Field Service Management

Category Compare: Landscape vs Lawn Care

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In this report, we define and compare landscape software and lawn care software to help you decide which one aligns with your field service management goals.

Both landscape software and lawn care software are a part of the field service management category. The two tools are often confused due to their overlapping features but have different use cases. Landscape software helps architects and designers create landscape layouts and visualize blueprints. It also helps field service managers track service requests, manage contracts, and schedule appointments.

Lawn care software, on the other hand, is used by lawn care and maintenance companies that focus on addressing the health of your lawn. It is used for lawn care service scheduling, dispatching service providers, invoicing customers, job/site tracking, and managing recurring appointments and reminders for lawn maintenance.

This report will identify the similarities and differences between the two software categories and help you select the right one for your business requirements.

What is landscape software?

Landscape software, also known as garden design software, provides a variety of general business management tools for landscape, nursery, and lawn care companies. It provides industry-specific features as well, such as landscape maintenance, planning, and design tools.

Landscaping tools help architects and designers create landscape layouts and visual interpretations for a variety of internal as well as external landscapes (such as gardens, lawns, and nurseries). Most landscape software tools include a pre-installed library of environmental elements such as plants, pathways, streetlights, etc. These elements are used by architects to visualize landscape blueprints.

Some common features of landscape software include computer-aided design, photo imaging, 3D rendering, customer/location service history, service request management, appointment scheduling, job location mapping tools, and general business functions such as accounting, contract management, invoicing, and customer relationship management.

What is lawn care software?

Lawn care software is a type of field service management software designed for lawn care and maintenance companies. These tools streamline administrative functions such as scheduling tasks for team members, optimizing routes for field workers, tracking employee work hours, generating invoices for clients, dispatching, and billing for tasks such as lawn mowing and ground maintenance.

Lawn care services include lawn mowing, weed control, soil fertilization, sowing, pest control, or other services relevant to the location and accompanying environmental conditions such as weather. Lawn care software is used to schedule, track, and manage these services and all resources, service providers, and supplies involved.

What do they have in common?

Both landscape and lawn maintenance software types are an essential part of landscape maintenance services. The two are often used together by field service technicians to transform and address the health of outdoor as well as indoor spaces. Both the tools:

  • Offer maintenance services for residential and commercial property types.
  • Include time and expense tracking, invoicing and billing, job and service scheduling, resource management, inventory management, payroll management, and customer database and relationship management.
  • Use mobile apps to route, dispatch, schedule, and track field service providers as well as process online and in-person payments.

Landscape software features

Lawn care software features

Which tool is right for you?

The answer to this question depends on the use cases and the type of field services you provide. If you are associated with a lawn care company limited to the maintenance of lawns including fields, yards, and gardens, you should go with lawn care software.

If your field service managers want a tool to manage administrative lawn care services such as lawn care service scheduling, dispatching service providers, invoicing customers, job/site tracking, managing recurring appointments, and reminders for lawn maintenance, you should go with lawn care software.

On the contrary, if you are associated with a landscaping company that manages larger projects such as the transformation of outdoor space, you should consider landscape maintenance software.

Landscape software helps landscape professionals create and visualize layouts with accurate measurements and labeling. It also helps organize client details for landscape projects, design landscape plans, create estimates, send quotations and invoices, receive online payments, and plan/track jobs and projects across sites.

Once you’ve decided which software to use, head to our landscape software and lawn care software category pages where you can find a sortable list of products, software reviews from verified users, and comprehensive buyers guides.

If you wish to narrow down your search to only the most popular and highest-rated solutions, visit Capterra’s Shortlist reports for the top landscape software and lawn care software tools—our reports are based on an analysis of thousands of user reviews.

7 top-rated landscape and lawn care software

These seven products, listed in alphabetical order, are among the top-rated in both software categories.

Note: Reviews and rating data in the product cards are as of June 21, 2022. New reviews may have been added since the publication of this article, so the review data in this piece may not reflect current conditions.
The products in the category comparison images are examples to show a feature in context and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations by Capterra. They have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.

Methodology

To be included in the top-rated list, the products must:

  1. Be listed under Capterra’s 2022 Shortlist reports for landscape and lawn care software. Learn more about the Capterra Shortlist methodology here.
  2. Meet our software market definition for landscape and lawn care software:
    • Landscape: “Landscape software (also known as landscape or garden design software) is primarily used by a landscape architect and designer to lay out plans for a variety of internal and external landscapes, such as gardens, lawns, and nurseries. The software helps with laying out visual interpretations of the landscape that needs to be constructed with accurate measurements and labeling.”
    • Lawn care: “Lawn care software is a type of field and services management tool designed for lawn care companies. The solution helps schedule tasks for team members, optimize routes for field workers, track employee work hours, generate invoices for clients, and more.”

Looking for Field Service Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Field Service Management software solutions.

About the Author

Barkha Bali

Barkha Bali

Barkha Bali is a writer at Capterra, providing expert insights to help small businesses identify the right software for their needs by analyzing user reviews data for the highest rated products in relevant software categories. She has worked in finance, lifestyle, education, and medical. With expertise in marketing and content strategy, Barkha’s work has been featured in Medium and educational websites. When not working, she can be found re-watching “The Office” or “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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