The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook

Overview

The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook takes over where Rosemary Alexander's first book leaves off. With the newly designed garden in place how do you manage the work in a garden and keep it looking good year in and year out? How do you prune, look after your soil and keep spring bulb plantings looking good? Is it possible to move a plant and how do you cope with weeds, pests, and diseases? Which plants are top performers and which are best for particular functions like internal and external boundaries, focal ...

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Overview

The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook takes over where Rosemary Alexander's first book leaves off. With the newly designed garden in place how do you manage the work in a garden and keep it looking good year in and year out? How do you prune, look after your soil and keep spring bulb plantings looking good? Is it possible to move a plant and how do you cope with weeds, pests, and diseases? Which plants are top performers and which are best for particular functions like internal and external boundaries, focal points, disguising eyesores and providing year-round interest? With its hand-holding, workbook approach Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook is the next best thing to having a daily training session with expert gardener, Rosemary Alexander. It allows gardeners at all levels to confidently tackle garden maintenance jobs, develop new skills, and make a success of their gardens however stretched for time.

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Editorial Reviews

Garden Compass
"Straight to the point and easily understood by even the sometime gardener."—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, September/October 2006
— John Bagnasco
Garden Compass - John Bagnasco
"Straight to the point and easily understood by even the sometime gardener."—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, September/October 2006
From the Publisher
"Amply illustrated chapters address each step, from initial assessment and planning through rejuvenating and renovating an existing garden. Each concludes with work-sheets for hands-on projects designed to help readers use what they've learned in their own gardens, plus captioned color plates that reinforce key concepts."—Publishers Weekly, June 19, 2006
Library Journal
This latest book by Alexander (after The Garden Maker's Manual) will satisfy serious, detail-oriented home gardeners who seek to understand the gritty details of landscaping, from preparations to ongoing plant and hardscape care. Alexander's experience as principal of the London-based English Gardening School shows as she provides clear and concrete explanations of what to do in the garden and why. Novice and seasoned gardeners who have not yet achieved master gardener status will benefit from her book, which covers assessment and planning, starting points, the use of woody and herbaceous plants, and general plant maintenance. Tips on record keeping to support garden development are included. This rich resource offers information on a full range of garden matters, including the durability of fences, the types of grasses suited to different activity levels, the reasons for pruning, and considerations in creating and maintaining a white border. It is suited to inclusion in nearly all collections serving home gardeners, with the likely exception of those in desert climates.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, SLIS, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881927832
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,239,729
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Founder and Principal of The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, Rosemary Alexander writes and lectures worldwide on garden design. She has worked on a wide range of gardens throughout the world. For eleven years she was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic, old world garden. She now lives in Hampshire where she has made a new garden.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting started 13
Ch. 2 Shaping it up 51
Ch. 3 Planning new plantings : woody plants 123
Ch. 4 Planning new plantings : herbaceous plants 193
Ch. 5 Caring for plants 263
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