The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance

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9781552977422: The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance

A practical guide for growing healthy trees.

As the most dominant and permanent feature in any garden, trees establish a landscape's character more than any other plant. A well-chosen tree in the right location adds color, form, and dimension.

Moreover, trees can filter the air of pollutants, muffle noise, screen the sun, calm the wind, attract birds, reduce soil erosion, raise the water table, and increase property values. Knowing which varieties to grow and how to maintain them is a must for anyone who owns trees or is considering planting one.

The Tree Doctor is a comprehensive manual for tree selection, care, and maintenance. The authors cover the options to consider before buying and what to look for when making your selection.

Other topics include: tree placement; choosing a healthy tree from a nursery; proven urban varieties; detailed planting, pruning, and watering instructions; protecting trees from pests, disease, and weather; diagnosing problems; identifying hazardous trees; and how to hire qualified experts when needed.

The Tree Doctor is an easy-to-understand guide for growing healthy trees that will benefit generations to come.

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About the Author:

Daniel Prendergast is a professional arborist who has worked for one of North America's largest tree care companies and is a certified member of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Erin Prendergast works at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Review:

If you need some maintenance advice for your trees, [this book] is a good place to start. (The American Gardener)

This work is a neat book, prepared by a professional arborist, in a refreshing and easy-to-understand style... well written and a valuable reference for the home gardener. (James Flynn Jr. American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35)

The definitive reference on trees... abounds with all sorts of great tips. (Floral and Nursery Times 2003-08-13)

Enlightened advice... essential points are meticulously illustrated through well-defined photographs, detailed diagrams, and straightforward text. (Carol Haggas Booklist 2003-10-01)

Nicely illustrated and accessible... addresses the fundamental do's and don'ts. The simple act of planting a tree is fraught with potential mistakes. (Adrian Higgins Washington Post 2003-12-11)

It demonstrates that it is important to research thoroughly when choosing trees to shade our homes. (Joanne S. Carpender Newsletter National Garden Clubs)

An excellent, readable, superbly illustrated guide. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator 2003-09-18)

Brimming with useful information. (Valerie Kuklenski Los Angeles Daily News 2003-10-22)

Combining the reader-friendliness of [popular media articles] with (at least some of) the depth and authority of [textbooks on arboriculture]... This is an excellent information source. (HortIdeas)

A fount of information for the novice, and even for the more experienced... the illustrations are breathtaking and educational... This book continues the tradition of excellence for all Firefly Books. This book is highly recommended. (Sue Norman E-Streams)

Great... a basic reference book for taking care of those trees... a must for anyone who has -- and appreciates -- trees. (Scripps Howard News Service 2004-01-09)

Helping homeowners protect their investments... topics... include choosing a tree and a site, planting properly, caring for the tree, pruning and diagnosing problems. (Marh Beth Breckenridge Chicago Tribune 2003-12-26)

Packed with tips for preventative care and maintenance, as well as solutions to tree problems. (Rosemary Herbert Boston Herald 2003-12-21)

Homeowners with trees on their property will do well to read this informative book... The photos and illustrations are specific, informative, making how-to sections easy to follow. (Jim Carlson Country Almanac)

Excellent illustrations and full color photographs make the text easy to understand... Highly recommended for its practical information, this book should be on the shelves of all gardeners, land developers, and civic officials concerned with the care of trees. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Current Books on Gardening and Botany [Chicago Bot)

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