Synopses & Reviews
Landscape Construction, 3rd edition, with its simple but complete instructions for a multitude of exterior construction projects, is the ideal learning and resource tool for future landscape contractors and designers. Photos and illustrations support the instructions for such activities as site preparation, grading and drainage, utilities and irrigation, retaining wall construction, paving, exterior carpentry, fencing, and such amenities as pools, ponds, and edging. Readers will appreciate the easy-to-follow process of construction and the review of various materials, tools, and methods. A discussion of estimating and bidding for jobs will be valuable to professionals in their work and also to homeowners as they consider their own exterior projects. Landscape Construction, 3rd edition is the sole resource needed to accomplish a multitude of hardscape construction goals.
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
SECTION 1: BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS. 1. The Landscape Construction Process. 2. Legal Requirements. 3. Interpreting Construction Documents. 4. Construction Math. 5. Project Pricing. 6. Safety in the Workplace. 7. Basic Construction Techniques and Equipment Operation. 8. Construction Staking. SECTION 2: SITE PREPARATION. 9. Preservation of Existing Site Elements. 10. Removing Unwanted Site Elements. SECTION 3: GRADING, SITE DRAINAGE, AND EROSION PROTECTION. 11. Site Grading. 12. Site Drainage. 13. Erosion Control. SECTION 4: SITE UTILITIES. 14. DC Site Lighting and Related Electrical Work. 15. Water and Irrigation System Installation. SECTION 5: LANDSCAPE RETAINING WALLS AND STAIRS. 16. Materials and Installation Techniques for Retaining Walls. 17. Timber Retaining Walls. 18. Segmental Precast Unit Retaining Walls. 19. Dry-Laid Stone Retaining Walls. 20. Gabion Retaining Walls. 21. Stairs. SECTION 6: LANDSCAPE PAVING. 22. Materials and Site Preparation for Paving. 23. Concrete Paving. 24. Unit Pavers. 25. Dry-Laid Stone Paving. 26. Mortared Paving. 27. Granular and Open Cellular Paving. SECTION 7: WOOD LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES. 28. Materials for Exterior Carpentry. 29. Wood Decks and Platforms. 30. Wood Stairs, Railings, Seating, and Skirting. 31. Overhead Structures. SECTION 8: FENCES AND FREESTANDING WALLS. 32. Fencing. 33. Freestanding Walls. SECTION 9: SITE AMENITIES. 34. Water Features and Bridges. 35. Site Furniture, Signage, Prefabricated Playground Equipment, Outdoor Kitchens, and Patio Amenities. 36. Edging, Planters, and Plant Protection Equipment. SECTION 10: PLANTING. 37. Plant Material Installation. 38. Establishment of Turf and Meadows.