Free Landscape design software for PC

December 10, 2016
Front Yard Landscaping Design

Baby, it’s cold outside! These days, the best way to garden may involve sitting in a cozy armchair with your laptop. That’s right. Put away your pencil and graph paper – there are many easy-to-use and easy-on-the-wallet (or free!) apps and software out there can make planning a new flowerbed or veggie patch a cinch:

Many landscaping software companies make it simple to ‘see’ how your new garden can look, by incorporating features such as the ability to import photos of your home so you can design landscape elements around it. Then, you can see how your garden looks during the day, at night or throughout the seasons. Others let you create a 3D rendering of your finished project, or show you where tree and building shadows fall at different times of the day. There are even programs that forecast how plants and trees will grow in over time, letting you see your garden in the future!

Not sure what you want? Making virtual plans on a computer means having the flexibility to change your mind over and over again, without digging a single hole! Plus, many programs include a cost-estimating feature, so you can figure out where to splurge and where to save.

Want to see where to install an irrigation system, a raised herb garden, or a new fence? Some programs include design ideas for these, as well as plant encyclopedias complete with botanical names, photos and care guides that you can consult before investing big bucks.

Be sure to choose a program that includes lots of tools, plants and materials options to let you create the ideal plan for your landscape. And check if there’s a built-in tutorial section plus a question-and-answer tab. Some software comes with video tutorials for common gardening jobs. If the software is too complicated to install and use, you’ll probably give up on it!

Before you get started, you will need to measure and take stock of your existing landscaping: where the trees, deck, gazebo and other permanent elements are.

Here are 10 free (or free trial) resources to get you started. Enjoy creating a virtual tour of your garden, and feel free to share your own tips about computer gardening!

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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