by Sue Reed
As stated in the introduction:
There are no exact recipes … no numbered diagrams… no pretty pictures
This is simply a very informative handbook to help save energy in your landscape. And it is good at what it does.
I liked it for what it did not have, as much for what it does:
no frill and fluff means we can get straight to putting these suggestions into action and make them gardening assets and habits.
What this book does have is lots of scientific information understandable at the layman’s level, many instructive illustrations, and lots and lots of great ideas.
You might already know that trees can save on your heating and cooling bills, but do you know the best way to locate them on your property for best effect? This book will help you with that.
Filled with actionable suggestions to ensure the easiest steps to actual implementation.
For the essential plant science that you will learn, alone, this book is worth the money paid for it. But it has much more. Included throughout the chapters are small vignettes on “Green Roofs”, “How a Tree Becomes Lumber”, Solar Hot Water”, and many such energy wise ideas.
The serious chapter on solar lighting will guide you in choosing which lamps will really work for your landscaping purposes.
The steps to greener living given are easy, practical, and positive.
This is the book to have for deliberate energy saving and living more green in your landscape. We all ought to read it and follow the road to better use of our environment. A book to have on the shelf for its long-term applications.
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