Fundamentals for the home gardener from landscaping to lilac, intended for the home owner interested in a pleasant, modest, functional garden. Mr. Schuler wisely begins by warning the amateur to plan his garden in the full awareness of all the recreational and very practical uses to which the lot will be put. Function first, then aesthetics! There are a few new twists, not known generally. When transplanting scrubs, some plants, line the hole with two to six inches of stones for drainage; leaf mulch has a tendency to mat out water; and did you know that your neighbor has the right to lop off an offending, overhanging branch on his property, only if this will not seriously injure the tree or plant? All sorts of instructions on care, feeding and watering of plants, soil treatment, insect and pest control; planting tables and just about every gardening problem and event. A warning to organic gardeners and conservationists -- the author is gung ho for some pesticides and discusses methods of executing trees. On the whole, however, a reliable gardener's guide.