The design of gardens is not limited to the choice of the most suitable plants for the place where we operate.
Well before thinking about trees and shrubs, it is necessary to define the structure of the garden, or the conformation that we will give to the area, shaping the soil and making it usable and livable.
A garden with a well-defined design is the direct consequence of how we went to operate on the existing land, transforming a banal hillside into an area that can be used and managed without excessive costs.
Designing the garden starting from the modeling of the land is impossible if you do not know precisely the orography of the place.
For large parks and gardens or in the case of a garden in the hills, in practice wherever you do not have a flat terrain easily measurable with metric tape and laser meter, it is essential to have the lay of the land on which the shape that we will give to the garden will largely depend.
To verify the feasibility of the earthworks that we want to make in order to design the garden as we wish, we need contours that precisely define the altitude and position of the various points of the ground.
The most effective and fastest method to be able to map a property is given by the drone, which allows to obtain a precise and detailed cloud of points in the order of the centimeter. The survey with drone, however, must be calibrated and corrected by detecting some points with GPS, also useful for recording the position of trees and plants already existing and that must be taken into account when designing the garden.
The point cloud deriving from the survey carried out with the drone can be included in the 3D modeling programs used to create views and renderings of the garden which are useful to illustrate to the clients the appearance of the garden once realized.
So the conformation of the garden constitutes the first and most important service provided by the landscape architect.
An indispensable service that allows the garden designer to tackle the design work in a serious and scrupulous way, without approximations that would prove to be fatal in the construction phase of the garden.