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Sustainable Landscaping

Principles and Practices

By Marietta Loehrlein

CRC Press – 2013 – 325 pages

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    978-1-46-659320-6
    September 26th 2013

Description

While landscaping has the potential to be part of the solution to certain environmental problems, the quest for beauty can also produce effects that are harmful to the environment. Sustainable Landscaping: Principles and Practices examines landscape practices that adversely affect the environment, which occur in the process of constructing, implementing, and managing residential and commercial landscapes. It explores ways to change these practices to have a more positive effect, describing the principles of sustainable landscaping and proposing solutions to challenges that can arise.

This book covers a wide range of landscape practices that fall under the broad subject of sustainability, providing detailed coverage of principles including the following:

  • Conducting sustainability audits
  • Using plants to maximize their benefits
  • Regulating solar heat gain and loss with seasonal climate changes
  • Directing wind using plants to minimize heat loss in winter and maintain cooling breezes in summer
  • Addressing water quantity and quality
  • Managing storm water
  • Understanding and improving soil health
  • Minimizing the impact of pesticides and herbicides
  • Conserving energy and reducing air pollution
  • Managing resources and reducing waste

Each topic is introduced by providing background information and terminology, followed with practical solutions that are being implemented by landscape professionals. Written for a general audience—from students of landscaping to homeowners and professionals in the landscaping industry—this book provides background information and practical solutions, offering sustainable approaches to the way landscapes are designed and managed.

Contents

Sustainable Landscaping

What Is Sustainability?

History and Background

Sustainable Sites Initiative

Environmental Issues and Landscaping

Nonrenewable and Renewable Resources

The Role of the Landscaping Industry in Sustainability

Sustainability in the Plantscape

Introduction

Environmental Aspects of Plants

Turfgrass

Woody Plants

Invasive Plants

Ecology and Plants

Ecological Landscaping

Attracting Wildlife

Programs for Habitat Development

The Sun and the Sustainable Landscape

Introduction

Studies Related to the Effects of the Sun on the Landscape

Solar Energy

Urban Heat Island

Other Considerations

Reducing Heat Gain in Summer

Increasing Heat Gain in Winter

The Wind and Energy Conservation

Introduction

Trapping Cold Air on a Slope

Planting for Insulating Properties

The Cooling Effects of Wind

Windbreaks to Reduce Heat Loss

Wind in the Urban Landscape

Water Issues

Introduction

The Water Cycle

Water Sources

Potable Water

Polluted Water

Preventing and Treating Contaminated Water

Reducing Use of Pesticides in the Landscape

Bioremediation and Phytoremediation

Wetlands and Constructed Wetlands

Water Conservation

Introduction

Precipitation

Drought and Water Shortage

Plant Water Requirements

Rainwater Collection Systems

Calculating Rainfall Amounts

Irrigation and Water-Use Efficiency

Drought-Tolerant Plants

Water-Wise Gardening

Mulch

Gray-Water Use

Timing of Gray-Water Usage

Managing Excess Water in the Landscape

Introduction

Storm-Water Runoff

The Urban Water Cycle

Solutions to Excess Water in the Landscape

Green Walls

Soil Health

Introduction

Soils and Construction Activities

Brownfields

Soil Testing

Addressing Problems with Soil Chemistry

Soil Organic Matter

Essential Plant Nutrients

Improving Soil Health for Landscaping

Sustainable Fertilization

Sustainable Fertilization

Introduction

Fertilizer

Plant Fertilizer Requirements

Forms of Fertilizers

Fertilizer Sources

Improving Landscape Soils with Organic Matter

Introduction

Organic Matter in the Landscape

Fate of Organic Matter

Organic Matter and Soil Health

Types of Organic Matter for Landscaped Areas

Organic Soil Amendments

Grass Clippings

Pesticides in the Landscape

Introduction

Pesticide Use in the Landscape

Types of Pesticides

Pesticide Regulation

Human Health Hazards

Cholinesterase Inhibitors

Other Health Effects

Environmental Hazards

Pesticide Handling

Integrated Pest Management

Introduction

Avoidance

Cultural Practices

Genetically Improved Plants

Treatment

Phenology and Degree-Days

Action Thresholds

Economic Thresholds

Aesthetic Injury Level

Alternative Pest Controls

Energy: Sources and Uses

Introduction

Energy Sources

Scope of the Problem

Government Support for Renewable Energy

Energy for Electricity

Energy-Efficient Lighting

Tools and Equipment

Introduction

Power Tools Used in the Landscape

Types of Engines

Sustainability Issues Concerning Landscape Tools and Equipment

Solutions

Sustainable Landscape Materials and Products

Introduction

Landscape Construction Materials

Recycled Materials for Landscape Products

Life-Cycle Assessment

Waste Management

Appendix A: Sustainability Audit

Appendix B: Important Websites Used as Resources in This Book

Index

Author Bio

Dr. Marietta Loehrlein is professor of horticulture and landscaping at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. She teaches or has taught 12 horticulture and landscaping courses, including Sustainable Landscaping Practices. She maintains a sustainable landscaping website (http:// thesustainablelandscape.com), is a public speaker on sustainable landscaping, and has written numerous articles on the topic and other horticultural subjects. Dr. Loehrlein is president of The Sustainable Landscape, a sustainable landscape design and consultation company, and is a member of the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association (MELA). She holds a patent on the regal pelargonium "Camelot."

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