Every worthwhile effort starts with a vision – if you don’t know where you’re going, you risk getting lost somewhere along the road. Landscaping is no different – marvelous yards and gardens aren’t created by slapping various elements on top of each other and hoping for the best. Rather, they’re made by following a detailed plan of execution that starts with an image of what the ideal end result would look like.
But how can you and your clients convey this image to one another in order to work together? Drawing a blueprint is good, but it’s two-dimensional and often limited. Since you can’t project your thoughts, you’ll have to make do with the next best thing: feature-rich yet easy-to-use landscaping software that both you and your customer can work with.
What your landscaping software should have
Many landscaping software suites are similar, but not all of them do the job equally well. In general, the basis of whichever landscaping software you use should include numerous interchangeable templates for various parts of a client’s yard: deck, patio, garden, overall landscape and so forth.
Since plants are such an important part of these efforts, quality landscaping software usually comes with an extensive 3D encyclopedia of plants that will let your client cherry-pick those that best complement the garden. Aside from these features, additional tools like a virtual shopping assistant that helps you create a list and estimate the costs should also be included. Here are some examples of quality landscaping software suites for both personal and commercial uses.
Realtime Landscaping Plus 2014: 2014 might have passed, but this software is still ahead of the game in terms of what it offers to its users. A key appeal of Realtime Landscaping Plus is that it’s a professional tool designed for the average consumer – no home owner should have difficulties assembling the perfect yard or garden regardless of its size and features. Aside from an encyclopedia of plants that’s bigger than most, Landscaping Plus also boasts templates that include parts of the landscape that are sometimes considered adjacent, such as fences. The price tag of $80 doesn’t make it the cheapest software out there, but it’s definitely one of the best, especially for landscaping professionals.
TurboFloorPlan 3D Pro 17: Another powerful landscape editor, TurboFloor is notably absent of templates and instead focuses on users taking their time to adjust every part of their dream yard. Most see this as a good thing, as home owners are often very peculiar about their yards and gardens. TurboFloor goes past just designing your yard and lets you fully incorporate your home into the equation, allowing you to plan additions to it more easily and see how it will look surrounded by your new garden. In particular, the software emphasizes deck creation and features a tool designed specifically for this – your dream backyard will easily become a reality with a bit of time spent in front of the computer. A price of $100 makes it more expensive than most of its competitors, but the cost will almost always be justified.