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Weeds In The Urban Landscape Where They Come from, Why They're Here, and How to Live with Them

Field / Identification Guide
By: Richard Orlando(Author)
382 pages, b/w illustrations
Weeds In The Urban Landscape
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  • Weeds In The Urban Landscape ISBN: 9781623172114 Paperback May 2018 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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Richard Orlando provides the only book to discuss weeds commonly found in urban environments, offering detailed descriptions of 189 common weeds, explaining their families and characteristics, and suggesting strategies for managing their presence in the garden and field. Though Orlando focuses on weeds that grow in the San Francisco Bay area, many of the featured plants are found across the U.S.

A field guide for the urban explorer, gardener, or armchair enthusiast, this engagingly written book traces the history of weeds as they migrated out of the Middle East with human tribes, examines how they spread across Europe and the Americas, details the folklore surrounding them, and explains their role in the evolution of agriculture and human civilizations, and their many uses for medicine, food, animal fodder, and soil enhancement. Abundant illustrations enhance the text and facilitate plant identification. An annotated bibliography and index of botanical names, in addition to a detailed explanation of Integrated Pest Management, make this an essential reference for anyone with an interest in the world outside our doors.

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Richard Orlando worked for over twenty-five years as the lead gardener at UC Berkeley and has for nearly thirty years taught classes on weeds and gardening. He has led trainings for pesticide handlers and continues to offer consulting services as an arborist, in addition to continuing to teach.

Field / Identification Guide
By: Richard Orlando(Author)
382 pages, b/w illustrations
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