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New Guide to Universal Design

New Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a new Guide to Universal Design. According to the ASLA, one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, experience some form of disability. The new guide explores the ways in how Universal Design means that everyone, regardless of ability or age, can access and...
How to Develop a Sustainable Community in Australia’s Fastest Growing City

How to Develop a Sustainable Community in Australia’s Fastest Growing City

The way our cities and towns are planned, designed and built has a vast impact on the economy, the environment and our wellbeing. Sustainability and liveability have become popular buzzwords over the past decade, but developing truly sustainable communities that can thrive in Australia’s most populated regions requires far more than a focus on their...
Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

There’s no question that, as Australia’s population grows, high density living will become the way of the future, and with many young Australians looking to own their first home, it’s becoming the only affordable choice. Owning a two-bedroom apartment with sweeping skyline views is fast becoming the new Great Australian Dream and with affordable quarter-acre...
Top Tips for the Perfect Spring Lawn

Top Tips for the Perfect Spring Lawn

Overwatering, “scalping” and turf varieties mismatched to the conditions are among the three most common traps for Australian homeowners in search of the perfect lawn, warns Toro Australia. Toro Australia’s Senior Marketing Manager – Equipment, Elise Willemsen, says Australian’s dream of having lush, green lawns, but for many, the reality is a patchy, uneven, brown...
Do you know your planting success rate?

Do you know your planting success rate?

This is an important question that we, as business owners or managers, need to know the answer to. For small and medium landscaping companies it is relatively easy to keep records and to monitor statistics and understand the reason for any failure. For big landscaping companies the large amount of plants used may hide the...
Bringing kids back to nature, one kindergarten at a time

Bringing kids back to nature, one kindergarten at a time

In this guest post, contributor Wes Fleming discusses the benefits of natural outdoor play environments and the effect on children’s health and wellbeing. Something truly exciting is happening at the moment – we’re going backwards, and it’s happening all around us. From health professionals and nutritionists espousing the benefits of a caveman diet, to scientists...
Public/private partnerships the key to greener communities

Public/private partnerships the key to greener communities

In this guest post, contributor Wes Fleming discusses why private/public partnerships could hold the key towards future-proofing our suburbs while securing more green space in the municipalities which need them most. Whenever I drive around some of Melbourne’s oldest inner-suburban pockets, I am astounded by the number of derelict street corners, disused urban blocks and...
Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

In Landscaping and horticulture in general we are involved primarily with growing media. The quality of soil we work with is important; this is recognised by the Australian Standards we must adhere to. What is less known and too often overlooked is the health of our soils. What constitutes a healthy soil? A soil is healthy...
The big, red Tomato Festival Sydney, 2014

The big, red Tomato Festival Sydney, 2014

A little more dignified than La Tomatina is the Tomato Festival Sydney, which will be held 31st January- 2nd of February at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, giving you the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the most popular fruit in the world. The event will feature: A cooking masterclass with Pietro Demaio Talks by...
Fruit trees for small gardens

Fruit trees for small gardens

Backyard vegetable gardening has been taken on by many residential customers in the last few years. As the people realize the benefits and joy that comes with growing their own food, it has now gone from a fad to a more perennial way of gardening. What is often over-looked by the profession, be it retail...
Child's Play

Child’s Play

Most adults understand the very important educational role that playing has in the physical and mental development of our children. Schools, public playgrounds and private gardens are an integral part of the play setting in the maturing processes of children. The ability to explore, discover and imagine in a natural, or at least outdoor, setting...
When 2 become 1: The Landscape Australia Expo and the Spring Green Expo Unite!

When 2 become 1: The Landscape Australia Expo and the Spring Green Expo Unite!

For the first time, The Landscape Australia Expo Queensland will be held alongside the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Queensland’s annual Spring Green Expo on the 30th and 31st of July 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Both events cater to the professional nursery and landscaping industries so there will a much greater range...