Landscape Contractor Manager July - August 2024

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From the editor

Client visits don’t happen as often as I’d like.

There’s nothing to compete with walking onto a worksite or into an office and meeting a professional in their element. It’s a learning overload. No matter how well I may feel I’m versed in a particular industry or endeavour, whenever I visit a client I learn something new. Sometimes I learn of a lot of new things.

There have been a couple of eye-opener favourites in the past year or so, and remembering them draws a wry smile.

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy machinery, and my first visit to Clark Equipment was like being let loose in an Aladdin’s cave. I was walked around the display yard and allowed to climb over Bobcat machinery of all types, from the industry standard skid steers through some supercool compact excavators and even a few of the new ride-on mowers.

It was a glorious, sunny morning on the NSW central coast, and I had an absolute ball. I learned a heap, of course...I’m sure I was eloquent and informative about the benefits of working with this magazine, and no doubt I shared some excellent insights into how Landscape Contractor was rapt to be working alongside an industry icon like Clark Equipment.

At least I think I did. It’s why I was there, after all.

And then there was the time spent with the Caterpillar crew at the Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo last year.

That was a very worthwhile and productive meeting where some important strategies were discussed and crucial publishing goals set.

I expect that’s what happened, anyway. One of the guys showed me Jack Miller’s Catsponsored Australian Superbike Ducati, and everything after that’s a little hazy.

But it was a great visit, that’s for sure! And we were at the Eastern Creek race circuit. I remember looking across to the track and thinking it was only a few hundred metres across the paddock as I wistfully twisted the throttle of the purpose-built Italian race exotica.

That was a great client meeting, for sure.

And one of my favourites was stopping into Niftylift.

There’s a lot of high-powered marketing from companies pushing their environmental credentials these days, and a lot of the written material I see is ‘green washing’ – a lot of words and talk of environmental considerations that isn’t backed up by what’s to be seen at the company’s headquarters

or in the way it does business. But when I wandered into Niftylift I not only found a culture of people who loved machinery of all kinds, but who took their environmental responsibilities very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that every company car was an EV, and an old phone booth had been converted into a charging station for of those vehicles and installed in the parking area.

I spent a fabulous few hours clambering up onto various EWPs and marvelling at the technology of the hybrid and batterypowered systems, and I’m pretty sure we talked a bit about the magazine…almost certainly.

So, yes. I love client visits.

And if I’m sometimes a little less forceful than perhaps I should be in promoting the magazine during those times, I take it as one of the great gifts of working on this title that I’m able to share the passions and visions of the people in our industry. If they, perhaps, share a little of mine as well, I’m pretty sure we’ll all be working together somehow.

That’s good enough for me.

A phone booth recycled into a charging station for the company EVs. Great work, Niftylift! Image: Prime Creative Media

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Plants are a significant cost in any project and need to be chosen wisely. A living wall can add appeal to an otherwise hard space. Image: Creative Station/

Plant-purchase strategies

Want to make the most of buying plants? Marc Worner sows the seeds of cost-effective selection and handling.

There’s a saying: ‘When you want a good job done, ask a busy person’.

Any landscaper worth their salt is time poor. We are trying to: get quotes to convert into sales while overseeing projects, carrying out regular site inspections, coordinating deliveries and subcontractors, reacting to plant and equipment breakdowns, taking care of personnel issues, undertaking the administrative burden placed on small business by all levels of government and trying to ensure we allocate sufficient family time to have some sort of quality of life. Consequently, we tend to become fixated on our hardscape construction and may tend to think of the softscape as a distraction. Not true!

Important choice

The plants you choose can make or break a job from different perspectives. If we choose poor quality plants and they die, it costs our business in replacement costs, time and money. Also, we might incur the wrath of the customer if our choice of plants doesn’t achieve their desired outcomes.

Plants are a significant cost in any project. We need to choose wisely. Suppliers are

Buying plants in volume may earn a discount from a supplier. Irina/

reluctant to take back stock after delivery unless the stock is damaged prior to delivery or it has obvious pests and diseases.

Plants are living things and need to be handled correctly, given nourishment and nurtured from the time of delivery when we take ownership. Any failure in this regard creates a disgruntled client and impacts on our bottom-line profit.

