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Landscape Construction provides detailed instructions for the installation of a majority of landscape elements used today. The text proceeds step-by-step, offering readers a clear, chronological order. First, the construction process is outlined and the pre-construction activities are covered. Then, the steps of site grading, landscape related utility installation building of landscape walls, paving sites, construction of wood improvements, placement of fences and freestanding walls, landscape amenities such as pools, fountains, and site furniture are explained. The text concludes with the installation of plant material and turf areas. Irrigation installation is not included in this text, since that aspect of landscape work has grown into a specialized construction area. ALSO AVAILABLE -- Instructor Supplements: Instructor's Manual (ISBN# 0-8273-8429-7) and Student Workbook Instructor's Manual (ISBN# 0-8273-8430-0). Call Customer Support to Order.
The complete, step-by-step instructions and supporting photos and illustrations in this publication lead to excellent end results in hardscape improvements. From site preparation to the final elements of an exterior construction project, the simple format and detailed descriptions of activities presented here make the project easier to execute for landscape contractors, homeowners, and designers. The author reviews a variety of materials, tools and methods, and makes recommendations for estimating and bidding on professional jobs. From retaining walls and paving to fencing and swimming pools, this is the one resource that has all the information needed to do projects correctly the first time.
About the Author
David Sauter is currently an instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California and is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of California. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sauter practiced as a consulting landscape architect in the Midwest. He has additional experience in plant maintenance, plant installation, landscape construction, masonry, carpentry, paving, and landscape management and has presented seminars for the nursery industry, master gardeners, extension services and public service organizations. David Sauter earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and his Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education from The University of Iowa.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: The Landscape Construction Process Chapter 2: Legal Requirements Chapter 3: Interpreting Construction Documents Chapter 4: Construction Math Chapter 5: Project Pricing Chapter 6: Safety in the Workplace Chapter 7: Basic Construction Techniques and Equipment Operation Chapter 8: Construction Staking Section 2: Site Preparation Chapter 9: Preservation of Existing Site Elements Chapter 10: Removing Unwanted Site Elements Section 3: Grading, Site Drainage, and Erosion Protection Chapter 11: Site Grading Chapter 12: Site Drainage Chapter 13: Erosion Control Section 4: Site Utilities Chapter 14: DC Site Lighting and Related Electrical Work Chapter 15: Water and Irrigation Systems Section 5: Landscaping Retaining Walls and Stairs Chapter 16: Materials and Installation Techniques for Retaining Walls Chapter 17: Tie and Timber Retaining Walls Chapter 18: Segmental Precast Unit Retaining Walls Chapter 19: Dry-Laid Stone Retaining Walls Chapter 20: Gabion Retaining Walls Chapter 21: Stairs Section 6: Landscape Paving Chapter 22: Materials and Site Preparation for Paving Chapter 23: Concrete Paving Chapter 24: Unit Pavers Chapter 25: Dry-Laid Stone Paving Chapter 26: Mortared Paving Chapter 27: Granular Paving Section 7: Wood Landscape Structures Chapter 28: Materials for Exterior Carpentry Chapter 29: Wood Decks and Platforms Chapter 30: Wood Stairs, Railings, Seating, and Skirting Chapter 31: Wood Overhead Structures Section 8: Fences and Freestanding Walls Chapter 32: Fencing Chapter 33: Freestanding Walls Section 9: Site Amenties Chapter 34: Water Features and Bridges Chapter 35: Site Furniture, Signage, and Pre-Fabricated Playground Equipment Chapter 36: Edging, Planters, and Plant Protection Equipment Section 9: Summary Appendices Glossary Bibliography Index