Trees and Shrubs: The Essential and Definitive Guide (Collins Practical Gardener)

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9780007146543: Trees and Shrubs: The Essential and Definitive Guide (Collins Practical Gardener)

The bulk of this practical guide comprises a comprehensive directory of the most common trees and shrubs available. Entries include: background information on general characteristics, planting and care; a visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessed information on blossom colour, height, spread, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements; seasonal guides indicating when the plant is in blossom and fruit; a table of plant care with concise advice on soil, site, general care, pruning and pests and diseases; and expert tip boxes. The book opens with a practical guide to essential gardening techniques, which covers: assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade; where to buy and how to tell if the plant is healthy; planting with rootballs, exposed roots and plants in containers; creative ideas for planting combinations; caring for shrubs throughout the year; when and how to prune; and increasing your stock with propagation techniques. The book closes with a section on plant problems, comprising a trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem and a directory of all the pests and diseases you are likely to do battle with.

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Keith Rushforth is the leading expert on trees in Europe. He has written ten books on trees, shrubs, conifers and other horticultural subjects, including the Collins Wildlife Trust Trees of Britain and Europe (1999), Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guide to Trees (1980) and The Easy Tree Guide (Arum, 2001). He is a Chartered Forester and Arboricultural Consultant, and also a Member of the Institute of Horticulture, who delights in making hunting trips in search of plants.

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