What's the best landscape design software for the money?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by exmarkking, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm looking for a decent design software for a good price. Keep in mind that we are primarily a maintenance company but I would like to have a software to prepare drawings for the customers we service. As if now, everything is hand drawn and very time consuming. I don't need to most advanced software on the market. Just some basic software with desent features and easy to use. I would like the software to have a library of plants and be able to print/email the final plan. Thanks
  2. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm needing to find the same thing. Hand drawing these just isn't practical anymore. It takes too long. I bet if we search there's already a thread about this.
  3. garciajj612

    garciajj612 LawnSite Member
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    I use pro landscape by drafix software. The first few designs take a little while but gets a lot faster after a couple of designs. For renovations I usually do the photo imaging design and for new homes I do cad type drawing. Also offers a 3d but I have not tried it. At first I didn't feel very comfortable with it and didn't charge for the designs but now there's no way I'm doing one and not charging for it. Its $1495 but they run a labor weekend special for $1295. But it has paid for itself over and over again. I also tried one of punch's software's but it sucked I stopped using it and went back to hand drawn.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Couldn't of said it better myself.

    I've sold so many jobs just on the image editor side of the program as it puts into perspective for my clients on what they are going to get in the end.

    Rarely do I use the planner(CAD) side of the program, but it comes in handy when needed. Right now working on a 125k master plan for a client. Whether or not it will get done, we'll see.....

  5. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That sounds like an awesome program. But we are mainly a maintenance company, we just need something better/faster than a hand drawing. I wouldn't want to spend that kind of money on software is wouldn't be used everyday. I'm sure it's worth every penny for you guys that use it daily or are just landscape designers.
  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know if this exists or not, but I was thinking in my mind that if a had a program that allowed me to draw the outline of the home, walkways, patios etc... The have a library of plants that I could add in to get an overhead, 2d drawing to present the layout of an landscape to a potential customer. I want some software that can do this, either black and white or color
  7. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You just described Dynascape, I think.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Regardless, if you are doing large hand drawing like that, you need a good program. Two, 2k jobs and it pays for itself.

    And you can get by a few years without upgrading, so over time it pays for itself.

    Don't be cheap with whatever program you use.
  9. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    DynaScape or Landscape Pro. DynaScape is ALOT more powerful and ALOT more costly with a price tag in the thousands. Also alot more complained BUT it can be used by LAs and LDs. Landscape Pro I think is the best for landscape designers and I use it. It pays for itself.

    I was trained on Dynascape while I was at Virginia Tech. Back then I would of said it was the best but Landscape Pro has come long way. Just simpler and best solution for a landscaper that isn't solely designing. All the above guys are very right. It seems like a lot of money up front but it will pay for its self VERY quickly. Do not waste money on the cheap stuff out there, all you are doing is wasting money.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    We've hooked in clients with our program. Once they see the output of Pro, they are thrilled and keep calling us back for more work.

    Too many other companies are either using cheap programs, or still hand drawing designs, and we are getting customers from them.

    At least with us, the CAD style is going out of style. The image editor is really the heart of our designs. Most of our clients can't visualize what the end product will be, and if you are remotely close with the image editor, it will sell the job.


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