Complemented by a CD-ROM containing color images of trees and shrubs in every season and a checklist of factors essential to selecting the right plant and guidlines for transforming one's yard with detailed instructions on planting, feeding, and pruning
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-276) and index
Part 1: The seeds of tree and shrub success -- The basics of trees and shrubs -- How trees and shrubs work -- What zone are you? -- Conditions for success -- You light up my life -- A look at elevation and moisture -- Analyzing your soil -- Part 2: The growth and life cycle of trees and shrubs -- Roots come first -- Aboveground growth -- Stop and smell the flowers -- Fun with fruit and foliage -- Designing your yard -- Buying trees and shrubs -- Planting tips -- Part 3: Tree and shrub maintenance -- Cool, clear water -- Pruning deciduous trees -- Pruning conifer trees and shrubs -- Mulching and fertilizing -- Everything ages -- Part 4: Tree and shrub diseases and damages -- Preventing major problems -- Making a diagnosis -- Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and more -- Beware: creatures! -- Insect alert!