The landscape industry is in the midst of major changes as the demand for environmentally responsible landscapes increases. This book offers a practical framework for the development of sustainable management strategies. Beginning with an overview of sustainable design and construction strategies, Sustainable Landscape Management focuses on key landscape management topics including ecosystem development, managing landscape beds, managing trees and shrubs, lawn care, and retro-fitting existing landscapes for sustainability, as it maps out a sound plan promoting green initiatives.
Preface. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. Chapter 1 Introduction to Sustainability. Introduction. Historical Perspective. Emergence of the Sustainability Movement. Sustainable Landscapes. Summary. Study Questions. Suggested Reading. Chapter 2 Sustainable Landscape Design. Introduction. The Process of Sustainable Landscape Design. Selecting Plants to Increase Sustainability. Creating Aesthetically Pleasing Landscapes. Creating Functional Landscapes. Creating Landscapes that Meet Basic Human Physical and Cognitive Needs. Designing to Minimize Maintenance. Designing to Enhance a Landscape's Short- and Long-term Cost-Effectiveness. Integrating Specialized Design Approaches to Maximize Short- and Long-term Sustainability. Summary. Study Questions. Suggested Reading. Chapter 3 Sustainable Landscape Construction Process, Irrigation Systems and Hardscape Materials. Introduction. The Conventional Landscape Construction Process. A Sustainable Landscape Construction Process Alternative. Sustainable Irrigation Design and Installation Strategies. Sustainable Hardscape Materials. Summary. Study Questions. Suggested Reading. Chapter 4 Retrofitting Existing Landscapes for Sustainability. Introduction. Site Analysis for Retrofitting. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Landscape Sustainability. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 5 Ecosystem Development and Management in the Context of Sustainable Landscapes. Introduction. Sustainable Landscapes and Ecosystem Services. Historical Review of Ecological Design. How Landscapes Function as Ecosystems. Considerations in Designing a New Landscape Ecosystem. Establishment Strategies for a New Landscape Ecosystem. Management Strategies for a Landscape Ecosystem. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 6 Environmental Issues. Introduction. Nutrient Leaching and Runoff. Pesticide Leaching and Runoff. Health Concerns Associated With Pesticides. Fish and Wildlife Issues Associated With Pesticides. Air Pollution Due to Power Equipment Emissions. Depletion of Water Resources. Sustainability and Environmental Rhetoric. Perspectives on Environmental Issues Regarding Pesticide Use. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 7 Sustainable Soils for Landscapes. Introduction. Healthy Soils. Sustainable Options in Developing Soils for Landscapes. Managing Soils Sustainably. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 8 Managing Trees, Shrubs and Beds Sustainably. Introduction. Planting. Fertilization. Irrigation. Pruning. Managing the Waste Stream. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 9 Lawns in Sustainable Landscapes. Introduction. Matching Grass Types to Climate in Theory and Practice. Impact of Grass Breeding Programs. Species for Sustainable Lawns. Sustainable Maintenance Strategies. Summary. Study Questions. Chapter 10 Sustainable Pest Management. Introduction. Definition of Integrated Pest Management. Components of Integrated Pest Management. Insect Control Strategies. Disease Control Strategies. Weed Control Strategies. Summary. Study Questions. Suggested Reading. References. Index.