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The lawn & garden owner's manual : what to do and when to do it
Hill, Lewis, 1924-
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Pownal, VT : Storey Books, 2000.
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185 pages ; 28 cm
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SB453 .H6534 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB453 .H6534 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Create and maintain a picture-perfect home landscape. Veteran gardeners Lewis Hill and Nancy Hill show you how to use their through-the-year calendar to stay on top of regular tasks, plan more challenging projects for your climate's mildest months, and protect your plants from seasonal pests, weather, and disease. Their troubleshooting guides will help you quickly identify and easily solve a host of common issues that plague both shrubs and blossoms, so that you can spend more time enjoying your home's immaculate landscape.

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Part 1 of the Hills' book is organized by 10 seasons--from early spring to late winter--offering tips on yard and garden care throughout the year. The authors list what routine chores should be done and what projects should be started in each time period. Part 2 gives detailed information on lawn care and on planting and caring for perennials, ground covers, ornamental grasses, vines, shrubs and hedges, roses, evergreens, deciduous trees, and fruit trees. Part 3 deals with soil improvement and the prevention of damage from severe weather and animals. The text is augmented by 75 color photographs and black-and-white line drawings. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

Introduction: This Old Landscape: Taming It and Caring for It
Part 1 Lawn and Garden Calendar Early Spring
Late Spring
Early Summer
Late Summer
Early and Mid-Fall
Late Fall
Early Winter
Late Winter
Part 2 Caring for Lawns and Gardens
1 Your Ho-Hum Lawn, Attractive Once Again Lawn Doctor
Remaking Your Lawn from Scratch
Ongoing Lawn Care
Places That Don't Love a Lawn
Alternatives to a Lawn
2 New Blooms for an Old Perennial Garden How to Rejuvenate Overgrown Perennials
Reviving a Neglected Rock Garden
Installing a Brand New Border
Perennial Border Extras
3 Bringing Out the Best in Ground Covers Reining In Invasive Ground Covers
Spotty Ground Cover Areas
4 Gardening with Ornamental Grasses Salvaging an Overgrown or Damaged Planting
Starting Over
5 A Face-Lift for Vines Reining In and Revitalizing Overgrown Vines
Planting a New Vine
Vine Maintenance: Keep it Looking Good
6 Good-Looking Shrubs and Hedges Flowering Shrubs
Foundation Shrubs
7 Revitalizing Roses Renewing an Old Rose Garden
Special Needs of Each Class of Rose
Planting New Roses
Rose Pest Control
8 Evergreens for Year-Round Glory Trees and Shrubs
Broadleaf Evergreens
9 Deciduous Trees That Thrive Determining the Problem
Feeding a Tree
First Aid for Trees
Taking out an Entire Tree
Replacing a Lawn Tree
10 Reclaiming Fruit Crops Fruit Trees
Small Fruits
11 Water in Your Landscape Installing a New Water Garden
Growing Aquatic Plants
Caring for Water Plants
Pest Control
Pool Maintenance
Wildlife in Your Garden
Part 3 A Healthy Foundation for Your Lawn and Garden
12 Upgrading Your Soil: The Secret to Good Plant Growth Well-Balanced Soil
Improving Your Soil
Well-Fed Plants
Coping with Other Soil Problems
Soil pH
Soil Moisture Solutions
13 Keeping Your Landscape Out of Harm's Way Environmental Contaminants
Hardiness Problems
Winter Damage
Toxic Plants
Animal Damage