These fast-growing trees are prized for their timber as well as being popular ornamentals, says Miranda Kimberley.
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Landscape Plant Focus
With their subtle colours, these plants add an exotic touch to borders or patios, says Miranda Kimberley.
Some varieties of this South American plant can thrive in the UK, says Miranda Kimberley.
With intense colours and fragrance, these shrubs offer year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.
Acers are breathtakingly beautiful trees that few gardeners would do without.
The genus Populus includes some of the fastest-growing trees in the world. This makes them ideal for windbreaks or screens but means they are not suitable for built-up, urban areas.
Landscape In Depth
Offering design services is an increasingly popular method for garden centres to attract customers with money to spend, Jack Shamash discovers
As the industry begins to realise the benefits of educating the workforce with e-learning methods, Magda Ibrahim examines the pros and cons
Battery power has clear advantages over petrol, but how does performance fare? Sally Drury finds out.
Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered
Landscape luminary Noel Farrer casts an eye over the state of the industry.
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- Horticultural Trades Association welcomes Defra plant health report
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show winners announced
- Entry deadline for National Landscape Awards extended
- Memorial tree and field planted to honour inspirational John Hopkins
- Moscow delegation visits Chelsea 100 years after Empress of Russia visited first RHS show
- Cold weather blamed for six per cent fall in Marshalls sales
- Petition against eduation changes which threaten land-based BTECs tops 2,000 signatures
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How To Buy...
How to buy - Paving, walling & fencing There are important factors to consider when selecting landscape materials, Sally Drury advises.
How to buy - Hedgetrimmers Sally Drury looks at the options open to users of handheld and tractor-mounted trimmers.
How to buy - Aerators The latest models offer faster speeds, wider working widths and root zone recycling, Sally Drury finds.
How to buy - Tree guards and shelters Choosing the cheapest products will not always yield the best results for a scheme, Sally Drury warns.
How to buy - Shredders These machines are ideal to reduce green waste and prepare it for composting, says Sally Drury.
How to buy - Tree stakes and ties There are above- and below-ground options for encouraging healthy root systems, Sally Drury explains
Latest Machinery Tests
Tracmaster has expanded its landscape range to include 27 new items of the Camon variety. The TJ53 is one of the new brushcutters and is a Kawasaki-powered unit.
With an impressive torque rating, this new Solo Power Duo makes a powerful entry into the landscape and forestry industries. It has a 54.2cc engine yet weighs just 8.3kg - and with lots of adjustment to set it perfectly for each individual's use, the...
This machine is lightweight yet powerful, versatile and easy to use. "Started first time," says Braund. "It's quiet and I can't feel any vibration."
One of two four-stroke PureFire units from Hitachi, this bike-handled trimmer is lovely and quiet. It weighs just 5.2kg and has a 25cc engine that meets European Stage 2 standards for low emissions. While it has the smallest engine in its class, it h...
Developing the Eliet brand of green-waste shredders, UK distributor PSD Groundscare is supplying the new Pro 5 professional and the new-generation Eliet Minor 4S, Major 4S and Prof 5B.
John Deere has updated four of its petrol engine walk-behind rotary lawnmowers with improved operator comfort and cut quality.
Bobcat's 3400D multipurpose diesel-powered utility vehicle now comes with road homologation as standard (tractor).
Makita's new five-model range of mains-powered submersible pumps offers a choice of capacity and capability. All models have motor shut-off protection triggered by adjustable floats. The motors are protected by a double mechanical and oil bath system...
STIHL has introduced a trio of floor sweepers for use indoors or out. The range includes a compact pedestrian model for use around the garden and home, plus two commercial machines - including a powered-brush model that sits in STIHL's Li-ion battery...
Spaldings has expanded its ground-care catalogue this year to include the recently introduced arborist range of 150 products from leading manufacturers such as STIHL, Stein and Silky.
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- We would like to emphasise our landscaping business's green credentials and I was wondering whether there is anything to help with construction work that does not run on diesel fuel.
- We currently have two Kawasaki Mules but want a vehicle that will carry four people. What do you consider good?
- What is the best option for a remote-control machine for mowing embankments?
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