Garden design software?

(6 Posts)
TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 05-Sep-16 11:19:54

The time has come for us to get our heads round replanning the garden in the house we moved into 2 years ago.
It's half an acre, a silly shape (no right angles), not flat, lots of fixed points like summerhouses and mature trees.

I have been trying to draw it all out on graph paper and just ended up going aargh.

Does anyone know if there is garden design software that I can use, where I can start out by uploading a scanned plan rather than have to draw it all out on the screen, but won't be too difficult to learn to use because I have no experience of CAD or other design software?

I don't mind paying a bit for it.

Thanks.

Ferguson Mon 05-Sep-16 20:18:11

I don't know how these work, but might be worth exploring:

www.marshalls.co.uk/homeowners/free-garden-patio-and-driveway-design-tools/garden-visualiser

www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/gardening/ideas/virtual-garden-design.aspx#

theselfsufficientliving.com/10-free-garden-landscape-design-software-tool/

www.gardena.com/uk/garden-life/my-garden/

smallblueprinter.com/garden/planner.html

www.smartdraw.com/landscape-design/landscape-software.htm

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 06-Sep-16 10:09:25

Thanks, Ferguson!
I am getting the feeling that not a lot of people on here have used software for this and that in itself is interesting iyswim.

didireallysaythat Wed 07-Sep-16 21:48:11

I've tried to do this in the past. And failed. But I have a short attention plan. What did work for me was taking a photo, printing it out A4, then tracing it out, adding and deleting things as I wanted. Gave me the courage to make bigger borders. But you've got a larger plot so may not be useful....

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Thu 08-Sep-16 09:17:56

That's interesting Did, thank you. I can see that working for individual bits.

In the process of trying to find software I have discovered one useful thing, which is that it's possible to take measurements from Google Earth.

GardenGeek Sat 17-Sep-16 11:34:24

Sorry late to post; industry uses Vectorworks or CAD, but are both very too expensive for one off. You might be able to get a trial though, and it takes a day max to learn 2D basics.

Sketchup I think is your best bet. Mainly used to do quick 3Ds but also can do quick basic 2Ds and used to be free so probably best.

If you have a pdf file you can separate the vectors (lines) using Vectorworks and it will give you the lines already drawn; but this takes a bit of learning to do and it will probably be just as quick too scan and trace it.

Best of Luck

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