Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook

Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook

by Howard Garrett

Hardcover(2016 Edition)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477310236
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Edition description: 2016 Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 588,648
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

HOWARD GARRETT is a landscape architect, certified arborist, horticulturist, and organic practitioner in Dallas, Texas. He promotes his organic gardening program, The Natural Way, through his WBAP radio and Channel 8 TV shows, weekly column in the Dallas Morning News, monthly Dirt Doctor’s Dirt magazine, The Organic Manual: Natural Gardening for the 21st Century, and regional and national speaking engagements. His previous UT Press books are Howard Garrett’s Plants for Texas, Dear Dirt Doctor: Questions Answered the Natural Way, Herbs for Texas (with Odena Brannan), Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (with C. Malcolm Beck), and Plants of the Metroplex: Newly Revised Edition.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. TEXAS GARDENING FUNDAMENTALS
Advantages of Organic Gardening
Practical Landscape Design
Planting Techniques
Basic Organic Program
Synthetic versus Natural Fertilizers
Differences between Toxic Chemical and Organic Approaches

CHAPTER 2. TREES
Tree Planting--the Natural Way
Management of Trees
Easy Reference for Trees
The Trees
Worst Trees for Texas

CHAPTER 3. SHRUBS AND SPECIALTY PLANTS
Bed Prep
Easy Reference for Shrubs
The Plants

CHAPTER 4. GROUND COVERS AND VINES
Bed Prep
Easy Reference for Ground Covers and Vines
The Plants

CHAPTER 5. ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS
Bed Prep
Planting
Maintenance
Easy Reference for Annuals and Perennials
The Plants
Seeding Rates for Wildflowers

CHAPTER 6. TEXAS LAWNS
Bed Prep and Planting Techniques for Grasses
Maintenance of Grasses
Suggested Mowing Heights
Easy Reference for Grasses
Turf Grasses, Weeds, and So-Called Weeds
Texas Cover Crops
So-Called Weeds
Texas Native Grasses
Seeding Rates for Grasses

CHAPTER 7. FRUITS, NUTS, AND VEGETABLES
The Plants
Organic Pecan and Fruit Tree Program
Fruit Varieties for Texas
Grape and Pecan Varieties for Texas
How to Prune Fruits and Nuts
Structures for Climbing Vegetable Plants
Common Green Manure Crops
Vegetable Planting Chart

CHAPTER 8. HERBS
Bed Prep, Planting, Maintenance
The Plants

CHAPTER 9. PEST MANAGEMENT
Insects
The Bugs
Beneficial Insects: Habitats and Benefits
Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Beneficial Insect Release Schedule
Sources of Beneficial Bugs
Diseases and Other Ailments
Other Beasts in the Garden

CHAPTER 10. APPENDIX
Formulas
Gardening by the Moon
Average First Freeze Dates--Fall
Average Last Freeze Dates--Spring
Organic Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
Pest Control Products
House Plants
Poisonous Plants

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Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
revdwag More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best gardening book for Texans. It has has helped me greatly in deciding what I will plant and not plant in my yard. I also know which trees I will take out of my yard that have been planted in the past. I love Mr. Garrett's sence of humor concering how to remove nut grass from your yard. Good book.