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Garden Improvement Techniques

Garden Improvement Techniques
Liz Dobbs and Sarah Woods
Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books
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cloth, 256 p., $29.95

This book is a valuable reference guide to maintaining a lush, healthy garden. It is easy to use because each page is identified with a header describing a different topic. It begins with planning a landscape and landscaping projects. It describes lawns, soil, flower beds and maintenance. It concludes with task charts for different parts of each season, such as early and late spring. The reader would be well advised to photocopy some of these seasonal reminders and post them not only as a "to-do" list but also as a reminder of why these tasks should be done.

The illustrations and visual explanations are first-rate, as expected in volumes from Time-Life. Installing a flexible pond liner, pond maintenance, transforming a poor lawn, lifting and dividing perennials and growing fruit trees are only a few of the topics explained with step-by-step, how-to photographs. All are accompanied by helpful hints, with sparse text. This book should become part of your basic home gardening library.

Garden Improvement Techniques is a definitive, step-by-step guide to successful gardening. If only someone would use these techniques in my garden while I read the book!

— Adele Kleine, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden