Beneficial Landscaping - Books
Good Wintertime Reading
Better than your favorite seed catalogs? Well just maybe! Here are a few publications to curl up with in front of your fire this winter.
Hot off the press is Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This comprehensive, 320-page resource was produced with the help of several grants, one of them from EPA Region 10. It is available now in local bookstores and from the EPA Region 10 library.
There are four parts to the main text: wildlife habitat design and maintenance; PNW wildlife in the landscape; special features for wildlife landscapes; and coexisting with wildlife. Equally useful are the five appendices, which cover PNW habitats; wildlife plant lists, tables, and maps; landscape and wildlife information for specific plants; construction plans for nest boxes and bird feeders; and additional resources including books, magazines, videos, organizations, nurseries, internet sites, and more. Russell has brought together a wealth of information that formerly was available only through scattered sources.
Delve into this rich and most rewarding aspect of beneficial landscaping and reap the full range of ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits!
Another useful book of 116 pages is Grow Your Own Native Landscape by Michael Leigh of the Cooperative Extension Washington State University Thurston County Native Plant Salvage Project. This guide introduces readers to the use of PNW native plants for landscaping, tells how to obtain and propagate native plants, and covers lakes and aquatic plants as well as problem aquatic and terrestrial plants. It too provides further resources.
For those who choose the out of doors over the warm fire, Thurston County Native Plant Salvage Project also offers Winter in the Woods: A Winter Guide to Deciduous Native Plants in Western Washington. This 49-page guide helps you to identify at least 34 native trees and shrubs using the general plant description, the bark and twigs, leaf buds and scars, flower buds, and the plants’ habitats.