Roots Demystified:

Change your gardening habits to help roots thrive

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Roots Demystified:

Change your gardening habits to help roots thrive

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Roots Demystified:

Change your gardening habits to help roots thrive

Roots Demystified is the only book in print for gardeners with such an extensive variety of root illustrations. There are twenty-five meticulous drawings produced by horticultural researchers who actually dug, troweled, dusted, mapped, and drew their way through entire growing root systems, down to the tiniest root. The resulting illustrations are a revelation of the beauty contained in the actual patterns, and habits of rooting plants. Guidelines also provide a home gardener with tips for the practical use of the new information.

Did you know? About 90% of a tree’s roots are to be found in the top 18 inches of the soil. At the end of its first year’s growth, an apple tree can incorporate as many as 17,000,000 root hairs with a total length of well over a mile! The glorious magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), can grow roots 3.77 times wider than the dripline. Or, a measly turnip can produce roots that explore 100 cubic feet of soil (enough “dirt” to fill 20-25 wheelbarrows), and the roots of the lowly lima-bean bush as much as 200 to 225 cubic feet. There’s plenty more inside. Dig in!

The book has a total of 70 B&W illustrations. The book is 168 pages of text, illustrations, appendices, bibliography, and index. The cover is full color and the inside B&W.

• 168 pages
• 70 easy to understand illustrations
• Publisher: Metamorphic Press (2008)

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Chapter 1 - How Roots Grow

Chapter 2 - Humus & Mulch

Chapter 3 - Lawns

Chapter 4 - Weaver’s Lone Prairie, or God’s Very Own Lawn

Chapter 5 - Shrubs

Chapter 6 - Vegetables

Chapter 7 - Surface Cultivation & No-Till Gardening

Chapter 8 - Fruit Tree Roots

Chapter 9 - Native & Ornamental Trees

Chapter 10 - The Good Fungus Among Us

Chapter 11 - Trees Water Their Neighbors (and themselves)

Chapter 12 - Trees & Hardscape

Chapter 13 - Trees That Belong Far Away From (or In) Lawns

Chapter 14 - Selecting Trees & Shrubs

Chapter 15 - Planting Trees & Shrubs

Chapter 16 - Planting Root-Bound Trees & Shrubs

Appendix 1 - Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Appendix 2 - Legumes to Improve Your Soil

Appendix 3 - Searching for Tube-Grown Plants

Appendix 4 - A Short List of Shrubs

Appendix 5 - More Trees That Can Also Grow in Lawns

Appendix 6 - Some Trees and Shrubs Susceptible to Phytophthora

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