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Use Landscaping Software to Design the Yard You've Always Wanted

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

The holidays are over, decorations are put away, and now what are you going to do until spring arrives? Some people enjoy playing around on their computers, Web surfing or trying out new software. Why not use some of that computer time to design your yard?

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  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Landscaping Software for Homeowners

There are some advanced landscaping software programs for civil engineers, architects, and landscape designers; however, there are also some excellent basic programs available for any homeowner who wants to make some personalized plans.

Many of these programs are easy to use, and provide templates so you can see how different plants, trees, flowers, and structures would look in your yard. You can download a picture of your house and yard, and arrange various elements to see how they appear within your property.

You can see exactly how a blue spruce might look on the front right corner of your house, or a weeping willow in the center of your backyard. Add landscaping rocks to your front yard, or see how planting a flower bed might look on the side of your house.

Determine the Landscaping Software Features You Need and Want

Before you purchase a landscaping software program, make sure it offers the features you want. Check its capabilities and:

  • Hardware requirements, ensuring it can work on your computer
  • Plant templates, making sure they are compatible with your area's climate
  • Structure templates, if you are thinking of adding a deck or gazebo
  • The ability to add your own pictures to the templates at various angles

You may find that designing your yard is so much fun that you could start a side business designing your neighbors' yards!

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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