The first rule is to slow down. Very few landscaping emergencies exist at any time — and none at all exist during the early stages of your project. The best gardens have been developed over years, decades, and even centuries. Take your time.
There's a phenomenon that I call Saturday Morning Syndrome. Here's how it works: You get up on Saturday morning and say, "Hey, today is the day I landscape my yard! All right!" You drive down to the nursery, where you pick out a bunch of plants you've never even heard of before and a bag of soil amendment; maybe you throw in a fountain that caught your eye and a couple of plaster gnomes. You come home with your stuff and spend the rest of the day trying to figure out what to do with it. Because you don't have a clue what the plants want or how big they get, they eventually kick the bucket; lift your house off its foundation; or grow into the next block, strangling small children along the way. The fountain doesn't go with the house. And the gnomes? Well, I won't even go there.
You're going to live with your new landscaping for a very long time. Why not do yourself a favor and give the design phase all the attention it needs? You'll be happy you did. The chapters in Part II can help.
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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.