Yard and Garden Owners Manual: Your Complete Guide to the Care and Upkeep of Everything Outdoors

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Fresh ideas on caring for all aspects of the outdoor areas around a home-from plants and the garden to the deck, patio, and driveway. Focused on what, when, and how to care for the yard. Highlights caring for the landscape to create comfortable and low-stress outdoor living.
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Overview

Fresh ideas on caring for all aspects of the outdoor areas around a home-from plants and the garden to the deck, patio, and driveway. Focused on what, when, and how to care for the yard. Highlights caring for the landscape to create comfortable and low-stress outdoor living.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696217609
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Series
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Meet your garden 11
Getting to know your yard 13
Elements of a landscape 14
Inventory and assess 18
Seasonal maintenance schedule 20
Sample maintenance plan 24
Caring for your lawn 25
Keeping a healthy lawn 27
Kinds of grasses 28
Mowing 30
Fertilizing 36
Watering lawns 42
Rejuvenating weak lawns 46
Lawn problems 50
Tree and shrub care 53
Caring for trees and shrubs 55
Fertilizing 58
Watering 62
Pruning trees and shrubs 63
Pests & problems 77
Environmental problems 80
Replacing trees and shrubs 82
Vines and ground covers 83
Vines 85
Maintaining vines 90
Caring for ground covers 99
Flower gardens 111
Perennial plants 113
Annual plants 125
Flowering bulbs 130
Container gardening 137
Harvest gardening 141
Keeping a vegetable garden 143
Success with herbs 152
Fruit garden basics 157
Keeping berries 161
Managing soils and composts 165
What is soil? 167
Soil amendments 170
Fertilizers 174
Cultivating 177
Compost 179
Mulching 185
Soil drainage 189
Planting 192
Garden tools 193
Hand tools 195
Power tools 208
Gloves 212
Sprayers 214
Wheelbarrows, carts & more 215
Hoses, sprinklers and irrigation systems 217
Hoses 219
Sprinklers and nozzles 226
Underground sprinklers 231
Drip irrigation 237
Water conservation 243
Water features & ponds 245
Caring for ponds 247
Water balance 253
Pumps and filters 255
Fish and water plants 261
Pests and problems 267
Caring for patio tubs and fountains 270
Caring for your yard's structures 273
Paving 275
Retaining walls 284
Decks 286
Fences and gates 294
Maintaining outdoor furniture 298
Outdoor lighting 301
Outdoor lighting systems 303
Low-voltage equipment 304
Low-voltage system maintenance 310
Lighting effects 312
Planning outdoor lighting 316
Critters 323
An ounce of prevention 325
Common insect pests 328
Beneficial insects 332
Common animal pests 338
Attracting animals 346
Resources 355
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 357
American Horticultural Society Heat Zone Map 358
General resources 359
Resources by chapter 361
Index 369
Credits 383
Metric conversions 384
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    Love it!

    Everything in here is useful! Whether you just bought a new home (like me) or you have had a home for several years and don't know what to do this tells you what to do! It has so many ideas and useful tips for your house, I truly enjoyed this book! It is perfect! I am giving to my friends and family as housewarming gifts!

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