Another thread asked about useful apps for use when out and about. I carry a small selection of books to which I can refer if necessary. Just wondering what books other landscapers refer to regularly.
In the van I have:
Pruning Bible: George Brown's Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. ( I bought 20 copies wholesale prices when at college and sold 19 at a small profit in pre Amazon days). Second choice: RHS Pruning & Training, good pictures
Weeds: Collins Wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe...(Know your enemy!)
Pests etc: Pests ,Diseases and Disorders of Garden plants by Stefan Buczacki (what happened to him?) & Keith Harris
Plant ID/Conditions: Readers Digest Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and flowers; Hillier manual of Trees and shrubs; RHS Guides (3) Shrubs and Climbers, Garden Trees, Perennials
Trees: Alan Mitchell's Trees of Britain and Northern Europe
Vegetables: Hessayon's The Vegetable Expert:(Some may turn their nose up, but I have all the expert books handy at home.)
All in an old briefcase...find I can answer most of my own and customers' queries with these.
What does anybody else recommend? And please avoid pornography...the one from which the customer shows you a photo and demands the same in their garden eg wildflower meadow looking like the photo for 12 months of the year!
i like my spons book, great for values and calculations.
Collins, Trees of britain & europe
various rhs plant books
and my tree climbing book, great for knots and basic techniques.
having over 200books its hard to find a place in my van for them, mayby i will build a bookshelf.
Used most often here:
RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
RHS Plants for Places (a bit limited due to size)
A Flower Book for the Pocket (Skene, 1935!) - invaluable for identifying wild flowers and weeds
Plant Problems by Stefan Buczacki
Plantign Companions by Jill Billington