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The organic lawn care manual : a natural, low-maintenance system for a beautiful, safe lawn
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  Library Journal Review

The popularity of all things organic has made it to the lawn. And award-winning magazine editor/publisher Tukey, host of the HGTV show People, Places & Plants, attempts to bring it to the masses. Rather than stating the dangers of chemical lawn care, Tukey gently eases grass snobs into a new, holistic way of thinking. He offers detailed programs to "Get Your Lawn Off Drugs" by improving soil texture and structure, planting the right grass, and employing correct mowing and watering practices. He also covers new construction, lawn renovation, and the nearly no-mow lawn. His RILE (relax, identify, listen, eradicate) method of weed control may once and for all rid your lawn of the crab grass next to the driveway. Geared to do-it-yourselfers, Tukey's book is more approachable than Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley's well-noted The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control. Clear photos and illustrations make the instructions accessible; an overview of grasses and a handy weed identification guide also add value. Recommended for all libraries with lawn care collections.-Tracy Mohaidheen, MLIS, West Bloomfield, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

For homeowners tired of their chemical-saturated lawns, this book provides step-by-step guidance for "get[ting] your lawn off drugs." Tukey, a lifelong lawn lover, started mowing as a teenager, and as the owner of a successful lawn care company, he was well entrenched in the "weed 'n' feed" method prevalent since the 1940s: "With one pass of a lawn spreader, we could feed the grass" (with chemical fertilizers), "kill the weeds" (with pesticides) "and still have time for a round of golf at the course we so envied"). When, after years on the job, he began to experience nosebleeds and shortness of breath, his doctor ordered him to stop using lawn chemicals, and that was the beginning of his commitment to organic lawn care. His lively and passionate instruction--on soil structure and how to improve it; grass varieties; "starting a lawn from scratch"; natural lawn foods; "watering dews and don'ts"; and how to deal with moles, voles, grubs and bugs--are interspersed with inspirational tales of natural-lawn activists. With an appendix on lawn games, from croquet to badminton, this book will delight lawn fanatics and provide sound advice for those who simply want to maintain their yard. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
Create a gorgeous lawn that is free of harsh chemicals. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to grow and maintain a thriving lawn using organic gardening methods. With expert advice on planting the best grass varieties, nourishing the soil, watering, fighting weeds, and sustainable maintenance, Paul Tukey helps you create a luscious and inviting lawn that is pesticide-free and safe for your children and pets.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 11
1Evaluate Your Lawn Care Needsp. 14
2Grass Anatomyp. 22
3Building Good Soilp. 32
4Grass Is Grass Is Grass?p. 48
5Starting Off Rightp. 72
6Get Your Lawn Off Drugsp. 104
7Changing Your Lawn's Dietp. 122
8Watering Dews and Don'tsp. 146
9Listening to Your Weedsp. 168
10Dealing with Thugsp. 198
11Mowing and Maintenancep. 214
12The Nearly No-Mow Lawnp. 234
AppendixPlaying on the Lawnp. 252
Glossaryp. 257
Recommended Readingp. 261
Resourcesp. 262
Acknowledgmentsp. 264
Indexp. 265
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