The first steps to create a garden
We have finally finished building or renovating the house of our dreams but the land facing it, reduced to a pile of brushwood and construction rubble, inspires us with immense sadness? Let's arm ourselves with patience and in a little time we will be able to admire from the windows a garden that fully reflects our personality and needs and in which to relax.
Before creating a garden, we must inquire about the type of plants best suited to our land by having it examined by a landscape agronomist, who will be able to advise us best: for example, a garden designed for the Po Valley area cannot contain the same plants as one built in Sicily, due to the differences not only of land but also of climate. In addition, our garden must pleasantly fit into the surrounding landscape, also considering that some trees will reach their optimal development only after twenty years and must have all the space to develop on a regular basis.
Tips during the project phase
After listening to the advice of an expert, if we do not want to entrust him with the project in full, we personally trace the miniature drawing of the garden of our dreams, also taking into consideration the external environment: if our neighbor has a beautiful tree It is good to see it also from our property, while chimney-like ugliness must be hidden from view with large leafy trees. If there is already a tree in the ground and we do not like its current location, there are machines that can move large plants and plant them where we want, but with quite high rental and consultancy costs.
In the design phase we take an example from nature, avoiding excessively regular edges and shapes as much as possible, since if we plant rectilinear flowerbeds in a rectangular ground, the observer's gaze will tend to rest on the fence at the bottom of the garden, while the dynamism of a curved line will compel the eye to follow it and then rest on the points to which we want to attract attention, such as brightly colored areas or suggestive corners. We evaluate what we want it to attract the eye of the observer both looking from the access gate and looking from the windows of our house, considering that the garden must be the natural continuation of the house and with it it must harmonize completely, choosing the flowering plants in so as to have blooms in all months of the year.
We take into account how much time we will be able to devote to the care of the garden, without forgetting to evaluate also our economic availabilities. If we do not deal with the demanding vegetable garden and orchard, a medium-sized garden will take about four hours a week in the summer and much less in the other seasons.