Those who run on impulse to the nearest garden supply center should pull up a lawn chair and plan first with New Complete Home Landscaping. This guide to designing and constructing landscape and hardscape elements is traditional in look and scope but packed with useful information. More than 950 photographs and watercolor illustrations help both novice and experienced gardeners tackle every possible building and planting project, from designing a landscape, improving soil and selecting trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, vegetables and herbs to utilizing accents such as gazebos and building structures such as walls, fences, walkways, decks, patios, ponds and pools. Projects are rated for difficulty and sections on natural and chemical pest control, rejuvenating an existing landscape and templates to solve common landscaping problems make this book a must-have gardener's reference.

Deanna Larson is a writer in Nashville who describes herself as a journeyman gardener.

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