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Planting Documentation

Welcome to our Planting documentation section. Here, you'll learn all about how to create a planting design, from building your palette to placing and labeling plants, checking for errors, calculating plant quantities and placing schedules, turning your plan into a presentation, and customizing everything to do with planting.

Resources for Planting

Power Tips

We offer a complete plant library, smart plant blocks and hatches ready to use, plus the ability to count and label plants automatically and create schedules in a few clicks. This Power Tip will show you everything you need to get started – all in three minutes.

Want to see other two- or three-minute planting videos? Check out our planting Power Tip videos.

PDF (download & print)

 

Webinars

Want to go more in depth? We provide free hourlong training sessions on almost every topic related to our software. Browse our planting webinars.

 

 

 

Customize Planting to Your Standards

Get started using Land F/X to enforce and even evolve your CAD standards.

 

View our Customization Overview section: Build your office standards from the ground up, or use our customization tools to enforce your existing office standards.

 

Quick video

Preferences Overview

 

Set Your Preferences
  • Planting Preferences: Select styles for your plant labels, plant codes, and more.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Sizes Preferences: Control the contents of your Plant Schedules.
    This article includes a video.
  • Text Styles (Fonts): Fine-tune the fonts and point sizes in your labels and schedules.
  • Preference Set: Store and save your office standards in one central location, known as a Preference Set. Create a different Preference Set for each client, project type, region ... it's all up to you.
    This article includes a video.

 

Customize Your Plant Symbols and Groundcover Hatches

 

Customize Your Plant Labels

 

Customize Your Plant Schedules
  • Format your Plant Schedules exactly how you want them, and include as much or as little information as you like.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Schedule examples: Get a sample of the variety of Plant Schedule formats you can generate.
    This article includes a video.
  • Customize your schedule text: Configure the Schedule Title and Schedule Text styles to meet your standard for schedules.
  • User-defined data fields: Create your own custom data columns for your Plant Schedules.
  • Send schedules to a spreadsheet: Did you know you can send Plant Schedules to a spreadsheet for further editing? Here's how.
    This article includes a video.
  • Schedules Uppercase: Choose whether or not your schedules will appear in all uppercase (capital) letters.
  • Numeric displays: Configure how numerals appear in your drawings, including choosing a currency setting for monetary amounts.

 

And Don't Forget

 

Webinars
  • Planting F/X Setup: If you're trying to make Planting F/X work with your firm's existing style standards, this webinar is for you. (58 min)
  • Customize for Office Color Standards: This webinar covers the necessary tools and techniques for a black belt in the art of office standards – from CTB plotting files to valuable Land F/X tools that enable instant layer color conversions and office color setup. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Customizing Land F/X: Learn how to work with specific blocks, layer names, sheet protocols, and other distinct elements that make up your firm’s practices and preferences. (1 hr 3 min)
  • Setting up Templates and Preferences for Repeat Clients: To save time and increase your accuracy, learn how to deliver a consistent drawing package for your repeat clients by setting up project templates and Preference Sets. (50 min)
  • Browse our planting webinars

 

Set Up a Project

It's important to set up a new project for each new job you start.

 

Quick videos

Create A New Project

 

Setting the Scale

 

Open a project

 

Articles
  • Starting a new Land F/X project: Your first step when using Land F/X.
    This article includes a video.
  • Setting the scale: Your second step when using Land F/X. We make it incredibly easy!
    This article includes a video.
  • Drawing and sheet setup: Using multiple drawings in a sheet set? Do it the right way.
    This article includes a video.
  • Clean your drawings: Drawing corruption can ruin your day. Prevent it by keeping your drawings clean.
    This article includes a video.

 

Webinars
  • Land F/X Admin & Setup: This webinar will show you what you need to know about Land F/X admin processes and project setup. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Working With Scale: Scale is the most fundamental Land F/X feature. In this webinar, we'll start with the basics of scale in both Imperial and Metric systems. We'll then continue into advanced tips and tricks for creating a perfect-looking sheet. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Browse our planting webinars

 

 

Add (Specify) Plants

Choose from more than 24,000 plants. Add plants you your Land F/X project, and assign data to your plant symbol blocks.

 

Quick videos

Adding New Plants

 

Import a Plant From a Project/Template

 

Articles
  • Plant Manager: Your one-stop shop for adding, editing, and placing plants.
    This article includes a video.
  • Dock the Plant Manager to keep adding and editing plants while still being able to work in your plan.
  • Add plants: To specify the plants you'll use in a design, add those plants to your Land F/X project.
    This article includes a video.
  • Same plant, different sizes, codes, or symbols: Need to add different versions of the same plant? Here's how.
  • Select plant symbols: Assign each of your project plants with its own symbol block to represent it in your drawing.
    This article includes a video.
  • Flats, sods, and seeds: Spec your groundcovers in the exact form you need for each project.
  • Edit plants: Make changes to the data assigned to any of your plants.
    This article includes a video.
  • Add plants: To specify the plants you'll use in a design, add those plants to your Land F/X project.
    This article includes a video.
  • Add a plant to our master plant database: Don't see a plant you want to use in our list of plants? Just add it!
  • Natural Spacing: Learn about our unique mathematically formulated groundcover spacing pattern.
  • Import plants: Do you find yourself using the same plants across multiple projects? Learn how to import plants from projects or templates.
    This article includes a video.
  • Seed or plant mixes: Need to create a mix of seeds or plant species? Use our Concept Plant Manager.

 

Webinars

 

Concept Landscape Design

If you want, you can sketch out your planting design before you even build your palette. Our Concept Planting tool allows you to place plants as conceptual "design groups" of trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. You can then transform your Concept Plants into actual plant varieties later. You can also use this tool to place seed, sod, and plant mixes.

