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The most beneficial software package for the average landscape do-it-yourselfer would offer the best balance of outdoor design features such as patio and deck design and plant information. The TurboFloorPlan 3D Home & Landscape Deluxe 2016 by IMSI/Design (imsidesign.com) is a top free download on cnet and offers hundreds of new symbols content, which when added to the thousands of easy drag-and-drop content already available, including over 10,000 trees, shrubs, flowers, & vegetation, makes for an all-inclusive home and landscape design software product. Featured are professionally designed templates, video training, and thousands of drag & drop symbols plus easy to use 2D/3D home design tools to plan all phases of your dream home and yard. Discover the powerful, professional 3D landscape design solution that will effortlessly streamline design, presentation and construction with one software download. Landscape with decks, fences, pathways, lawns, and gardens complete with irrigation. IMSI/Design offers a free 15-day trial landscape software download so you can begin to transform your entire landscape design process with state of the art real time 3D landscape design software.
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VizTerra is a professional 3D hardscape and landscape design software created by Structure Studios. Now it is possible to convert your entire landscape design process with state of the art real time 3D landscape design software. Let loose your backyard layout in Instant 3D Design in 2D and instantly present in professional, realistic 3D all in real time with the click of a button. For professional landscape designers, VizTerra landscape design software immediately converts your flat lines and shapes into a fully interactive professional site presentation quickly engaging your clients with the punch of every detail of your landscaping design. To get the most bloom for your buck, take advantage of a free trial download of VizTerra, a powerful landscape design program. This landscape design software is free to try but with limited functionality.
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While there are plenty of landscape design software options available on the market, such as Punch! Home & Landscape Design or Realtime Landscaping Plus, they can be quite expensive. Features could include 3D rendering, animation, photographs, video, templates, material lists, with a reference section to teach landscaping principles and techniques. For elaborate backyard design projects like Japanese gardens or a Japanese landscape, this landscaping software is essential. Now you can design your new backyard patio and deck design with the top 2016 landscape design software free download. Illustrating your outdoor layout and backyard patio project with clear and precise designs and landscape pictures helps to imagine the best landscape format for your design space.
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Realtime Landscaping Plus is a popular 2016 landscape design software product featuring both 3D and photo-based realistic landscape designs and a top free download. This landscape program is one of several products by Idea Spectrum. Idea Spectrum Inc (ideaspectrum.com) provides four home and garden products for both the professional and DIY homeowner. Realtime Landscaping Plus is designed for both homeowners and beginner landscape designers, while Realtime Landscaping Architect targets professional landscape designers. It is easy to visualize outdoor deck designs, stone patio layouts, garden and backyard fencing and more. Users of the free trial download can choose from a library of over 10,400 objects, including more than 5,100 high quality plants. This landscape design software is free to try with limited objects and a watermark on output. If you like the landscape software it is $79.95 to buy. Although the more expensive full version landscaping design program will have a state of the art graphical interface with 3D capabilities; but not all these costly features are needed to produce an impressive backyard design.
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medianet_width=’250′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’826938310′; Landscaping Pictures > Landscape Design Software > Landscape Design Apps Find Top Landscape Design Software Free – Reviews of the Best When spring is near, the backyard gardener and landscape do-it-yourselfer can almost smell it. This is the time to dream and plan with landscape software. 3D landscape design software and apps will help you plan a yard full of shrubs, trees, patios and walkways, each design in three dimension. There are many landscaping design programs available, each with a variety of options and some rather costly. Choose from reviews of top landscaping software available for free.
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Landscape Design Tools

