The gardener's guide to prairie plants

Neil Diboll

Book - 2023

"With over a thousand photos of prairie plants at key stages of development, this comprehensive guide will provide the novice or experienced gardener or landscaper interested in the world of prairie plants with the means to identify, cultivate, and nurture these incredible plants. From helping bird and butterfly migrations and improving food sources for wildlife to other benefits such as a reduced need for fertilization, water, and pest control, there are many ecological and financial reaso...ns to embrace native prairie plants"--

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Chicago : London : The University of Chicago Press 2023.
Physical Description
636 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Neil Diboll (author)
Other Authors
Hilary Cox (author)
  • How to use this book
  • History and ecology of the prairie
  • Understanding your soil
  • Designing, planting, and maintaining prairie gardens
  • Prairie species pages. Monocots; Dicots; Grasses and sedges
  • Establishing a successful prairie meadow
  • Burning your prairie safely (and having fun, too!)
  • Propagating prairie plants from seed
  • Propagating prairie plants vegetatively
  • The prairie food web
  • Prairie-seed mixes
  • Tables.
Review by Library Journal Review

Natural-lawn enthusiasts will rejoice at this incredibly thorough volume about native prairie plants. Prairie Nursery president/consulting ecologist Diboll and landscape designer/botanist/photographer Cox provide charts that detail what botanists and science-savvy gardeners need to know as they explore and plan a prairie garden. The book includes pictures of 148 selected plants in every phase of growth so that gardeners can identify each and avoid accidentally pulling new growth in the mistaken belief that it is a weed. There are also descriptions of the plants and instructions on how to recognize when plants have gone to seed. There's even a section for novices about confusing look-alikes. And it doesn't stop there. Curious gardeners can learn about pollinators and pests, expectations for specific fertilizers, safe ways to burn small or large prairie sections, and best practices for determining and adjusting the quality of the soil. VERDICT An excellent addition to any library, this plant guide will prove to be a lasting resource for gardeners and nature lovers.--Elizabeth Majka

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