Landscaping with Stone

Landscaping with Stone

Paperback Landscaping

By (author) Pat Sagui

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  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 274mm x 18mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 1580114466
  • ISBN 13: 9781580114462
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: full-colour photos & illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 356,094

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Discover practical ways to create your perfect garden with this one-stop guide to landscaping with stone. Stonescaping is one of the most the most popular outdoor design trends today. Now, you too can learn the tricks for creating stunning stone based design for your garden with this one-stop guide. Featuring more than 290 full-colour photographs and 40 full-colour illustrations, "Landscaping with Stone" provides readers with everything they need to know - including how to incorporate stone into a garden design, choosing the right kind of stone and finding inspiration for your design. It also includes expert advice on basic stone-working techniques - from transporting to cutting and setting - as well as step-by-step instructions for the most popular stonescape projects, such as patios, walls, and rock gardens.

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Pat Sagui gained her landscape experience firsthand as a member of a family-owned nursery. She has been writing about gardening and landscaping since 1991.

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"Landscaping with Stone" shows you how to incorporate the stunning beauty of natural stone into your home landscape. You'll learn the basics of designing and working with different types of stone in walkways, patios, retaining walls, rock gardens, steps, and much more.- Over 290 beautiful photos of the latest stone designs - More than 40 illustrations to guide the do-it-yourselfer- Surprisingly easy stone projects you can include in your landscape About the Author Pat Sagui gained her landscaping experience firsthand as a member of a family-owned nursery and landscaping business. She has been writing about gardening and landscaping since 1991. She lives in Westfield, Vermont. Praise for the First Edition..". teems with stunning photos. The instructions are meticulous but easy to follow ... " "--Library Journal""The Stone Age lives and author Pat Sagui can help readers get their projects right. " "--Design New Jersey"..".a terrific resource for this important new trend. ...expert advice on virtually every type of stone feature you can design." "--Architects & Designers Book Service"

Table of contents

Introduction 8Chapter 1 Designing with Stone 12Decide What You Like 14• Explore the PossibilitiesAesthetic Decisions for Stonework 18• Developing a Design Direction• Inspiration from the Site• Use PropsCreating Walkways and Steps 26Creating Stone Patios 30Creating Walls 34Creating Rock Features 38Chapter 2 Planning Your Project 42Defining the Site 44• Site Evaluation• Become a Soil Sleuth• Create Site Drawings• Managing the Worksite• Professional Expertise• The Budget as a Planning Aid• How Much Will It Cost?Chapter 3 Stone as a Building Material 56Stone Classifications 58• Evaluating Stone• Small-Dimension Materials• Price, Availability, and QuantityGuidelines for Delivery 64Learn from the Stone 66Chapter 4 Tools & Techniques 68Tools 70• Tool PreferencesWorking with Stone 73• Before you Begin• Shaping Skills• Dressed StoneMortared Stonework 78• How to Mix MortarLiving with Stone 80• Stone DisplacementProtect your Plants 81• Temporary Relocations• Saving Sod• Working Around Mature Trees and Shrubs• Changing the Grade• Altering Natural WatercoursesChapter 5 Paths & Walkways 86Path and Walkway Design 88• Complement Garden Features• Walkway and Path Basics• Edging• Walkway SlopeStepping-stone Paths 95• Stone Selection• Laying Out the Walk• Set the StonesGravel Paths and Walkways 96• Types of Stone• Installing a Loose-Aggregate Walk• Spread the Loose AggregateDry-Laid Flagstone Walks 100• Walk Design• Lay Stone in Sand• Remove the FormsStepping-stones in Water 104Chapter 6 Stone Patios 106Patio Uses 108Installing a Dry-Laid Patio 108Building a Patio 111• Leveling• Calculate the Slope• Excavate the Soil• Add a Gravel Base• Add a Sand Bed• To Edge or Not• Choose a Pattern and Spacing• Set the Stone• Fill the JointsMortared Patios 122• Choose and Dry Fit the StoneChapter 7 Landscape Steps 126Step Design 128• Rise and Run• Calculate Unit Rise and Run• Step WidthBuilding Steps 134• Mortared StepsChapter 8 Stone & Water Features 138Water Features 140Carving a Water Bowl 140• Find Your Stone• Examine the Stone• Choosing a Chisel and Hammer• Rough-out the Bowl• Finishing the Bowl• Maintaining the Water BowlConstructing a Fountain 144• Stone for the Fountain• Pump Assembly• Installing the Pump• Fountain MaintenanceDry Streambeds 148• Design• InstallationChapter 9 Setting Large Stones 150Explore the Possibilities 152Basic Shapes 154• Vertical or Upright• Horizontal• Blocky or Chunky Stone• ArchingSurface Qualities 156Creating an Arrangement 158• Ratios• Spacing• Orientation• Quantity• Companion PlantingsTechniques and Tools 162• Site Preparation• Placing Stones with Hand Tools• Earthmoving Equipment• Protect the StoneChapter 10 Rock Gardens 170Choose a Site 173Prepare the Site 174• Gardens in WallsChoose the Stone 176Arrange the Stone 179Chapter 11 Freestanding Walls 182Creating Stone Walls 184• Stone for Your WallDry-Laid Freestanding Walls 188• Building BasicsMortared Freestanding Walls 194• Working with MortarChapter 12 Retaining Walls 198Retaining-Wall Designs 200• Preparing the Site• Building the WallAdding a Fire Pit 209• Build the Fire PitResource Guide 212Metric Equivalents 215Glossary 216Index 218Credits 223