Just as virtual technology helps the do-it-yourself decorator design their home, a growing range of applications are making landscaping easier.
Want to put petunias along the fence? An app can show you what they will look like.
But unlike furniture, plants are a bit more complicated (can you plant petunias in April?) And some technologies can be difficult for the untrained to use.
“Home gardeners sometimes have problems,” says Patrick Pozzuto, founder of the iScape app ($ 9.99, from Home Revivals LLC), who, based in Mt. Pleasant, SC, worked as an entrepreneur before launching his application. “They don’t necessarily know which plant goes with what, and what areas it will grow in. And some people are not artistic and are in trouble.”
But “organizing plants using a touchscreen is much easier than using your lower back to do it,” he admitted.
Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, based in Jacksonville, Texas, said home gardeners are better off using pencil and grid paper, with each square representing 6 inches, or whatever scale is appropriate for the garden. particular.
Yet even for hobbyists, he notes, the information on some online sites can make the difference between failure and success in gardening and landscaping projects.
Garden.org, for example, offers a nationwide database, searchable by postcode, to tell home gardeners what frost dates are for their area, when to plant what vegetables and flowers, and what types of frost. plants will encourage, for example, certain varieties of butterflies or bees.
“Such knowledge is crucial to the success of a person’s gardening project,” he says. “Lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes all have different dates when they should be planted for best results, and planting dates vary depending on where you live. Just because you see the plants for sale in the nursery doesn’t mean it’s a good time to plant. “
And even if you haven’t figured out all the features of gardening apps yet, they can be a good way to show professional landscapers what you have in mind, says Pozzuto,
Richard Heller of Greener By Design, a New York-area company that uses 3D software to help with both landscaping and customer communication, says the software is making a huge difference.
The software “is still not very widespread and it gives us an incredible competitive advantage,” Heller said. “It allows people to see what is not being planted, so they start to develop the projects they have in mind,” he says.
Other popular DIY landscaping apps
Garden Designer, $ 9.99, from Artifact Interactive
Design Your New Environment, $ 9.99, from Home Revivals
Garden Plan Pro, $ 9.99, from Growing Interactive
Perennial Match, $ 4.99, from Harmony Systems Inc.