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  Product Description-The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural,
       Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn
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 lawncare 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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Customer Reviews:
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful Thorough, balanced (and scary), February 19, 2007 By A. Dolan (Malden, MA
USA)
  This review is from: The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn
(Paperback) This is the first organic gardening book I've purchased. And I literally read it the same way I read fiction - cover to
cover. I found Paul's narrative style, with family pictures and hardcore science simply fun to read. While many of the statistics
are scary (e.g., more gasoline is spilled refilling lawn and garden equipment than was spilled from the Exxon Valdez!) Paul
avoids being preachy. The book follows a logical sequence with chapters focused on specific steps -e.g. evaluating what you
have, pros and cons of different transitions, watering, weeds, pests, and even games to play on nice grass! He provides plenty
of warnings of how initially your lawn may not look as good, but the end result is worth it. Although Paul's base is in Maine, he
seemed to cover the country pretty well. As a result of reading this book, I plan to make the transition this year.

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful Decent, but light on real information, June 8, 2008 By riotbrrd "riotbrrd" (Los
Gatos, CA USA)
This review is from: The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn
(Paperback) This book is like too many "green" or "organic" books lately. It spends as much time arguing for its existence (i.e.
why you should manage your lawn organically) as it does providing practical information for how to do it successfully. OK, I
bought the book already -- you don't need to convince me!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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful

Anyone can create a beautiful, healthy low-input lawn, May 15, 2007 By Mark H. Follansbee (Scarborough, ME United States)
  This review is from: The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn
(Paperback) Paul describes in plain English how to break the synthetic chemical addiction for our lawns and gardens. In the
book, Paul explains how organic methods can be used to work with nature (rather than against it) to create a beautiful, healthy
low-input lawn. The book is clearly organized and can be used as a how-to manual for people who are new to organic methods
or an excellent resource for experienced readers who want to try other approaches. Paul's book also has some fantastic photos
of brewing some compost tea!

				
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