Inspired by Mark's blog on landscaping software I decided to once again try out a program to help create a vision for my property.
I had purchased a program years ago but, whether it was me or the program, it just wasn’t working as I had hoped. But, being a visual person, I thought I’d give it another try and headed to the Apple site to see what available. I ended up investing in the Landscape Design program and have been having fun (and getting frustrated by) the possibilities.
If I was a perfectionist I would start over and get the specific measurements for my property and my house. Fortunately I can deal with the inaccuracies and the adjustments needed to make things “fit”.
Here is an aerial view of the property “as it is” except with some areas filled in with plants, envisioning the possibilities.
At the bottom is the “Carolinian Forest” in the making. Although I could have made the trees full-size in the program, it was hard to see what was lying underneath so I’ve kept them mid-size.
My long-term goal has always been to reduce the amount of grass to just pathways. As you can see in the image I have a long way to go. Some of the garden plots shown here have not been created yet and most are not as wide or as filled in as the vision. I have a lot of work to do and a lot of plants to grow!
Doesn’t this look lovely?
Here is the area in front of the house—the grape arbor on the left and my “outside the box” window and wisteria arbor. Maybe some day it will actually look like this!
Benefits of the Program
1. Inspiration. Often, when I look out at my yard I see chaos and clutter and sometimes even think about turning it all back into a blank slate of green grass. By seeing the possibilities I am inspired to continue on with my vision. I just have to be patient.
2. Clarifying my likes/dislikes. I think I’ve said this before but I have a vision, I just don’t know what it is! I just keep planting stuff here and there and hoping that it turns out right in the end. Although at times it seems completely random I also know that I “know” when something isn’t what/where I want it. So there is a vision inside this head somewhere. The landscaping program is helping to draw it out. For example, I love the grape arbor area and the little arbor Rick and I made last year. Now I want to add more structures to the yard, turning the area into something beyond an orchard.
You can see the new arbor here on the right (image below), fitting in nicely and visually connecting with the grape arbor. Of course, this is more of an areal view and not one that you’d see from walking level. But I think the connectedness is still felt even if you can’t see the bigger picture at one time.
What I also see in the above picture is the raised bed that I wanted and now seems, well, out of place. Perhaps I’ll remove the boards, spread out the soil and plant another cluster of dwarf fruit trees.
Do you see any other improvements I can make? Suggestions? Options? Devil’s Advocate comments? I’d love your input.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)