A progress promoter for the new or old home gardener, this is explicit in its coverage of developing your property to the family's --and beauty's -- best advantage. Each chapter has an appended list -- of requirements and procedures -- and the subjects begin with the basic problems of size, shape, climate and go on to specific types of location, masonry, barriers, trees, shrubs, grass and ground covers, season to season color and work around the calendar. Training the reader to make his mistakes on paper, the book takes into account country and suburban situations, the question of money and doing things yourself (walks, walls, steps, fences, etc.), and gives practical pointers on planning for service and utility areas and objects, making use of waste space, putting ecology to work and on turning a novice into an expert (while the expert can pick up some short cuts, new ideas and attitudes). There are complete plans, more than thirty photographs (some before-and -after illustrating the plans), drawings and plant lists. A handy reference and study book for the energetic and cautious outdoor-minded.