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what is the best program for landscape design.?

I want to take a picture of my property and place landscaping over top of it and be able to move items around, such as a pool, hot tub, bushes, rock garden to see where the work best in my yard. Any ideas?

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  1. If you want to get fancy. you could invest in a landscape design program. Better Homes and Garden makes one but it's pricey - around $70 is the cost. There are others that are not as expensive. Just Google landscape design software. Or - If you take a bunch of digital photos or your garden, you could put them into a graphics program if you already have one like Photoshop or GIMP. This would let you cut and paste. You could then go online and find images of things you would like for your garden landscape and paste them into the picture to see how it would look. You can also have some contractors over to get estimates and some expert advice - this would also let you get a feel for who you want to hire if you decide to go ahead with the landscaping project. It might also help point out potential problems you wouldn't think of, for example, you may want to place a pool or spa in an area that won't have enough room for equipment, or you may want to put plants or trees in a spot where the soil just isn't going to work with them.