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The 9 Best Land­scap­ing Pho­to Apps in 2017

Com­pa­ny­Cam is com­mit­ted to mak­ing your work less dif­fi­cult through any means pos­si­ble. For your con­ve­nience, we have dug deep and nar­rowed in on the 9 best apps to accel­er­ate your Land­scap­ing Busi­ness’ workflow. 




iScape does what just about any soft­ware does that begins with the ever-present i” — it puts you in the driver’s seat. Sim­ply put, iScape is one of the best land­scap­ing apps out there if what you need is a tool to help you and your clients see where they’re begin­ning and where you’re going to take them by project’s end. 

With a sim­ple but intu­itive user inter­face, iScape allows you to snap a pho­to of your project area and then build in any and every­thing one could imag­ine — from shrub­bery to pools — to meet the design needs of projects of all dif­fer­ent sizes. 

Got a sim­ple redesign of small land­scap­ing bed? Yeah, iScape will help you do that. Got an acreage that needs exten­sive land­scap­ing and a mon­strous retain­ing wall? Yeah, iScape has you covered. 

iScape’s exten­sive data­base will grant you the ver­sa­til­i­ty you require to meet your client’s expectations. 

Whether you’re a do-it-your­selfer or a land­scape design pro­fes­sion­al — iScape offers you a slick land­scap­ing app that will help you bring clar­i­ty and effi­cien­cy to any project you’re about to tackle.


iScape offers both a free and a paid ver­sion of their app. At $9.99, you will prob­a­bly want to pur­chase the full paid ver­sion in order to take full advan­tage of all iScape has to offer. 


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Com­pa­ny­Cam is the ulti­mate pho­to land­scape appli­ca­tion for busi­ness. Uti­liz­ing GPS, the app auto­mat­i­cal­ly orga­nizes every pho­to tak­en by job site. You and your team can take unlim­it­ed pho­tos — all of which are loca­tion and time-stamped, sent to the cloud, and stored secure­ly — mean­ing you can access any project, any­time, anywhere.

But the real pow­er of the app is dis­played when you bring on oth­er tech­ni­cians. Because the app does the orga­niz­ing auto­mat­i­cal­ly, every tech­ni­cian saves time. There is no ques­tion as to where to store some­thing and man­agers have instant vision into every job site.


Com­pa­ny­Cam has a straight­for­ward pric­ing struc­ture. For every user that needs to take pho­tos, it is $19/​month. Although Com­pa­ny­Cam offers a free plan up to three users and 50 projects.


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Land­scap­er’s Companion



If you are look­ing for the one land­scape design app that will sin­gle-hand­ed­ly replace all the land­scap­ing ref­er­ence mate­r­i­al you have built up over the years, Landscaper’s Com­pan­ion is it. I know that will come as music to your ears if you are as tired as I am of pour­ing over a book’s index, try­ing to remem­ber if that shrub is decid­u­ous or semi-decid­u­ous. Am I right?

The bot­tom line here is that Landscaper’s Com­pan­ion offers you an incred­i­bly sim­ple, ful­ly search­able data­base of over 26,000 plants. Once you dig in, you’ll find that you can search for just about any­way you’d like — from a plant’s sun and water require­ments to their size when they are ful­ly mature. 

In a nut­shell, this ref­er­ence tool will essen­tial­ly make you capa­ble of solv­ing any puz­zle that could be thrown at you dur­ing a land­scape design project. It’s ver­sa­til­i­ty will grant you land­scap­ing Grand Cham­pi­on pow­ers that will set you apart from your com­peti­tors who keep turn­ing to the same tired solu­tions over and over again.

Final­ly, along with the plant data­base (with over 21,000 pho­tos), Landscaper’s Com­pan­ion helps you orga­nize plant list­ings by client/​project in a ful­ly sharable for­mat enabling you to stay on top of mul­ti­ple projects, all from your phone or tablet.


Landscaper’s Com­pan­ion is avail­able for $9.99 in the app store. No free ver­sion is offered but with the exten­sive nature of this resource, you won’t look back after pur­chas­ing it.

