Picture Perfect: Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes, and Sports / Edition 1

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"Some artists use canvas to create a work of art. David Mellor uses a baseball field. His patterns are so precise and imaginative, I call him the Rembrandt of groundskeeping."
—Bob Uecker, Milwaukee Brewers Broadcaster

Now you can transform your sports field or clubhouse lawn into an envy-grabbing work of optic art. In this book, David Mellor shares the turf mowing and maintenance secrets that have made him one of the leading creators of elaborate patterns used on athletic turf nationwide. Articles about Mellor's work have been published in the New York Times and USA Today, and he is currently the director of grounds for the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club. In Picture Perfect, Mellor gives you the benefit of his years of experience along with simple-to-use techniques for creating playing fields that are without doubt a cut above the rest.

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Readers can learn how to replicate the magic of David Mellor's fantastical Fenway Park creations in their own garden design, whether tending to a simple lawn or a baseball diamond. Mellor's intricate patterns -- mowed meticulously into the grass at Fenway, and numerous other stadiums nationwide -- have garnered legions of fans who are sure to be delighted by this book. Highly readable and amply illustrated, Picture Perfect supplies instructions for attention-grabbing designs that can be adapted to any reader's fancy. The step-by-step design instructions are supplemented with valuable information about caring for your lawn or turf, selecting the proper tools, and other topics of interest to most gardeners or groundskeepers, making this a particularly versatile garden tome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575041513
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mellor is currently the Director of Grounds for the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club and a consultant to the Simplicity company. He is one of the leading creators of elaborate patterns used on athletic turf nationwide. Articles about his work have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. In Picture Perfect, David gives you his years of experience and simple-to-use techniques, so you can make your lawn or sports field the envy of your neighbors and colleagues.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Test Your Soil.

Chapter 3. Turfgrass Establishment.

Chapter 4. Fertilization.

Chapter 5. Common Nuisances.

Chapter 6. Mowing Recommendations.

Chapter 7. Making Turns with Your Mower.

Chapter 8. Equipment -
Tools of the Artist.

Chapter 9. Preventing Traffic and Wear Problems.

Chapter 10. Techniques to Help Hide Damaged Turf.

Chapter 11. Useful Tips.

Chapter 12. How Patterns are Created.

Chapter 13. Pattern Basics.

Chapter 14. Pattern Instructions.

Chapter 15. Photographing Your Lawn Art.

Chapter 16. Three Challenging Situations.

Chapter 17. Turfgrass Factoids.

Chapter 18. Resources.

Chapter 19. References.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    the lawn care bible

    Ever wonder why your lawn looks so bad and why the guy next door has nice green lawn. this book is for you I am a anal about my lawn and now I am the toast of the town. If you are looking for a book that has 300 pages and a ton of filler this is not it it is 144 pages straight to the point so as a reference tool afterwords it is great. I find myself pulling it out and refering to it for help. If you want the lawn care bible this is it. Don't be disappointed by it's size, afterall size isn't everthing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    Taking Your Grass Care a Cut Above Where It Is Today!

    Summary: Picture Perfect is the ultimate resource for those who want to add even more beauty and interest to their grass by growing and maintaining healthier turf and cutting it in original and beautiful patterns. Review: Mr. Mellor is the Director of Grounds for the Boston Red Sox and is thoroughly knowledgeable about grass. His advice is sound, thorough, and easy-to-follow. He has you begin by testing your soil to see what it is missing, establishing your turf properly, fertilizing appropriately, fighting off weeds and disease, mowing properly with the right equipment, and solving problems. Once that grass is in place, he moves on to explain the art of adding patterns to the grass by using rollers with the mower to push the grass down. The color plates show many examples of this art form, which will intrigue you. If you are like me, you expected to see only geometric shapes using straight lines. Instead, you find gentle waves and delicate crossing patterns of all kinds. Having worked in my father's gardening business when I was a youngster, I wish I had known about establishing these patterns. It certainly would have helped to relieve the boredom of cutting the same yards in one of three patterns time after time. The directions are very helpful for how to deal with special problems, like temporary damage, making a mistake in the pattern, and repeating a pattern (you are encouraged to photograph your work to learn from what you have done). Picture Perfect also has a long list of resources you can access, especially from the Internet. Although the quality of the design and the printing are not as high as the contents deserve, the material is strong enough to carry the result to five star level. One does hope, however, that a future printing will create a version more like an art book to better feature the examples. After you finish becoming an expert on turf design, I suggest that you think about where else you can exercise your creativity in your yard. Have you considered sculpting shrubs like they do in the Disney theme parks? How about designing a sculpture garden? Do you have a Zen garden area yet? Create a better balance between the views in your yard and the thoughts in your mind. Let the reverbrations of inspiration take you to new heights of thought and harmony! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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