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The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn Paperback – January 30, 2007
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It was frustrating that, when I needed a solution to a real problem, all the book told me was: if you plant your lawn the way we've told you, you won't have this problem. Not much help!
On the plus side, I did learn about some good techniques like dethatching.
It should also be noted that the author is not a crunchy hippy who is happy with a weed-filled patch of land. He is/was a professional landscaper who understands the appeal of a beautiful green lawn. He also understands that it can be created, and created better, without the application of synthetic chemicals. I think this gives the book credibility, as the reader can start from the assumption that a beautiful, healthy yard is the goal...an organic lawn is not assumed or allowed to be a substandard lawn.
However, in reading this book, I've become downright enthusiastic about, not just helping the environment, but having a great yard *while* helping the environment. As other reviewers noted, the author does not ask us to settle for inferior lawns in order to help the environment. He is passionate about having a great lawn -- and doing it the right way.
There are essentially two ways to get great looking lawns: treat it with chemicals, or follow the organic route described in this book. They can both produce great looking lawns, but there is a difference. I liken the comparison to making a person look better through either plastic surgery or exercise. Plastic surgery is fast and can have some incredible results, though it does nothing to improve the actual health of the person. Whereas exercising can probably get to the same end, though with a bit more effort, especially at the beginning. However, even though the results may look similar, underneath the person who has been exercising is stronger, fitter, and more able to cope with the physical stresses of life. Similarly, with a bit more effort (at least, at the beginning), an organically cared-for lawn can look great and be healthier and stronger than a chemically cared-for lawn.Read more ›
The ONLY flaw I could see is that this book is an overall national one. By that I mean its not location specific. They discuss topics and how it affects different grasses in the north and south, but if you want a geographic specific, this book won't do, but its still great to get. I am in FL and the University of Florida puts out a FL lawncare book, only its organic section is 2 pages. I'd supplement this book on Organics to a more location specific if you want some detailed info.
Also, the organic fertilizers doesn't include Cornmeal, but does mention Corn Gluten Meal. It would have been nice to include CM too. However, consider CM the same as CGM only without the preemergence weed properties.
I highly recommend the book.
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Great introduction to organic lawn care. I haven't put the advice to use yet, but I'm a person with my first lawn that never cared about lawn care before, and reading this book I... Read morePublished 4 days ago by PGO
I started my own Organic lawn care company and this book is full of great information. I reference it all the time and appreciate Paul's easy to understand approach to explaining... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DoubleJ73
Very informative. Looking forward to implementing these practices in my yard this spring/summer.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a beginner to organic lawn care, I appreciated the easy to understand directions and information contained in this book, and it's good to have a reference on hand containing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by K.B.
This was a present for my brother-in-law, he seemed to like it.Published 18 months ago by bjeanconn