Gardening Book Archives

The New American Landscape:Lawnmowing Tips

Thomas Christopher is a lawn and garden expert calling for a radical revamp of how we approach yard care. “Lawns. I keep struggling with them,” says Christopher, editor of the just-published “The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening” (Timber Press, $34.95). “I try to persuade people to do it in an easier, more environmental way, but people are stuck back in the Eisenhower years.

“It’s got to stop,” he added. “People have to get a grip and break the habit.”

Here are some ways to break turf’s hold on your life, resulting in a greener and “greener” lawn that takes far less time to maintain.

Degree of difficulty: Executing these tips is easier than letting go of old habits.

Make sure the mower blade is very sharp. “A dull blade leaves grass looking ragged and encourages disease or lawn problems,” Christopher says. Read the rest of this entry

The Oregon Association of Nurseries wants Oregonians to “buy local” when it comes to plants and supplies for the garden. Just in time for spring, gardeners in search of quality plants and gardening supplies — and helpful, professional and knowledgeable advice — will want to get their hands on the latest edition of the Retail Nursery Guide.

Published by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), the free gardening guide features 182 retail garden centers, specialty nurseries and suppliers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. It also highlights nurseries involved in catalog or Internet sales, and 22 public gardens.

Detailed maps of Portland, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Springfield, and Vancouver, Wash., show exact locations of gardening resources. The state-view map includes general locations of gardening resources from Astoria to Klamath Falls and from Brookings to Enterprise, all of which are members of the OAN.

New this year, the enhanced guide lists OAN members involved in the landscape trade, including landscape designers, contractors, architects and arborists. The information can also be found online at under “Gardening Community.” Read the rest of this entry

By Susan Clark

Now that spring is in the air, it’s time to get a start on the gardening season. Imagination and ideas can combine to create attractive garden settings. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of the following books at your local Library.

Get back to basics with Ecological Gardening: Your Safe Path to a Healthy, Beautiful Garden by Marjorie Harris. Dive into this book and dig up useful tips, get back to basics and create a lush and beautiful garden. This is a classic guide to gardening with the environment in mind.

If you dream of having an outdoor haven but don’t have the time to do all the work, it’s time to cheat! You’ll find simple, inexpensive, time-saving tricks in How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work: Shameless Tricks for Growing Radically Simple Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, Landscaping and More by Jeff Bredenberg. This book will give you time to sit back in your lawn chair with a cup of tea and one of these great gardening books. Read the rest of this entry

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