Cornell online resources:
Site Assessment for Gardeners - [56-page, 4.8 MB .pdf file] A step-by-step workbook for better home gardens and landscapes. Pre-publication version. Find individual chapters and links from text here. See also Site assessment
checklists for vegetables, fruit and lawns.
Introduction to Soil Assesment - Primer on understanding your soil from the How, When and Why of Forest Farming. Great for gardeners, too.
Recommended Urban Trees - Urban Horticulture Institute publication includes Site assessment checklist and directions for analyzing your site and completing the checklist.
Livable Landscape Design - 64-page, publication explains how to apply basic principles of design to home landscapes. Topics include landscape and the environment, landscape traditions, and design strategies to prevent environmental damage. Only available as .pdf
Designing Flower Gardens - At the Cornell Home Gardening website, features Flower Garden Design Basics, Using Color in Flower Gardens, and Using Texture in Flower Gardens
Grass and Forb Mixtures for Low Maintenance Settings - Describes grass and forb mixtures that are aesthetically appealing and suppress weeds in low maintenance settings.
Enhancement of Wildlife Habitat on Private Lands - 46-page publication [8MB .pdf file] includes illustrations and instructions for 10 low-cost to moderate-cost habitat improvement projects for urban parks, suburban backyards, and rural areas. Introduces the concept of protecting biological diversity through ecosystem management.
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