So, what strategies can we employ to reduce our risks and ensure our landscape project delivers the best outcomes for all stakeholders when buying plants?


At the time of quoting a job it will become quite clear what the clients need. Let’s say it’s a themed garden with privacy. In our minds we know we will need to quote tall shrubs or trees to achieve the privacy aspect. We will also need to ensure our choice of plants matches the proposed theme. It may be native, cottage or formal, for instance. We may need to quote on a year-round productive garden with child-friendly play spaces. In our minds we know we will need to mainly quote plants that produce food,

get sunshine all day and yet still allow room for children to play in safety. We may need outdoor room-dividing plants. It may be prudent to get the advice of a landscape designer at this point, to make sure our plant choices will meet client expectations.


Once the plants have been decided upon, we need to purchase them. There are a number of options. We could:

1. Buy online from the plethora of websites

2. Visit a weekend market

3. Journey to a wholesale nursery and choose personally or in the company of a horticulturalist

4. Phone or fax our usual wholesale supplier with a list for filling and delivery to the job site, or

5. Employ the skills of a landscape designer or consultant to act as our agent and do the buying on our behalf. This way, we know we will get the right plant for the right place in the garden while maintaining progress on the construction.

All these options have advantages and disadvantages that have different impacts on each business.

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Wherever and however we choose to purchase plants, we should have a payment strategy in mind. Consider carefully which method you use because choosing the most appropriate strategy for your business will

save you money. Ask yourself some critical questions:

• Will you get more for less if you pay by cash?

• Did you leave a clear audit trail using cash so your accountant and your bookkeeper can easily follow it?

• Will the supplier provide you with a 30day account? Delaying payment in many instances allows you to use your cashflow elsewhere in your business until the client pays you – it’s called ‘the opportunity cost of money’, and

Landscape designers carry their own professional indemnity insurance, so if they make a big mistake that causes dramas it’s less of a burden on the landscaper overseeing the job. Image: rh2010/

The plants chosen can make or break a job from different perspectives. Image: tatabrada/

A quote may need to consider a year-round productive garden with child-friendly play spaces. Image: Irina Schmidt/

• Do you use a credit card which has frequent-flyer points attached to it which will help take the family on a holiday?

On the other hand, there is a merchant service fee impost on each transaction using this option.

Size matters

What size plants do we buy?

Obviously, the smaller the plant, the cheaper the price.

Customers often want their garden to be a showpiece in 12 month’s time. If we buy small plants it will take longer to achieve their desires. Larger plants can better handle weather extremes and need less initial care.

Does our supplier offer deals for the same plant species in different size pots? Is there a line of plants he wishes to offload because the demand for it seems to be waning at the time of our enquiry? Always ask your

supplier for any specials or discount lines at the time of purchase.

Sometimes our customers already have a landscape plan they just want planted out. Check for specifications (if any) on those customer’s landscape plans before quoting. Check competitors are also quoting on the same size pots. Ensure the customer is aware of this important aspect when considering their own costs.

It may be that time is not of the essence and they could wait a little longer for their garden to reach maturity. In this case we can buy the smaller plants. Remember though, extra care will be required by us, especially at planting time and the critical few weeks afterwards.

It’s a numbers game

The next strategy revolves around buying plants in volume.

It’s unlikely a supplier will provide a

discount for the purchase of a few plants – five of this, maybe 10 of that and 20 of those – unless they are large feature plants.

However, if we purchase in bulk, we may be pleasantly surprised. Think about upcoming projects and think about those bread-and-butter plant lines we seem to use repeatedly.

Ask the supplier what’s the volume he requires you to buy before a discount applies. If it’s an appropriate volume, purchase them and maintain them until the next job comes along utilising those plants. We may consider joining forces with our network of other landscapers to purchase in bulk. Buying power is an enormous bargaining tool.

TIP: Sometimes, the big-box retailers can even do a better price per unit than a nursery wholesaler when you order in bulk!

Customers often want their garden to be a showpiece in 12 months. Larger plants can better handle weather extremes and need less initial care. Image: ronstik/


What’s your strategy around delivery?

