The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn (Google eBook)

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Storey Publishing, Jan 15, 2007 - Gardening - 272 pages
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In the modern suburban landscape, beautiful, green lawns are perhaps the most ubiquitous feature of all. Itís difficult to imagine a friendly neighborhood without broad, clean stretches of neatly shorn grass. More and more in recent years, those lawns are evolving into organic systems as homeowners ó concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on their children, their pets, and the environment ó turn to natural methods to keep their yards healthy and inviting, and, yes, still green and lush, too.

Paul Tukey, a self-confessed mowing addict, answers the growing demand for organic grass with a comprehensive volume of natural lawncare information. Step by step, he takes readers through the many elements that work together to form a healthy, organic lawn. Well-treated soil, fed properly with compost and natural fertilizers, is the foundation of every great lawn. Plant it with a grass cultivar matched properly to the climate and sunlight, nourish the soil and grass with the proper amount of water, and maintain the height with a good mower equipped with a sharp blade. A beautiful, naturally maintained lawn can be as simple as that.

An organic, healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds and pests, but when unwanted visitors creep in, Tukey is ready with Weed and Thug ID Guides and advice on dispatching them naturally or learning to live with the benign offenders. Tukey also provides helpful advice for lawnkeepers making the transition from a synthetic to an organic lawn system. Itís all here ó everything todayís homeowner needs to keep his lawn off drugs, and make it an inviting living and play area for the whole family.
  

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Review: The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Great introduction to why organic lawns are important, and how to go about it in general practice. Good reference on a few varieties of weeds and how to rid the lawn of them more naturally ... Read full review

Review: The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn

User Review  - Stephen Heverin - Goodreads

This is a good concise guide to taking a new look at your lawn and how you can move away from being chemically dependent and having a lawn which is still a good lawn, but without all the treatment and ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
6
Preface
8
Introduction
11
1 Evaluate Your Lawn Care Needs
14
2 Grass Anatomy
22
3 Building Good Soil
32
4 Grass Is Grass Is Grass?
48
5 Starting Off Right
72
9 Listening to Your Weeds
168
Dealing with Thugs
198
Mowing and Maintenance
214
The Nearly NoMow Lawn
234
Playing on the Lawn
252
Glossary
257
Recommended Reading
261
Resources
262

6 Get Your Lawn Off Drugs
104
7 Changing Your Lawns Diet
122
8 Watering Dews and Donts
146
Acknowledgments
264
Index
265
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About the author (2007)

Paul Tukey is the co-author of Tag, Toss & Run with Victoria Rowell, and the author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual. He is the national spokesperson for SafeLawns, a nonprofit advocacy group for chemical-free lawn care. He was formerly host of People, Places, and Plants on HGTV and is an award-winning film producer. He and his family enjoy playing lawn games in their yard in Rhode Island.

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