How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work: Shameless Tricks for Growing Radically Simple Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, Landscaping, and More

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Rodale, Apr 14, 2009 - Gardening - 384 pages
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Do you love the look of a stunning flowerbed or a nice expanse of lawn bordered by attractive shrubs, but don't have time to spend the whole weekend in your backyard? It's time to cheat--in a smart way. In How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work, you'll find hundreds of work-reducing, time-saving, cost-cutting gardening tips that will reward you with the best-looking yard and garden you've ever had with less work than ever before.

Cheating on garden and yard tasks is part attitude adjustment, part shortcuts, and part simplicity--with a healthy dose of making clever choices. You'll discover effective and efficient methods to complete just about every garden project, chore, cleanup, or predicament you'll face.

Set aside the things you've done for years and discover:

  • How the right tool can save you time--and save your back
  • That doing less for your lawn actually means better results
  • Why planting a diversion crop cuts down on your pest-patrol efforts
  • That groundcovers and foliage plants are no-hassle solutions for weedy flowerbeds

 

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Contents

The Cheating Frame of Mind
1
A Healthy Garden from the Ground Up
9
The Juiciest Shortcuts
29
Experts Favorite CantMiss Veggie Varieties
73
Sneaky Garden and Yard Design
99
Raised Beds Containers Rooftops and More
151
The Worlds Easiest Composting
185
Flowers Made EasyEven for Late Bloomers
211
Bringing Peace to the Turf War
235
Trimming Down the Maintenance
261
The Handiest Tools and Sneakiest Storage
299
Weeds Leaves Snow Ice Heat Drought and Deluge
321
Bugs Bunnies Bambi Groundhogs and More
333
Recommended Reading
355
Index
357
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Jeff Bredenberg has authored, coauthored, and edited more than 20 titles, and he frequently shares his how-to tips in TV and radio appearances and newspaper and magazine articles. He's written three other books in the How to Cheat series and empowers homeowners to get things done faster, better, and cheaper.

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