A delivery fee is charged if the quantity purchased is small. Suppliers offer free delivery over certain minimum quantities. Split deliveries cost extra. If you pick up and take the plants to the job, is it worth your time? Do you instruct your foreman do it? Is your team skilled at plant handling?

Loading up, travelling with, and offloading plants has the potential for loss and damage. Is it better that your business transfers this risk to others who carry the appropriate insurance? For instance, some landscapers have the plant order delivered to their horticulturalists to install on their behalf according to agreed scheduling and are confident that best-practice planting methods will be employed. That, in turn, gives the plants the best chance to thrive in your client’s landscape.

TIP: Deliver plants to the job site only when you are ready to plant. I have seen numerous landscape sites where plants have suffered and/or died because the task of planting needed to be ‘put aside for a few days’. This mistake will also eat away at your bottom-line profit.


The last strategy to consider when buying plants is that of relationships.

This industry is about people. Teams and teamwork make things happen. Building relationships is crucial to the success of our industry and that of our businesses. These days we often buy materials without actually meeting the supplier in the process. We don’t need to anymore. Or do we?

When purchasing plants it may be prudent to take the time out to get to better know your suppliers. It might only be to stop and chat while buying plants, or it may be

sharing a joke over lunch once you have a track record with that supplier. Those in the horticultural industry thrive on personal interaction in their daily lives.

It may also come about that you get the opportunity to purchase better plants because, when your supplier knows you better personally, he may offer you certain upcoming lines which he feels you would like, or offer some plants at a discount because he knows of certain jobs you have where size may not matter or they are coming out of winter stock and may not look the best but are completely healthy plants.

Networking is part of relationship building and should be a highly valued strategy to employ in any business.

Whatever mix of strategies we employ when purchasing plants, we need to remember to remain focussed at the time on each step in the process so we achieve the best outcomes for all stakeholders.

Shrinking yields

The demand for housing no doubt remains in crisis, but John Gabriele remembers the saying: ‘Never waste a good crisis’.


at least 70% of

The great Australian dream of home ownership still prevails as governments and planners struggle to address the growing demand. One thing that is evidently clear in the development of new urban sub-divisions is the diminishing size of the average urban block. Research conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicates the average site area of new houses in Australian capital cities has decreased by 22% – that’s a loss of land size by 135 square metres on average over the past 15 years, from 602 square metres to 467 square metres.

Despite the significant reduction in block sizes across all states and territories, the statistics show at least 70% of Australians still choose to live in a detached three-bedroom home with a two-car garage. Unfortunately, with the shrinking block sizes, house floor areas have increased, which means less land available for landscape installations.

Not to be beaten by this shrinking trend of urban greenspace, landscape designers and the nursery industry are tackling the issue head on. Small-space landscape design can be just as impressive and functional as larger

open-space installations. Coupled with clever plant selection and the breeding of plant cultivars that are more sympathetic to smallspace design, the limitations of small blocks is being overcome.

One area that has largely gone underutilised, but has in the past decade been the subject of increasing interest, is the urban street verge area.

The verge area is a public space managed by local government authorities (councils) and they’ve come to realise the potential benefits of allowing verge gardens to be constructed.

Australians still choose to live in a detached three-bedroom home with a two-car garage.
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There are of course many limiting factors that need to be considered in the construction of verge gardens and councils have developed guidelines and design considerations where verge gardens are approved under local government planning policy.

Value proposition

While there are limiting factors in vergegarden installations, they can be a lucrative addition to a landscape design contract. For a homeowner on either greenfield or infield sites, the benefits of incorporating a verge garden as part of landscape design can provide them with an additional space to add not just street cred to their dwelling, but also increased value. In addition, a verge garden can provide connectivity between the broader streetscape and the landscape of the front yard of an individual dwelling or, in some instances, multiple dwellings. This will to some extent be limited to any restrictions on species selection and hardscape inclusions of the local planning authority.

Benefits to be considered in verge gardens include:

• Broad streetscape aesthetic appeal

• Increasing biodiversity and habitat creation

• Buffering between pedestrians and vehicles increasing public safety

• Reduction in urban heat-island effect

• Shading of footpaths in summer, sunlight in winter where deciduous species are planted

• Carbon sequestration in soils

• Food security where fruit trees and vegetables are included in design installation

• Slowing rainfall and stormwater runoff

• Productive use of otherwise unproductive small land areas such as lawn verges requiring maintenance, and

• Urban green-space areas lower incidences of crime and graffiti.

