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How to create an outdoor escape that reaps rewards

Garden Landscaping Manual A step-by-step guide to landscaping and building projects in your garden
April 2011
Paul Wagland
5 May 2011

With house prices expected to remain static this year, a well-kept garden could help maintain the value of your home.

Landscaping can increase the value of your home, whether it's adding off-street parking, increasing that all important kerb-appeal or designing and planting a beautiful back garden that makes a lasting impression.

This spring Haynes have followed their renowned manual format and produced a concise step-by-step guide to garden landscaping to help amateur gardeners create an attractive outdoor haven that will help sell a house and reap many other rewards.

The Haynes Garden Landscaping Manual explores the landscaping options available to the amateur gardener and describes practical projects that even a complete beginner could tackle.

With colour photography throughout, each project is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions. It covers the full range of popular hard and soft landscaping techniques, from laying paving and building walls to choosing plants and adding lighting, structures and water features.

With today's hectic pace of life our gardens are no longer just a practical necessity for drying clothes, growing veg or exercising kids and pets. Neither are they purely ornamental, as the grounds of well-healed households once were. Instead they must fulfil a wide range of roles, from the traditional ones just mentioned to those which allow us to make more of our time; relaxing, entertaining and even working outdoors. All of this has meant that garden design has changed in recent years. Once, well-groomed collections of beautiful and unusual plants were at the top of the typical gardener's wish list (and this, of course, still applies to a few traditionalists).

Now, however, space in which to relax and entertain is the priority, often twinned with a desire for a low-maintenance arrangement that doesn't place too great a demand on the owner's time. We want gardens we can live in, not just utilise or admire, and this is why we need good landscaping and the Garden Landscaping Manual.

The Author

Paul Wagland is an RHS-qualified gardener with a passion for DIY. He spends as much time as he can in his garden or on one of his three allotments, where many of the projects in this book were photographed. Paul is a former editor of two gardening magazines and the author of several books.

The information on this page is supplied courtesy of Haynes Publishing, please credit accordingly if you intend to use it. For more information or to request a review copy please contact Spirit PR on 0117 944 1415 or email Haynes PR

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