Old Garden, New Gardener

Old Garden, New Gardener

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In 'Old Garden, New Gardener' we will show you how to overcome a whole range of problems that you might find yourself facing when you move into a house, especially if you're a new, or, at least, not very experienced gardener. We're also working on the assumption that, like most people when you buy a house, you have spent most of your money on the bricks and mortar and…  See more details below

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In 'Old Garden, New Gardener' we will show you how to overcome a whole range of problems that you might find yourself facing when you move into a house, especially if you're a new, or, at least, not very experienced gardener. We're also working on the assumption that, like most people when you buy a house, you have spent most of your money on the bricks and mortar and any essential jobs that need doing, so that, even with a very sympathetic bank manager, there's not a lot left to spend on the garden. There is certainly no question of simply calling in the professionals, handing over a large cheque and letting them do all the work, although sometimes you may need professional help for particular jobs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this guide to addressing the problems and possibilities of inherited neglect, three British gardens pose as models: a once-respectable 1930s garden gone wild; a '50s backyard that never evolved beyond a few apple trees and a "bumpy" lawn; and a dump-like city lot where a feeble trellis was propped up by muscular grape vines. The properties are introduced with before-and-after photos, suggested planning strategies and design tricks (new lawn shapes, disguised fences, focal points, disappearing boundaries). Ensuing chapters separate the tangle of gardening demands into intelligible strands. Foremost is "hacking"which can range from selective subtraction to "kill[ing] the whole lot off and start[ing] again"and its less-violent cousin, pruning. A detailed pruning guide says the butterfly bush responds to tough-love, while testy lavender demands a lighter touch. Instructions for the renovation and planting of lawns, hedges, trees and borders are supplemented by advice on repairing fences, ponds, rockeries, pergolas, stone walls, patios. Some materials, practices and plant recommendations in this British transplant book are out of sync with the American market . (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563371267
Publisher:
B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.58(d)

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