Best (in my opinion) Gardening and Lawn Care Books

Keeping your lawn in prime condition can be difficult to achieve, but with the proper knowledge of lawn care, it’s attainable.

Whether you’re a homeowner, greenskeeper, or lawn enthusiast, there’s a bunch of lawn care books that are sure to provide you with essential information on how to keep your sod lush green and healthy with minimal effort.

Without further ado, here are the Top 7 Lawn Care Books that you can add to your arsenal of books to read.

The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year by David R. Mellor – April 16, 2003

The Lawn Bible

 A “Gospel of Grass” as Fendway Park’s master groundkeeper and sports turf expert David Mellor puts it — this book is specially made for lawn fanatics who want to take their lawn care skills to the next level. Here, you can find a gold mine of information and serious pro tips to get a professionally manicured lawn.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • The right combination of soil and grass seed.
  • Ways to makes your lawn child-friendly.
  • Tips for watering, fertilizing and mowing.
  • Techniques to win the war on weeds, pests, and disease.

Packaging/ Design:

The Lawn Care Bible comes in a paperback version.

Pros:

  • Provides you with a wealth of information that goes beyond the basics.
  • Gives a very vast description of all grass.
  • On the lawn pests section, you’ll find illustrations of the insects that plague lawn owners and lists ways to get rid of them.
  • Very easy to read, with information thoughtfully presented and well-organized.
  • Cheaper than the other gardening books in the market.

Cons:

  • No actual photos or full-color pictures
  • While it helps you identify all kinds of grass and weeds, it doesn’t teach you ways to correct or solve the problem.
  • The book only talks only about lawns in the USA. The tips are not applicable for lawns in other countries, particularly in the UK.

Recommendation:

If you want to take your lawn very seriously and you don’t mind investing in getting the perfect lawn, this is highly recommended for you.

Green Grass Magic: Tips, Tricks, and Tonics for Growing the Toe-Ticklinest Turf in Town! By Jerry Baker– April 1, 2004

Green Grass Magic

Jerry Baker’s Green Grass Magic is all about using “chemical-free” treatment for your lawn. This 384-page guide proves that getting a healthy turf is possible without spending too much; that is, by simply using common household items to make fertilizers for your grass.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • Recipes for homemade tonics to spruce up your grass and make them healthy from seed to sod.
  • Basic tips on mowing, watering and other lawn care essentials i.e. using Epsom salts to cure yellow grass or mouthwash to get rid of bugs, etc.
  • A detailed lawn-care calendar offers seasonal advice on maintaining a thick, green lawn.

Packaging/ Design:

This book is available in hardcover and paperback formats.

Pros:

  • Most tonics are easy to prepare using household items like soap, mouthwash, beer, baking soda, and spices, among others.
  • You can treat your grass with natural and inexpensive products, thus, saving you money.

 Cons:

  • The tonics are a lot of work and will take time to get your desired results. They must also be used with care to avoid harming the soil’s natural condition.
  • Some formulas are outdated; the utilized terms and procedures are either extinct or are a thing of the past.
  • Most municipalities have banned the use of other items like phosphorus.

Recommendation:

If you want to grow healthy grass using safe, natural, and cheap products, you can benefit from the tried and tested recipes in this guide. For gardening beginners, green thumbs, and DIY enthusiasts, this is a good book to start.

Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard by Scotts, Nick Christians Ph.D. Dave Mellor (Editor), & 1 more – February 13, 2007

Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard by Scotts

Scotts Lawns is one of the highly-rated comprehensive guides to lawn care, which offers a range of lawn care methods, from a minimalist maintenance plan to a more painstaking program for a superior, pest-resistant lawn.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • It covers topics on planting, fertilizing, mowing, and watering.
  • A section dedicated to troubleshooting and dealing with weeds, diseases, and pests.
  • Gives updated information, techniques, and products you can use to cultivate a healthy lawn
  • With special information on sportscaping.

Packaging/ Design:

The book comes in paperback and waterproof spiral-bound format for outdoor use. The texts are accompanied by practical images, tables, and charts for easy reference.

Pros:

  • Elaborates the “dos and the don’ts” of landscaping.
  • Easy to understand with expert tips shared in layman’s terms
  • Gives you many options for how you want to care for your lawn
  • Provides a gold mine of information not often discussed in other lawn care books, such as how to take care of your mower, what to do after flooding or hurricanes, and other troubleshooting techniques, etc.
  • Packed with colorful pictures to help you identify the problems regarding weeds and pests.

Cons:

  • If you already have the Scotts My Lawn app, there’s no need to buy the physical book. The app has even more features like seedling tracking, weed identification, and a fertilizer calendar.
  • Inadequate information on lawn maintenance in transition zones i.e. what warm and cool-season grasses are the best match in a transition zone, or mowing/feeding frequency in winter when a cool-season grass takes over the warm season grass, etc.
  • The paperback is quite pricey.

Recommendation:

Whether you’re a novice or professional, Scott’s Lawns is a great guide in maintaining and repairing lawns.

