Sustainable Landscape Management Design, Construction, and Maintenance

ISBN-10: 0470480939

ISBN-13: 9780470480939

Edition: 2011

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Description: The landscape industry is in the midst of major changes as the demand for environmentally responsible landscapes increases. This book offers a practical framework for the development of sustainable management strategies. Beginning with an overview of sustainable design and construction strategies, Sustainable Landscape Management focuses on key landscape management topics including ecosystem development, managing landscape beds, managing trees and shrubs, lawn care, and retro-fitting existing landscapes for sustainability, as it maps out a sound plan promoting green initiatives.

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List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/11/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University; PhD Horticulture Science

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction to Sustainability
Introduction
Historical Perspective
Emergence of the Sustainable Movement
Olmsted and Vaux
Preservation vs. Conservation
Emergence of the Land Ethic
Post World War II
Our Common Future
Sustainable Landscapes
LEED
Sustainable Sites Initiative
Sustainable Maintenance
Green-washing
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Suggested Reading
Background
The Environmentalist Perspective
The Skeptic Perspective
Sustainable Landscape Design
Introduction
The Process of Sustainable Landscape Design
Documenting Physical and Environmental Features of the Site
Starting the Landscape Design Process
Design Intent
Plant Selections to Increase Sustainability
Growing Environment
Creating Aesthetically Pleasing Landscapes
Creating Functional Landscapes
Designing Lawn Areas
Designing Planting Beds
Designing for Access and Circulation
Creating Landscapes that Meet Basic Human Physical and Cognitive Needs
Provide for Optimum Site Accessibility, Safety, and Wayfinding
Provide Opportunities for Outdoor Physical Activity
Provide Views of Vegetation and Quiet Outdoor Spaces for Mental Restoration
Provide Outdoor Spaces for Social Interaction
Reduce Light Pollution
Designing to Minimize Maintenance
Designing to Minimize Maintenance Labor
Designing to Minimize Maintenance Products
Designing to Enhance a Landscape's Short- and Long-term Cost-Effectiveness
Short-Term Cost Effectiveness
Long-Term Cost Effectiveness
Integrating Specialized Design Approaches to Maximize Short- and Long-term Sustainability
Minimize or Eliminate Potable Water Consumption for Irrigation
Preserve and Restore Native Wildlife Habitat
Promote a Sense of Place with Native Vegetation and Appropriate Site Adapted Species
Manage Water On-site
Cleanse Water On-site
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Literature Reviewed
Additional Resources
Sustainable Landscape Construction: Process, Irrigation Systems and Hardscape Materials
Introduction
The Conventional Landscape Construction Process
Rough Grading
Finish Grading
Cleanup
A Sustainable Landscape Construction Process Alternative
Control and Retain Construction Pollutants
Divert Construction and Demolition Materials from Disposal
Reuse or Recycle Vegetation, Rocks and Soil Generated during Construction
Preserving and Incorporating Existing Vegetation
Sustainable Irrigation Design and Installation Strategies
Irrigation Design
Irrigation Installation
Sustainable Hardscape Materials
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Environmental Impact after Installation
Maintenance Requirements
Sustainable Hardscape Products for Entrance Areas, Driveways, Walkways and Outdoor Seating Areas
Other Sustainable Hardscape Products
Summary
References Cited
Additional Resources
Retro-fitting Existing Landscapes for Sustainability
Introduction
Site Analysis for Retrofitting
Does the Landscape Design Still Work Aesthetically?
Are there Landscape Maintenance Issues?
Are there Problems with Infrastructure Elements (Sidewalks, Driveways, Parking Areas, Lighting, Etc.)
Are Lighting Elements Functioning at their Optimum Level?
Identifying Opportunities to Improve Landscape Sustainability
Eliminating Problem Areas
Improving Access and Circulation
Improving Maintenance Efficiencies
Improving Irrigation Effectiveness
Managing Water on Site
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Ecosystem Development and Management in the Context of Sustainable Landscapes
Introduction
Sustainable Landscapes and Ecosystem Services
Historical Review of Ecological Design
How Landscapes Function as Ecosystems
Considerations in Designing a New Landscape Ecosystem
Designer's Intent in Creating a Landscape Ecosystem
Plant Materials for Creating a Landscape Ecosystem
Establishment Strategies for a New Landscape Ecosystem
Management Strategies for a Landscape Ecosystem: Post Planting Succession, Plant Attrition due to Changing Microclimates, and Encroachment of Non-Planted Species
Post-Planting Succession
Plant Attrition due to Changing Microclimates
Encroachment of Non-planted Species
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Environmental Issues
Introduction
Nutrient Leaching and Runoff
Phosphorus
Nitrogen
Pesticide Leaching and Runoff
Health Concerns Associated With Pesticides
Fish and Wildlife Issues Associated With Pesticides
Air Pollution Due to Power Equipment Emissions
Depletion of Water Resources
Sustainability and Environmental Rhetoric
Perspectives on Environmental Issues Regarding Pesticide Use
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Sustainable Soils for Landscapes
Introduction
Healthy Soils
Biological Factors
Sustainable Options in Developing Soils for Landscapes
Fill Soils
On-site Soils
Amending On-site Soils
Importing, Manufacturing or Augmenting Landscape Soils
Managing Soils Sustainably
Mulch
Moisture, Compaction and Aeration
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Managing Trees, Shrubs and Beds Sustainably
Introduction
Planting
Field Grown Bare Root Stock
Balled and Burlapped and Spade Dug Stock
Container Grown Stock
The Planting Hole
Other Amendments
Post Planting Care
Fertilization
Fertilizing transplants during establishment
Maintaining Long-Term Plant Health
Alleviating Nutrient Deficiencies
Assessing Fertilizer Needs
Irrigation
Irrigating New Plantings
Irrigating Mature Plantings
Reducing Irrigation in Landscape Beds
Improving Irrigation System Performance
Pruning
Pruning Shrubs and Groundcovers in Commercial Landscapes
Pruning Trees in Commercial Landscapes
Pruning Strategies for Young Trees
Pruning Strategies for Shrubs and Groundcovers
Problems Associated with Questionable Pruning Decisions
The Impact of Construction and Design Decisions on Pruning
General Pruning Strategies
Managing the Waste Stream
Managing Leaf Drop
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Lawns in Sustainable Landscapes
Introduction
Matching Grass Types to Climate in Theory and Practice
Impact of Grass Breeding Programs
Species for Sustainable Lawns
Cool Season Grasses for Sustainable Lawns
Warm Season Grasses for Sustainable Lawns
Other Commonly Planted Grasses
Grass and Dicot Species Combinations for Sustainable Lawns
Suitable Grass Plus Dicot Mixes
Sustainable Maintenance Strategies
Mowing Strategies
Irrigation Strategies
Fertilization Strategies
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Sustainable Pest Management
Introduction
Defining IPM
The Components of IPM
Pre-construction Planning
Analysis of Existing Landscapes
Monitoring
Developing Action Thresholds
Selecting Resistant Plants
Insect Control strategies
Biological Insect Control Options
Control Options with Synthetic Insecticides
Disease Control Strategies
Weed Control Strategies
Weed Encroachment in Landscape Beds
Weed Control in Lawns
Summary
Study Questions
References Cited
Additional Reading
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