Synopses & Reviews
For most homeowners, the landscape is a big green monster, demanding all manner of hard labor to keep it happy. Who ever imagined that so much of adult life would be devoted to raking, tilling, trimming, mowing, digging . . . and cursing bulky and expensive power tools? Surely not Jeff Bredenberg, who recommends that we all learn to “cheat.” In How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work, Bredenberg offers down-to-earth, friendly-neighbor-next-door advice and new, easier ways of doing gardening and yard work without sacrificing results. By cutting corners in a smart way, selecting maintenance-free plants, and using technology and innovative products, busy readers can shave hours off the time they spend laboring on the lawn and garden. How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work covers every important topic of gardening and yard work: landscape design, soil, flowers, vegetables, trees, containers, tools, and pests. From how to start the world’s simplest compost pile to learning to garden with a minimum of bending over; from how to develop healthy soil without ever testing it to a simple planning trick that will have passersby gaping at the flowers, these tips will delight avid gardeners, time-pressed homeowners, and weekend warriors everywhere, yet still produce a yard and garden to be proud of.
Do you love the look of a stunning flowerbed or a nice expanse of lawn bordered by attractive shrubs, but don't have time to spend the whole weekend in your backyard? Its time to cheat—in a smart way. In How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work by Jeff Bredenberg, you'll find hundreds of work-reducing, time-saving, cost-cutting gardening tips that will reward you with the best-looking yard and garden you've ever had with less work than ever before. Cheating on garden and yard tasks is part attitude adjustment, part shortcuts, and part simplicity—with a healthy dose of making clever choices. You'll discover effective and efficient methods to complete just about every garden project, chore, cleanup, or predicament you'll face. Set aside the things you've done for years and discover: -How the right tool can save you time—and save your back -That doing less for your lawn actually means better results -Why planting a diversion crop cuts down on your pest-patrol efforts That groundcovers and foliage plants are no-hassle solutions for weedy flowerbeds
About the Author
Jeff Bredenberg has authored, coauthored, and edited more than 20 titles, and he frequently shares his how-to tips in TV and radio appearances and newspaper and magazine articles. Hes written three other books in the How to Cheat series and empowers homeowners to get things done faster, better, and cheaper.