GPS Area Calculator



Excess mate­ri­als or repur­chas­ing because of area mea­sure­ment mis­cal­cu­la­tions should be a thing of the past with the tech­nol­o­gy you have at your fin­ger­tips today. GPS Area Cal­cu­la­tor will help you take the guess­work out of this pri­ma­ry step in land­scape design so that you can fin­ish a project faster and you won’t be kick­ing your­self for buy­ing too much or too lit­tle product.

GPS Area Cal­cu­la­tor works basi­cal­ly as you’d expect – it uti­lizes your mobile devices GPS data, allows you to drop pins on a map in an area you’re work­ing, and then cal­cu­lates the exact area. 

Sim­ple — yeah. Use­ful — yeah. Why didn’t some­one cre­ate this type of app soon­er? Exactly. 

So — imag­ine land­scape design esti­mates with­out the guess­work, with­out the need to walk off areas and do a load of geom­e­try in your head (if you’re work­ing in any area oth­er than a square or rec­tan­gle), and you’ve got what your land­scape design will look like with GPS Area Calculator. 

In the end, this app will save you time, will save both you and your client mon­ey, and will make you look like a math wiz­ard that can esti­mate areas down to the square inch with loads of accuracy.


GPS Area Cal­cu­la­tor is avail­able in the Android Store and it will cost you noth­ing but save you quite a bit.


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Ton­nage Calculator



What do you think a ton­nage cal­cu­la­tor does? No, it doesn’t tell you how many of you it would take to equal an ele­phant — although I bet there is an app for that. 

A ton­nage cal­cu­la­tor cal­cu­lates ton­nage. Sur­prise. But — if you need a high­ly effec­tive stone cal­cu­la­tor, this is it.

What real­ly sets Ton­nage Cal­cu­la­tor apart is its unique­ly sim­ple, even attrac­tive, user inter­face – you’ll like using this app. 

What­ev­er the area that you need to cov­er, this stone cal­cu­la­tor app will let you know how much mate­r­i­al you will need. Whether you’re bring­ing in stone or mulch — Ton­nage Cal­cu­la­tor will pre­dict the quan­ti­ty you will need and it will do so with sur­pris­ing accu­ra­cy (remem­ber that bit about wizardry?). 

Again, if one of the nag­ging prob­lems that is dri­ving you crazy is the guess­work of esti­mates, of pur­chas­ing needs, of ask­ing the unhelp­ful guy to leave the work­site to go buy more of some­thing, Ton­nage Cal­cu­la­tor will be your new best friend and bestest bud­dy. Not to men­tion how wowed your clients will be with your speedy progress. 


Ton­nage Cal­cu­la­tor is in the Google Play store and is FREE.


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Binder Con­crete Calculator



Mov­ing from a more gen­er­al­ized tool to a high­ly spe­cif­ic tool — the Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor will, again, elim­i­nate guess­work and assist you as you are prep­ping for your land­scape design project. 

In deal­ing with the has­sle of cal­cu­la­tions for retain­ing wall designs, foot­ings, patio foun­da­tions, or any oth­er num­ber of con­crete projects, wouldn’t it be nice to whip out an app that will give you an astound­ing­ly pre­cise esti­mate of the amount of ready mix cement or the num­ber of pre­mixed bags you’ll need to com­plete the project? We thought so — that’s exact­ly what you’d like to be able to do. Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor makes that possible. 

The Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor is easy to use, has a great user inter­face and design, and allows for easy cal­cu­la­tions and results that can be tapered to your needs. Results can be esti­mat­ed for 40, 60, and 80-pound bags of pre­mixed con­crete but you also have the flex­i­bil­i­ty with this app to set the price per vol­ume or per pack­age prices to help you blow your clients’ minds with amaz­ing­ly accu­rate estimates.


The Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor is FREE in the Google Play store but added bells and whis­tles catered to your needs can be added for a mere $1.99.


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Con­crete and Agg Calculator



Chaney Enter­pris­es designed a win­ner when they put togeth­er this sim­ple app. The real gem is the ver­sa­til­i­ty of the grav­el cal­cu­la­tor they’ve built into the app. 

The Con­crete and Agg Cal­cu­la­tor will help with stone cal­cu­la­tions, con­crete cal­cu­la­tions, etc., but what we were impressed by, what real­ly turned us onto this app, is the ease they have built into the cal­cu­lat­ing grav­el needs. Usage is sim­ple with the Con­crete and Agg Calculator. 

