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Gardener's problem solver
Smith, Miranda, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest, [2004]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SB473 .S5665 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Problems are as much a part of gardening as soil, sun, and worms. From difficult sites to impossible soils, from ravaging pests to plants with mysterious ailments, all gardeners face occasional problems. This book can help you solve them. Like a good friend who discusses a gardening challenge with you, it gives you many solutions to the same problem. Some answers turn the problem into an asset, many are inexpensive and simple to apply, all of them are environmentally friendly. The Gardener's Problem Solver helps you solve 80 gardening problems that plague us all. Does your garden lie in the shade most of the day? Try creating reflective surfaces; planting spring bloomers; pruning nearby trees; brightening dark areas with whites, grays, and pastels; or planting shade-loving plants -- dozens of which are listed for your convenience. Is your lawn unattractive? Think about leveling small hollows, repairing ragged edges, and fixing bare patches -- small changes that all do wonders for your lawn's appearance. Along with symbols that denote the cost, time commitment, and difficulty of each solution, you'll find step-by-step instructions complete with helpful illustrations and lists of plants that will prosper in any environment you may have. Whatever your garden problem, you're sure to find the solution that's right for you. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Miranda Smith has been teaching gardening since 1971 and is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books and numerous articles. She has solved gardening problems in all areas of the United States and on both coasts of Canada. She is currently learning to grow fruits, flowers, and vegetables in a subtropical climate

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Design Dilemmasp. 8
The garden is too smallp. 10
The garden is too largep. 16
The yard has been neglectedp. 22
The garden design doesn't suit the housep. 28
An eyesore is prominentp. 30
The garden is dull in the off-seasonp. 34
The strip beside the house is barep. 38
The garden backs into a wallp. 40
The garden is visible from all sidesp. 42
Chapter 2 Site Problemsp. 44
The garden is shadyp. 46
The garden is sunnyp. 50
The garden is dampp. 52
The garden is dryp. 54
The garden is windyp. 58
The garden is coldp. 60
The garden is by the seap. 62
The garden is steeply slopingp. 64
The garden is in an urban areap. 66
The garden is rockyp. 68
The garden is under the eavesp. 70
Chapter 3 Soil Problemsp. 72
Acid soilp. 74
Alkaline soilp. 78
Compacted soilp. 82
Clay soilp. 86
Sandy soilp. 88
Poorly drained soilp. 90
Boggy soilp. 92
Low-fertility soilp. 94
High soluble salt content in soilp. 98
Chapter 4 Lawn Problemsp. 100
Maintenance is too time-consumingp. 102
The lawn browns outp. 106
Thatch has built upp. 110
A path has been worn in the lawnp. 112
The lawn is unattractivep. 114
Grass won't grow under the treesp. 116
Insects are eating the grassp. 118
The lawn has a diseasep. 121
Moles are digging up the lawnp. 125
Chapter 5 Plant Performancep. 126
The mail-order plants arrived too earlyp. 128
The plants won't bloomp. 130
The plants are slow to bloomp. 134
The plants have stopped bloomingp. 136
The plants won't bear fruitp. 138
Plants have difficulty getting established in the soilp. 140
The seeds germinate poorlyp. 142
The container plants look ragged by midseasonp. 148
The container plants look nutrient deficientp. 152
Chapter 6 Insect and Animal Pestsp. 154
Aphidsp. 156
Mexican bean beetlesp. 157
Flea beetlesp. 158
Caterpillarsp. 159
Cutwormsp. 160
Earwigsp. 161
Nematodesp. 161
Cucumber beetlesp. 162
Japanese beetlesp. 162
Leafhoppersp. 163
Mealybugs and scale insectsp. 164
Slugs and snailsp. 165
Spider mitesp. 166
Tarnished plant bugsp. 167
Thripsp. 167
Birdsp. 168
Rodentsp. 169
Deerp. 170
Chapter 7 Weeds and Diseasesp. 172
Annual and biennial weeds carpet the vegetable gardenp. 174
Perennial weeds sneak into the flower bedsp. 177
Basal rot in bulbsp. 178
Aster yellowsp. 179
Bacterial wiltp. 179
Botrytis blight, gray moldp. 180
Crown gallp. 181
Damping-off and root rotp. 181
Rustp. 182
Scabp. 182
Downy mildewp. 183
Fusarium wiltp. 183
Leaf spotp. 184
Mosaic diseasesp. 185
Glossaryp. 186
Indexp. 186
Acknowledgmentsp. 192