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Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for Your Home and Garden Paperback – April 1, 2010
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This information-rich book goes beyond the usual turf of ubiquitous green-home guides by detailing low-maintenance landscape designs to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Ideal for people who are seriously committed to lowering their home's carbon footprint, the book is part science textbook and part how-to guide, with illustrations diagramming wind patterns and shade angles. Later chapters focus on strategies for reducing energy and water use during lawn care (hint: rethink the definition of "lawn").—The Sierra Club
Her book, Energy-Wise Landscape Design, provides a fresh approach for your home and garden Reed's book presents hundreds of practical ways everyone can save money, time and effort while making their landscapes more environmentally healthy. The Calgary Herald
Filled with practical, specific design advice that will inspire you to get up and get working to make a better home landscape for yourself and the planet. - Paul Cawood Hellmund, President/Director, Conway School of Landscape Design
This comprehensive book will be of tremendous value to everyone from individual homeowners to students of environmental design. - Darrell Morrison, Dean Emeritus, School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia
Sue Reed's step-by-step suggestions make change towards sustainable landscaping doable, instead of difficult and unfamiliar.- Leslie Jones Sauer, author of The Once and Future Forest
This isn’t your average garden book. With info on how your yard can cool your house, protect you from wind, and divert moisture away from your foundation. Energy-Wise is a deeply comprehensive guide. Helpful photos and diagrams accompany every topic, from how to design parking spaces to where to build your house on the property. - Finding Solutions , The David Suzuki Foundation newsletter
After reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design, I was taken to a whole new level and have a new appreciation for how important our landscape design can be. There is so much information packed into this book along with amazing photos and detailed drawings. Sue gives us an education in landscape design while opening our eyes to the possibilities of our individual landscapes. Her voice is full of common sense and charm. I highly recommend this book. - mygreenside.com
Sue Reed gives practical advice on lowering energy use through careful design of the landscape and placement of structures. This book is highly recommended for its sound environmental guidance.- Chicago Botanic Garden
I highly recommend reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design. It is chock full of easy steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy used in your landscape. Choose some easy steps that you can put in practical use right away, then work yourself through the many other ideas that Sue Reed presents. -Ecosystemgardening.com
As the cost of energy increases, we are all looking for ways to save. Energy-Wise Landscape Design by landscape architect Sue Reed is a great resource that describes the many ways home gardeners can reduce the energy needed to heat and cool their homes through the thoughtful choice and placement of landscape plants.
Filled with lots of specific, practical, how-to information, this book will help you shrink your energy footprint while designing a beautiful environmentally sound landscape. - National Gardening Association
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The book is divided into 7 sections: In sections 1 and 2 suggestions are offered on how to arrange the landscape in order to make houses more comfortable in summer and winter. Included are the role that tree placement plays in providing shade in summer, the strategy for capturing cooling breezes, and reducing ground heat that surrounds a home. The winter section explains how to maximize the sun's heat, plant windbreaks and buffers, and position the home to deflect wind.
Sections 3 and 4 provide design ideas for saving energy in the landscape. These include the use of regionally native plants that harmonize with local soil conditions and the re evaluating of the lawn in order to conserve water and operating energy for mowers. This section also offers help in designing properties that sparingly use electricity for outdoor lighting and watering systems.Read more ›
Projects include ways to keep a home cooler in summer to protecting it from the cold in winter, using local plants to ensure the best use of water, tips on the right way to plant trees, limiting the use of off-site topsoil and lots more.
Homeowners can take on simple tasks, like planting a shrub near a home to reduce the wind chill or building a bigger mulch pile to protect a tree, or major projects, such as relocating the driveway or adding windmills to the backyard.
Black and white photos make their point, showing good gardening practices, ways to avoid water waste, the unnecessary stripping of vegetation during a home's construction and a lot more.
This is a compelling book that provides good ideas for almost any homeowner interested in cutting their soaring utility bills and making the best use of their property.
I think this book is best for someone starting a new landscape plan, but it is still useful for seasoned landscapers.
The book is structured into useful sections such as "Arranging the Landscape to Help Cool a House in Summer", "Situating New Homes with Energy in Mind" and "Fitting the Landscape to the Land", which shares excellent tips for landscaping on slopes. Even if you're in the midst of a current landscaping or construction project, the section "Revise your Ideas to Fit the Terrain" is worth reading before you do any more work! In New England, where every property seems to be situated on some kind of hill, Sue's book will help you understand how to work with the challenges of your landscape and turn them into design features that enhance your property's beauty and usefulness.
Landscaping sections include designing gardens to reduce water usage, how to have a green, healthy lawn without using toxic chemicals, and information on how to properly plant trees and shrubs. Considering that most plant deaths that happen in the first few years occur because of improper planting (by homeowners as well as poorly trained landscapers!), this is advice that will save you money!Read more ›
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If you are concerned about global climate change, or just the size of your own utility bills, Sue Reed shows you how you can make an impact in your own back yard. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by TomC
Oddly, enough I found this book in a search of ranked 'garden coffee table books.' It is anything but a 'coffee table book' like the diminutive book I have written Garden Watering... Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Matthew M. Cohen
Whether you're thinking of building a new home or reinventing your current landscape, are a home gardener, a building or landscape architect, a Master Gardener, landscape... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by George Africa