By Charles P. Mazzai, former statewide leader of New York's Master Gardener Program.

Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes describes how to evaluate site characteristics that are important to plants. 81-page spiral-bound book includes 30+ hands-on activities, 50+ color photos, a glossary, an index and references and web sites for further information.

When you've gotten to know your property using the book, you'll have: A site sketch with information collected during the assessment, an inventory of existing plants including how they fit into future plans, a checklist of important site characteristics, and a draft landscape design with a prioritized to-do list.

Published: 2013 by Plant and Life Sciences Publishing, a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Length: 81 pages (AB-0003)