Sustainable Landscaping: Principles and Practices

Marietta Loehrlein

September 26, 2013 by CRC Press
Textbook - 325 Pages - 53 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466593206 - CAT# K20600


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  • Discusses issues of sustainability and how they relate to the landscaping profession and landscape-related practices
  • Includes a terminology list at the beginning of each chapter, with terms bolded at first mention in the text
  • Covers specific practices such as green roofs, constructed wetlands, composting, and rain gardens
  • Contains case studies that show real-world application of principles, study questions, and an extensive bibliography in each chapter
  • Features an appendix illustrating an implemented sustainable landscape, showing the process from an audit to a completely transformed landscape
  • Offers a solutions manual for instructors with qualifying course adoption


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.


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