I'm currently trying to map my property, for landscape design purposes, and I'm seeking a software solution to creating the map. I'd like something free (or almost free...), something that allows me to input measured distances, something with layers, and something fairly intuitive. Pipe dream?
I've tried to use Sketchup, and the ability to input line distance directly is brilliant! However, being a 3D rendering product, Sketchup lacks functionality for 2D landscape mapping and design.
I've used Campaign Cartographer for years when creating RPG maps, however, it seems to lack the ability to easily create real world maps, and input measured distances (unless I'm missing something).
Is there any software that I can use to accurately and intuitively map (for landscape design purposes) my 5 acre property, with layers, various symbols... and which won't cost hundreds of dollars?
posted by Sustainable Chiles
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I'm looking for a referral to a supplier of quality and reasonably priced evergreen type trees and plants in and around NYC (also LI, NJ, Conn., etc.) This would need to be a store, nursery or garden center that offers delivery to Manhattan. I've been to the "plant district" in the city but I'm interested in researching other alternatives. Looking to purchase in the next two weeks. Thank you.
posted by mbx
on Oct 7, 2013 -
My house was built in 1890. When I had foundation work done several years ago, the workers dug out a lot of dirt from under my house, and in that dirt they found a bunch of cut and carved stones - pure white marble, limestone, and granite. [more inside]
posted by caryatid
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Does anyone have a gardener who will do more than mow and blow, but has the knowledge, ability, and experience to do some planting, trimming, and maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Pomeroy
on Sep 28, 2013 -
I live in zone 9b (northern CA) and I'm looking for good ground-cover plants that are hearty, can withstand moist/rocky soil, and need lots of water. The challenge is that this area (about 8 square feet) is right next to the foundation of our house, and the gutter pours water into the area. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I work in a garden that is a Beaux Arts designed garden that mimics a Persian/Mughal walled garden. I'm interested in finding out what the Beaux Arts guys knew about these gardens and the ideas/symbolism/history that they were thinking about when they were designing them. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek
on Jun 7, 2013 -
So I just got this phone fairly recently, it's an android HTC 1x+ and while I love it a lot, I've been running into 2 issues which really bring the whole experience down for me. How can I stop my phone from reloading each page every time I switch tabs and how can I keep my place when it switches from portrait mode to landscape and back? [more inside]
posted by Carillon
on May 10, 2013 -
Ms. B and I live in our first house. We'd like to do some stuff in the yard, but don't know where to start. We're in the U.S. What do we need to know? [Some details inside.] [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher
on Sep 25, 2012 -
We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
posted by rvrlvr
on Aug 25, 2012 -
Why can't I hire a landscaper? I know how to find one. I know how to show what I want done and how to ask for bids. Why can't I get one of them to accept the job? [more inside]
posted by caryatid
on Jul 31, 2012 -
Please recommend blogs, tumblrs, pinterests, or whatever the kids are calling it, that collect beautiful renderings of speculative landscape, architecture, and urban design projects, especially utopian projects.
posted by moonmilk
on Jun 5, 2012 -
You know those miniature dioramas you sometimes find in Chinese restaurants, the ones made out of something like bamboo shavings (?), usually scenes of some trees, a bridge and a small temple or gazebo, set in a little glass box/frame?
