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How to Irrigate in the Desert 5. How to Avoid--and Repair--Frost Damage How to Control "Weeds" How to Avoid Texas Root Rot What to Do About Roots in Drains Landscape Gardening with Containers Starting Wildflowers Starting a Lawn Making and Keeping a Good Hedge Pruning Trees and Shrubs Palm Tree Care Landscaping with Citrus Landscape Maintenance While You're Away In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in , Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet.

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In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold's far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively, and healthy places. Today, gardening practices too often damage the environment: we deplete resources in our own soil while mining for soil amendments in far away places, or use water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers.

Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, Reichard explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching, and invasive species. The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do, and where they should be avoided.

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Using simple steps presented in clear, easy-to-follow language, Eco-yards shows you how environmentally sound practices can restore the natural ecosystem and turn your yard into an eco-friendly sanctuary. This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment - instead of continually fighting it - you'll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort.

The hellstrip--the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip--is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources. Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed Beautiful No-Mow Yards, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and Home Owner's Association rules governing the area, how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design pathways for accessibility, and much more.

Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier. With Hellstrip Gardening in hand, you can finally create the paradise you want in the most unexpected of places! Gardeners and garden designers are having a love affair with agaves.

It's easy to see why—they're low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an astounding range of form and color.

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Many species are strikingly variegated, and some have contrasting ornamental spines on the edges of their leaves. Fabulous for container gardening or in-the-ground culture, they combine versatility with easy growability. In Agaves, plant expert Greg Starr profiles 75 species, with additional cultivars and hybrids, best suited to gardens and landscapes.

Each plant entry includes a detailed description of the plant, along with its cultural requirements, including hardiness, sun exposure, water needs, soil requirements, and methods of propagation. Agaves can change dramatically as they age and this comprehensive guide includes photos showing each species from youth to maturity—a valuable feature unique to this book. In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it's not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest.

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And even for gardeners with no water restrictions, low-water plants are key to a sustainable garden. Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide the common and botanical name, the regions where the plant is best adapted, growth and care information, and notes on pests and disease. This practical and inspiring guide includes a variety of plants, from trees to succulents, perennials to bulbs, all selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value.

Companion plants, creative design ideas, and full color photography round out the text. The environmental benefits of gardens are well-known: trees and plants capture carbon emissions, help to moderate the urban climate, promote health and well being, and help reduce energy consumption. But some garden practices are downright damaging, like using leaf blowers and other power tools, installing impermeable paving, and choosing plants that require excessive water or artificial fertilizers. High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening is a one-stop reference for making a garden more green.

From simple actions like composting household waste, installing a water barrel, or eliminating pesticides to more long-term investments like choosing permeable, locally sourced paving, and planting the most water-wise plants, there are hundreds of large and small choices home gardeners can make to reduce the environmental impact of designing, planting, and tending a garden. High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening goes beyond organics and compost and gives serious gardeners all the information they need to make their garden truly green.

Covering Ground by Barbara W. Ellis ISBN: Looking for an alternative to a traditional lawn? Covering Ground explores hundreds of wonderful possibilities. Flowering plants, herbs, mosses, ground-hugging shrubs, and heathers, planted singly or in creative combinations, can add interest, elegance, and drama to otherwise dull and ordinary areas. And hardscape options, such as bluestone, crushed gravel, brick, or shredded bark mulch, can create pathways and define borders.

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You'll be inspired by these low-maintenance, creative ideas, and Barbara Ellis includes all of the information you need to successfully select, plant, and care for the ground covers that you choose. This working manual provides complete information on the technical aspects of designing, building, and maintaining waterwise landscapes in the Mountain West.

Written particularly for professionals, including landscape designers, architects, contractors, and maintenance and irrigation specialists, it has an attractive, well-illustrated, user-friendly format that will make it useful as well to DIY homeowners and to educators, plant retailers, extension agents, and many others. The manual is organized according to landscape principles that are adapted to the climate of the intermountain region.

Beginning with planning and design, the topical principles proceed through soil preparation, appropriate plant selection, practicalities of turfgrass, use of mulch, and irrigation planning, winding up with landscape maintenance. Designed for onsite, handy use, the book is illustrated with color images of landscapes, plants, and materials. Tables, charts, diagrams, landscape plans, plant lists, checklists, and other graphic resources are scattered throughout the manual, which is written in an accessible but information-rich style.

Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West answers, more comprehensively than any other single book, the need for professional information that addresses both growing awareness of the necessity for water conservation and the desire for beautiful, healthy yards and properties. C2 L68 eb. This lyrical and articulate mix of the practical and the poetic combines personal story, wildland ecology, restoration gardening practices, and native plant horticulture. O33 eb. For too long, garden design has given pride of place to architecture, artifice, and arbitrary principles. The results? Passionate Gardener takes the gardener through the season in a most comprehensive, yet pleasurable and accessible way, as the authors celebrate a diversity of plants for every site and every season.

The champion sound, ecologically friendly gardening techniques, from soil and water issues to pest management. They also offer up stories of their horticultural adventures as their personal gardens have evolved, making this lively, information-packed reading with a personal, real touch. Hailed by critics and fellow garden writers as among the top American garden writers of today, Lauren and Rob have translated their shared passion for gardening into gardens that thrive beautifully and into a new book that will raise the spirits, expectations, and results of all those who read it. With its mixture of sparkling essays and lush photographs, Passionate Gardening is an indispensable guide for both budding and seasoned gardeners.

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Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West [Marcia Tatroe, Charles Mann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The first complete. Editorial Reviews. Review. "At last, a book that really captures the essence, spirit and beauty of intermountain gardening." -- David Salman, High Country.

Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for making herbal teas, tinctures, compresses, salves, and more. V When Astonished Europeans First Spotted the vast pine forests of North America-forests teeming with trees twice as tall as even the tallest pine trees in England-the economic and military potential was immediately evident. In that preindustrial age, the lumber and pitch that could be harvested from those forests represented resources worth fighting for. The forests of North America would play an important part in the development of the emerging United States and in the ensuing centuries.

In White Pine, Andrew Vietze turns his attention to the part that these evergreens played in peace, war, the building of cities, and forming laws. S25 B87 The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months or throughout the entire year with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse. Longtime gardener Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, but due to his busy work schedule and family life, didn't have the time or interest in high-input grow lights or greenhouses.

Most techniques for growing what are commonly referred to as "microgreens" left him feeling overwhelmed and uninterested. There had to be a simpler way to grow greens for his family indoors. After some research and diligent experimenting, Burke discovered he was right--there was a way! And it was even easier than he ever could have hoped, and the greens more nutrient packed. He didn't even need a south-facing window, and he already had most of the needed supplies just sitting in his pantry.

The result: healthy, homegrown salad greens at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market.

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The secret: start them in the dark. Growing "Soil Sprouts"--Burke's own descriptive term for sprouted seeds grown in soil as opposed to in jars--employs a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots, and provides delicious salad greens in just seven to ten days, way earlier than any other method, with much less work. Indeed, of all the ways to grow immature greens, this is the easiest and most productive technique.

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For special gardening techniques that will work in our area, these next two were recommended. Are you facing water restrictions? Returning master gardeners must continue their education as well as contribute a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer time each year. The red sap of the dragon tree Dracena draco , for instance, was once used to stain marble, glass, and 17th and 18th century violins. High mountains, aridity, rock, wide temperature swings, and brilliant colors all contribute to its magic. Fire blight control include use of resistant varieties, cultural practices, pruning and spraying.

Forget about grow lights and heat lamps! This book is a revolutionary and inviting guide for both first-time and experienced gardeners in rural or urban environments. All you need is a windowsill or two. In fact, Burke has grown up to six pounds of greens per day using just the windowsills in his kitchen! Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers detailed step-by-step instructions to mastering this method hint: it's impossible not to succeed, it's so easy!

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When should you fertilize fruit trees? What's the earliest date to set out tomato plants? Gardeners in the desert Southwest can't rely on books that try to cover the whole country. Summer heat, less rain, and shorter, unreliable growing seasons are important factors in the desert. That's why The Desert Gardener's Calendar can be essential to gardening success. Whether you're raising vegetables, nursing citrus trees, or just trying to keep your front yard looking its best, you'll find that this handy book gives you a valuable month-by-month perspective on the year.

It helps you to focus on necessary activities and reminds you of simple tasks you might overlook. It's especially valuable for people who've moved to the desert regions from other parts of the country and follow old gardening dates that seldom apply to their new home.