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Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying

Edited By: James Hitchmough and Ken Fieldhouse

400 pages, 50 illus


Paperback | Dec 2003 | #144572 | ISBN: 0632058439
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About this book

This volume is for practitioners who are professionally engaged in the use of plants in public, commercial and institutional landscapes and provides quick access to the factual and scientific background for practical planting design and its implementation through specification writing and contracts.

'This handbook is destined to become an essential guide to the specification of plants and planting for professionals and students....The book will help landscape architects both to specify planting with more confidence and techical understanding and encourage them to be more adventurous and creative with future planting schemes. This book, deserves a place in every practice library: it should be compulsory reading for everyone involved in the design and implementation of planting. In fact, the Plant User Handbook should be read by all plant users.' Landscape Magazine April 2004 'This book will help landscape professionals enormously with their main knowledge base' Greenscapes June 2004


I Preliminaries to plant use and the landscape 1 Introduction to plant use in the landscape 2 Selecting plant species, cultivars and nursery products 3 Procuring plants for landscape projects II Managing plant growth on landscape sites 4 Amelioration of underperforming soils 5 Soil drainage 6 Weed control in amenity landscapes 7 The long term health of plants III Establishment and management of trees 8 The establishment of planted nursery stock 9 Tree roots and buildings 10 Semi-mature trees 11 Trees in paving 12 Creating urban woodlands IV Establishment and management of smaller woody plants 13 Shrub mosaics and woodland edge 14 Ground cover 15 Hedges and their management 16 Pruning shrubs 17 Climbing plants 18 Roof gardens V Establishment and management of herbaceous plants 19 Wildflowers in rural landscapes 20 Wildflower landscapes in the urban environment 21 Aquatic planting 22 Direct-sown annual meadows 23 Bedding plants 24 Bulbous plants for use in designed landscapes 25 Herbaceous perennials 26 Amenity and sports turf seed 27 The management of amenity grasslands

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James Hitchmough is Reader (Associate Professor) at the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and has a wide--ranging interest in the use of vegetation in landscape design management. Ken Fieldhouse was a qualified Landscape Architecture and trained Town Planner. He was editor of Landscape Design Journal and was deeply involved in a wide range of environmental publishing initiatives.

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