All these benefits are positive marketing points for the informed landscape designer/ contractor as public knowledge on environmental impacts and the need for increasing habitat and biodiversity within communities continues to grow. Residents of most communities are seeking to engage with their local outdoor green spaces, and as councils face increasing pressure on creating engaging public green spaces, the verge offers an opportunity to gain community buy-in, contributing towards managing public open space on a personal level, albeit on a small scale.

A verge garden can provide connectivity between the broader streetscape and the landscape of the front yard of multiple dwellings. Image: AdobeStock/Vasil
Gardens can transform what may be neglected spaces into something that can be an effective and simple way of fostering community engagement. AdobeStock/Ivan Moreno
Correct plant selection is a key aspect of good design. Image: AdobeStock Doublelee


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Verge gardens have become popular additions to many urban street scapes Australia wide, and their rise in popularity has not been without controversy. Verge gardens can be a source of conflict with pedestrians, cyclists, road users neighbours and others. An essential starting point to overcome such challenges comes where good design goes beyond the simple application and compliance with development controls. We need to analyse existing features of the site and look for interdependencies, opportunities, and constraints, as this will assist in the design of the new space being one that’s inclusive of the needs of all stakeholders. Local councils who allow verge-garden installations will have some limitations on the types of plants and components and elements that can be installed. The type of verge garden can be an ornamental garden, edible garden or native garden – the latter being one many councils prefer over others due to the environmental benefits of the low water demand of endemic species, and other factors such as providing additional habitat and foraging space for native fauna and insects.

The growing trend is for using low-height, endemic species of the local area which has

given rise to commercially available nursery ranges of plants promoted as ‘verge-suitable’, further highlighting the increasing demand for native verge gardens.

Limiting factors

Not all sites are conducive to the installation of a verge garden and as with any landscape installation, a complete and through site analysis is required before turning the first sod. Verges, by their very nature, are often exposed to a range of inhospitable microclimate impacts such as radiant heat from hardscape surfaces like footpaths and roads, wind-tunnel effects and engineered soils that may impede root development and drainage.

Given the proximity of the verge to roads, safety is the most important aspect that needs to be considered in design and installation of verge gardens. Adequate access needs to be provided for the entry and exit of car passengers from footpath to roads. Constraints such as this may influence the inclusion or exclusion of features such as raised edging, stakes, rocks, plants with prickles or thorns and so forth that can injure pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders. A key aspect of good design is correct plant selection. Poor plant selection can over time lead to plants that may grow over the height

limit and affect sight lines around corners and for vehicles reversing out of driveways.

Not all limiting factors will be obvious on an initial site inspection, utility services such as sewage or water pipes, gas, electricity etc may be located below the street verge and in some cases may require maintenance resulting in the loss of verge installations.

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Despite the limitations that a verge garden may pose, there is always a design solution that can overcome most challenges.

Overall, a verge garden can transform what may be a neglected space into something that can add value, street appeal and connectivity to an existing landscape. They can be an effective and simple way of improving the urban environment by fostering community engagement and thereby increasing social cohesion.

So, when it comes to selling a landscape design to a residential homeowner, think outside the gate and include a verge garden as an upsell opportunity, making productive use of an otherwise small patch of underutilised land.

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A cedar in distress. It appeared the only healthy area in the structural root zone was the area ringed in yellow. Images: Jonathan Garner

ILandscaping around trees

Jonathan Garner points out the importance of landscapers considering the history and needs of mature trees.

trust you’re enjoying these cooler times. Over the past season I’ve been engaged to determine why two mature trees are in decline and what can be done to save them.

As the challenge was fresh in my mind, I figured we should dig a little deeper into what’s going on with mature trees when we disrupt or change the conditions they’ve been living in for most of their lives.

A beauty that I’m working with provides the perfect story for this discussion.

Protection of the asset

Given my love for conifers and my adoration of this particular species, the determination to save it goes beyond my professional duty. During this chat, we’ll also unpack some of the details and terminology used in consulting-arborist reports.

Although reports look cram-packed with information, much of it can be copied-andpasted material.

