Do you recognize the following image, you have read true all kind of gardening and landscaping books and searched online, your head is filled with all kind of ideas, you have drawn some sketches but you still are not sure if your ideas will fit your garden. What you need is 3D landscape software so you can visualize into detail what your ideas will look like in real life.
Lets face it, visualizing is really difficult and some of the ideas you have created in your head might look silly or will result in disappointment when you finally get it realized. Not to speak about the money it can cost you when you have bought that beautiful tree, dug a huge hole and then when it finally is placed realizing that it takes all the light out of your sitting area and your kitchen.
These are the kind of mistakes that are very common and can easily be prevented when you buy some proper 3d landscape software. In the end it will save you time, money and a lot of disappointment. The cost of landscaping software can vary from thousands of dollars for professional 3d software to absolutely free in the case of open source software. It is up to you what kind of software you buy in the end.
What does 3d landscape software do?
Most 3d landscape software provide you with means to make a landscape plan suited for your climate and the design of your home and shape of garden. The expensive software make it possible to use scans of your home and the surroundings of your home to create a realistic picture. Other software let you choose from some possible home designs so you still have to visualize your own home into the picture.
Almost all of the 3d landscape software have a brought database of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs to visualize the ideas you have. You can even watch them grow by changing their age, or see what they ll look like through the seasons.
Watch out for the steep learning curve
Something else you need to consider when choosing 3d landscape software is the learning curve because there is a big difference between these products. Some are intuitive and have easy instructions while other can take you a long time if you want to understand how to use the software. And creating the plan you have in your head in the software can be quite complicated. Some of the more complicated pieces of landscaping software may actually take longer to learn how to use than it will take to landscape the yard. And I am sure that this is not what you want.
So what are the things you need to look for in good 3d landscape software?
Easy to Use
A brought variety of plants, trees and flowers to choose from
View of the landscape from different angles
Gardening supplies you need
With the right 3d landscape software you will be able to make wonderful plans and check if the ideas you have can be realized in your garden and save money and time during the process.
Hank Gordon blogs about his passion, gardening, at http://www.gardenersinfopoint.com
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