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#^uilding sustainably means reducing your use of power equipment, buying locally or not at all, vetting all your materials for their environmental impacts, protecting existing site features, and building things that last. Upholding these commitments isn't difficult (except maybe giving up labor-saving power equipment), but it takes care and attention. Your rewards? A beautiful, wholesome landscape; hardscape free of contaminants and planet-bashing effects; and big-time fitness from doing all that hard work.

In this chapter, I introduce the sustainable aspects of various elements of landscape and hardscape construction, particularly site management, paving, and wall building. I cover some variations in the construction process to make it more sustainable and eco-friendly. Consult Chapter 12 for sustainable material options, and check out Landscaping For Dummies by Phillip Giroux, Bob Beckstrom, Lance Walheim, and the Editors of the National Gardening Association (Wiley) for general hardscape construction techniques and details.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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.

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