Gardening by the Book: Landscape Gardening

FROM THE SUMMER 2019 ISSUE OF IN THE GARDEN, THE TULSA GARDEN CENTER’S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER.

by Mary Moore, Reference/Research Librarian, Tulsa City-County Library

Beautiful residential landscapes can be found in every corner of the country, but they didn’t design themselves. As the summer season winds down, the gardener’s thoughts turn to possible landscape changes during the fall or future spring planting. Homeowners look for affordable ways to maximize the enjoyment of their outdoor spaces and increase the value of their homes. These books will aid the reader to envision and embrace new ideas and techniques for the specific home environment.

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Big Impact Landscaping (Page Street, 2017) features step-by-step instructions and photos to improve one’s residence. The manageable steps include choosing materials, breaking ground and even putting in the last stone, which aid the reader. The range of attractive and functional ideas are for the average to construction savvy homeowner. The projects are divided by type and for small and large yards. Especially helpful are the tools and materials lists needed to complete each job.

For a book with constructive steps try Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future (New Society Publishers, 2018). Its proactive advice will make gardens more sustainable. Minimizing potential damage from challenges such as fire, flood and storm are discussed. Photographs and graphics illustrate the authors’ key ideas and actions. They present environmentally sound ideas towards the effects of climate change on gardens and landscapes. The simple practical instructions can beautify any landscape or garden.

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Landscape Ideas You Can Use (Creative Publishing International, 2012) includes specific information on plant and hardscaping options which aid the gardener in making informed decisions. Landscape materials, elements and structures are included in the discussion. This is a book of common sense combined with creative know-how. Having inspiring photos and instructive captions, it gives ideas for modern landscape design.With 350 design suggestions,

New Landscaping Ideas that Work (Taunton Press, 2018) is a practical do-it-yourself guide. Solutions are given for smart design, purchasing and installation decisions. Innovative ideas are clear and informative for the design possibilities. Current popular outdoor features such as fire pits and outdoor kitchens are featured. The clear and informational writing complements the comparison charts and large photographs.

Your First Garden: A Landscape Primer for New Home Owners (Firefly Books, 2016) targets undeveloped property. Practical tips on budgeting garden improvements over several seasons are detailed. The writing style, color photographs, tips and hints are useful for new homeowners and gardeners. Starting with a checklist for planning the projects, this boosts confidence for the new gardener.

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