Given the numerous failed existing trees I see within developments, I often wonder whether the people responsible for the protection of these vital assets before, during,

and after the project ever take the time to read and adhere to the recommendations. Further, I often wonder how some consulting arborists provide questionable advice and why local authorities don’t pick up on it. What good are tree protection zones during the construction phase if permission is granted to change soil levels and drainage patterns around and beneath trees?

Yep, mature trees can be frustrating and quite expensive to work around. As landscape professionals, it’s important we respect the plant and the rules put in place for protection of the asset.

Beyond the construction phase, it’s equally important we understand how building and landscape works will affect the future well-being of the plant, and I hope this chat will provide a better understanding of what’s happening to the tree.


A colleague commenced maintaining the garden in May and contacted me soon after as the tree was noticeably in distress.

The garden, situated in Sydney’s north

shore, is home to three majestic Blue Atlas Cedars (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’). The other two are in neighbouring properties, one of which was also in decline. The one I’m working with had a breast-height trunk-girth diameter of around 1400mm with a height of around 25 metres and crown spread of around 15 metres.

She’s pretty big.

Determining a tree’s age (without cutting it down or taking an invasive core sample) is a little tricky. Various items such as soil conditions, soil volume, resource availability (water, nutrient, sunlight) and climate all play a role in rates of growth and size compared to age. Given the surrounding original houses had a 1950’s style to them, I’m thinking somewhere between 60 and 70 years old.

Consulting arborist reports categorise ages into four classes: juvenile; semi mature; mature; and senescent. The first three classes are self-explanatory. The final classification, ‘senescent’, means of old age and/or in decline.

Trees take a long time to grow, and they can take a long time to die. Senescence can

actually go on for decades – hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of years.

The tree was in perfect health for a mature specimen and was developing the unique asymmetrical characteristics of cedars. These trees marry well within modern building design, and the three of them provided a valuable asset to the properties and neighbourhood.

Significant works commenced in late 2020.

The development included construction of a new garage and swimming pool uphill of the tree, and given the size of the tree in relation to the property, construction within the overall root zone was unavoidable.

The client was very specific about

keeping the tree and the designer made genuine efforts to minimise the effects the development was possibly going to have on the tree.


Based on the variable density of the foliage, the tree is in significant decline. Lack of foliage in various areas of the plant indicated the root system had been compromised in certain sections.

Basically, the health and density of foliage on branches can be a good indicator of root health around sections of the tree. Tree roots connect to the vascular system of trees. Many varieties of trees have root systems

The minimal root activity within the 80/20 profile. The bottom of the tape indicates the original soil level and layer.

that directly supply resources to specific branches. If a section of the root system suffers damage or disease, the corresponding section or branches of the tree will display symptoms, starting with reduced foliage density which could eventually lead to branch dieback.

During the initial inspection, the soil levels surrounding the trunk and within the 3.8-metre structural root zone (SRZ) appeared to be consistent and not a cause for concern (the SRZ is an area around the base of a tree that’s required for stability in the ground. Its size is expressed as a radius in metres that defines a circle with the trunk at its centre).

Image: Pascal/

Hardly adhering to the tree protection zone.
The SRZ is an area around the base of a tree that’s required for stability in the ground. Its size is expressed as a radius in metres that defines a circle with the trunk at its centre.

Inspecting further away from the tree with a probe indicated the entire lawn area had been backfilled with an 80/20 river-sand/soil blend, with depths ranging from 150mm to 250mm.

The next step was to engage groundpenetrating radar to locate or map any major lateral roots throughout the lawn area. Lateral or surface roots are the top layer of roots which are generally responsible for the ferrying of resources necessary for the tree’s survival.

Attached to lateral roots are the fine roots which do the business of gathering water and nutrients.

If I could find the lateral roots via root mapping, then, with careful excavation, I could determine the quantity and health of the fine roots.

The damage was done

Sadly, over 80 per cent of the lawn and within the SRZ had no root activity present within the top 200mm of growing media. Further to this backfilling, the 80/20 media was layered over the original topsoil without any effort to key or blend into the original, and likely compacted, soil.

