When I was writing Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener, I remembered what it was like making my own first garden. I'd been growing perennials and shrubs for some time, but making changes in the whole landscape of the yard was quite a challenge. What I needed was one book that anticipated my questions, offered clear how-to instructions, and included lots of plant choices. Well, sometimes you just have to write it yourself, and I did.New homeowners making a yard from 'scratch', or gardeners renovating older yards are about to take the leap into landscaping. The changes you make might be small -- a new patio, a full-moon gate, a front-lawn tree -- or you might want to construct stone pathways, hedges and a pond. The most important key to successful landscaping is advance planning, and this book will give you the necessary information to make intelligent decisions.You'll need to decide how much work you can do yourself and when you should hire a contractor. Choices in plants and materials, when and where steps are needed, knowledge of soil grading and lawn installation, stone retaining walls, concrete paver construction, and how to handle heavy specimen-size plants are skills this book can teach you. You'll also want to learn about lighting, irrigation systems and maintenance techniques to keep what you make looking its best.I know you'll find this book valuable as you make changes in your garden landscape. I wrote it for you!Adam, Judith is the author of 'Landscape Planning', published 2008 under ISBN 9781554073818 and ISBN 1554073812.