If you want to create a highly tuned, efficient landscaping system that rewards you with decades of pleasure and beauty, you need to create a landscape that minimizes the need for inputs (the things you bring in) and uses the most efficient and earth-friendly materials when you do need them. It should also generate few (or no) outputs (things that leave the system; erroneously called "waste").
In this section, I focus on the inputs. Check out the later section "Generating Few (or No) Outputs" for more on minimizing outputs. Landscaping inputs fall into two categories:
You have to build your landscape out of something, but there are huge differences among the materials, and many really great sustainable options are available. The more efficient your landscape is, the fewer maintenance materials you'll need.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.