We found the most convincing reviews for Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer at Amazon.com and a few reviews at CircuitCity.com, where users comment on ease of use, installation and system compatibility, as well as how easy it is to create good-looking projects.
For people who are looking only for landscaping design tools, Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer 8.0 (*est. $80) is a solid choice. With this program, you can design outdoor living spaces that include water features like pools and ponds, and you can choose from over 3,700 plants, trees and shrubs. Except for defining elevation regions, this software has more landscaping, deck and terrain tools than Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8.0 (*est. $100). There are over 30 how-to videos that last two to four minutes to help beginners get started. However, some owner reviewers complain that the software has limits, such as working with hilly yards and landscaping unusual or steep property.
Reviewers at Amazon.com give the previous version of Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer software slightly above-average reviews. Many people liked the software's architectural capabilities for building patios or decks. But they also add that the landscaping portion is hard to use, especially for yards that are not perfectly flat.
Review: Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer 8.0 reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com