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Green design: Internet help
Not everyone knows that green design can also be done online. Through the Garden Puzzle program, in fact, you can count on an online editor that allows you to select the scenario considered most suitable for your needs, adding, by virtue of drag and drop, the different elements such as plants, flower beds, fences, flowers, lawn, trees, low walls, etc. There is also the opportunity to upload a photo to be able to observe the evolution of the environment over the four seasons. It is, as you can guess, a very useful tool, also because it does not require registration and is totally free.
Of course, you can always choose to do the design independently, without programs downloaded from the web. In this sense, the first element to be evaluated concerns, quite simply, the destination of the garden: in other words, who will use those spaces? A large family, with children, or a single boy who often hosts friends? A person with lots of animals or a garden lover? From the functionality of the garden it obviously depends on its creation: for example, in the presence of dogs it will be advisable to fence off the most delicate crops, to prevent them from being ruined; in the presence of children, however, it may be useful to dedicate a corner to the games of the little ones, installing swings or slides.
Which plants to choose
First of all, however, we must think of the vegetable component: from the lawn to the trees, from the shrubs to the hedges, a garden is characterized, first of all, by plants. If you need privacy and want to protect the space from prying eyes, you can opt for high hedges along the perimeter, which will also exert a sound-absorbing effect, reducing noise coming from the street, and will allow you to counteract the stronger gusts of wind. In any case, planning cannot fail to take into account the style to be assigned to the environment: for example, you can opt for an English garden with a pond, a small stream or another stream; or for a minimalist garden, with few plants, aimed at enhancing the forms of the architecture that surrounds it; or again, for a rock garden, characterized by stones and boulders, with plants accustomed to living in dry conditions and with a dry climate. The solutions available, as you can see, are numerous, and everything depends on personal tastes.
Evaluate the available budget
Of course, it is also necessary to evaluate the available budget and the economic possibilities: depending on the amount of money one is able to spend, one can focus on expensive species (for example rare succulents) or less expensive, which require more maintenance or less convenient. Just the maintenance deserves to be verified in advance: in the sense that if you are aware of not being able to take care of the garden in a constant and frequent way, it will be good to choose plants without special needs, able to live without problems even for days and days without water . From this point of view, the most "autonomous" species are the succulent plants.
The design of the green, on the other hand, depends on the initial state of the environment on which it is necessary to intervene: in the sense that it could be a garden to be built from scratch, ex novo, and in this case there are wider margins of maneuver; or of an already existing garden, but abandoned and untreated, and therefore to be designed from scratch. In this second case you can start from an initial base (for example, if the lawn is in good condition, there will be no need to sow it, provided you check for the presence of weeds), and check what to maintain of the old garden. For example, it would be a shame to cut down a tree born decades and decades ago (even in terms of the economic value of the garden), but such a choice would prove to be indispensable if that tree were sick (with the risk that the disease spread to other plants).
The importance of the context: style and colors
Planning the creation of the garden and the subdivision of the spaces, one should not forget to think of a path or a path, possibly delimited by hedges, stones or borders, leading to the entrance. It can be made with tiles, gravel or cobblestone, or with a material that recalls the home. In this regard, it would be important to try to introduce the garden into the already existing environmental context in a balanced and harmonious way, avoiding both chromatic and style contrasts. The search for an aesthetic proportion means, for example, avoiding combining a rustic garden (with plants and wooden chairs) with a minimalist and ultra-modern home; but also to choose plants whose colors bring out the shades of the walls of the building. Obviously, these are small details that mix the aesthetic component and the functional component, but which prove to be indispensable when the design becomes reality.
In conclusion, it is worth specifying that even the climatic conditions of the area exert a considerable influence on the construction of the garden: the abundance and frequency of precipitation, summer and winter temperatures, the degree of humidity of the air and the presence and intensity of the winds are factors that can direct the choice in one direction or another. Not all plants survive under the same conditions: to know them in advance, therefore, will allow them to create a lush and healthy garden.