Landscaping Pictures > Landscape Design Software > Landscape Design Apps Find Top Landscape Design Software Free – Reviews of the Best When spring is near, the backyard gardener and landscape do-it-yourselfer can almost smell it. This is the time to dream and plan with landscape software. 3D landscape design software and apps will help you plan a yard full of shrubs, trees, patios and walkways, each design in three dimension. There are many landscaping design programs available, each with a variety of options and some rather costly. Choose from reviews of top landscaping software available for free.
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Landscape Design Elements A well-designed landscape will incorporate the following: Unity is the principle that ties the landscape together as a whole. To achieve unity, resist the urge to have one plant of each variety and in every color. Repeating the same plants in various parts of the landscape gives unity. As tough as it sometimes is, try not to buy a plant, take it home, and only then decide where to put it. Balance can be formal (symmetrical) or informal (asymmetrical), but it should achieve exactly what the word means — even distribution or equality. In a symmetrical design, the left side will be a mirror image of the right side. An asymmetrical design would not be identical on each side, but would have equal points of interest. Proportion addresses the need to keep the landscape features in scale with the house. It is critical to keep the ultimate size of a tree or shrub in mind when selecting one for planting. That 8-foot tall maple tree at the garden center may be 20 feet tall in a few short years, on its way to up to 100 feet. Proportion also applies to smaller plants. A faster-growing neighbor can easily hide smaller shrubs, perennials and other plantings. Variety and diversity allow you to be creative and have some fun. Be careful though, too much variety can be annoying or distracting. When the best features of your landscape have to compete for attention, they may go unnoticed. If you have the space, consider having several outdoor “rooms” — each with a different theme. Empty spaces can be effective, too. Use them to draw the eye towards a focal point. Resist the urge to fill every inch.
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How can iScape help you? iScape’s user friendly technology provides easy-to-use virtual design tools so you can portray your vision at ease. With a mobile garden and landscape design app you can eliminate all the guesswork and confusion – which in return – will save you valuable time and money. Simply snap a picture and start dragging and dropping scapes into your design. Our mobile apps are available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch – We currently have a Lite version available for Android. One of the biggest challenges for a landscape contractor is how to portray to the client what the completed project will look like before any work is performed. It’s equally challenging for the customer to portray their vision to the contractor. iScape’s intuitive technology solves this problem by providing easy-to-use tools to create a clear picture of how a project will look before the work starts – and most importantly, before the money is spent! Are you a do-it-yourself landscaper? The iScape app can help you decide what to buy and where to plant it. Planning to hire a landscape contractor? You will have actual images to help explain your vision. iScape uses actual plants and hardscape images to give you the most realistic rendering possible. We feel this is vital for any landscaping design app. Get started with the easiest and best mobile gardening app available in todays market.

Design Tools Are you ready to start planning your Texas SmartScape landscape? Get inspired Check out Demonstration gardens in your area. View our photo gallery of Texas SmartScape yards Think about your wants and needs Consider what you want and need in your yard, then prioritize. What do you envision in your perfect yard? What plants do you want to keep? Make sure to take stock of your constraints, too. For example, what are your permanent fixtures, and where are they? Design Layout Also, check out Texas AgriLife Water University’s ULandscapeIt for samples of landscape designs. Important elements of the Texas SmartScape program to consider: Creating practical turf areas A Texas SmartScape landscape doesn’t necessarily mean a landscape without turf, but turf often requires a lot of water and maintenance. Check out the Texas SmartScape plant list for groundcovers that can act as lawn substitutes. Shade-tolerant groundcovers are excellent alternatives to turf in shady areas. Consider where you might also change turf to something else—for example, a rock garden or butterfly garden. Efficient irrigation While plant selection is key for water conservation, you also need to know how to water efficiently. This might mean installing drip irrigation, incorporating smart meters, or other efficient watering methods such as cycle and soak. It’s best to group plants by water requirements so you can easily integrate efficient irrigation methods. Watering Guide Right plant, right place What goes into figuring out “the right place”? Your amount of sun and shade. Different plants have different light requirements, varying from full sun to shade. Your yard will have areas that receive different amounts of sun based on the shadows created by your and your neighbors’ houses, fences, and trees. Deciduous trees will also cast more or less shade depending on the season. Match the plant’s light requirements to the amount of light the location receives. (A plant might survive with a little less or more light than it prefers, but it won’t thrive.) Use the Texas SmartScape plant list database to find plants that will work well with the amount of light in each area of your yard. Evaluating soil. You should know your predominant soil type since it determines which plants to select from, watering techniques to use, and whether you need to amend the soil. (Organic amendments such as compost are the key to a solid foundation to help your plants thrive. Compost helps to condition the soil, hold moisture, prevent runoff, reduce erosion, and unlock nutrients in the soil.) Clay, sand, and loam soil mixtures are scattered throughout North Texas, with clay being the most common. If you need additional information about the soils in your area, contact your County Extension Agent or local plant nursery. Soil and Mulch Your drainage. Plants must have both air and water around their roots. Areas that often have poor drainage are sites at the bottom of a slope or those with clay soils. Very sandy soils or steep slopes can have drainage that is too fast, so water is not retained. Just as plants differ in the amount of light they require, they also differ in the amount of water they need or tolerate. For example, some plants—such as Calylophus—need excellent drainage. Others—such as Canna and Flame Acanthus—accept heavy soil. If your planting area has standing water 4-5 hours after a heavy rain, consider amending the existing soil by adding organic matter such as compost (3 to 4 inches), building a raised bed and filling it with amended soil, or install a subsurface draining system or rain garden with plants that tolerate poor drainage. The area. When you’re selecting a plant and considering where to plant it, remember to allow for plant growth. (For trees, also consider root growth.) The plant label or the plant database will provide you with information on the expected size of the plant at full maturity. Interested in doing a full yard makeover? Check out this step-by-step procedure to help you develop a plan, from developing a base map and inventorying your property to the final plan. Step by step guide

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