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Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard icon by Marilyn Rogers, Nick Christians

Comments:  Basic lawn care how-to from a respected source.

Get the showcase lawn you've always wanted with this comprehensive guide, packed with expert tips and information from turf professionals.

• Complete information on the newest techniques and products you can use to cultivate a superior lawn, plus special information on sportscaping.

• 32 additional pages allow this revised and expanded second edition to include the newest information, techniques, and products for cultivating a showcase lawn.

• Special information on sportscaping for outdoor enthusiasts.

• Contributing writer David Mellnor shares his experience as groundskeeper for the Boston Red Sox.

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The Organic Lawn Care Manual icon by Paul Tukey, Nell Newman
Comments:  Good if you’re interested in the organic approach to lawns.
In the modern suburban landscape, beautiful, green lawns are perhaps the most ubiquitous feature of all. It’s difficult to imagine a friendly neighborhood without broad, clean stretches of neatly shorn grass. More and more in recent years, those lawns are evolving into organic systems as homeowners — concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on their children, their pets, and the environment — turn to natural methods to keep their yards healthy and inviting, and, yes, still green and lush, too.
 
Paul Tukey, a self-confessed mowing addict, answers the growing demand for organic grass with a comprehensive volume of natural lawn care information. Step-by-step, he takes readers through the many elements that work together to form a healthy, organic lawn. Well-treated soil, fed properly with compost and natural fertilizers, is the foundation of every great lawn. Plant it with a grass cultivar matched properly to the climate and sunlight, nourish the soil and grass with the proper amount of water, and maintain the height with a good mower equipped with a sharp blade. A beautiful, naturally maintained lawn can be as simple as that.
 

An organic, healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds and pests, but when unwanted visitors creep in, Tukey is ready with Weed and Thug ID Guides and advice on dispatching them naturally or learning to live with the benign offenders. Tukey also provides helpful advice for lawnkeepers making the transition from a synthetic to an organic lawn system. It’s all here — everything today’s homeowner needs to keep his lawn off drugs, and make it an inviting living and play area for the whole family.     

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Now you can have green grass right in your own backyard, thanks to David Mellor, master groundskeeper of Boston's Fenway Park.
Everyone wants a green lawn, but how do you actually get one? Bags of fertilizer? Weed killer? Sod? What about mowing? Everyone knows how to, but do you really know when to? Fenway Park's master groundskeeper David Mellor does. He's been caring for some of the nicest lawns around for years. In The Lawn Bible, Mellor offers you everything you need to know about lawn care for your part of the country, including planting, mowing, feeding, and troubleshooting, as well as tips, illustrations, and anecdotes.
Whether your yard is full shade, full sun, or something in between, David Mellor will help you transform it into the greenest grass of your dreams.
The Gospel of Grass, according to David:
  • How to think like a lawn
  • How to make a lawn child-friendly and a child lawn-friendly
  • What combination of good soil, good seed, and good sun adds up to a great lawn

  • The mechanics and artistry of mowing

  • How to win the war on weeds, pests, and disease

David Mellor is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in agriculture and a specialty in agronomy/turfgrass management and landscape horticulture. He has cared for some of the greenest lawns in the nation -- the ballparks used by the California Angels, San Francisco Giants, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Boston Red Sox, where he is currently master groundskeeper. He acts as a sports turf field consultant  nationwide, speaking regularly to organizations around the country. He lives in Boston.

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Lawn Care for Dummies icon by The National Gardening Association, Lance Walheim
 
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“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.

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The Lawn Care Business Guide is a complete guide to starting and running your own successful lawn care business. The guide covers topics such as getting new customers, how to move from residential to commercial customers, how to estimate, add on businesses you can do in the off-season, and more.
 
Not only does the lawn care guide take you through all the necessary steps to start your own lawn care service business from scratch, it also includes many example forms, letters, proposals, and more. It covers everything from business cards to proper cutting technique, from marketing your growing business to time and business management. This book is a must-read for any professional in the lawn care business!