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Old 11-09-2007, 07:06 PM
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Suggestions for this house?

Here is a house that I am building that is located near a lake, I am somewhat limited on what I can spend for landscaping ( I will be doing all of the installation). I would appriciate some input on what should be planted in terms of foundations plantings along with the possiblity of maybe a small bed or two. Maybe a queen palm. Are there any low cost landscaping design software out there or is it all junk?



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Old 11-09-2007, 09:39 PM
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Design software doesn't help you become a designer. You can have Prolandscape, but if you don't know a whole lot about plant characteristics and sizes, you will be wasting your time. Go find a bood at Barnes and Nobels that teaches some of the basic theorys to landscape design and a book that tells what different plants need and how big they grow. Start there and you will be amazed at how much better off you are. I use Prolandscape and get good results out of it, but i have also done a great deal of research on design and have a pritty decent plant background. you need to start somewhere with this. This is the second time in a week that you have put a picture of a house on here and basically asked someone else to design your work. If you don't have the time to work on this and want to jump right in, then find a local designer and ask them what they charge for a design and pass the cost onto the customer.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:50 PM
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Design software doesn't help you become a designer. You can have Prolandscape, but if you don't know a whole lot about plant characteristics and sizes, you will be wasting your time. Go find a bood at Barnes and Nobels that teaches some of the basic theorys to landscape design and a book that tells what different plants need and how big they grow. Start there and you will be amazed at how much better off you are. I use Prolandscape and get good results out of it, but i have also done a great deal of research on design and have a pritty decent plant background. you need to start somewhere with this. This is the second time in a week that you have put a picture of a house on here and basically asked someone else to design your work. If you don't have the time to work on this and want to jump right in, then find a local designer and ask them what they charge for a design and pass the cost onto the customer.
First of all this is the first time I have posted a picture of this house, so get your facts straight before you start lecturing me about landscaping. All I was thinking about was some suggestions, I used to have a full time landscaping company and I did a lot of landscape construction in two different states. I am not looking for someone here to design a landscape for the house I built, let alone some expert that has been in business only 4 years. You might want to try to read the whole post next time.thanks
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:09 PM
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First of all this is the first time I have posted a picture of this house, so get your facts straight before you start lecturing me about landscaping. All I was thinking about was some suggestions, I used to have a full time landscaping company and I did a lot of landscape construction in two different states. I am not looking for someone here to design a landscape for the house I built, let alone some expert that has been in business only 4 years. You might want to try to read the whole post next time.thanks
SouthernYankee: First off, let me appologize. I thought that i had seen a post earlier where you had posted another house asking for advice and i thought that i was seeing a trend. If you have spent any amount of time on this site, you are well aware of the young chaps that don't have a clue what they are doing and want everyone to help them design their work.

Second: if you "used" to have a full time landscape company and did a lot of landscape construction in two different states, then why would you be asking for someone to tell you what to put in front of your house? You attack me for only being in business for 4years, implying that since i have only been in the business for 4years that i don't have the knowledge or experience to design a nice landscape, yet you post a thread essentially asking for my opinion. Maybe next time you should ask for resume's or portfolios next time you start a thread so that you can weed out guys like me.

Also, as everyone else has said, you really have to know what the home will be sidded with and what colors are going to be used before you can decide what will look good. You will also have to know what light requirements there will be, zones and microclimates to do any designs, but since you "were" in business for so so many years and have tons of experience and knowledge that i don't, i just have to assume that you already know all of this.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:48 PM
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SouthernYankee: First off, let me appologize. I thought that i had seen a post earlier where you had posted another house asking for advice and i thought that i was seeing a trend. If you have spent any amount of time on this site, you are well aware of the young chaps that don't have a clue what they are doing and want everyone to help them design their work.

Second: if you "used" to have a full time landscape company and did a lot of landscape construction in two different states, then why would you be asking for someone to tell you what to put in front of your house? You attack me for only being in business for 4years, implying that since i have only been in the business for 4years that i don't have the knowledge or experience to design a nice landscape, yet you post a thread essentially asking for my opinion. Maybe next time you should ask for resume's or portfolios next time you start a thread so that you can weed out guys like me.

Also, as everyone else has said, you really have to know what the home will be sidded with and what colors are going to be used before you can decide what will look good. You will also have to know what light requirements there will be, zones and microclimates to do any designs, but since you "were" in business for so so many years and have tons of experience and knowledge that i don't, i just have to assume that you already know all of this.
Thats cool, I used to come to lawnsite to get opinions from other landscapers to compare to what I came up with but now everyone just bashes everyones work . I wasnt personally attacking you so dont think that, I am just sick of the attitudes here on lawnsite, I never said I knew everything. So I would like to apologize to you.

I picked a red brick blend that is very popular in Texas.
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:10 AM
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If it were me and their were no deed requirements I'd spend my whole budget to prep that soil to undo all the compaction and damage by the builder. Then I would put down lots of mulch and just have a front yard perennial garden. You can spend your spare time walking the lake area and carefully digging up native flowers to naturalize in your front yard.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:44 AM
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If it were me and their were no deed requirements I'd spend my whole budget to prep that soil to undo all the compaction and damage by the builder. Then I would put down lots of mulch and just have a front yard perennial garden. You can spend your spare time walking the lake area and carefully digging up native flowers to naturalize in your front yard.
I second this recommendation. Any successful landscape begins and ends with the soil.
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:12 AM
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Is that a garage door opening or is there going to be a big window/door unit going in?
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:50 AM
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thats all garage door
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:48 AM
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It does not appear that there will be much room for planting once that driveway goes in. Where is the curb cut going to go?
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