Looking for a book on Trees, shrubs, perennials.

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by CK82, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
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    Hello,

    I am looking for zone (5 & 6) literature/books on various types of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Pictures, planting specifications, and any valuable information pertaining to would be ideal. I am in need of reference while bidding jobs. I am in zone 4-5 In Southern Wisconsin.

    Thank you for the help!

    ~Chris
     
  2. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
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    Any knowledgeable landscape contractors or nursery owners have suggestions on titles to look for?? Thank you.
     
  3. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is a must have.

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  4. jlcrox2

    jlcrox2 LawnSite Member
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    That is your answer. You do need to be able to ID plants to use it though.

    Truthfully, anymore, I go to the smart phone 1st.
     
  5. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can't tell if you were agreeing or being a smart ass. Oh well. But yes, books are kind of getting out dated unfortunately. I run my business off an iPad and am quick to just google something if I'm unsure. I'll never get rid of my books but they are getting a little dusty!
     
  6. jlcrox2

    jlcrox2 LawnSite Member
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    Sorry... I was agreeing 100% with you. I defer to Dirr a lot.
     
  7. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys, I will check it out.
     
  8. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    agreed. Buy this book
     
  9. JTLarson

    JTLarson LawnSite Member
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    If there is a college/community college that has a horticulture program in the area stop and check their book selection. Other ideas are to request pamphlets from growers or wholesalers. They contain a lot of useful information as well, and are usually free.
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  10. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The 2 main books I'd say are Dirr's (get the latest edition with color pictures) and Stills manual of herbaceous perennials.

    I don't look through them to much anymore but when I needed them they are the best
     

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