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Tuesday, July 01 2014 21:20

Two New Books for Garden and Landscape Inspiration from Schiffer Publishing...

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If you're like me, you're always looking for, and absorbing inspiration of garden and landscape projects, filing-away a nearly infinite potential "to-do" list, while staying current on all the latest ideas and trends. The only limits: time, money and space. But one can certainly explore the possibilities, and with that in mind, the folks from Schiffer Publishing sent over the details on two new books for garden and landscape inspiration. Personally, I'm digging the idea of training fruit trees as noted in the first title...

image001Espalier Fruit Trees For Wall, Hedge, and Pergola by Karl Pieber and Peter Modl 

By training fruit trees and shrubs to grow in controlled shapes, you accomplish two goals: improved appearance and increased productivity. Depending on location and demand, espalier fruit trees can offer privacy, weather protection, and decoration, not to mention an abundant and delicious harvest. All types of trellises, including wall-covering cordons and free-standing pergolas, are featured here, as well as a comprehensive list of fruit plants and their unique characteristics. Authors Karl Pieber and Peter Modl provide ambitious gardeners with not only construction tips and a list of tools and materials required, but invaluable information on the planting of different fruit species, their upbringing, and shaping. Learn how to combat the most common fruit tree diseases and pests, and develop a knowledge of habitat requirements and care to ensure these espalier structures bring the desired results.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 240 color photos & sketches | 160 pp

Available from Amazon

image003Sculpting Hillsides with Decorative Concrete by Tom Ralston

Over 250 inspiring images and engaging text cover the techniques necessary to successful sculpt any hillside and enhance backyards with concrete. Contractors will feel empowered to unleash their inner artists. Designers will become inspired to create hillside expanses. Among the projects explored are beautiful, curved stairways, lit walls, raised patios, fire pits, and built-in seating that transform bland backyard slopes into view-commanding getaways. Further inspiration is provided by a gallery of spectacular completed projects. For the contractor, Ralston shares wisdom from years of business experience and training to help readers navigate the various challenges they face. The author explains design development, bid building, and suggests how to translate those into contracts. Also emphasized here are ways to make projects profitable by keeping them in line with the initial bid. Also reviewed are ways to keep clients happy by involving them throughout the project, and how to document your work as you go.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 253 color photos | 128 pp

Available from Amazon

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