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Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance Hardcover – December 21, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470480939 ISBN-10: 0470480939 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470480939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470480939
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The authors come out of the gates swinging with this book. In the preface, they indicate that the book was "organized to provide context for sustainability and the impact it has on landscape design, installation, and management practices", and they hit a home run with this book. They also prove they can "walk the talk" by printing the book on 100% Postconsumer paper. Kudos!!" (The Designer, Spring 2012)

About the Author

THOMAS W. COOK is Associate Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at Oregon State University. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, he gives lectures which emphasize turf and landscape with research and application responsibilities.

ANN MARIE VANDERZANDEN, PhD, is a Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to academic journals, she is coauthor of Mathematics for the Green Industry, published by Wiley, and Landscape Design: Theory and Application.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al Shay on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a treatise that conducts an objective, constructive and strategic examination of the concept of sustainability in the landscape. This is no easy task considering the landscape aesthetic we embrace especially in the commercial sector is more reminiscent of Versailles than the minimalist input sustainable vision of the 21st century. The authors deftly lead the reader through the process of what comprises the concept of sustainability, sustainable landscape design, how to retrofit an existing landscape, ecosystem development and management in the context of sustainable landscapes, environmental issues, lawns in sustainable landscapes and sustainable pest management. These are just some of the pertinent issues covered in this book. We're always looking for `the silver bullet'; that which will take us from a problem to a solution without any hassle. This book fulfills that need. I can't recommend it highly enough; whether you are a landscape professional, student, educator or landscape architect, this is a book you must own.

Al Shay horticulture instructor, Oregon State University
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian McDonald on January 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The best part of this book is that it is loaded with real life recommendations, design and maintenance strategies, and lists of plants and other materials that you can use in designing, retrofitting, and maintaining your landscape to be more sustainable.

This is a well researched and clearly written, non preachy, book geared towards commercial landscape maintenance contractors, landscape architects, landscape construction companies, and under graduate students majoring in horticulture. The authors are current (VanDerZanden) and retired (Cook) professors of horticulture who have many years of experience doing extension work upon which the contents of the book are based. This book is written in a serious tone and is upfront with the real challenges that exist when trying to implement more sustainable practices in the field. The authors point out in the first chapter, "Introduction to Sustainability" that commercial and residential landscapes "... are still artificial landscapes inserted into highly disturbed site environments and maintained to meet the expectations of owners and occupants. Sustainability is a relative concept and more of a goal to strive for rather than a well-defined end point. There will never be truly self-sustaining constructed landscapes, only landscapes that are more or less sustainable than our current efforts".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Huesgen on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book or reference text is a must have for those interested in the sustainable landscape. The fundamental approach taken by the authors to first define sustainability then lead you through development and maintenance creates a user-friendly guide. The information provided is beneficial for the homeowner or hobbyist as well as the contract professional.

The one aspect continually pointed out is that the sustainable landscape provides as much or more gratification and visual appeal than the conventional or "forced" landscapes which require far more effort, inputs, and therefore costs.

Also, browsing the study questions following each chapter proved to be useful in testing my comprehension as well as to encourage the review of important points made.

Once again, I find this book highly recommended for the student to professional range of landscape enthusiast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Grover on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Finally a practical guide for sustainable landscaping. Sustainable landscaping is a rapidly evolving field and many come at it with inaccurate assumptions and ideas based on myth and folklore. I found this book to be based on documented scientific theory as well as practical analysis and real world application.

What most other publications have missed is the practical application of sustainable theory. The urban environment is challenging and not natural. Poor soils, extreme micro climates, and use pressures complicate many "perfect world" theories and this book helps the reader understand and adapt to these unique challenges.

We will use this book in our business and hope that many universities adopt it as a teaching textbook to prepare the future green industry professional for the challenges and opportunities of making our urban landscapes fulfill the need to make a positive impact on the environment.
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