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Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West
Heidi A. Kratsch, Editor
8.5 x 11, 128 pages

Published: 2011

ISBN 978-0-87421-789-6
paper $31.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-790-2
e-book $25.95 (available August)

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Dr. Heidi Kratsch is the Western Area Horticulture Specialist at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Kratsch spent six years at Utah State University Center for Water-Efficient Landscaping. She currently lives in Reno, Nevada, where she actively promotes the use of drought-adapted native and non-native plants for landscape water conservation.

Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West

A Professional and Do-It-Yourself Guide

Heidi A. Kratsch, Editor

"Written in an easy to follow format, this book will be beneficial to anyone wanting to install a new xeriscape landscape or renovating a traditional landscape to a more xeric landscape."
—James E. Klett, author of Best Perennials for the Rocky Mountains and High Plains

This working manual provides complete information on the technical aspects of designing, building, and maintaining waterwise landscapes in the Mountain West. Written particularly for professionals, including landscape designers, architects, contractors, and maintenance and irrigation specialists, it has an attractive, well-illustrated, user-friendly format that will make it useful as well to DIY homeowners and to educators, plant retailers, extension agents, and many others.

The manual is organized according to landscape principles that are adapted to the climate of the intermountain region. Beginning with planning and design, the topical principles proceed through soil preparation, appropriate plant selection, practicalities of turfgrass, use of mulch, and irrigation planning, winding up with landscape maintenance. Designed for onsite, handy use, the book is illustrated with color images of landscapes, plants, and materials. Tables, charts, diagrams, landscape plans, plant lists, checklists, and other graphic resources are scattered throughout the manual, which is written in an accessible but information-rich style. Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West answers, more comprehensively than any other single book, the need for professional information that addresses both growing awareness of the necessity for water conservation and the desire for beautiful, healthy yards and properties.

Other books of interest:
Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West
Water Wise: Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes