Landscape Design Software Or Drawings?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawns by design, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. lawns by design

    lawns by design LawnSite Member
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    I must say I agree it make sense I already use go I lawn so I will continue to use it to help me move forward . You must have been designing for a long time you are a pro at this ! Thanks
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  2. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Papercutter,

    Thanks for the info. Have you had any experience with Pro Landscape?
     
  3. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have not. For a while I was trying to demo as many alternatives to AutoCAD as I could but they don't offer a free trial. I haven't been super impressed with what I've seen done with it, and if they don't have the confidence in their product to offer a trial version...
     
  4. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
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    I have both autocad and pro landscape. Pro landscape is great for quickly putting in a house and then dropping in standard plant symbols. Its photo imaging is nice as well because you can drag graphics of certain plants into a photo of the house and have a rendering to show the client in half an hour. But, the labeling in the planner software sucks, and the images of the plants show them in bloom. Well all plants don't bloom at the same exact time, so its not an accurate way to show the clients what it will look like after you have finished the job.

    When I use pro landscape for a plan view, I still use autocad to label it. It's just easier for me this way. Autocad is completely customizable, but if you don't have a library of already made symbols then you won't be productive trying to use cad. You can go all out and purchase autocad/ land fx but you're at a couple thousand dollars for those two pieces of software.
     
  5. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    diesel - check out cben.net and other sharing sites for free CAD blocks. I put together a pretty impressive set of CAD blocks this way.
     
  6. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
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    I have a pretty decent CAD library from my last job and other projects. I usually just open up a previous project and copy a lot of those symbols. In my mind you really don't need too many symbols for trees and shrubs, and then I use different hatch patterns for masses of varying perennial combinations. Keeps the rendering simple and clean, whereas Pro Landscape you would have individual symbols for every perennial - way too cluster f*d for my liking.
     
  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dynascape is superior to Prolandscape but the price tag can be intimidating. I agree with the poster who suggested taking a drafting class first--it will significantly help you manipulating your drawing and will help decrease your time to market.
     
  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    What os are you guys using? I'd like to get a iMac desktop, but afraid I might be limited by program compatibility.
     
  9. TheOakGroveGardeners

    TheOakGroveGardeners LawnSite Member
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    My design process often begins with a plat of survey or an onsite takeoff measurement. From there, I'll input the measurements into Google Sketchup (great for MacOS and easy to learn) before printing them to scale and tracing them onto marker paper. The attached drawing probably took me four hours from measurement through rendering. I ended up selling it, too. That always helps.

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  10. lawns by design

    lawns by design LawnSite Member
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    Hey Thanks for the upload looks really good. I have a question i see in drawings alot the big circles over the planting beds and never understood what they were for? I also never understood what the lines inside the circles indicated ? It looks like the circle is being broke into 3rds. Can someone help me understand what the purpose of those lines are and the over size circles on the designs are used for?
    Thanks
     

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