Tending Your Garden: A Year-Round Guide to Garden Maintenance

Overview

How to keep any garden looking its best, through the seasons and through the years.
Gardening is the primary recreational activity of Americans. Since the 1980s, when gardening caught fire as a national passion, we have spent billions of dollars on what we grow for our own pleasure; and in all that time, not one book has been published on the broad subject of garden maintenance.
For twenty-five years, the Haywards, expert horticultural ...

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Overview

How to keep any garden looking its best, through the seasons and through the years.
Gardening is the primary recreational activity of Americans. Since the 1980s, when gardening caught fire as a national passion, we have spent billions of dollars on what we grow for our own pleasure; and in all that time, not one book has been published on the broad subject of garden maintenance.
For twenty-five years, the Haywards, expert horticultural consultants and authors of many books and articles, have been tending their own garden in Vermont. Here, beautiful photographs illustrate how and what the Haywards do in their garden from earliest spring until snowfall: pruning trees and shrubs; planting, staking, and dividing perennials; and edging, deadheading, and weeding. They also include many tips for reducing maintenance. Their advice can be put to work in the reader's garden, regardless of size or location. Line drawings by Elayne Sears give more details on specific techniques. Anecdotal, encouraging, and crammed with information, this is a gorgeous treatment of a very practical subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393059045
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,049,478
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Hayward, an acclaimed garden designer and lecturer, is the author of five previous books. His wife, Mary Hayward, grew up gardening in the Cotswolds in England. They live and garden in Westminster, Vermont.

Mary Hayward, grew up gardening in the Cotswolds in England.

Richard W. Brown moved to Vermont in 1968, where he taught in a small rural school before embarking on a career in photography. His work has appeared in Vermont Life, Harrowsmith Country Life, Audubon, Natural History, The New York Times, Country Journal, and many other publications. He also wrote and photographed My Kind of Garden, The Private World of Tasha Tudor, Richard Brown's New England, Moments in Eden, and Pictures from the Country. He is the photographer of Tasha Tudor's Garden, Garden Whimsy, and The View from the Kingdom. He lives in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     11
Winter     21
Introduction     21
Pruning Deciduous Trees     25
Pruning Vines and Shrubs     35
Checklists: Late Autumn/Early Winter, Late Winter     50
Spring     53
Introduction     53
Cleanup     59
Planting Trees and Shrubs     71
Planting Perennials and Annuals     92
Checklists: Early Spring, Late Spring     107
Summer     113
Introduction     113
Bed Maintenance     117
Deadheading Perennials     125
Removing Invasive Plants     139
Hedge Trimming     147
Checklists: June into July, July into August     149
Autumn     155
Introduction     155
Cutting Back Perennials     157
Dividing Plants     169
Planting Bulbs     179
Leaf Management     189
Repairing A Break in a Dry Stone Wall     198
Checklist: Autumn     204
Appendix     215
Bibliography     223
Index     231
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