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The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard [Kindle Edition]

Beth O'Donnell Young , Karen Bussolini

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Book Description

Much of modern garden design is about controlling nature to achieve a desired effect. But for the eco-conscious homeowner, the best garden designer is Mother Nature, and following her lead can result in a beautiful low-maintenance landscape that requires fewer resources, attracts natural wildlife, and saves time and money.

In The Naturescaping Workbook, author Beth O'Donnell Young sets forth an easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself plan for gardeners of all skill levels. Her step-by-step approach teaches gardeners to understand their own natural habitat and to nurture the native eco-systems that exist in their yard. And the payoff is huge. By simply becoming aware of the natural wonders in the backyard, anyone can gain a more beautiful garden and take a big step toward bringing nature home.

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O'Donnell Young's enthusiasm is catching, and she's provided an enjoyably informative read even if you're not planning on getting to grips with gardening anytime soon. The book itself is beautifully designed, and illustrated by Karen Bussolini's rather stunning photographs of naturescaped gardens across the US. So take heed: make some wood chips, repurpose an old watering can and chart your backyard biohabitat, and get ready to join this quiet revolution. --Alison Candlins, The Ecologist

About the Author

Beth O'Donnell Young has run her own residential landscape design firm, Beth Young Garden Design LLC, since 1998. She has also been teaching do-it-yourself landscaping classes for nearly ten years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7918 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Workbook edition (24 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00720CPJK
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Garden 20 Mar. 2012
By Carole Brown - Published on
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Finally, a book about creating welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden that makes sense! I have read so many books about landscaping for wildlife and have often been disappointed at the number of invasive plants that these authors continue to promote.

The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard by Beth O'Donnell Young will help you attract birds and butterflies, reduce maintenance, eliminate pesticides, create a backyard retreat, and design a beautiful garden full of life.
This book is chock full of gorgeous photos illustrating every step that Beth Young describes. You'll come away with lots of ideas for designing your wildlife garden just by paging through and looking at all of these stunning pictures.

But Beth Young has also included step-by-step worksheets to help you:
- Identify what you want and need
- Discovery your backyard biohabitats
- Create a landscape plan
- Choose the perfect plants for your wildlife garden
- Work with the water you are given
- Attract wildlife
- Identify earth-friendly materials
- Build healthy soil
- Steward your land

By the time you complete these worksheets and read the accompanying chapters in The Naturescaping Workbook you will be well equipped to design your own Beautiful Wildlife Garden, full of birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and toads, insects and other critters.

Chapters walk you through the whole process of designing a beautiful garden for wildlife:
- Know Your Place -- Start with what you have and explore your wants and needs
- Go With the Flow -- Keeping water on your land and be water wise
- Match Plant to Place -- Inventory plants you already have, know your soil, map out your specific biohabitats, and start your plant list
- Welcome Wildlife -- Plan to meet the four basic needs, and let nature do all pest control
- Choose Sustainable Materials -- Think before you buy and get to know the facts about popular materials
- Put Your Plan on Paper -- Formulate your design goals, draw your landscape plan, and make your planting list
- From the Ground Up -- Clear the land, lay it out, build your soil, add your hardscape, and start planting
- Become a Steward -- Water efficiently, garden organically, prune for plant health, and understand weeds

In The Naturescaping Workbook Beth Young encourages gardeners to think in terms of whole ecosystems not just individual plants to have:

"...a naturescaped backyard is a place that teems with life and health, wastes nothing, and thrives on just what's offered by its soil and climate. It's a lively outdoor space, full of bugs and birds, that nourishes our great hunger to be in contact with nature while it contributes at the same time to the health of our earth. Working in a naturescape is not a chore, it is a labor of love." ~ Beth O'Donnell Young
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturescaping Workbook Works! 16 Jan. 2012
By Honeybee - Published on
The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

Each year, I assist educational groups wanting to develop a garden to welcome wildlife, improve habitat and create a meaningful outdoor learning experience. This workbook will be quite helpful for those planning the garden! Good companion for Doug Tallamy's book Bringing Nature Home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice planner 1 April 2013
By DRG - Published on
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This has a lot of good info and room to plan--really good workbook. Takes a strict conservation approach, even to discourage bird feeders (let nature do its thing).
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written with broad knowledge and deep love. It is beautiful 7 Aug. 2014
By Carolyn Miller - Published on
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This book guided me toward the possibilities of a partnership between the domestic and wild habitats in my neighborhood that I never noticed before. Clearly written with broad knowledge and deep love. It is beautiful, easy to follow, and makes a welcome gift.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of good stuff 4 Jun. 2013
By Judygbox - Published on
Certainly a great read and so full of useful information.
Makes you want to get outside and get your hands dirty.
For most of us who do not have a clue, this is a gentler
kinder kind of "workbook" for even the newest DIY.
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