In this introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Linda Chalker-Scott addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals.
Chalker-Scott offers invaluable advice to gardeners who have wondered: Are native plants the best choice for sustainable landscaping? Should you avoid disturbing the root ball when planting? Are organic products better or safer than synthetic ones? What is the best way to control weeds - fabric or mulch? Does giving vitamins to plants stimulate growth? Are compost teas effective in controlling diseases? When is the best time to water in hot weather? If you pay more, do you get a higher-quality plant? How can you differentiate good advice from bad advice? The answers may surprise you.
In her more than 20 years as a university researcher and educator in the field of plant physiology, Linda Chalker-Scott has discovered a number of so-called truths that originated in traditional agriculture that have been applied to urban horticulture, in many cases damaging both plant and environmental health.
The Informed Gardener is based on basic and applied research from university faculty and landscape professionals, originally published in peer-reviewed journals. After reading this book, you will: understand your landscape or garden plants as components of a living system; save time (by not overdoing soil preparation, weeding, pruning, staking, or replacing plants that have died before their time); save money (by avoiding worthless or harmful garden products, and producing healthier, longer-lived plants); reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides; and assess marketing claims objectively.
This book will be of interest to landscape architects, nursery and landscape professionals, urban foresters, arborists, certified professional horticulturists, and home gardeners.
Linda Chalker-Scott is an extension urban horticulturist and associate professor at Puyallup Research and Extension Center at Washington State University. She is the Washington State editor of MasterGardener magazine, and for six years she authored Horticultural Myths, an online column.
"This enjoyable book should find its way into the hands of almost every gardener. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"A succinct and easy-to-navigate resource." (The Bloomsbury Review)
"The Informed Gardener is a thorough, well-written guide and is highly recommended to any gardening enthusiast." (Midwest Book Review)
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