Survive mud season at your Summit County Library |

Survive mud season at your Summit County Library

Never fear – summer is coming! And, to help you get started with planning your garden or landscaping your property, here are some possibilities from the library collection. “The Weather-Resilient Garden: A Defensive Approach to Planning & Landscaping,” by Charles W. G. Smith. He discusses how to plant a garden that is beautiful, but tough enough to withstand almost anything nature can deliver. It includes a list of 100 hardy plants cited to make that happen. Trying to use less water and effort? Then, check out “Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide,” by Connie Lockhart Ellefson. This book takes you step-by-step through the seven principles of xeriscape planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical turf areas and efficient irrigation. Are you ready to add a patio or stone wall? Take a look at the book “Sunset You Can Build Masonry,” by Steve Cory. This book explains basic masonry techniques and gives you ideas and directions on building dry-laid patios, stone and paver walls, water features or outdoor kitchens. If you’d like a colorful flower garden, take a peak at “Fearless Color Gardens,” by Keeyla Meadows. This book explores how to select colors that work together and favorite plants for specific colors, plus how to coordinate color in the selection of paving, walls, benches, containers and artwork. In addition, check out the “Landscape Gardening: How-to DVD Guide to Landscaping” (DVD), which presents information on landscape design, tools and materials, and several types of fencing.Do you want to get back on that mountain bike, but find that you’re not quite ready to tackles those hills? Then take a look at “Mountain Bike Master: Essential Skills and Advanced Techniques Made Easy,” by Mark Langton. Veteran mountain biker Langton explains the complex biomechanical elements of riding in an understandable and interesting way. Whether you’re a novice or a longtime rider, this book will help you improve. Colorado offers miles of trails over all types of terrain, from high-alpine descents to steep climbs out of desert canyons, to easy dirt road rambles through state parks. Experienced mountain biker, Stephen Hlawaty, outlines 50 of the best rides in his book “Mountain Biking Colorado: 2nd: An Atlas of Colorado’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides.”For more outdoor adventures, a new book: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking” by Jason Stevenson, written for the novice backpacker. This book is filled with practical tips, common sense advice on what to pack, what to wear and where to go. Once you’ve mastered the basics, check out “Colorado Journey Guide: a Driving & Hiking Guide to Ruins, Rock Art, Fossils & Formations” by Jon Kramer, which offers information on the best times to visit, and rates each of the trails. Try “Colorado on Foot,” by Robert L. Brown, who is a master hiker. He details the day trips included in this book, specifically chosen for their beauty and accessibility for hikers of all ages.Perhaps, some of these titles may pique your interest. If not, your local libraries have many more titles on all of the above topics. If you’re looking for a specific title and can’t find it in the library’s database, don’t forget to look in the Marmot database. You can request to have your selection sent to the branch of your choice, by entering the number on the back of your Summit County Library card. And, while you’re on the library website, why not take a look around and see what’s new? We have many services that are accessible directly from our website, and available to you at any time. Visit us today and see for yourself. Joyce Dierauer is director of Summit County Libraries.

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