Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 15, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #760,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #67 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Lawns #542 in Books > Arts & Photography > Architecture > Landscape #1716 in Books > Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Plants
Summary: Picture Perfect is the ultimate resource for those who want to add even more beauty and interest to their grass by growing and maintaining healthier turf and cutting it in original and beautiful patterns.Review: Mr. Mellor is the Director of Grounds for the Boston Red Sox and is thoroughly knowledgeable about grass. His advice is sound, thorough, and easy-to-follow. He has you begin by testing your soil to see what it is missing, establishing your turf properly, fertilizing appropriately, fighting off weeds and disease, mowing properly with the right equipment, and solving problems.Once that grass is in place, he moves on to explain the art of adding patterns to the grass by using rollers with the mower to push the grass down. The color plates show many examples of this art form, which will intrigue you. If you are like me, you expected to see only geometric shapes using straight lines. Instead, you find gentle waves and delicate crossing patterns of all kinds.Having worked in my father's gardening business when I was a youngster, I wish I had known about establishing these patterns. It certainly would have helped to relieve the boredom of cutting the same yards in one of three patterns time after time.The directions are very helpful for how to deal with special problems, like temporary damage, making a mistake in the pattern, and repeating a pattern (you are encouraged to photograph your work to learn from what you have done).Picture Perfect also has a long list of resources you can access, especially from the Internet.Although the quality of the design and the printing are not as high as the contents deserve, the material is strong enough to carry the result to five star level.
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