The 23 Best Lawn and Garden Books to get the most out of your lawn and gardens this season

Written by Gene Caballero on August 07, 2018

Are you looking for the ultimate lawn care and gardening books?

Good news! We did the research and read all the not so helpful gardening guides to find the best ones so you wouldn't have to.

So here are the 23 best gardening books that I recommend that you read this year. There are 100’s even 1000’s of books on lawn care and gardening, but only a select few made this exclusive list.

What does this mean for you?

Whether you want to spruce up your lawn, invite wildlife onto your property, or grow an awesome veggie garden, these books are sure to teach something to even the most seasoned pros.

So what are you waiting for?

Dive in!

Do-It-Yourself Lawn Care

1) The Lawn Care Bible -- David Mellor

If you want a great book on professional level lawn care, well here you go. When he is not busy manicuring Fenway Park, David spends a lot of time writing about lawn care tips and techniques. Though he has many books on the topic, one of his most thorough publications is " The Lawn Care Bible".

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book is written by the caretaker of one of the most renowned sports stadiums in the world. You can rest assured that David knows exactly what he is talking about when it comes to creating the perfect lawn.

2) Everything Lawn Care -- Douglas Green

Here’s the deal, as the name suggests, this book covers everything about lawn care, and is perfect for any homeowner. If you are like many others, you want your lawn to be as sharp as possible. With the knowledge in " Everything Lawn Care" you will learn nearly everything there is to know about making your lawn as luscious as possible.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

In this book you will learn almost everything there is to learn about lawn care, including some organic methods, and it is the perfect book for the homeowner.

3) Organic Lawn Care Book -- By Howard Garrett

Look: from trees and shrubs to the blades of grass in your lawn, The Dirt Doctor has got you covered. In his book Organic Lawn Care he covers everything it takes to build healthy soil for your lawn, organically. Building a healthy, organic soil is the key to fighting off disease, and unlocking proper nutrients in your lawn. A healthy soil is only the first step in proper lawn care, this book goes much further.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book is one of a very few covering a totally organic method for caring for your lawn.

4) The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn -- Paul Tukey

Do you want to learn exactly what it takes to make the perfect lawn organically, and with little to no maintenance? Though you will still need to cut the grass, the methods Paul writes about in this book will make your dreams of achieving the perfect lawn an easy, environmentally friendly task.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book covers a lawn care program that will teach you how to make a low-maintenance lawn, organically!

Landscape Design

5) Designing with Palms -- Jason Dewees

Are you interested in adding palm trees to your landscape? In this extensive palm tree guide, you will learn about the different varieties of palms, proper planting techniques, pruning techniques, and most importantly how to plan your palm tree layout.

In Designing with Palms, Jason covers everything you will need to grow great palm landscapes.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This is simply the best book on the market when it comes to landscaping with palm trees. Whether you are a homeowner looking for a palm tree landscape, or a landscaper this book has got all the information you need to select, plant and care for palm trees.

6) The Know Maintenance Garden -- Roy Diblik

In my experience, this book has several great and easy to implement landscape planes. Following the steps in this book, and using the premade templates included within will allow you to create a great, easy to create a landscape that requires little to no maintenance, and looks great throughout the year. Roy Biblik imparts the knowledge that he has learned on his path to becoming a master landscape designer.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

So what can you do with this book? The garden plans illustrated in this book cannot be beaten, and anyone can follow their design.

7) From Apples to Zinnea’s the Northern Gardener -- Mary Schier

No doubt about it, if you live in the north, then you know that growing in northern climates is a real challenge. Not only is the growing season shorter, many plants can not survive the harsh northern winters. Mary Schier brings a rich collection of wisdom on what it takes to make a successful garden in the northern climates.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

Here is the deal, if you live in a northern climate, this is the perfect book for you. You will learn almost everything there is to know about growing in a northern climate.

Urban Gardening

8) Planting in a Post Wild World -- Thomas Rainer

You probably know that industrialization and the spread of urban areas has driven nature away from cities, and many neighborhoods. But here’s the deal, you can do something about it. In Planting in a Post Wild World, a new perspective is raised which combines a hybrid view which incorporates both the wild and the cultivated.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book challenges the notion that cities can not be a place where nature can exist. By inviting a new way of viewing your property, you can invite nature anywhere you may be living.

