I'll be the first to admit that this book is almost all you need to create and maintain a sustainable landscape. Nonetheless, there are some other great resources out there that you should know about. Local government agencies, such as the public works department, often have community-specific resources and tips on water conservation, waste reduction, and other aspects of sustainable landscaping. Visit the gardening section of your local bookstore. Talk to local nurseries and landscape supply stores.
And of course there's the Internet, which is rich with timely information on all aspects of sustainable landscaping (but also rife with unreliable and inaccurate information). I refer you to reliable Web sites throughout this book. But you can also search on a particular topic, such as integrated pest management or water harvesting, and turn up more information than you could ever even read. To cull out the junk and find the best information, focus on university
Web sites (those with the suffix ".edu"), nonprofit sites (with the suffix ".org"), and some government agency sites, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (these sites use the suffix ".gov"). Commercial sites can be great too, but watch out for sales pitches disguised as information.
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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.