The title of this book is perfect for me. Not that I am a dummy, but because I have a hard time visualizing the final product of what I plant and grow and how to landscape my yard. Case in point, the cosmos plants that I planted in my front yard, when I started them from seed, I had no idea they would grow so bushy and large with very small flowers. They were quite the eyesore! So when Owen Dell, Landscape Architect and the author of the book, Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies sent me a copy to read, I was more than eager to do so. In his book, he breaks down landscaping into layman's terms for people like me. I am a gardening novice, who gets easily lost when it comes to planning out our garden. In his book he covers the importance of taking the time to notice your yard. He encourages you to put a chair in your yard and observe the area that you're working with. It's such a great tip that didn't even occur to me. He also advises you to think about your focal points, what he says "attention-grabbing elements". We have a couple of focal points that we created this past summer in our yard. Among them are the 4 grapevines on our posts, and our wall of roses that we are creating along the fence line. Dell also says that every focal point should have a "vantage point, a place from which it is viewed." What's nice about where we put our roses, is that we can see them inside from the dining room, and outside from the concrete patio area where we barbeque and have our lawn furniture.
transported water from the barrel to the vegetable garden that was 100 feet away. It was such a chore. So the chapter in the book that talks about "water harvesting, irrigation and drainage" is really interesting to me. I've been thinking about installing a drip irrigation system because I also really don't like dragging the water hose all the way to the back vegetable garden to water the plants. I can't wait to implement some of the tips on creating a drip system. I like how there are diagrams in the book to help explain the system. Since it's hard for me to visualize things on my own, the diagrams makes it really easy to understand.