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Interested in Designing Your Own Landscape?

Updated on April 8, 2013
Rendering work from landscape design software
Rendering work from landscape design software

Landscape design software is the type of computer program that you can use to draw or create landscape idea and viewing landscaping tasks that have been accomplished by someone else. It's extremely useful for both DIY enthusiasts and landcaping designers when creating the perfect landscape for their homes and clients.

Professional landscaping software applications will not only simplify or decrease the amount of work but also eliminate plenty of inconveniences that designer might face when using the traditional method. You can make modifications or create the project from scratch and get a general concept about how the whole thing will look like and so on. This will thus, enable you to attain your objectives much easier and faster.

There are free and paid versions of landscape design software on the market. A simple search on the internet will let you discover some of the best landscaping software released so far. For people who want to get involved directly in designing their home landscape, a free version of this software is quite good enough to get started. Output from your work could then be handed to your landcape company for further review and modification. The best thing about this is that you can provide the best details of what you want in the design and let the expert to do the further tasks.

Google actually has this kind of sketching plan software but it might not be the one that you are looking for. It's more for a 3D modelling work rather than for landscaping design purpose. However, if you want to test it out, you can do it at and an awesome guide that you can look out for is available here, Google SketchUp for Site Design. The best way is to find the type of software that can accomplish your need by doing a search for the best reviewed landscape design software. You can check out the related attributes of each program to determine if their suit your needs.

On the other hand, paid landscape design software is normally meant or classified for the expert groups like landscape designers and consultants. They have the necessary knowledge and skills to get a design job done which is not only beautiful but also implementable (taking into factors such as land type, size, planting selection and etc). Since paid versions is for commercial use, there are quite expensive and often out of budget for most DIY enthusiasts.

Paid versions have more and better functions and they could make miracles in terms of landscape plan sketching. A trained user can come out with a basic design structure plan as fast as under one hour. This will definitely save cost since the following job will only be performed once approved by the clients.

Whether the landscape software is a free or paid version, the main question is 'It is user friendly?' Unless if you are into this industry for a long term, you definitely don't want to spend a lot of time learning a piece of software that you will only be using it for once or twice. Over complicated settings and features are some of the typical issues encountered with a few products. You can read about them on the internet under product reviews or forum where users reporting their experience in using these software. If free version software does not meet your requirement, you can always test out demo version of the paid product. Some companies even released the in trial mode where you will be able to access the full feature for a limited time and usage.

The extremely superior forms of the paid version allow you to perform landscaping plan sketching in related circumstances with architectural design. Most frequently, the format is in the common CAD-like and the operation of the program needs particular training or work expertise.

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    Johna905 3 years ago

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I never thought about accessing some free versions of landscape design software but it is a good idea. Thanks for this useful information.