The Prairie Short Season Yard

Creating and maintaining the perfect yard on the prairies isn’t as hard as you might think, but the short growing season doesn’t give you much time to transform your winter-weary yard into a glorious garden. To help homeowners in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba get the jump on the short season, popular gardening expert Lyndon Penner has created the essential guide to a quick and beautiful yard in the prairie provinces.
With gardening smarts, style and wit, Lyndon covers everything both novice and expert gardeners need to know, along with tips you won’t find anywhere else. Contains more than 200 beautiful, colour photos.

Quickly find what you need to know about climate zones, soil, colour, texture and shade.
Understand your yard’s potential.
Pick the best bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs for your yard.
Deal with insects and plant diseases in environmentally friendly ways.
Shop smarter at garden centres.
Attract animals you want to your garden, and keep away the ones you don’t.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 7
Introduction 10
Part One: Gardening Wisdom 13
1 Location, location, location 14
2 Soil: Tilling it like it is 33
3 Maintaining your garden 53
4 Nuts and bolts of gardening 61
5 Plant diseases 80
6 Creepy crawlies 89
7 Gardening with animals 105
Part Two: Shopping with Lyndon 127
8 The garden market 128
9 Look like a garden genius with bulbs 145
10 The perennial question 158
11 Trees and shrubs 189
Acknowledgements 248
Photograph Credits 250
Plant Lists 251
Index 252