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Lawn Care For Dummies [Paperback]

Lance Walheim , The National Gardening Association
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

January 13, 1998 0764550772 978-0764550775 1
Only one thing is standing between you and a fabulous lawn: It's called Lawn Care For Dummies. If you want a spiffy and well-coifed lawn (and not the overgrown, unruly one that people comment on when they pass by your house), you'll find everything you need to know to help you make your lawn the most dazzling spectacle on the block.

Let authors Lance Walheim and the gardening experts at the National Gardening Association treat you and your yard to a megadose of lawn care information. In Lawn Care For Dummies, Walheim and the NGA give you the dirt on all the essentials, including how to
* Design a low-maintenance or a high-maintenance lawn
* Evaluate the pros and cons of planting a lawn from seed or starting one from sod
* Discover how often you need to water your lawn without under-watering it or waterlogging it
* Choose a mower that's right for your grass type
* Deal effectively with wicked weeds and pesky insects
* Create alternative lawns, such as ground cover plants, decks, and patios
Lawn Care For Dummies also features a beautiful color insert with photos illustrating the various types of lawns found in yards across the world.

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If your neighbors' lawn always resembles a beautiful green carpet while yours looks like something that would cost Tiger Woods several shots, you could use some practical help. Trust the Dummies folks--you really can have a great lawn without breaking your back every weekend, spending a fortune on sod, or poisoning your pets. Lawn Care for Dummies takes you through all the steps: choosing the right grass, planting the seed or laying the sod, installing an irrigation system, fertilizing, aerating, watering, and mowing. It also helps you avoid (or conquer) the Big Three: weeds, pests, and disease. Finally, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--you get to enjoy your lawn! In the spirit of all Dummies books, there's a list of 10 lawn games at the end. Bocce, anyone?

From the Back Cover

"I would recommend this book to anyone starting a new lawn or improving an existing one." — Kevin N. Morris, Director, National Turfgrass Evaluation Program "This is the one book you should have, keep handy, and use often!" — Doug Fender, Executive Director, Turf Resource Center, Rolling Meadows, IL

Full Color Section Highlights Ideas for a Beautiful Lawn!

Grow a Lush Lawn — a Cut Above the Rest! No matter where you live, what you do, or how many kids you have, you too can grow a great garden of grasses — quickly and easily. Discover tons of time- and water-saving secrets for better planting, fertilizing, weeding, and mowing. With easy-to-follow instructions and lots of illustrations, Lawn Care For Dummies® brings you everything you need to know to grow a lawn that's the envy of the block! From Sod to Sunday Naps — Your Complete Guide to Lawns

  • Compare the pluses and minuses of planting seed, sod, sprigs, stolons, or plugs
  • Choose a grass type that thrives in your climate
  • Unearth winning techniques for repairing broken lawns
  • Discover ten surefire ways to help drought-weary yards survive
  • Control pests with environmentally friendly methods that are safe and effective
  • Select alternative ground covers that are practical and good looking
  • Install a permanent, in-ground irrigation system
Also look for Hungry Minds' Gardening For Dummies®, the fun and easy way to grow a gorgeous garden!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550775
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning view of lawn possibilities. September 14, 1998
By A Customer
Having never had a lawn before, I needed a very basic, gentle introduction to what it means to have and care for a lawn - and this book delivers just that. It also covers topics I might not have thought about ahead of time, including lawn disease and alternate ground covers. The ambient sense of humor makes what could appear to be a very intimidating project seem more like fun than work. My only objection - the color photos are wasted on shots of random lawns. I would have preferred to see these photos used to show examples that are best viewed, rather than textually described... such as grass types, insect & disease damage, weeds, etc.
Overall, this book has given me a great overview of my entire lawn project, and I can't wait to get started.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great August 28, 2001
The few color pictures are pointless. There is some good information, but the section on revitalizing your lawn is too small. I was looking for a general reference, but they say to aerate but never mention when you should do this (I have read this in other books) and they don't mention other techniques that I have read other places. This book would be pretty good for someone starting from scratch. If you just want to improve your lawn, buy another book.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Good Advice, But Wasted Photos March 20, 1999
By A Customer
This book is an excellent reference on everything you would want to know on how to start, repair or maintain a lawn, but it doesn't answer some really, really basic questions, like "What kind of grass do I have?" The photos are just fluff, and could have been better used to identify grass types, weeds or lawn problems.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for starting a lawn May 21, 2004
By Dave
I planted my first lawn from scratch this Spring, and spent a lot of time reading and re-reading this book. The advice the book gave was great, particularly when it came to selecting the type of grass to plant for my particular needs and in my area.
The other reviewers are correct about the photos being not very useful, but they certainly are pretty! However, I found the author's descriptions of grass types to be very clear and putting pictures of grass types would have been redundant.
There were a few things that could have used more coverage, though. In particular, the description of the various options in boundaries and edgings was difficult to follow with very few pictures. Plus, the section on sprinklers touched on only about half of the types of sprinklers offered by my local garden center.
My neighbor across the street planted his lawn at the same time I did mine, but without the book. He's a nice guy, but his lawn is a joke! Maybe I'll loan him my book this Fall when he starts over....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely worthless August 21, 2013
Unless you grew up in the Arctic (or maybe Manhattan?) and have never seen grass before, this book will not be of any value to you. What I expected was some information on the various species of grass and how to get them to grow. This book is so shallow on that information that you would learn substantially more from reading the back of a grass seed bag at the store.

But the book is chock full of:
- Cartoons so lame you feel bad for the guy who wrote them.
- Reminders that you will need a shed to keep your lawn mower out of the rain.
- Really hokey-looking color pictures of yards with great bright green blobs of grass.
- For soil testing look in the Yellow Pages under "Soil Testing".

If you find that kind of information useful, then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I can do it , so can you... October 1, 2007
By sue
I didn't have a clue about landscape but had to learn really fast when I bought my house. This book has been my bible. It's great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book August 10, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The 'full color section' was a fabrication. Many of the pages in the book look like somebody printed them off from their home computer. I feel cheated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 2, 2010
The book arrived at the designated time and was in great condition. It's helpful because I am clueless about lawn care. I would buy from this seller again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is a good book for those who don't want to become a licensed horticulturalist but want some basic information.
Published 2 months ago by redbird1946
4.0 out of 5 stars Lawncare
All the ins and outs of grass growing. preparing the area, types of grasses and most important; how to maintain the lawn once it is established. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shari Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book
I bought this book for my husband after we spent $2,000 to have our front lawn sodded. He uses it as a reference to make sure the $$$ was not wasted and to help the grass grow and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sondra W. Moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have on hand.
As stated, good info book for referral on basic info to take care of your lawn. However, you must compare notes thru research on the Internet. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Tate
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I have not read it yet.
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Published 18 months ago by Philip M. LaPorte
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for this beginner
I came to this book having just bought a house and knowing almost nothing about my lawn. This book was not only an excellent primer of basic information, but also a good bible of... Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by Ian Smith-Dahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Be for I Bot Tis Book, I Dent Knoh Nuten 'Bout How to Take Care of a...
But now, everything looks much greener and healthier, and the grass is defenatly greener on the other side of my patio!
Published on February 26, 2012 by William R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but not as advertised
Overall, great book. Does not go too in depth, but gives you enough information to know what you are talking about when time comes to head to the hardware store. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by None Needed
3.0 out of 5 stars The name says it all
A good book that covers all the different info on grass. However, none of the informative paragraphs dig too deep.
Published on August 9, 2006 by B. Lewis
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