If you're a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, don't be afraid to tackle your whole landscaping project by yourself. This book won't make a seasoned landscape architect or contractor out of you, but it gives you the information you need to be successful. It also warns you about doing anything that's really dangerous.
There's a time and place to turn to professionals for help with the design or construction of your landscape. Noticing your weak spots and getting help is key. A good landscape architect or garden designer can turn out a better landscape design than you probably can, and the fees can be a good investment in creating a project that costs much less to maintain over time. Similarly, a qualified landscape contractor can get the job done better, faster, and sometimes cheaper.
\\V ^ Be sure to hire professionals who have expertise in truly sustainable landscap-yjjk ing; everyone claims to be "green," but actual skill levels vary tremendously. ■ foil Ask for references and look at completed projects to be sure your candidates do things the sustainable way.
In the following sections, I fill you in on who the various landscape professionals are and how you can find the ones you need.
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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.