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Xeriscape Handbook: A How-to Guide to Natural Resource-Wise Gardening

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Provides hands-on advice in creating your own Xeriscape garden, no matter where you live. As water bills skyrocket and concern for conserving potable water increases, homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers seek alternatives. Xeriscape plant materials are water-conserving, beautiful, and thrive in specific environments.Xeriscape Handbooktakes an easy-to-follow, step-by-step ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Fulcrum Publishing
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Deodand
Dec 07, 2008 Deodand rated it liked it
I found this book to be less specific than other books on xeriscaping that I've read recently. There is a lot of good advice here for someone who's starting with a piece of unworked ground, but if you're beginning with an established landscape you will want to read more books on the subject in addition to this one. There is a lot of sound advice about grading, which is the heart of the xeriscape, as it will help you conserve runoff.

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Jinnie
Jul 17, 2012 Jinnie rated it it was ok
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Annoyingly pedantic, dry as dirt. Long on details about plant types without giving any kind of compiled, referable list of actual plants that are xeriscape-friendly. Soil preparation section written as though my yard was a science experiment and I should be a chemist. I am sure that there are many, many better books on this subject for the typical homeowner.
Felicia
Jul 12, 2013 Felicia rated it liked it
This one wasn't what I was looking for at this time-- this was more on the soil, roots and water conservation part and I'm not there yet. I might pick this book up later when I am actually ready to do the yard.
John
Jan 26, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
I have read the entire book twice, just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. I also use it as a reference whenever I have questions about growing plants in the tough climate and soil of the Rocky Mountains.
Mark
Jul 21, 2014 Mark marked it as skimmed
Shelves: from-library, home
Just browsed for now but decided I want a decent used copy for $5 via abebooks.
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