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Landscape Plant Focus


Fast-growing evergreen foliage makes these plants excellent garden features, says Miranda Kimberley


Ornamental types feature bright flowers and can have attractive foliage, says Miranda Kimberley.


The exquisite fragrance of these plants makes them valuable to gardeners, says Miranda Kimberley.


These evergreen trees and shrubs feature distinctive foliage and ornate bark, says Miranda Kimberley.


These evergreen trees and shrubs can look like something from another world, says Miranda Kimberley.


Attractive blooms and appealing bark ensure year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.


Landscape In Depth

Sargent's solutions - how to ready your business for proposed changes to customer rights

Sargent's solutions - how to ready your business for proposed changes to customer rights

10 April 2014

Alan Sargent advises that the Customer Rights Bill should be regarded as an opportunity to tighten up professional practice rather than treated as a threat.

Debate continues over whether to use non-native plants to help boost wildlife

Debate continues over whether to use non-native plants to help boost wildlife

04 April 2014

Plants for Bugs research project finds that non-natives are just as valuable for invertebrates and pollination as natives.

How to buy - Hedge trimmers

How to buy - Hedge trimmers

04 April 2014

Battery models dominate new introductions but petrol options are also being updated, says Sally Drury.


Sargent's Solutions

Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered

Sargent's solutions -

Sargent's solutions - "Do's and don'ts" in hiring your first full time staff member

13 March 2014

By taking on your first full-time employee you are embarking on a serious business journey. Alan Sargent helps you to plot a successful course.


Noel Farrer

Landscape luminary Noel Farrer casts an eye over the state of the industry.

Farrer on...

How To Buy...

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers Arborists, landscapers and grounds-maintenance teams can put chippers to good use, says, Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Horticultural fabrics From crop protection to insulation, there is a material to meet every horticultural need, says Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.

How to buy - Chainsaws The latest models will cover a wide variety of different professional tasks, Sally Drury finds.

How to buy - Paving, walling & fencing There are important factors to consider when selecting landscape materials, Sally Drury advises.

Latest Machinery Tests

Viking MB 4 RTP

Viking MB 4 RTP

21 February 2014

Look out, the Vikings are coming. Stihl calls this latest model a "mulching expert", and we can see why. This is an efficient performer that gives a nice clean cut, with the finely mulched grass clippings evenly deposited even when conditions are les...

Etesia DuoCut 46 RMHB

Etesia DuoCut 46 RMHB

21 February 2014

With its white and green livery and clean lines, this 46cm mower looks modern and stylish, while the controls might even be described as futuristic. But looks are not everything. The company rep produces a mallet and thumps the Xenoy deck, hard, firs...

Etesia PRO 53 LKX

Etesia PRO 53 LKX

21 February 2014

"This is more like it," Braund enthuses as he tests the second Etesia mower. "It's a well-built machine, a lot wider and there's plenty more power. It cuts dense grass down low." He clearly likes to get the job done. This model has a cast-aluminium ...

Hyundai HYM43P and HYM51SP

Hyundai HYM43P and HYM51SP

21 February 2014

A well-known name in cars and generators, Hyundai is now offering lawn and garden care equipment. Launched at IoG Saltex (September 2013), the range includes hedge trimmers, brushcutters, chainsaws and blowers as well as lawnmowers. It has sold well...


What's New

Bomford Pro Drill Head

21 March 2014

Providing Bomford arm mower owners with alternative uses outside the hedge-cutting season, the Pro Drill Head can be used to power either a range of post-hole borers or a tree stump planer. A heavy-duty hydraulic motor can be used at oil flow rates ...


Blec two-wheel tractor

21 March 2014

With a power transmission unit that will operate many of the company's machines, a new two-wheel tractor built by Blec can be specified with Honda or Yamaha engines to give petrol or diesel options.


Countax C-Series

21 March 2014

With a powered cut-and-collect system, the new C-Series lawn tractor from Countax can mow quickly. The XRD cutter deck uses contra-rotating blades to cut the grass before throwing the clippings in front of the collector. Driven by the tractor's engi...

VGR Top Changer

VGR Top Changer

21 February 2014

Combining aeration and sanding in one action, the VGR Top Changer introduced by Campey Turf Care is designed to encourage rapid, healthy grass growth.


Zero-turning Sand Pro

21 February 2014

Turning on a sixpence and powered by a 12.2hp Kawasaki engine, the Sand Pro 2040Z bunker rake from Toro is the industry's first zero-turn mechanical groomer.


BLEC disc overseeder

21 February 2014

With 25.4mm spacing between the discs, the new tractor-mounted BLEC golf green disc overseeder has the closest spacing of any produced by the company.


What Kit?

Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment.

What kit? - Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 18 April 2014

NEWS: Garden centres look forward to late Easter sales bonanza

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Why the Customer Rights Bill should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat

MARKET REPORT: Glasshouses

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: Government prospectus offers potential boost across disciplines

EDIBLES: Helping cut food waste - latest packaging addresses concerns over waste issues

PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum