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Exclude Shrubs

When you place a groundcover hatch, you can use our Exclude Shrubs feature to eliminate hatch patterns from shrub symbols for more concise drawings and accurate plant counts.

 

 

 

 

 

The Exclude Shrubs tool only works on our groundcover hatches. To exclude trees, shrubs, or shrub areas from site hatches, such as gravel, you can use the Plant Outlines tool.

Exclude Shrubs Overview

Open the Plant Manager, and place a groundcover.

Exclude Shrubs only works with plants you've added as groundcovers. If you want to use this feature with a plant you've added as a Shrub Area, delete the plant (if you haven't placed it already), and add it again as a groundcover.

 

 

 

You'll now see an option in the Command line to Exclude Shrubs.

 

 

Type E to enable the Exclude Shrubs feature. Then click a polyline boundary that contains individual shrubs.

 

 

 

 

A non-plot boundary line will be created automatically around each individual shrub within the groundcover area you selected.

 

 

 

The plant count will be updated to match the groundcover area excluding the shrubs.

Important:

  • Be sure all plant symbols are within the hatch boundary line. The Exclude Shrubs feature will only eliminate the hatch pattern from shrubs that are completely within the hatch boundary line.
  • The Exclude Shrubs tool will not eliminate hatch patterns from tree symbols.

Applying Exclude Shrubs to All Groundcover Areas Automatically

We've added a checkbox in the Planting Preferences that automatically applies Exclude Shrubs to every groundcover hatch you place.

 

 

Open the Planting Preferences:

 

F/X Planting ribbon, Planting flyout

 

 

 

F/X Admin ribbon, Planting button

F/X Planting menu, Preferences option

 

 

 

Several toolbars (Planting toolbar pictured)

 

 

or type FXPreferences in the Command line

 

 

 

In the Planting Preferences, check the Ground Covers exclude shrubs box.

 

 

 

Then click OK to save this setting.

 

 

 

Once you apply this setting, Exclude Shrubs will engage automatically whenever you place groundcover hatches.

Like all other changes you make in the Preferences, this setting will not be applied to the existing contents of your drawing. If you want to apply Exclude Shrubs to existing hatches, you'll need to do it manually using the Exclude Shrubs tool.

Exclude Shrubs and Concept Groundcovers

Want to use Exclude Shrubs when placing groundcovers you've added as Concept Plants? It will work with Concept groundcovers, but only manually – and only with shrubs you've added and placed from the Plant Manager. When you're about to place a concept groundcover, press the E key to trigger the Exclude Shrubs option when you place the groundcover. Note that Exclude Shrubs will not recognize and exclude individual Concept shrubs.

Why Doesn't Exclude Shrubs Work On All Plants in the Area I Selected?

As mentioned above, Exclude Shrubs will only work on plants that are completely within the hatch boundary line. If Exclude Shrubs is not eliminating the hatch from some of the plants in the planting area you selected, check to ensure that those plants are completely within the bounding polyline. If not, you'll need to either:

  • Move the problematic plants completely within the boundary line, or
  • Move the bounding line outward to encompass the plants completely

 

In this example, all plants are completely within the boundary line.

 

 

 

As a result, Exclude Shrubs

is able to create a bounding line around each plant and exclude the plants from the groundcover hatch when we place it.

 

 

 

In the example to the left, we've added three plants to our previous design.

 

 

Note that the three plants are not contained completely within the planting area boundary.

 

 

 

As a result, Exclude Shrubs is unable to create the necessary bounding lines around the three new plants, and these plants are not excluded from the hatch when we place it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To correct the problem, we'll move the three new plants completely within the planting area boundary, as pictured to the left.

 

 

 

As a result, Exclude Hatch is now able to create the necessary bounding lines around the three plants and exclude them from the hatch when we place it.

 

 

 

Why Does This Happen?

In short, because that's just the way that AutoCAD hatches work (or more accurately, don't work) with intersecting objects.

 

A plant contained only partly within a boundary line is actually intersecting with that line. Because of the inherent nature of hatches, AutoCAD will not allow plants to be excluded from hatches unless they are contained completely by the hatched area.

 

 

 

That's why, if we were to (hypothetically) move a few of the plants partially outside our hatched planting area, the hatch would then be applied to the portions of the plants that lie outside the planting area.

Related Webinars

  • Getting Started with the Planting Tools: Starting from square one, we'll provide the necessary information for familiarizing yourself with the software and starting your training right. (1 hr 3 min)

Troubleshooting

Issue: When you attempt to use the Exclude Shrubs tool, a groundcover hatch fails to detect shrubs to exclude

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 18:01
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