My Google-fu is weak - my young son is disappoint (he would love one for his birthday)... [more inside]
posted by progosk
on May 18, 2012 -
I'm looking for fabric to make a skirt or dress. I want a large format landscape printed parallel to the selvage, like this
, not a repeating print across the fabric like this
. Can you help me find one? Know of any fabric stores with this kind of stock? Google-fu has let me down.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Nov 29, 2011 -
I'm looking for information on parks or playgrounds in areas of conflict, especially urban areas. [more inside]
posted by sepviva
on Jul 5, 2011 -
BookFilter: Seeking recommendations for book-club-type novels or short story collections about nature and the outdoors. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Gravel on one side, grass on the other. What's a good border that's kid friendly? [more inside]
posted by smelvis
on May 29, 2011 -
I'm looking for examples of media that combine the landscape of the American West with the horror genre. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Apr 28, 2011 -
I love this 7+ hr video of the Bergensbanen
in Norway. The scenery is amazing and the fact that it's just one shot means that I can just leave it on on the background as a kind of moving landscape. I'm looking for your recommendations for something similar to play via computer on a pc, tv or flat panel monitor. [more inside]
posted by thecjm
on Feb 6, 2011 -
Trying to remember the name of an artist who does fantasy landscapes usually involving waterfalls, caves, and castles, with a touch of mystery and secrecy. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Are there people who specialize in landscaping / horticultural arts for architectural and residential photoshoots? In NYC? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex
on Jun 9, 2010 -
I'm trying to think of the name of a male, Eastern-European artist that made paintings of dark, unsettling landscapes. I remember being linked to a very basic webpage of his work, and I wish I could remember more details about his work. As for time period, maybe 20's-70's. Again, sorry for the lack of details. I want to say he was not well-known and did the landscapes in the 40's or 50's.
posted by SouthCNorthNY
on Jun 6, 2010 -
What is the best backyard rock for our 3 dogs that will work for our house in Arizona? [more inside]
posted by chillax
on May 1, 2010 -
Landscape filter. How much prep is absolutely required when building a patio out of pavers? [more inside]
posted by Some1
on Apr 3, 2010 -
Our very active dog has turned what used to be a fairly nice backyard lawn into clumps of grass and lots of dirt. [more inside]
posted by davcoo
on Mar 28, 2010 -
What can you tell me about these Scottish landscape prints I found in the trash? [more inside]
posted by domnit
on Mar 16, 2010 -
It's time to begin my dream garden - help me design it!
I've always dreamt of being self-sufficient enough to virtually take my family off the food grid. Last year we moved to a house with an acre of land, all woods, and as soon as this latest snow dump disappears the contractors will arrive and clear approximately 5,000 sf of it (out-of-scale pictures here
I'm poised on the brink of drawing up plans and am eager for some input; I've got the wee beginnings of an orchard coming in March, plus the beds will be built of harvested timbers and thus fairly permanent, so I want to get the design right the first time. [more inside]
posted by GardenGal
on Feb 7, 2010 -
I am doing a lot of landscaping gigs lately, and want to start planting Edible Landscape for folks. How much should I charge for an edible tree package? [more inside]
posted by Sentus
on Dec 6, 2009 -
I am thinking about starting a landscaping business. I don't really have direct experience in the field. Looking for resources. [more inside]
posted by Sentus
on Nov 4, 2009 -
When hiring a landscape architect, how useful (or not) is it to apply 'must have professional liability' as a selection criteria? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman
on Jul 27, 2009 -
How do we stop (or slow) the erosion of soil down a slope into a stream?
We live in a condo in Shelby Township, Michigan. The soil slopes from the street level to a small stream. How do I find a landscape architect / service that will forestall the erosion? [more inside]
posted by Drasher
on Mar 29, 2009 -
Where to find two photographs of the same country landscape- one in the summer, one in the winter snow? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf
on Jan 25, 2009 -
Landscape Architecture! I'm a student thinking about changing fields from IR to landscape architecture and I'm interested in all and any of your thoughts on the subject. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers
on Nov 17, 2008 -
Trying to transfer to a four year college, and changing direction mid -stream. Am I being foolish to consider shifting from aiming for a landscape architecture degree to one in ecological engineering, especially when engineering colleges have completely different requirements than what I've been focusing on? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia
on Jul 10, 2008 -
How to remove and prepare our yard/lawn. Is a "sod cutter" overkill, what about a mattock? Once the crabgrass is gone, what next? I have a lot of questions ;) [more inside]
posted by Echidna882003
on Jul 5, 2008 -
Which living landscape photographer's work can be compared to Anselm Adams' stunning photography?
Perhaps Edward Burtynsky (or Andreas Gursky - although he manipulates his images)... ?
posted by jp021272
on May 26, 2008 -