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Austin Landscaping Expert Releases Interactive Web App[AUSTIN, TX]–A new interactive web app created by an Austin landscaping expert is ready to help local homeowners beautify their properties. Jamalyn Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Landscape Services and author of the e-book “Landscaping D-Mystified,” has developed the Garden Sleuth 1.0 Landscaping App as the centerpiece of her new Garden Sleuth website (thegardensleuth.com).
The app allows website visitors to plan “virtual gardens” featuring plants ideally suited to their particular growing conditions and stylistic needs. Users choose from menu items such as the area of Texas they’re in, the level of sunlight they expect to have, and their preferred garden style (from options including English, Formal, Informal, Tropical and Xeriscape). They can also select their garden bed shape and size, after which they can choose from a wide range of suitable plants and arrange them according to pre-set rows. The different arrangements are immediately viewable as a realistic graphic depiction of the final result.
“This interactive app gives homeowners and landscapers an instant, cost-free method for figuring out which arrangements will work best for their needs and tastes,” says Nelson. “It was a lot of fun to create, and I think people will find it a lot of fun to use.”
Nelson’s app reflects a lifetime of real-world landscaping skill and experience. After receiving a degree in Landscaping Architecture from Texas A&M University and an “even more educational” period working in a retail nursery, Nelson enjoyed success as a landscaping planner for new homes throughout the Houston area. A request from one of her clients to design the landscaping for an Austin model home park prompted her relocation to the capital city and the launch of Nelson’s Landscape Services in the mid-1990s.
“We were landscaping for at least 15 new model home builders in our first year here in Austin, and in 1996 we contracted with Sun City Texas in Georgetown,” says Nelson, adding that the latter association led to the landscaping of more than 2,000 residential properties as well as several commercial ones. Nelson’s company has since expanded its scope to include projects in several states.
Nelson’s vision for her app’s future is equally broad. “At some point we would like to start licensing this app, at an introductory price of $4.99, and possibly whitelist it to landscapers as a tool they can use to help their clients.” The first phase of this plan will focus on Texas, followed by Gulf Coast and then nationwide availability. Nelson would also like to see the app eventually serve as an advertising portal for home development stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot. “The idea is that their customers could shop for their landscaping products directly through the app, or perhaps create a shopping list that they can submit to the store so their entire order is ready to pick up when they get there,” explains Nelson.
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