Ever wonder why some gardens and landscapes look dazzling year after year, while others decline? Or why a planting looks great at one location while the same planting looks skimpy and unattractive nearby? Site characteristics determine whether a plant will thrive in a particular spot. Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes, by Charles Mazza, (Plant and Life Science Publishing, 2013, $19.90) describes how to evaluate site characteristics that are important to successful plant growth. Useful for novice as well as experienced gardeners and landscape professionals, this book takes you through the site assessment process step by step. Over 50 color photos enhance the text, while the sturdy, spiral-bound format of the book makes it easy to use as a reference out in the garden. You'll end up with a site sketch and draft landscape design that take into account factors such as sun and shade, hardiness zone, microclimates, wind, slope, drainage, soil compaction and other soil characteristics, and wildlife challenges. Making a careful site assessment will reward you with an easy to care for, sustainable, and attractive garden or landscape. Author Mazza is a former statewide leader of New York's Master Gardener Program.
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Article published on March 3, 2014.