Laying it out on the ground Field design

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.

  • Stake the corners of structures with 1"-x-2" wooden stakes and then use builder's twine to connect them. This reveals the footprint of the completed work.
  • Map out your trees and other tall features. Use pin flags (small flags available at building supply places), or even long pipes stood on end, to indicate tall site features, such as tree trunks or light posts.

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Gardening is also a great way to provide healthy food for you and your loved ones. When you buy produce from the store, it just isnt the same as presenting a salad to your family that came exclusively from your garden worked by your own two hands.

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