Need Design Opinions (w/ pictures)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by joee0914, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Im looking for some opinions or recommendations..This is a little backyard design for a new customer of mine. Thanks! :drinkup:
    Its zones 5-6 and must be deer resistant.

    These are the before pictures of the two sections of the yard.

    These are the designs I made... There are two different designs for the fence side of the yard.
    I personally like the first.

    Includes: Boxwoods, Small Grasses, Azaleas, and a Japanesse Maple

    Includes: Large and Small Grasses, Rhodos, Azaleas, and Annuals

    Includes: Boxwoods, Dwarf Cypress, and Annuals
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I always like to go High/Low rather than everything being below the waist... This of course will depend on view versus privacy, which in my opinion blocking those houses behind the fence would be the shrubs I'd select... Spruce, are deer resistant and can be pruned to a hedge... JMHO... :)
  3. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    The first is better by far. I don't have any major problems with it... It's definitely better than most of what I see on here...
  4. Lefet2

    Lefet2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    What software program are you using?
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    What chase said. I really like the first one. What program did you use?
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  6. Lefet2

    Lefet2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Oh sorry I like the ones with the boxwoods.
  7. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Realtime Landscaping Architect/Photo.. It was the only other program that seemed to get good reviews other than prolandscape and i think it come to be around $350 for the suite of all their software.

    And thanks guys...I just sent the design to the customer to see what he thinks.
  8. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 320

    First off, I like the first design better, with the maple. Would you plan to install a maple of that size, I know down by me a Jap. Maple that size would run at whole sale around 850 and not many customers are always willing to shell out the money for a mature tree... I like it though!

    Second.. I know this is going to be a little off topic but how do you like that design program you used. I have always wanted to get a program to help aid with visuals for the customers but have not found one really with all that great reviews. Do you use it alot? What are some pros and cons you find with the program? Would you recommend it to others? It would be greatly appriciated if you could answer those questions. Thank you!
  9. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    The maple i'd install would probably be 1/3 the size.. like you said a maple that size would run far to much for a simple residential design.

    Since there seems to be a lot of questions about the program itself. Ill give u guys the run down

    As far as usage goes it gets put to use every once in awhile... not as much as id like but thats my fault for not marketing 3-D and computer design enough... also i charge between $30-150 for the design and if they choose to go ahead with the work we subtract that cost from the project total (in a way it becomes a free service when the job is agree upon) which works great. Plus the program is fairly simple to understand and only took me a couple of hours to really get it down good.

    one problem i have with it, is that its windows only and i run a mac so i had to install boot camp on my computer to use it. Also i found they don't have techo-bloc as a type of paver/stone choice, which is basically all we use, but they do have similar things to it.

    I would only recommend the whole suite of programs since each individual program is limited by its intended use.

    And if your largely into commercial design I would probably say to fork up the dough and get PROlandscape but if your work is mostly residental and some commercial this is great especially for the price.

    It gets an 8/10 from me.
  10. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    So I sent the design to my customer and he liked it except for the azaleas... for some reason he doesnt want anything that flowers which is beyond me.

    I switched them up for some goldstrike aucuba and blue star junipers. Im trying to bring some color and contrast but its hard with all deer resistant and non flowering plants

    What do you guys think of this one..


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