Poolscaping

Do you know your planting success rate?

03 August, 2016 by Patrick Regnault*

This is an important question that we, as business owners or managers, need to know the answer to. Keeping statistical records per jobs and per trimester may help to cut costs and improve not only the margin, but also the reputation of the firm involved.


Skid-steer loader gets the job done for landscaper

01 August, 2016 | Supplied by: Toyota Material Handling Australia Pty Ltd

Looking to replace two skid-steer loaders after nearly a decade of constant use, a Victorian landscaping and construction contractor didn't need to look beyond the manufacturer of his first purchase.


A hidden space, maximised for living

31 July, 2016 | Supplied by: GOODMANORS

This large family home had a spacious rear garden that was impractical and dysfunctional, with an oversized in-ground pool right in the centre that was never used or compliant. The family wanted a garden with maximised space for outdoor entertaining and activities while still incorporating a pool, but one that was practical and in proportion.


Set-and-forget treatment solution for Qld builder's pool

27 June, 2016 | Supplied by: Waterco Limited

In search of a 'set and forget' water treatment system offering minimal maintenance, Queensland builder Nick Fowkes turned to Waterco's Hydroxypure sanitation system for his commercial-sized backyard pool.


The way of the future

27 June, 2016 by Nick McCarthy, Urban Escape, on behalf of LNA Master Landscapers Association | Supplied by: LNA Master Landscapers Association

An aesthetically pleasing and functional swimming pool and landscape can only be achieved by using the right people. It is vital that consumers employ an experienced professional to help them visualise and design a space that creates the lifestyle they dream of.


Ask an Expert: Amanda Elboz, Space Landscape Designs

24 June, 2016 | Supplied by: Space Landscape Designs

Pool+Spa editor Alice Richard spoke to Amanda Elboz, Principal Designer/Director at Space Landscape Designs.


Bayside beauty

20 June, 2016 | Supplied by: Bisazza Australia

Clients with sky-high expectations, an extensive brief and a difficult site meant that Steve Taylor of COS Design had his work cut out for him on this Port Philip Bay project. But his design firm nailed the brief and took out the prestigious Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence 2015 for its efforts. Taylor explains how the company went about creating this unique landscape.


Finishing touches: adding a cabana to an outdoor space

01 June, 2016 by John Storch, A Total Concept | Supplied by: A Total Concept

Returning to an old project is like getting back in touch with an old friend. And that's exactly what happened when I was asked to incorporate a cabana into a space I designed more than 15 years ago.


Keeping cool in the Middle East

31 May, 2016 | Supplied by: Polysoft

When Abu Dhabi's Mushrif Central Park underwent a two-year makeover, the new design was intended to promote an active lifestyle to build a healthy society. In a city where 45° days are standard in summer, thinking outside the box was a must to get kids out of the air con and into the fresh air.


Ask an Expert: Lewis Marash, Out From The Blue

30 May, 2016 | Supplied by: Out From the Blue

Pool+Spa editor Alice Richard spoke to Lewis Marash, Senior Landscape Architect at Out From The Blue.


Ausflora Pacific Leucadendron 'Bella's Buttons'

18 May, 2016 | Supplied by: Ausflora Pacific

Developed in the Ausflora Pacific nursery, Leucadendron ‘Bella’s Buttons’ is a dwarf variety with a rounded growth habit and yellow foliage with red centres that flowers in late winter/early spring.


Living Cities Workshop report

06 May, 2016 | Supplied by: LNA Master Landscapers Association

The Living Cities Workshop was held at Parliament House in February. Joanne Aquilina, the LNA's CEO, and Matt Leacy, the LNA president, were pleased to represent the LNA at this groundbreaking event.


Two-faced: double-sided greenwall offers beauty from all angles

02 May, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: The Greenwall Company

The view from a suburban backyard — which encompassed a commercial radio station, a surgery and a car park — was softened with a double-sided greenwall that improved the outlook for all parties.


Five bad staff habits that kill referrals

25 April, 2016 by Shah Turner | Supplied by: Pitch Box

Once you've got yourself a signed contract, from that time onward, everything you do will either make or break your chances of your clients offering a trust-loaded personal recommendation of your business to someone else in their network.


Protect your client's poolscaping investment

08 April, 2016 by Megan Flower, General Manager, Landscaping Victoria | Supplied by: Landscaping Victoria

Attention, pool builders: would you arrange for an unlicensed plumber or electrician to work on a job you have put your name to? No chance. So why should it be any different for trade work when it comes to poolscaping?


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