Screening Unwanted Views with Structures
Creating Desirable Views with Plantings
Creating Desirable Views with Structures
Creating Desirable Views from Within
Patios and Decksp. 148
Assessing Patio and Deck Options
Creating the Ultimate Patio
Building Sand-Base Patios
Building Concrete Patios
Choosing a Special Concrete Surface
Surfacing Existing Concrete Patios
Patio Plantings
Gallery of Patio Ideas
Creating the Ultimate Deck
Building Grade-Level Decks
Building Raised Decks
Choosing a Decking or Railing Style
Building Deck Benches
Choosing Deck Materials
Deck Plantings
Gallery of Deck Ideas
Beyond the Basicsp. 190
Creating the Ultimate Gazebo
Building Gazebos
Creating the Ultimate Garden Pool
Building Garden Pools
Installing Pumps, Fountains, and Waterfalls
Creating Water Gardens
Creating the Ultimate Swimming Pool
Assessing Swimming-Pool Options
Equipping and Maintaining Your Pool
Creating the Ultimate Lighting Scheme
Assessing Lighting Options
Creating the Ultimate Play Area
Assessing Play-Area Options
Controlling Insectsp. 220
Assessing Insect-Control Solutions
Choosing an Organic or Chemical Control
Adding Sun-Rooms
Screening In a Porch
Service Areasp. 232
Assessing Service-Area Options
Creating the Ultimate Storage Unit
Building Sheds
Creating the Ultimate Area for Vehicles
Building Driveways and Parking Areas
Creating the Ultimate Kennel
Building Kennels
Maintaining Your Landscapep. 252
Outdoor Tasks Month by Month
Maintaining Lawns
Minimizing Lawn Maintenance
Choosing Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives
Installing Irrigation Systems
Maintaining Plants
Maintaining Concrete and Masonry Structures
Maintaining Wood Structures
Construction and Planting Basicsp. 272
Hardware and Fasteners
Concrete and Masonry
Recommended Plantsp. 300
Deciduous Trees
Evergreen Trees
Deciduous Shrubs
Broad-Leaved Evergreen Shrubs
Needled Evergreen Shrubs
Ground Covers
Indexp. 324