TAG: Landscape design

CAO Design Challenge crafts outdoor spaces for children

March 20, 2014By

Some clients told them to design a landscape that incorporated trees made of cotton candy. Others customers insisted on having an area where they could dig up treasure. To deliver on these requests would be a challenge for any landscape designer. But for the teams of college students that received them as part of the Come Alive Outside (CAO) Design... read more

Defeating the drought

February 3, 2014By

One of the big challenges facing the future of the landscaping industry is water. Or more precisely, the lack of water. The western United States is facing drought conditions that range from abnormally dry to exceptional drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. (See map.) For example, drought conditions are so bad in parts of California they... read more

What I’m Reading Wednesday: Google Helpouts

November 6, 2013By

I have just one article for you this week, albeit a fascinating one. It seems the Google Hangout (who’s ever participated in one of those, by the way?) has a revenue-generating cousin with a possible application for the landscape market. “Google Helpouts Promises ‘Real Help from Real People in Real Time’ — for a Price” Time “A new way to... read more

Ep. 5: Give your clients a real 3D experience

December 19, 2012By

As all of us know, it is oftentimes difficult for homeowners to understand two dimensional landscape plans. That’s where John Porco, Founder and CEO of VisionScape, comes in. VisionScape allows designers and contractors to show their clients a drawing that allows them to not only look at, but walk though, their landscape before it is ever built. Porco discusses how... read more

Secluded sanctuary

June 20, 2012By

Designed by: Grace Design Associates Inc., Santa Barbara, CA Lead Landscape Designer Margie Grace recalls this award-winning landscape project as one with an interesting challenge: The husband at this account recently put in a garage and a parking area at their Montecito foothills compound (main house, guest house, office, all staggered down a slope). His wife called Grace Design Associates once... read more

Drafix Software

September 11, 2011By

Now featuring 3D capabilities, PRO Landscape is the standard in design software for landscape professionals. PRO Landscape includes photorealistic imaging, night and holiday lighting, CAD and estimating in one easy-to-use and easy-to-learn program. Now with 3D! The program has helped literally thousands of contractors and architects save hours of valuable time, sell a higher percentage of jobs, and dramatically increase... read more