9) Brilliant & Wild: A Garden from Scratch in a Year -- Lucy Bellamy

Are you new to perennial gardening? Want to establish a low maintenance garden that comes back year after year, looks great, and won’t cost an arm and a leg? Then, this one is for you. With only a simple garden spade, you can make a lovely perennial garden in a matter of months with Brilliant & Wild.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book is unique in that it is intended for beginning perennial gardeners, and will teach if the novice how to create a low maintenance perennial garden.

10) Grow a Living Wall -- Shawana Coronado

For many people in cities, condos and apartments, growing space can be very limited. If this is the case for you, hanging gardens may be the perfect solution for you! In her book Grow a Living Wall, Shawana covers everything that it takes to grow a vertical or hanging garden.

Most people don’t know this, but hanging gardens can be great for those with chronic pain and/or arthritis. This is because hanging gardens are lower impact on your body as they require less time bending over or crouching down.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

When you think of gardening, you most likely think of gardening on the ground, but this book literally flips that perspective on its side, and shows you a new way to grow and gives you growing space you never knew you had.

11) Living Landscape -- by Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy

In this book, the authors combine their knowledge, and perspectives, with Rick’s knowledge of gardens and landscapes, and Doug’s knowledge of wildlife and entomology they lay out how to establish a living landscape.

It’s true, this book is perfect for anyone looking to combine a great looking landscape with their love of nature.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book combines the modern suburban landscape, with a more natural approach, and is perfect for anyone in suburban areas looking to invite more nature into their backyard.

Specialty Gardening

12)Building Natural Ponds - Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals -- Robert Pavlis

No gardening book list would be complete without a great book on building ponds. In this book you will learn how to build a pond that is simple to maintain.

Even better, by utilizing the techniques in this book, you can learn how to build a pond that can maintain itself. Now that's what I call efficiency! Not only will the ponds in this book be simple to maintain, they can even attract and sustain wildlife.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

You may think that building a backyard pond and making it look natural can be challenging, but this book covers the topic in such a way that makes it easy to build a natural pond anywhere.

13) The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse- How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse -- Lindsey Schiller with Marc Plinke

Let’s face it, in many places in the US the growing season is a bit short. Luckily there is a solution, round solar greenhouses.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could grow bananas and avocado trees almost anywhere in America? With the advice and techniques, in this book, based on the life experiences of Lindsey and Marc, you can

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book covers everything there is to operating a greenhouse, and can help you grow year round, in rain, shine or snow!

14) The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water -- Pam Penick

Now.. Many gardens and lawns across America are in drought-prone or water restricted areas. Because of this it is crucial to save as much water are possible, and in the water-saving garden you will learn the things you need to know to grow a beautiful garden, with as little water as possible.

Here’s the kicker, having spent many years gardening in central Texas, Pam has a lot of experience about what exactly it takes to make a garden that can survive in some of the most water restricted places in America, and she tells you all you need to know in The Water Saving Garden.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book thoroughly covers, everything it takes to create a drought resilient, and beautiful garden.

15) Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens -- Lisa Stelle

What gardening reading list would be complete without a book on chickens?

Most people don’t know this, but chickens are an excellent form of pest control. Not only will they gulp up many of those pesky invasive garden pests, they can also eliminate tick populations from your property, and don’t forget the eggs! In her book Lisa covers all there is to know about chickens. Planting herbs for chickens, building them homes and more.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

It gets better. This book covers how to not only raise chickens, but how to use them in your garden for pest control, and fertilization as well.

Fun Reading

16) A Year in the Life of Beth Chatto's Gardens -- Beth Chatto

Beth Chatto, who passed earlier this year was perhaps one of the most influential British gardeners. In this book you will find the many wonderful gardens that she worked on throughout her life. This is a great summer read for anyone that is looking for an easy fun read, that celebrates the life of one of Britain's most influential gardeners.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

Why does this matter? The landscapes of Britain are amazing, and Beth has worked on some of the best of them, this book covers her life and works.

