Desert Landscaping: How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest (Paperback)

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    George Brookbank has distilled nearly twenty years' experience—as an extension agent in urban horticulture with the University of Arizona—into a practical book that tells how to avoid problems with desert landscaping before they occur and h...

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    George Brookbank learned landscape maintenance in his native England and as a Government Agricultural Officer in Tanganyika. He has spent nearly thirty years in Arizona, first teaching landscape maintenance classes at Arizona Western College in Yuma and then serving as an Extension Agent with the University of Arizona.
    George Brookbank has distilled nearly twenty years' experience—as an extension agent in urban horticulture with the University of Arizona—into a practical book that tells how to avoid problems with desert landscaping before they occur and how to correct those that do. In the first part, "How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape," he provides 28 easy-to-use chapters that address concerns ranging from how to start a wildflower garden to how to cope with Texas root rot. In Part Two, "A Month-By-Month Maintenance Guide," he offers a handy almanac that tells what to do and what to watch out for each month of the year, with cross-references to the chapters in Part One. Homeowners who maintain their own landscape will find in this book ways to make the work more satisfying and productive, while those who hire landscape contractors can make sure the work is done effectively and economically. "You'll find all kinds of books on desert landscape design and materials, irrigation system and design, and landscape installation," says Brookbank. "So far as I know, however, this is the only book that tells you what to do with what you've got and how to keep it growing."

    CONTENTS
    Part 1 - How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape
    1. Desert Conditions: How They Are "Different"
    2. Plants Are Like People: They're Not Alike
    3. Use Arid-Land Plants to Save Water
    4. How to Irrigate in the Desert
    5. How to Design and Install a Drip Irrigation System
    6. Soils and Their Improvement I: How to Plant in the Desert
    7. Soils and Their Improvement II: How to Use Fertilizers
    8. What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Troubleshooter's Guide
    9. How to Avoid—and Repair—Frost Damage
    10. How to Control "Weeds"
    11. Palo Verde Borer Beetle: What to Do
    12. How to Avoid Texas Root Rot
    13. When You Move Into an Empty House
    14. What to Do About Roots in Drains
    15. How to Dig Up Plants and Move Them
    16. How to Have Flower Bed Color All Year
    17. Landscape Gardening with Containers
    18. Starting Wildflowers
    19. Starting a Lawn
    20. Making and Keeping a Good Hedge
    21. Pruning Trees and Shrubs
    22. Palm Tree Care
    23. Caring for Saguaros, Ocotillos, Avages, and Prickly Pears
    24. Roses in the Desert: Hard Work and Some Disappointments
    25. Landscaping with Citrus
    26. Swimming Pools: Plants, Play, and Water-Saving
    27. Landscape Maintenance While You're Away
    28. Condominiums: Common Grounds, Common Problems

    Part 2 - A Month-by-Month Maintenance Guide

    Specs

    ISBN 9780816512010
    Genre GARDENING / Landscape
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 1992-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of Arizona Pr
    Copyright Year 1992
    Height 10.5 in
    Wdth 7.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.35 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Brookbank, George

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