Lawn Care for Dummies Paperback by Lance Walheim – February 12, 1998

Lawn Care for Dummies

Lance Walheim and the gardening experts at the National Gardening Association have made it easier to achieve a spectacular lawn through the Lawn Care For Dummies. This 368-page comprehensive manual offers valuable tips on just about anything, from designing your lawn, choosing grass, and preparing the soil, to choosing from low-maintenance to high-maintenance lawn.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • Three parts that cover: designing your lawn, choosing grass, and preparing the soil
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of planting a lawn from seed or starting one from sod
  • The proper method in watering your lawn
  • Choosing a mower that’s right for your grass type
  • How to deal effectively with wicked weeds and pesky insects
  • How to create alternative lawns, such as ground cover plants, decks, and patios

Packaging/ Design

Lawn Care For Dummies features photos illustrating well-landscaped lawns across the world.

Pros:

  • Emphasizes environmentally friendly methods on maintenance and fighting pests and disease
  • You’ll find guidance on issues gardening books often overlook, such as drought protection, in-ground irrigation systems, and dealing with lawn clippings and leaves.
  • This book helped us learn so much about lawn care in general, as well as how to take care of pesky weeds.
  • Full of useful information and very well organized

Cons:

  • The book is tailored to the US market
  • Diseases, climate problems, and weeds mentioned in the book don’t have relevance in the UK.
  • No “Full-color section”, but black and white photocopies of pictures on the book

Recommendation:

Despite its age and lack of color photographs, Lawn Care for Dummies remains one of the best lawn care books. If you’re a homeowner or a beginner to lawn care, I’m pretty sure you’ll learn a thing or two from this comprehensive guide.

Weeds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press) by Alexander C. Martin – April 14, 2001

Weeds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide about weeds that “cause billions of dollars annually in crop loss and control measures”, identifying the beneficial and harmful ones, this is a book to add to your reading list.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • The harm that weeds cause
  • Benefits from weeds
  • Major weed habitats

 Packaging/ Design:

The book is available in both paperback and electronic versions. It has full-color illustrations and descriptive text identifying the principal weeds and weed groups that invade lawns, gardens, fields, and roadsides.

The paperback format is the perfect size to slip into a shirt pocket.

 Pros:

  • The first book to consult if you want to identify weeds in your area.
  • It covers all those problem weeds that you can find in the Midwest.
  • The pictures and text are excellent.
  • Very affordable.

Cons:

  • The descriptions are detailed, but the book is not well-organized to find the weed you’re looking for.
  • There are several weeds not included in the book.
  • The book gives no information on getting rid of weeds; rather, it simply contains basic identification.

Recommendation:

If you’re a neophyte gardener who wants to learn how to identify which weeds are useful and which are not, this book is perfect for you!

Everything Lawn Care by Douglas Green – March 1, 2001

Everything Lawn Care by Douglas Green

You don’t need to be a green thumb to get a well-manicured lawn, and this is what Everything Lawn Care wants to prove. Through this book, you’ll learn how to nurture and maintain your lawn based on your property’s needs – and according to your lifestyle. Douglas Green shares professional knowledge as a former specialist nursery owner through his easy-to-follow instructions, clear charts, and pro tips on how you can perfect your lawn no matter what condition it is in.

What you’ll find in this book:

  • How to select the best grass for your climate
  • Ways to seed, establish, and water your lawn
  • How to mow and edge properly
  • Methods to fertilize and winterize
  • Tackles issues on weeds and harmful bugs

Packaging/ Design:

The book is available in the paperback version. It’s filled with easy-to-follow charts, professional pointers, and a full-color insert packed with photos. It is worth an investment since it is reasonably priced.

Pros:

  • The book covers organic fertilizers and standard, organic pest control and standard, and organic disease control and standard.
  • Very informative
  • Contains everything you need to know about your lawn and your yard care.
  • Easy to read and understand.

Cons:

  • Some tips may not apply to other areas or countries.

Recommendation:

Everything Lawn Care is a great addition if you want to get rid of your yard problems safely and efficiently. With plenty of essential information on lawn care, the book promises that you’ll have the lawn of your dreams.

The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn by Paul Tukey– January 30, 2007

The Organic Lawn Care Manual

Creating a stunning, pesticide-free lawn may take a lot of work, but it’s possible, thanks to Paul Tukey’s The Organic Lawn Care Manual. This manual covers everything you need to know to grow and maintain a luscious, thriving lawn using organic gardening methods.

 What you’ll find in this book:

  • Covers a topic on soil structure and how to improve it
  • Introduces various types of grass
  • Tips on how to start a lawn from scratch
  • How to deal with pests and bugs using without using chemicals
  • Natural lawn foods to use
  • Watering do’s and don’ts
  • A monthly Lawn Care Calendar, which outlines organic lawn maintenance by regions, as well as an appendix on lawn games

Packaging/ Design:

This is a full-color, glossy-paged book filled with scores of illustrative drawings and photos. The book is available in electronic, hardcover, and paperback formats.

Pros:

  • Explains well the science of healthy soil provides information on various types of grass
  • Clearly describes how and why chemicals hurt the health of your lawn, your pets, and your family.
  • It offers suggestions on how best to nourish and maintain a lawn undamaged by bugs and weeds without using chemicals.
  • It provides some good techniques like dethatching and methods of landscaping
  • The writing is clear and easy to understand; very educational
  • Easy to search for specific topics with its table of contents and index

Cons:

  • The content can be predictable, like any other “organic” books
  • Not very technical, although the writer shows a lot of enthusiasm.
  • It only serves as an introduction to organic lawn care.

Recommendation:

This book is a good introduction if you’re opting for organic lawn care. It also provides sound advice if you’re concerned about the safety of your children and animals when they come into contact with your lawn or landscape.

Have you taken your pick? What do you think are the best lawn care and gardening books?

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Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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