If you have a difficult time visualizing the changes you wrote down in your bubble diagram (see the preceding section), mocking up the landscape can be a wonderful way to make them more realistic. Here are a number of handy techniques you can use to accomplish this mock-up, which is referred to as field design:
✓ Mark out the boundaries of planter beds, patios, pathways, and so on with lines of powdered gypsum or lime. These materials are available in bulk at nurseries, and you can apply them by hand. Colored spray paint is great for color-coding the different features, but it isn't very good for the environment. And isn't sustainability the whole point of this project?
Use a garden hose or a flexible nylon rope to temporarily delineate curves; then apply the gypsum or lime along the lines you've created.
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