Note from Charmaine: the Dirtcheapbuilder- When Spring arives my thoughts dwell on ways to avoid mowing! I have 1/3 of an acre, somewhat hilly and previously untended, bursting with real weeds, spiky thistle, and undesirable crab grass.
As one grows older the insanity of maintaining a useless green "lawn" becomes apparent. So using a book like this can put you on the path to choosing LOW WORK options... you have more time to sit and enjoy your REAL Garden & yard, not struggle on upkeep. As for me, I am slowly bricking and decking my yard with salvaged materials, and landscaping with low maintenance plants.
This book also has designs for smaller raised and layered decks, avoiding the huge flat bare deck syndrome. This saves money on building, and allows for small manageable areas of plants, potted trees, tiled or slate areas, etc.