 

Quick videos

Place a Concept Tree or Shrub

 

Place a Concept Shrub Area or Groundcover

 

Articles

 

Webinars

 

Place Plants

Place your plants in seconds. 

 

Quick videos
 

Paint Mode

 

Copy Along Tools

 

Placing Plants: The Basics
  • Plant Manager: Here's where to start. Browse through a list of the plants you've specified, and place each one.
    This article includes a video.
  • Groundcover and Shrub Area spacing: Dial in the density of your groundcovers or Shrub Areas to achieve the plant quantity or area you want.
  • Placing plants: Learn the essential steps and techniques for placing your project plants in your drawings.

 

Specialized Tools for Placing Plants

We offer a variety of useful and time-saving tools for placing plants:

  • Generic Plants: Not ready to place "smart" plants yet? Sketch out your design with our generic plant symbol blocks, then use Match Properties to turn them into project plants later.
    This article includes a video.
  • Match Properties: Pull the data associated with one plant and apply it to other plants in your drawing.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Mirror: Place a mirror image of an existing group of plants.
    This article includes a video.
  • Copy plants along a path: Choose a polyline, line, or arc, setting your desired spacing along the way.
    This article includes a video.
  • Xhair Angle: "Snap" plants to a specific crosshair angle in your drawing.
    This article includes a video.
  • Array Plants: Arrange plants in a triangular or square array.
    This article includes a video.
  • Match Plant: Assign the data from one plant in your drawing to another.
    This article includes a video.
  • Exclude Shrubs: Place a groundcover or Shrub Area hatch without adding the hatch to the individual trees or shrubs within that planting area.
    This article includes a video.
  • Paint Mode: "Paint" multiple plants into your drawing at once with a sweep of your mouse.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Shotgun: Achieve rapid-fire plant placement. Use keyboard commands to place specific numbers and patterns of plants, and toggle between several planting tools on the fly.
    This article includes a video.
  • Change Plant: Quickly swap out one plant for another in your drawing.
  • Import CSV: Instantly place plants at the locations of given data points in your drawings using a comma separated values (CSV) file.

 

Webinars

 

Label Plants

Label your plants with completely customizable callout styles. Match your office standards for font and label styles.  

 

Quick videos

Label a Group of Plants

 

Working with Plant Label Scales

 

Articles

 

Webinars

 

Edit & Revise

With our editing tools, revisions are quick, easy, and intuitive. Be right 100% of the time!

 

Quick videos

Verify Labels

 

Highlight Plants

 

Articles
  • Verify Plant Labels: Do a complete error check of all labels in your plan. This tool will be your best friend.
    This article includes a video.
  • Edit plant information using our Block Data/View/Edit tool.
    This article includes a video.
  • Change Plant: Quickly swap out one plant for another.
  • Highlight Plant: Locate all instances of a single plant variety in your drawing with one click.
    This article includes a video.
  • POLYDIVIDE: Instantly divide a planting area into up to 10 equal sections.

 

Webinars

 

Plant Schedules

Create a schedule in three clicks! Our Plant Schedule tool offers a wide assortment of customization options.

 

 

Articles
  • Plant Schedules: Learn everything you need to know about creating and placing a Plant Schedule.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Schedule destination: Place a Plant Schedule directly in your drawing, in table format, or in a spreadsheet.
  • Associate details with plants and list the details in your Plant Schedule.
  • Work Areas: Create a "drawing within a drawing" so you can:
    This article includes a video.
    • Limit your Plant Schedule to one area of your plan, or
    • Place multiple schedules showing different areas or phases.

 

Webinars

 

Presentation Tools

Need to present your design to a client? Dress up your planting plan using our powerful graphic and presentation tools.

 

Quick videos

Plant Color Render

 

Photo Callouts

 

Articles
  • Plan Graphics: Choose generic site amenities from our extensive library of plan-view blocks.
    This article includes a video.
  • Reference Notes: Use this powerful tool to place "smart" site amenities or hardscaping hatches.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Photo Callouts: Take your labeling to the next level. This tool does an automatic image search online for photos of the plant you want to callout. Or browse to your own photos.
    This article includes a video.
  • Color Render: Add color to your plant symbols and hatches.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Outlines: Add definition to your planting areas.
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Shadows: Lend some depth to your planting design.
    This article includes a video.
  • 3D Connection: Bring your design from CAD to a 3D model and back again. Data stays attached to all your plants and site amenities.
    This article includes a video.

 

Webinars

 

Bring Your Design into SketchUp

Translate your 2D CAD designs into 3D SketchUp!

 

 

Articles
  • Install our Land F/X SketchUp plugin (included with your Planting F/X installation) to enable a connection between CAD and SketchUp.
    This article includes a video.
  • SketchUp planting and site design tools: Everything you need to know about transferring your design between CAD and SketchUp.
  • 3D Connection: Also included with your installation, this tool allows you to bring your design from CAD to SketchUp and back again. Data stays attached to all your plants and site amenities.
    This article includes a video.

 

Webinars
  • 3D Connection Basics for SketchUp: This webinar will show you how to use the Land F/X 3D connection tool to integrate your CAD design into a working 3D model. (1 hr 3 min)
  • SketchUp Basics: This webinar will introduce you to 3D modeling in SketchUp, giving you a basic understanding of some of the most important tools and concepts you need to use SketchUp for your designs. (1 hr 3 min)
  • SketchUp Basics Part 2: In Part 2 of our SketchUp Basics webinar series, we go into the proper use of components and groups, right-click options, working with lines and dividing into segments, rotate and copy tools, and the paint and texture options. (1 hr 3 min)
  • Browse our planting webinars