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Beautifying the farmstead

Author: Furman Lloyd Mulford
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1920.
Series: Farmers' bulletin (United States. Department of Agriculture), no. 1087.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A home and its surroundings must be attractive in order to be most uplifting to the family, visitors and passers-by. Farmsteads especially need attention in order to secure satisfactory conditions. The farm home and the farm business are so closely related that the success of the latter is reflected in the appearance of the former. All the buildings with their immediate surroundings must be considered. The roads  Read more...
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Mulford, Furman Lloyd, 1869-
Beautifying the farmstead.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1920
(OCoLC)971237934
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Furman Lloyd Mulford
OCLC Number: 15272343
Description: 65 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Need of beautifying he farmstead --
Desirability of making plans for improvements in advance --
Style of the design --
Location of the buildings --
Walks and drives --
Service features --
Lawns --
Arrangement of plantings --
Trees --
Shrubs --
Vines --
Herbaceous plants --
Plant material.
Series Title: Farmers' bulletin (United States. Department of Agriculture), no. 1087.
Responsibility: F.L. Mulford.

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"A home and its surroundings must be attractive in order to be most uplifting to the family, visitors and passers-by. Farmsteads especially need attention in order to secure satisfactory conditions. The farm home and the farm business are so closely related that the success of the latter is reflected in the appearance of the former. All the buildings with their immediate surroundings must be considered. The roads and walls; the home vegetable, fruit and flower gardeners; the lawns; and the ornamental plantings are also important factors in determining the plan. Each building needs sufficient land about it to give it a proper appearance and provide the necessary yards or work room, and each should be so located with respect to other buildings as to facilitate the work of the farm. Roads and walks should be limited to the number necessary to facilitate daily traffic. Vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens must provide liberally for the family needs. The lawns should be so located and of such size as to give a pleasing setting for the home, but not large enough to make their care burdensome. Suitable plantings are necessary to unite the parts of a farmstead into a pleasing, homelike whole. Trees are used for windbreaks, as frames for the buildings or a background for them, and to give shade. Shrubs are needed in abundance to hide partially the foundation lines of buildings, support their corners, give reasons for turns in drives or walks, and to screen unsightly objects. Native trees and shrubs and those known by trial to thrive in the locality are the best to use."--Page 65.

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