Upon open­ing the app, you click on the grav­el cal­cu­la­tor but­ton and from there you sim­ply input your length, width, and depth of your project area. Here’s where the true sell­ing point comes into play — beyond these cal­cu­la­tions, you can select from fif­teen dif­fer­ent prod­uct types — from pea grav­el and 2‑inch grav­el to stone dust — increas­ing all accu­ra­cy of your esti­mates, and decreas­ing annoy­ing overages.

Our own expe­ri­ence with the app impressed us with the sim­plic­i­ty of the inter­face and the abil­i­ty to eas­i­ly switch into a Span­ish version.


Chaney’s Con­crete and Agg Cal­cu­la­tor is FREE in the Apple App Store. A slight down­side is that it does fea­ture some pret­ty intru­sive adver­tis­ing … BUT, the app is total­ly free so what are you com­plain­ing about!?!


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Dirr’s Tree & Shrub Finder



In 1998, Michael Dirr wrote a big book called Man­u­al of Woody Land­scape Plants. It was big, it was brown, and it was con­clu­sive — it basi­cal­ly became a go-to guide for land­scap­ers every­where. In 2010, Tim­ber Press got smart and said,​“Let’s build an app around that knowl­edge.” Thus, the app, cre­ative­ly titled, Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Find­er was cre­at­ed and made your life a heck­u­va lot easier.

The Dirr’s app boasts over 7000 images cov­er­ing over 1600 species and 7800 cul­ti­var… if you aren’t sure what cul­ti­var are, this app is going to be an edu­ca­tion. (Oh, cul­ti­vars are plants that have been cul­ti­vat­ed – ros­es, aza­leas, etc. Basi­cal­ly, they’re test tube plants).

Bot­tom line here, Dirr’s app is going to sup­ply you with every­thing you could pos­si­bly want or need to make your client’s heads spin with the breadth of your knowl­edge. As their neigh­bor is plant­i­ng anoth­er rose bush, you’ll be hook­ing them up with rare Heav­en­ly Blue Morn­ing Glo­ries and they’ll thank you for the brag­ging rights you’ve blessed them with.

On top of all this, Dirr’s app is super search­able — 72 dif­fer­ent search cri­te­ria — and easy to use. The app’s design is sim­ple and intu­itive – there will be no has­sle find­ing the infor­ma­tion you need quickly. 

To top it all off, the team behind the Dirr’s app does a great job of updat­ing its data­base with the most cur­rent knowl­edge on the plants you’ll be look­ing at. The bot­tom line here is the Dirr’s app will be an incred­i­bly use­ful tool in your land­scape design arsenal.


In the iTunes store, the Dirr’s app is avail­able for $14.99 and while that might seem a bit steep, your sav­ings will be obvi­ous quick­ly when you com­pare it to the $70 you’d have to pay for the lat­est edi­tion of the clas­sic book from Amazon.

Slab Cal­cu­la­tor



I know you are won­der­ing what the Slab Cal­cu­la­tor app does…wait, no you’re not. How­ev­er, a fair ques­tion might be: why get the Slab Cal­cu­la­tor app if I already have the Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor? Good ques­tion. The answer comes down to fine-tun­ing and specificity. 

If your world revolves around pour­ing slabs, why not get the app that focus­es sole­ly on that? Makes sense, right? No need for a gen­er­al­ized tool if you are a specialist.

The Slab Cal­cu­la­tor asks for three sim­ple inputs: the thick­ness of the slab, the width, and the length…and boom, done — an accu­rate esti­mate of the vol­ume and weight need­ed for the project is fed back to you. It’s as sim­ple as that. 

Again, oth­er apps can do the same work, the Binder Con­crete Cal­cu­la­tor can, but the point here is that when you’re on site, when what you do is slabs, why mess around with sort­ing through menus and pages with­in apps when you can have exact­ly what you need with one sim­ple touch? Do you like mak­ing your life more dif­fi­cult? We didn’t think so. 

Get the Slab Cal­cu­la­tor if you need to pour slabs. Added perk — no ads.


The Slab Cal­cu­la­tor app is in the Google Play store and it’s FREE


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