 

17) Potted and Pruned -- Carol Michell

In her book Potted and Pruned, Carol takes you on an adventure through years of gardening experience. Combining both wisdom and great storytelling this is a summer read that anyone can be sure to enjoy.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:<

What's the real story? This book talks about gardening in a way that creates a type of interpersonal relationship between people and plants, and it creates an interesting look at plants and our relationships with them.

18) The Ever Curious Gardener -- Lee Reich

In my experience, Lee Covers some very interesting content in his new book. In this book Lee goes deeper into the art of gardening by answering some curious questions such as why petting your cucumber plants will help them to grow more fruit, and how to help your trees sleep. This book is definitely interesting, and answers some questions that even the most experienced gardeners would like to know.

What you'll learn:

What makes this book unique:

Instead of focusing on the questions people always ask, Lee dives deeper into the garden and finds questions most of us would never think to ask, and the results are fascinating. This book can reopen your eyes to the magic that lays in your gardens.

It gets better. This book covers how to not only raise chickens, but how to use them in your garden for pest control, and fertilization as well.

Environmental Gardening

19) A New Garden Ethic - Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future -- Benjamin Vogt

You may know that with the modern concerns regarding the rapid loss of natural habitats, many find themselves looking for ways that they can help cultivate a better habitat in their own gardens and lawns. In his book “ A New Garden Ethic”, Benjamin covers the importance of getting back to our natural roots, and how we can do so with our own gardens.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book is unique in that it covers a proactive solution for the modern concerns about environmental issues in a way that anyone can implement.

20) Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres -- Pam Dawling

If growing food for you and your family isn’t quite enough to satisfy your green thumb, this is the perfect book for you. In this book you will learn about crop rotation, planning your gardens, harvesting and storing your crops.

Best of all, this book will help you gain the skills it takes to produce healthy crops, and make a bit of profit while doing it. Whether you are looking to improve your existing market selection, or are just getting started, there is a lot in this book for you learn from.

What you'll learn:

What makes this book unique:

Many of us garden for ourselves, but not many consider taking the product to market, this book introduces a perspective and possible business that many of us have not considered.

Pollinators

21) The MONARCH: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly -- Kylee Baumle

Here’s the thing, many bugs are an absolutely essential for producing a healthy ecosystem. Perhaps one of the most astounding is the monarch butterfly, which travel over 3000 miles each fall to Mexico from some of the northernmost parts of the America. That is just the beginning, be sure to check this book out.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

What does this mean for you? This book covers everything there is to know about the monarch butterfly, from its amazing life cycle, to its preferred habitats.

22) Beginning Top Bar Beekeeping book - The Thinking Beekeeper -- Christy Hemenway

Have you ever wanted to dip your hands into beekeeping? Beekeeping is a great hobby, and the rewards couldn’t be sweeter. Whether you are a seasoned beekeeper who is looking to advance his practice, or just entertaining the idea of becoming one, this book is for you.

In this book you'll learn all about:

What makes this book unique:

This book covers everything there is to know about beekeeping, it includes information for beginners and pros alike, and includes a diagram which you can use to track your colonies progress.

23) 100 Plants to Feed the Bees - The Xerces Society

Last but certainly not least on the list is the Xerces Society's 100 Plants to save the Bees. With the rapid declines in bee populations caused be neonicotinoids and lack of food availability, it is more important than ever to bee sure to leave some food for the bees. In this book homeowners, landscapers and apartment dwellers can learn how to create a bee healthy habitat. Even if you only have a small strip of growing space, you can still help protect these precious insects.

What you'll learn:

What makes this book unique:

The Xerces Society is committed to the conservation all invertebrates, especially the pollinators. This book was written entirely dedicated to supporting bee populations and reversing the effects the over use of pesticides and monocrop agriculture has taken on our planet.

 

So, Whats the Bottom Line?

With all of the books on lawn care and gardening out there it can be difficult to decide which ones are the best. With this list you now have the tools you need to choose the best of them. Share this list with you friends and family, there is a book on this list for everyone!

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