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Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies Paperback – February 9, 2009
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Want to go green outside your home? This practical, hands-on guide shows you how to design, create, and live with sustainable lawn and garden spaces. You'll see how to eliminate the use of chemicals, reduce energy use, and conserve natural resources, all while you craft an attractive and functional outdoor environment that increases the value and improves the appearance of your home.
Get sustainable savvy — understand what it means, why it matters, and what materials and resources to use
Work with water — evaluate and maintain irrigation systems, explore water harvesting, and manage watering for maximum conservation
Make the most of hardscaping — from patios and walls to fences, steps, and lighting systems, construct and maintain sustainable elements
Add the true green stuff — select, establish, and care for gorgeous climate-appropriate plants that need few resources
Open the book and find:
The essentials of sustainable garden care
Ways to minimize your lawn's impact and keep it healthy
A step-by-step tutorial on designing a great landscape plan
How to grade, plant, and irrigate the sustainable way
Tips for fitting food into your landscape
Cheap (or free) planet-friendly projects
Nonsustainable gardening mistakes to avoid
When and why to call in the pros
About the Author
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Professional and lay audiences look to Owen for his inimitable combination of eye-opening, cutting-edge landscaping advice and edge-of-your-seat lively delivery. Owen's workshops are a delight, and send participants home inspired and forever changed.
Home gardeners and professionals alike love his popular books "Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies" and "How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business." Owen is also the co-author of "Green Your Home All-In-One For Dummies." Readers can count on Owen to deliver a solid message in a fun-to-read format.
Owen is also an inveterate volunteer, helping out with many environmental and political causes. He's also the founder of the Fossil Free Landscaping Group, the Neighborhood Foodshed Project, and other groups.
When he's not writing books, teaching students, helping to save the world, and designing stunning gardens, he's out working in his own garden, which boasts a wide variety of edible and medicinal plants, a certified wildlife habitat, countless kinds of native and exotic ornamental plants, and an intriguing series of outdoor rooms. He also cooks like a madman, spends lots of time with his cats, and spends quality time out in nature.
To find out more about Owen E. Dell, visit his web site at www.owendell.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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I feel strongly that if you're embarking on a landscaping project, the sheer depth of professional knowledge and experience Dell shares in this book will almost certainly keep you from making a costly mistake during your landscaping project. And if he even saves you from making one mistake, it's easily paid for the cost of the book.
Professionals: don't discount the book because it's a Dummies title. I've read 20+ books on landscaping every year since I've become a landscaper (15 years now!) and this is among the best for having useful, practical, hands-on information that you can take into the field and use to do a better job.
Well, if there's one person who ignites people's passions about sustainable landscaping, it's Owen Dell. [Required Disclosure - Owen and I are buddies and co-hosts of a sustainable landscaping TV show. We've also spent countless Wednesday nights in our "Billy and Owen Take Over The World" sessions, plotting how to proselytize the masses and convince them to come into the light of sustainable landscaping. So, I might be a bit prejudiced in this review. But he's a mensch and really does deserve the mounds of praise I'm about to bury him in.]
I think Owen's book is very important. It needs to be read, embraced and acted upon by many, many people. Is there any better way to reach the knowledge-hungry masses than with one of those books with the black and yellow cover, and the iconic image of a strange guy with a buzz cut and triangular head? I'm talking about "Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies."
What I've always liked about Dummies books is that they're written by and for really smart people (or those who are about to be much smarter for having read the book). Their authors anticipate what a reader needs to know and gives it to them in a delightful package with all the fat trimmed off. That's just what Owen did in this book.Read more ›
The book is full of practical tips and information and is incredibly timely. It's like a how-to book for landscaping with Permaculture concepts and principles woven in such that it makes it all just seem matter-of-fact common sense; anybody can do it - and should. The out-of-the-norm landscaping practices are not presented as something exotic or trendy. They're presented as things we all can and should do in our suburban (or urban or rural) landscapes. To make his points clear, Owen Dell explains both what to do and what not to do and why. And, he includes nice little illustrations to reinforce his points.
As someone who has taught sustainable landscaping for the past two decades, I find this book to be the perfect companion to my classes. Owen says the things I try to teach so much better than I, and he does it all in an entertaining and fun way. Although written from the perspective of water-thirsty Southern California, the principles and concepts apply everywhere. I only wish it had been written sooner. Thank you for writing this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully done. Intelligent, well thought out and easy to comprehend and follow. Thank you!Published 13 months ago by advocate4peace
This book is excellent for anyone just starting out on a landscaping project. It covers every aspect of landscape design and implementation that the homeowner will encounter. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mugwump55
After perusing this book, I came to the (obvious) realization that "sustainable landscaping" is essentially an oxymoron. Read morePublished 17 months ago by WanderingStar
Water usage is everything as water is our most precious resource. Thanks to Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies by author Owen E. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Owen Dell knows his stuff. If you have an opportunity to hear him speak, do so. He will get you thinking in a whole new way about your yard. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Barbara