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Watch Out! Errors and invasives recommended.
on August 13, 2009
This book contains a lot of good advice on an important subject. But, while multiflora rose is aptly noted a menace, the author has "learned to live with it" instead of instructing readers to eradicate it. A number of invasive species are discussed as though they're just another option for the reader to plant; privet hedge, myrtle, wintercreeper, wisteria, miscanthus, japanese barberry. The use of these plants should be discouraged, especially given the fact you can buy them at any home improvement or garden center. The problem is, they escape cultivation and disrupt natural systems by reducing biodiversity.
Another concern is the caption for the photo on page 45 mislabels a dwarf spruce as a blue rug juniper. Let's hope that was an editing oversight but, it's not something I'd think Rodale would be comfortable having in publication.