Slow down. Whether your project is small or massive, the practice of deep design (refer to "What the heck is sustainable landscaping, anyway?" earlier in this chapter) demands careful observation and attention to detail. I've been told that in ancient times, Japanese garden designers sat on the site every day, all day, for a year, carefully noticing the way the sun moved; how the trees responded to wind; what animals visited; and many more subtleties that can be grasped only through quiet, intense scrutiny. As the seasons changed, the designers learned in summer what they could never learn in spring, and so on through the full annual cycle. Only after that apprenticeship did they dare to begin the design process. Whether you opt to follow the ancient ways or not, do give yourself time to understand what you're working with. Attention to detail pays off in many ways.
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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.