Monday, March 7, 2011

Book review and giveaway - Sustainable Landscaping

{{{ The Random Number Generator chose "10" which means the winner is Catherine at A Gardener In Progress. Thanks to everyone who entered!}}}

"Sustainable" is a popular term in gardening circles these days. What exactly does it mean? More or less, it refers to the creation and maintenance of a landscape that is in balance with the local climate and doesn't use resources like fertilizers and pesticides and most importantly, conserves water.

As much as I hate the title, the "For Dummies" series of books (on every topic imaginable) provides excellent information in a user-friendly format. Owen Dell is an award-winning, internationally admired landscape architect, author and educator. He is the principal of Owen Dell & Associates in Santa Barbara, which specializes in sustainable landscape architectural services. In this book, he provides a wealth of information on the topic including:

* How to plan a sustainable landscape and what factors to consider
* Water conservation - the various types of systems available to the home gardener and the nuts and bolts of water harvesting, irrigation and drainage
* Hardscaping - planning, utilizing and maintenance
* Plant choices - beneficial trees, shrubs and smaller plants to consider for your landscape
* Lawns - minimizing the impact of the lawn and reducing its size
* Garden care - pruning, fertilizing and controlling pests the sustainable way
* 10 Projects that pay you and the environment back
* 10 non sustainable landscaping mistakes and how to avoid them

The book is full of helpful tips, illustrations, garden plans and maps to help you master the art of a sustainable landscape!

Win A Copy

To enter, reply to this post (include your e-mail address). I will use a random number generator to select one winner Friday, March 11 at 8pm CST.

{{{This book was sent to me for review by the author. I did not pay for the book or receive compensation for my review}}}

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

19 comments:

  1. It was very nice of your to review the book...never cared much for the "For Dummies" part of these books either. rusdar at hotmail dot com

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  2. Sign me up.

    toepferblue at gmail

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  3. Sounds like a great book for every gardener.
    Connorball@gmail.com

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  4. The book sounds like it has some chapters that would be very interesting. Now I am just the opposite, if it says for "Dummies" I usually think maybe I can make some sense of the topic. LOL!
    ldawns1@hocking.net

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  5. Your great book review has me wanting a copy! I confess I entered the computer world by way of the Dummies books! delliott@charter.net

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  6. I feel my middle name is dummy some times.
    marycar@netspeednow.com

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  7. Sounds like a great book. jjboys@aol.com

    PS I love your website!

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  8. I don't like the "dummies" titles as well, but at that title lets you know what you can expect from the series.

    les (morehiways at cox dot net)

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  9. I guess I've been dabbling in "sustainable" landscaping and didn't even know it! LOL sign me up> scooterjen@tds.net

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  10. Sounds like a good book.
    gardenerprogress@comcast.net

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  11. Oh, i SO want this book. I thought I'd read just about everything on Sustainable gardening, guess not! gammon7(at)aol.com

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  12. Sign me up Phillip~I want to learn more about sustainability and a 'dummie' book will be perfect for me! gailtilesatgmal.com

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  13. I needed therapy this evening after digging up a 150 year old poison ivy attached to a White Oak, in the rain and wind, so I thought about your web site to encourage me. A free book about landscaping would make me very happy, and you know I need help! Be sure to let me know when your garden is peaking this Spring so I can stand amazed. You are truly gifted.

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  14. I would love to win this book! kcmichellew at gmail dot com

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  15. I love certain Dummies books myself. Good find!

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  16. I'm on the road to getting myself more self-sufficient Phillip and this book sounds like a great resource. Glad I got here in time!
    esweat1@gmail

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  17. I am going through a Master Gardener program right now and this book would probably be a helpful resource. bwebb4@frontier.com

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  18. Enjoy your blog, great information. Please sign me up for the drawing. bigskye714 at yahoo dot com

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  19. Too late for me but I enjoy your blog. May not comment but do read.

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