Keep nature safe as you demolish your existing landscape. One way to do that is to mark off the drip line (the outermost extent of the tree's foliage) of your existing trees with a ring of flags or better yet with temporary fencing. This marked line alerts workers about the importance of not grading or compacting the soil with vehicles, equipment, or foot traffic during construction. Also avoid placing building materials under trees.
Similarly, get your big trees in shape before you do any landscaping. The project will be easier and cheaper if the tree-care workers don't have to pussyfoot through new plantings. You can do tree work any time in the early stages of the project.
Choose your tree-care company carefully. A hundred years of growth can be destroyed in minutes by improper care.
Also, protect against erosion by installing straw wattles or silt fencing (see Chapter 14 for information on these and other erosion control strategies) at the base of piles of soil that rain could wash away (a precaution that's required by federal law). Avoid working in wildlife habitat or nesting sites. And keep soil out of waterways.
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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.