About EZ-PLANT Software

Description:

EZ-Plant Software is a seamless Add-on to AutoCAD and BricsCAD, that provides users with tools to develop beautiful professional landscape contract drawings. In business for more than 18 years, EZ-Plant Software has serviced scores of clients around the world and has an outstanding track record for providing prompt response and service.

EZ-Plant is an extremely easy-to- use, cost effective solution for providing 2D landscape design, complete with Planting Schedule templates, planting symbols, and an informative extensive plant database. The plant database identifies native plant species, to satisfy Sustainable Sites Initiatives for Landscape Architects and designers. The program also contains real nursery data including plant conditions, sizes and actual nursery unit plant costs. You receive an Excel Spread sheet that lists the plants in various Nurseries in how they are sold with costs, sizes and condition of plants. The real plant nursery data obtained directly from the nurseries ensures that your planting plan cost estimates are sure to be accurate. EZ-Plant also provides mature height and spreads of the plants contained within the database so the user can easily design their landscape plan based on these important growth characteristics.

Professional Experience:

EZ-Plant was developed over a period of more than 20 years by registered Landscape Architects, designers and educators who have prepared myriads of landscape contract bid documents for actual projects in various parts of the world. The critical and vast experience interjected into EZ-Plant as it developed, has been a key ingredient to its success and formidable list of satisfied clients.
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Basic Production Needs and Flexibility:

EZ-Plant provides the basic needs for landscape designers who use AutoCAD, for preparing landscape plans, including planting and mulch cost estimates and quick accommodations for changes and editing of the plan. The AutoCAD imbedded excel plant database lets the users easily and smoothly add their own plants and nurseries of their choice into the program. The separate excel plant spreadsheet, which was developed in conjunction with the AutoCAD embedded database with the exact same plants and Key Name abbreviations, provides the user with loads of supplemental  cultural plant data for a simple planting design proceudure.   The automatic text labeling command quickly displays the EZ-Plant Key Names and quantities of selected plants in seconds. Connection lines between the selected plants are also quickly accomplished with optional font and labeling choices. The clever groundcover command will label the plant types and call out the exact amount of flats and plants when labeled and then will update those counts automatically when the area, spacing centers or mulch depth is edited. You only need to specify the on-center spacing change needed of the groundcover, flowers or mulch depth.
After you have tallied all the plants and you decide that you need to change the spacing of the plants or the area of the groundcover polyline or change the spacing click UPLINK, and all the totals and the groundcover labels change in a second to the new spacing choice.

EZ-Plant also contains a command called EZ-OFFSET. This command allows users to place a line, polyline or arc or combinations there of, on the plan as a centerline. Simply click or type EZOFFSET, and then select a linked plant symbol. Click on the centerline and then select the on the desired center spacing of the plant symbol, and in an instant, hundreds of plant symbols if necessary, are placed along the centerline at the specified offset distance. You also have an option to place alternately centered plant symbols along the centerline in the EZOFFSET command.

EZ-Plant also contains Perennials,  consisting of a plant database of only perennials. Just click on the toggle in the provided program to switch from the main plant program to only perennials. The included plant cultural data provides informative easy-to-use information enhancing the designers’ options. There is a  handy supplemental excel sheet as well containing the same perennials yet providing additional cultural information during the design process.
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Key Features:
EZ-Plant Software  works in Windows  and a 32/ 64 bit operating system.
EZ-Plant Version 9.2 has many time saving features and Updated Plant Prices!!!
New optional labeling allows users to label plants on one or two lines and various fonts, styles and size options to label plants are sold from the particular nursery.
EZOFFSET can place hundreds of plant symbols along a centerline at a specified offset On Center spacing distance in seconds. Users can also alternate several plant symbols at their selected spacing.
Automatic Text labeling, displaying Key Names, Counts & Plant Condition. Hatch labels and plant counts updates with the click of UPLINK in seconds after changes are made to the plan.
Mulch Table Tabulation calculates mulch quantities in cubic feet, (meters)
Regional Listings of Native, Adaptive and Sustainable Plants, Deer and fire resistant plants and salt tolerant plants, with listings of xeriscape or water-wise plants. Noxious weed plants are identified as well.
New Bog and Marginal Plants that Grow in Water illustrating each plant submerged depth in water in the condition column to aid users in design.
Quickly Calculate overall costs including Service and Installation Fees
Nursery Listings of Size, Conditions and Prices as specified in listed catalogs
Expanded List of Ornamental Grasses, Bamboo plants, and Perennial Database
Easily learned and operated; short learning curve for busy professionals
New Excel Databases are easily updated and customizable for adding your own plants, symbols and costs
Large Plant Stock Choices in EZ-Plant Software database has over 4,000 Plants
Produces Professional looking Contract Drawings; Expanded Plant Symbols
Tallies plants and produces Cost Estimates in seconds, making revisions a snap; plants sold in flats are labeled by flat quantities required plus additional plants necessary as part of a flat.
Compatible with AutoCAD® 2012 and up, Bricscad 10 and up, EZ-Plant also needs Excel to operate.
Contains a high percentage of the "Horticopia" database within program for photographs of plants (a CD sold separately and not affiliated with EZ-Plant)
Offers popular production oriented Symbols and Databases and Current Cultivars
Multiple Licenses available at a greatly reduced rate
EZ-Plant Links with 3D cad symbols.
Mature Height and Spread for each plant is shown for virtually every plant to aid your design decisions providing you with important plant characteristic information at your fingertips
Additional Tropical Plants are included showing general hardiness zones that are sold by these nursery to many regions world wide.
Complete EZ-Plant® Spreadsheet that includes Native Plant Listings, Hardiness Zone Ranges, Nurseries lists and Location and the entire EZ-Plant Software® plant library contents with a complete Help File.
Purchase EZ-Plant in minutes with a credit card from our secure On-line Web Store
Note that EZ-Plant drawings created with ZWCAD may be incompatible with EZ-Plant drawings created with AutoCAD or Bricscad.

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About Us:

Dave Petrosky, PLA, ASLA is the director and owner of our company. He is a professional landscape architect with the internationally recognized architecture and engineering firm of L. Robert Kimball, a CDI Company. He has also been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 1991.

He says, "Back in 1994, after many hours of struggling with the creation of landscape designs and plant schedules using AutoCAD software, I realized that there had to be a better way. Ultimately, this is what prompted me to invest in the creation and development of EZ-Plant Software, Inc.   I solicited the assistance of elite AutoCad (Autodesk) technical development specialists and a University Professor of Landscape Architecture horticutural expert to assist in the preparation of the extensive and comprehensive database of plants and interjected his own experiences and ideas with practicality, sustainability and ingenuity. The plants, listed in both Imperial and metric units, contains identification and listings of sustainable plants, native and regional locations, drought and deer tolerant plants, hardiness zones, and cultural information like mature heights, noxious weed listings, fire resistant  and plant spread. Of course plant costs and installation fees for construction can quickly be tabulated using this simple- to- use program.
Although I get tremendous benefits from using EZ-Plant for my own work, it is the enjoyment of helping other people create their  landscape designs with a tool that produces quick, easy-to-read installation plans that has made my life's work a sincere satisfaction."
He has used the EZ-Plant Software system preparing hundreds of landscape design projects over the past 20 years throughout many areas of the USA and abroad.`

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