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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047041149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470411490
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Create a beautiful, sustainable landscape that's easy on your pocketbook

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

Owen E. Dell is the owner of County Landscape and Design in Santa Barbara, California. He has nearly 40 years of experience designing and building beautiful, sustainable, and soul-satisfying residential and commercial landscapes.

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Owen E. Dell, ASLA is an internationally admired landscape architect, landscape contractor, educator, author, television personality, and "sustainability guru." Owen has nearly 40 years of experience as both a hands-on garden maker, a designer of residential as well as commercial and public gardens, and an inspiration to landscapers and gardeners the world over. Owen is the principal at Owen Dell & Associates in Santa Barbara, California.

Owen's popular television show Garden Wise Guys (www.citytv18.com) offers lessons in how to create and maintain a sustainable landscape while delivering plenty of laughs as he and co-star Billy Goodnick(http://www.google.com/profiles/billygoodnick) get themselves into and out of trouble on what may be the only sustainable landscaping sitcom anywhere. Oh, and check out Owen as he plays the leaf rake and sings on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTA49TUXXXg.

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, making great goofy TV, helping to save the world, and designing stunning gardens, he's out working in his own garden, which boasts 130 varieties of edible and medicinal plants, a certified wildlife habitat, countless kinds of native and exotic ornamental plants, and an intriguing series of outdoor rooms filled with art and lots of surprises. He also cooks like a madman, spends lots of time with his cats, and dreams of getting out in nature more than he's been able to the past few years.

To find out more about Owen E. Dell, visit his web site at www.owendell.com.

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If you have an opportunity to hear him speak, do so.
Barbara Lanz-Mateo
As someone who has taught sustainable landscaping for the past two decades, I find this book to be the perfect companion to my classes.
Joe Holtrop
Owen Dell is the individual most responsible for the way that I look at landscape, design and my footprint in general.
running duck

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Good Book Guy on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently bought this book in preparation for a number of landscaping projects around the house this spring and summer. I've found the guide to be extremely thorough and helpful. It has shown me how to take small steps that add up to making my yard more sustainable and healthy for the family. Included are a number of ready-to-be-implmented, professional quality landscape plans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By running duck on March 2, 2009
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Owen Dell is the individual most responsible for the way that I look at landscape, design and my footprint in general. Owen is an amazing speaker, part time tv geek and landscape guru. You can now add entertaing author to the resume. This is a book that will make you look at the art of landscaping in a way that keeps us in tune with dear ol' mom. (Mother Earth that is) In simple easy to understand language, you can be a pro (Or just design like one) in no time. You will learn how to work with nature and our limited resources while having a positive impact on the environment. As with most 'Dummies' books, you can skip around to find areas of interest but I found it hard to put the book down once I started. Written with a true talent to entertain and keep the reader interested, I applaud Mr Dell and his commitment to the future of our natural resources.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Billy Goodnick on February 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I completely understand why the subject of sustainable landscaping isn't splashed over the media. Unlike Madonna's marital status or how much Paris Hilton's new dog cost, it's not something the general populace craves. No one is braving water cannons to protest people who wash down driveways. And who's losing sleep over the out-of-control non-native plants that gradually displacing native vegetation in the wild?

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 3:07 Mins
I was surprised, as a landscape professional, how much I got from this book. While the sustainable tips Dell presents are thorough and helpful, the best part of this book was the depth of hands-on landscaping experience he shared. Since Dell's been a landscape architect and licensed landscape contractor for many years, the sustainable techniques he presents are practical, efficient, and actually work. No fiddly little tips that are a pain in the behind to actually do (a pet peeve of mine)!

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Wiskar on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
A much needed timely volume of practical advice for those on both professional and homeowner levels in the landscape development business. -A must have source for tips that we should all be implementing immediately to mitigate the climate crisis on our personal level!
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