Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying by James Hitchmough, Ken Fieldhouse

By James Hitchmough, Ken Fieldhouse

Specialist landscapers and all these inquisitive about growing eco-friendly areas have lengthy been wanting a ebook that may be a consultant to plant specification, but in addition is smart of vegetation and their cultivation.

Plant consumer instruction manual is for practitioners who're professionally engaged within the use of vegetation in public, advertisement and institutional landscapes. Planting schemes are undertaken at the foundation of a binding agreement – commonly among the customer (who owns or rentals the panorama) and the implementer (the panorama contractor), with the fashion designer appearing either as specifier and agreement administrator. inside this contractual dating, planting schemes has to be applied to an agreed timetable. to regulate this method successfully, panorama designers and executives desire easy access to the genuine and clinical heritage for useful planting layout and its implementation via specification writing and contracts.

The ebook covers over 20 good outlined themes, and is written via top specialists within the undefined. it truly is prepared into 5 sections:

  • Preliminaries to plant use and the landscape
  • Managing plant development on panorama sites
  • Establishment and administration of trees
  • Establishment and administration of smaller woody plants
  • Establishment and administration of herbaceous plants

Carefully illustrated with diagrams, black and white photos and color plates, this instruction manual offers a special source for execs eager to increase their specification abilities, in addition to to discover artistic techniques to layout and functional implementation.Content:
Chapter 1 creation to Plant Use within the panorama (pages 3–6): James Hitchmough and Peter Thoday
Chapter 2 opting for Plant Species, Cultivars and Nursery items (pages 7–24): James Hitchmough
Chapter three deciding to buy vegetation for panorama initiatives (pages 25–43): Nick Coslett, Tom los angeles Dell, James Wilson, Mike Smith, Mike Browell and John Parker
Chapter four Amelioration of Underperforming Soils (pages 47–62): Tony Kendle and Bob Sherman
Chapter five Soil Drainage (pages 63–73): Gordon Spoor
Chapter 6 Weed regulate in Amenity Landscapes (pages 74–88): Bob Froud?Williams
Chapter 7 The Long?term wellbeing and fitness of crops (pages 89–92): Tony Kendle
Chapter eight institution of Planted Nursery inventory (pages 95–112): James Hitchmough
Chapter nine Tree Roots and structures (pages 113–127): Glynn Percival
Chapter 10 Semi?mature timber (pages 128–142): James Wilson, Caroline Swann and Peter Thoday
Chapter eleven timber in Paving (pages 143–151): Tony Edwards and Tim Gale
Chapter 12 developing city Woodlands (pages 152–161): Nerys Jones
Chapter thirteen Shrub Mosaics and wooded area area: ‘Natural’ types for Shrub Planting (pages 165–174): Nigel Dunnett
Chapter 14 flooring disguise (pages 175–183): Peter Thoday
Chapter 15 Hedges and their administration (pages 184–193): Tom Wright, Terence Henry and Jed Bultitude
Chapter sixteen Pruning Shrubs (pages 194–210): Tom l. a. Dell
Chapter 17 mountaineering vegetation (pages 211–220): Tom l. a. Dell
Chapter 18 Roof Gardens (pages 221–244): Steve Scrivens
Chapter 19 Wildflowers in Rural Landscapes (pages 247–257): Neil Bayfield
Chapter 20 Wildflower Landscapes within the city surroundings (pages 258–266): Richard Scott
Chapter 21 Aquatic Planting (pages 267–282): Kevin Patrick
Chapter 22 Direct?sown Annual Meadows (pages 283–291): Nigel Dunnett
Chapter 23 Bedding crops (pages 292–309): Richard Bisgrove
Chapter 24 Bulbous crops to be used in Designed Landscapes (pages 310–324): Fergus Garrett and Rory Dusoir
Chapter 25 Herbaceous Perennials (pages 325–342): James Hitchmough
Chapter 26 Amenity and activities Turf Seed (pages 343–353): John Hacker
Chapter 27 The administration of Amenity Grasslands (pages 354–370): Andy Boorman

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Changes to selected plants can have an impact on the final outcome of a project and implications for maintenance liabilities. The Horticultural Trades Association have developed a Nursery Certification Scheme where registered nurseries are bound to use the National Plant Specification (NPS) and follow clear and open procedures when plant substitution occurs. Use of these registered nurseries is a more assured route to supply of quality plants. Further problems can occur with the landscape contractor sourcing the plants, if there is a dilution of specification either by main contractor or landscape sub-contractor.

The Committee on Plant Supply and Establishment’s Plant Handling and Establishing Land- Procuring plants for landscape projects 33 However few nurseries will be able to offer all plants, often because of specialisation and economies of scale, and most will ‘buy in’ to some degree to make up customer orders. The specifier must demand to be told which items are subject to a longer supply chain and therefore more exposed to handling problems. Clear insistence on the CPSE code will minimise but not remove problems.

3) must be well established in the pot, but not too long within it or the root system becomes too dense. In both cases successful establishment is reduced: in the first case the plant rocks in the compost and is slow to root out into the surrounding soil, and in the second the plant lacks juvenile vigour and may also be more prone to drying out. Trees have more cultivation requirements than shrubs, both between different species and in the sizes they are offered. They are usually grown on the nursery for a longer period and nursery practices will be more significant in shaping their future development.

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