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Caring for Perennials: What to Do and When to Do It

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A professional gardener's time-saving strategies for maintaining a beautiful perennial garden

You can have a spectacular perennial garden with less work than you might imagine — an average of one hour per month per 100 square feet. The secret, according to master gardener Janet Macunovich, is organization — prioritizing, planning, and record-keeping. Her suggestions include:

ON DESIGN: "Early summer is not the time to make design changes. ...

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Overview

A professional gardener's time-saving strategies for maintaining a beautiful perennial garden

You can have a spectacular perennial garden with less work than you might imagine — an average of one hour per month per 100 square feet. The secret, according to master gardener Janet Macunovich, is organization — prioritizing, planning, and record-keeping. Her suggestions include:

ON DESIGN: "Early summer is not the time to make design changes. Transplants and recruits cannot take hold and make much of a difference now that the season of most rapid growth is past. In addition, disturbances now can harm late-season bloomers."

ON WEEDING: "Fall weeding is probably the biggest time-saving strategy in horticulture. My records indicate the first maintenance visit in spring can be shortened by as much as 75 percent if fall work is done thoroughly."

ON DIVIDING PLANTS: "By the sixth or seventh year, most perennials need separate vacations or a soil pick-me-up. Do it before the spectacle actually becomes a worn-out memory of itself."

ON TOOLS: "A five-gallon bucket may be a gardener's greatest labor-saving device. It can serve as a bucket for soaking transplants, a bag to hold small tools or debris, and a portable stool. The only drawback is that you become over-reliant on it and annoyed when your bucket disappears."

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Of greatest appeal to inexperienced gardeners or readers looking for a leg up on gardening technique, Macunovich's book wins points for expertise but loses ground in delivery. The concept is sound: to showcase tried and true garden management strategies, a professional gardener takes charge of a 500-square-foot perennial bed at a public botanical garden, closely tracking its care and maintenance over the course of a year. In the process, readers become very familiar with this particular garden and its occupants and learn the when and how of such seasonal chores as pruning, dividing, transplanting, fertilizing and edging. Because the geographic location of the garden is not specified in the text, readers are left to infer from the acknowledgements that it's in Michigan. Macunovich (Easy Garden Design) leaves no stone unturned in this account, but the text fails to convey the excitement of what's happening in the garden; while informative and thorough, the prose lacks humor or a sense of individuality. An abundance of photographs showing the garden's development through the seasons helps to bring life to this endeavor, which offers lots in the way of substance but less in terms of style. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882669571
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/3/1997
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of several books on gardening, including Easy Landscape Design, Easy Garden Design, and the all-time favorite, Caring for Perennials, Janet Macunovich owns a landscape and design company called Perennial Favorites. A garden designer and lecturer, she also teaches classes in garden design and maintenance techniques in Michigan, where she lives and has been called "the lady with the flower house, the one with no lawn." Janet has taught at Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary, Detroit Garden Center, Perennial Plant Association, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens. She has been a featured presenter of such workshops as "One-Hour Month Gardening" for over 18 years, averaging 1,000 students per year. Janet's weekly gardening column appears in the Detroit News and she also shares her knowledge through radio programs in the Michigan area on a regular basis.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Year in a Garden

1 New Year's Calm: Planning the Season

2 Midwinter Restlessness: Finding Plants and Tools

3 Earliest Stirrings: Prunings

4 Opening Moves: Edging and Weeding

5 Before the Green Rush: Dividing and Mulching

6 Tending to the First Wave: Watering, Fertilizing, Planting, and Staking

7 Ushering in Summer: Controlling Pests, Watering, and More Planting

8 Establishing Summer's Routine: Deadheading, Pinching, and Managing Problems

9 Enjoying the Harvest: Playing in the Garden

10 Anticipating Fall: Transplanting and Preliminaries to Closing

11 Using Fall Wisely: Weeding to Last a Winter

12 Closing Up Before Winter: Putting the Garden to Bed

13 Winter's Onset: Reducing Maintenance and Reflecting on the Season

14 Maintenance Chart: Care of Particular Perennial Species

Appendix: References and Tools

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