Swimming pool designs shine at AILDM National Landscape Design Awards

12 September, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

Australia's top landscape designs have been named at the 2017 AILDM National Landscape Design Awards. The winning entries were announced on 26 August at the National Art School in Sydney.

Pentair MagicBowl Water Effects water feature

31 August, 2017 | Supplied by: Pentair Water Australia Pty Ltd

Sculpted from a durable, UV-resistant material, the Pentair MagicBowl Water Effects with FireFX LED lights is an attractive addition to a poolscape. During the day it is a water feature and at night it resembles a flowing bowl of fire.

Designers and contractors working together

31 July, 2017 by Karen Staunton-Ross on behalf of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers (AILDM) | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

Liaising with a designer in the early stages of a project ensures time and energy are used most effectively by everyone. It is worth developing a relationship with a few designers you can call on for ideas and inspiration. Different designers will have varying approaches to a job and will offer a variety of services.

New CEO for LNA Master Landscapers Association

17 July, 2017 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: LNA Master Landscapers Association

Julie Krieger has been announced as the new chief executive officer of the LNA Master Landscapers Association, effective immediately.

Non-slip and puddle-free: resin-bound permeable paving for pool surrounds

28 June, 2017 by Mike Dawkins, New Dawn Permeable Paving | Supplied by: New Dawn Permeable Paving

If you're choosing which material to use for a pool surround, your first thoughts are probably options that have been on the market for years. However, while materials like travertine are popular, they don't drain water very efficiently, which can lead to slip hazards. If safety is one of your top design considerations, then permeable paving should be on your list.

Form and function: installing pool fencing that won't ruin your client's outdoor aesthetic

17 May, 2017 by Matt Leacy, Founder and Creative Director, Landart Landscapes | Supplied by: Landart Landscapes

With council laws across the nation requiring property owners to have pool fences, the balance between legal compliance and great landscape design is becoming increasingly difficult to strike. And it's important to get it right. After all, our clients can potentially lose thousands of dollars in property value if they install a pool fence that detracts from their outdoor aesthetic.

Landscape company doubles ROI and increases productivity by 15%

03 May, 2017 | Supplied by: Verizon Connect Australia Pty Ltd

Marsupial Landscape Management noticed it had become impossible to prove to customers that staff had turned up to their site. The company sought out Fleetmatics GPS vehicle tracking to support its claims and help eliminate disputes.

Amplifying the backyard with audiovisual design

17 April, 2017 by Mike Nantz

I think of AV holistically — as a way to further blend the indoor and the outdoor and create exterior rooms. Providing sound, television and even video projection to the mix prompts us to consider what happens when someone moves through the landscape and how they intend to use their aquatic spaces.

Coastal classic: water-edge garden

11 April, 2017 | Supplied by: Urban Escape

When you are blessed with such a breathtaking waterside location, you need to do everything you can to maximise the view and ensure a seamless connection between house, garden and water's edge.

2017 pool trends — what's hot?

27 March, 2017 by Josh Harrison, Harrison's Landscaping, on behalf of LNA Master Landscapers Association | Supplied by: LNA Master Landscapers Association

Pool design is currently going through a renaissance as pool owners look for a more refined, simple design. The days of flashy glass windows and swim-up bars are behind us.

Futurewood EnviroSlat Cladding Boards

21 March, 2017 | Supplied by: Futurewood

Futurewood's EnviroSlat Cladding Boards can be used for decorating as well as weatherproofing, both for interior and exterior applications. They require very little maintenance compared to timber and are made from environmentally friendly material which won't rot, cup or crack.

The future of the backyard pool

27 February, 2017 by David Hatherly, Vee Design, on behalf of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

We, as landscape architects, are adapting our skills in the design of public parks to include innovative and robust ways to include water, and we need to team with other specialist aquatic experts to help us deliver the public parks and playgrounds of the future.

Clever decking system provides low-maintenance solution for boutique apartments

20 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Futurewood

Hutchinson Builders were given some free rein to find the right solution for pool decking at the boutique Jade apartments in Albion, Brisbane. FutureWood was chosen as the right company for the job, and met the brief using a solid CleverDeck 138 x 23 mm decking board in Saltbush colour.

Elmich SpiraPave height-adjustable support pedestal

08 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Elmich Australia Pty Ltd

Elmich SpiraPave pedestals are engineered to provide a cost-effective solution to support raised pavers and timber decking. They provide a cavity for services to be concealed, improve heat and sound insulation and facilitate rapid surface drainage while allowing services to remain accessible.

Why outsource to a horticulturalist?

30 January, 2017 by Lyndall Keating | Supplied by: Garden Society

A lack of plant knowledge needn't stop you from creating a stunning poolscape for your client, rather than focusing just on the pool. Engaging a specialist to take care of the horticultural side of things means you can deliver a complete solution for your client's backyard.

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