What landscape design software do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Barrett Landscaping, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With the increase in doing landscape installs for clients I am wanting to get some kind of design software that enables the client to see what their property could look like. I personally have the mental idea and vision to know how it will look but many potential clients do not. As a result of this it is sometimes hard or impossible to sell jobs to them. What software do you use and why? I am not afraid to spend some money on it but do not want to spend an arm and a leg either.
  2. KG26

    KG26 LawnSite Member
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    Photo shop, We take pictures of their current landscape and use photo shop to create renders of what the finished result will look like.
  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    I've got pro landscape. The image editor is easy to use, but I have to say the graphics are pretty poor. Though, it gets the point across.
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    Viz terra...Hopefully....Here are a few screen shots. This design is nothing elaborate. As you can see by the cell phone pic, the landscape is vacant and she just wants something in place to put the house on the market

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  5. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 3,492

    I use Pro Landscape. I think it is great. Dynascape might be better, but it cost about 4X more and the last I heard Dynascape charged a monthly fee. Here is a Pro Landscape example:

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  6. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    Real time landscape architect have used for many years., lots of features and well priced
  9. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Is anybody able to post pics of their software projects so I can see what the software looks like ?
    PS the OP asked about why...I use VizTerra because it's all 3D so you can do things like look out windows and doors to see what the project will look like from inside the house, there are other features like animations, dogs playing fetch, BBQ grills sizzling, fish swimming, birds hopping around water splashing , set slopes of the terrain, ect. You are able to move around your project in any direction. For me, a bit of a learning curve , in a couple of my shots with the cell phone pics, I had to draw the house which takes a bit of doing when your new. The tricky bump outs and gable roof "dormers" had me stumped a bit..but the house is a pretty close representation of the real one. BTW you don't buy Viz Terra or Pool Studio, you rent it by the month (95.00) and can cancel until you need it for your next project
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Develop your ability to describe what it will look like verbally. I make my living solely on designing landscapes in plan view with black line work on white paper - no photoshop, no perspective renderings, .... just by being very descriptive in my meetings so that they understand why I have put what I have on the plan.

    When you get good at doing that, your prospects turn into customers who turn into clients.

    Drawings and images do not set you apart. Showing people that you understand how your design is going to impact their landscape does. They don't have to see it or completely understand it as long as they have the confidence in you that you know what you are talking about. Then they want you.

    Too many contractors try to sell the product instead of trying to sell themselves. They don't necessarily lose work because others do better work. They lose it because the others sell themselves instead of the product.

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