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How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work: Shameless Tricks for Growing Radically Simple Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, Landscaping, and More [Paperback]

Jeff Bredenberg
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April 14 2009
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? It’s time to cheat—in a smart way. In How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work, 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

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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. He’s written three other books in the How to Cheat series and empowers homeowners to get things done faster, better, and cheaper.

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3.0 out of 5 stars too many uninteresting "credits" April 21 2012
By snow
Oh my. Every idea here, starts with a few whole lines dedicated to someone who either came up with the idea or who can verify it - Complete with where they work what they do. Now, I'm not THAT fast a reader that I want to add to my reading time, so I forced myself to skip these (many) lines. But it remained annoying. What I also found less than helpful, is the total lack of illustrations. Now, I could look up plant names on the Internet, but where handy garden tools were described, I really missed illustrations.

I have already read a similar book on gardening tips that actually was much more pleasant to read, by Jerry Barker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful April 17 2009
By T. Knisely - Published on
This would be a great book for anyone just starting out gardening, or anyone who gardens, but doesn't have a lot of time for reading gardening books. It contains lots of lists or "cheat sheets" that include suggestions for crop rotations, spacing for common vegatables, when to start seeds, low maintenance plants, good companion vegatables/bad combination vegatables, plants to attract benificial insects, and invasive plants. The book does not go into a lot of detail such as why certain plants are better planted together. Other topics covered include soil (also, an interesting cheat sheet on what the weeds that grow in your soil tell you about it), keeping weeds at bay, mulching, fertilizing, plant selection, watering, recommended veggie varieties, landscape design, raised beds, container gardening, composting, mowing, planting, and tools. While the book does not go into the detail other books do (there are whole books devoted to these topics), it contains a great deal of useful information.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems to be Jan. 14 2010
By Sonya M. Owens - Published on
I bought this book on the premise of learning "tricks" and "shortcuts" to use in my vegetable garden. If there were any, I didn't see them. This is just another gardening book. If you want easy tips, or tricks, buy one of Jerry Bakers books, because you're not going to get anything new here. Also, which is why I gave this 2 stars, is on the subject of Companion Planting. Page 126, titles under Good Companions in the vegetable Garden, it tells you tomatoes and carrots are great companions. THEN, on the VERY next page, under the heading "Bad Company" on page 129, it tells you to keep carrots and tomatoes AWAY from one another, as they aren't good for each other. HUH??? Someone needs to get their homework straight. If I can't trust that information, what else can't I trust thats written in this book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Cheat At Gardening And Yard Work Aug. 9 2009
By Bernice J. Miller - Published on
I love this book as it shows me how to control weeds and grass in my garden, plus many, many more valuable tips. I also like what it teaches about having a beautiful lawn and the care of my lawm mower. This will be one of my most treasured books. Bernice J. Miller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of nuggets April 18 2011
By peacereaper - Published on
As a beginning gardener, I found this book has some nuggets of useful information and common sense techniques. It is one of the better gardening books I've flipped through. Having done some prior research, there was a fair amount of info that I had already come across, but with all of the gardening specific books that's bound to happen.
5.0 out of 5 stars good info June 12 2013
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Lots I didn't know. .my sister had recommended this to me. Not your usual information, lots of tools and tricks new to me
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