Essentially, the precious fine or feeder roots had been suffocated by hindering access to precious oxygen and creating a perched water table above the soil level. Increasing soil levels by anything more than 100mm is heading for trouble.

As I initially suspected, the only activity was directly beneath the two healthy branches and within the adjacent garden bed. Sadly, any of the lateral roots I found deep beneath the backfilled area were long rotten.

It saddens and frustrates me that both the consultant granted approval for ‘minor raising of soil levels up to 200mm through the Tree Protection Zone (TPZ)’ and that many in our industry aren’t aware of the damage we can do.



So let’s go through the steps in how the development could have been done without risk to the tree:

1. Educate the client with what’s going on. If they knew increasing soil levels by over 100mm would be risking the welfare of the tree they love so much, they would be open to alternative approaches;

2. Gradually increase the levels over a long period of time.

Slowly increase the layers with gap-graded sand – such as USGA sand – of no more than 100mm every two-to-three years and apply correct watering practices allowing the tree sufficient time for its fine feeder roots to grow into the upper profile.

This could have been easily done by creating an additional step down from the

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It’s important we understand how building and landscape works will affect the future well-being of the plant

house, entrance and pool. The cost of $20,000 for future works and an inconvenience of between two and three years would have ensured this tree’s survival and the client’s satisfaction.

In conclusion, there’s many factors (including tree species, depth and type of fill, drainage, soil structure below the fill, and the general vigour of the existing tree) that have a determining influence upon the time it takes for the aboveground symptoms to appear.

It might take anywhere from several months to as much as three to five years before tree death would occur, and that’s usually a long time after the contractors have split.

Sadly, this old girl is destined for the chipper.

Ground-penetrating radar was used to locate and map any major lateral roots.
Image: Jonathan Garner
The two circled branches are the only ones with healthy foliage. Both are directly above the area with the most amount of root activity. Image: Jonathan Garner

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A1 Rubber’s Aero Shockpads are the only 100 per cent recycled-rubber shockpads on the market, and they’re made entirely from Australian end-of-life tyres.

Rotatub mixers as well. I think we have four of them.”

quite a while is Australian Sports and Safety Surfaces.

Based in Blacktown, to the west of Sydney in NSW, Australian Sports and Safety Surfaces has a distinguished track record.

“It’s a family business,” said the wellspoken Geoff. “My wife and I started it over 30 years ago, and today we have our two sons heavily involved in the business,” he outlined quietly.

Initially offering synthetic grass cricket pitches and tennis courts, the company moved into soft-fall frubber surfaces, and it’s been a journey.

play equipment was difficult.

“A big part of our work today is coucil playgrounds, schools, childcare centres civil and domestic jobs. Our work covers all of NSW.”

The association with A1 Rubber began late last century and the partnership has been strong since the start.

“I think they were the only company producing the type of rubber we were after at the time,” said Geoff. “They were the main players, and they still are.”

“We use their CSBR, Opal EPDM rubber and their polyurethane Procure…we use their

The test of time

Geoff cites the quality of A1 Rubber products and their availability as important factors in the maintaining the relationship for so long.

“The service is of a high standard and the staff is very obliging,” vouched Geoff. “They’re very helpful and we have good communication with them. We also have a great deal of contact with the staff at the Wetherill Park warehouse and find them yo be professional and friendlyl.”

As Geoff watches family his business continue to grow, he can watch A1 Rubber, a big part of his business, do the same.

Do better with Brandt

In today’s world where efficiency and reliability are key, Brandt stands out as an indispensable partner for landscapers and contractors. With a broad range of products and services tailored to meet the unique demands of these industries, Brandt ensures customers achieve peak performance and sustainability.

Brandt offers top-notch John Deere equipment like mowers, skid steers, and compact utility tractors, providing professionals with the tools they need to create and maintain stunning landscapes. Images: Brandt

Brandt’s commitment to excellence is evident in its tailored solutions for farmers, landscapers and contractors alike. In landscaping, Brandt offers top-notch John Deere equipment like mowers, skid steers, and compact utility tractors, providing professionals with the tools they need to create and maintain stunning landscapes. For construction, John Deere’s robust equipment, including compact excavators and loaders, delivers reliable solutions for the most challenging projects.

High efficiency

Brandt enhances customer operations by integrating John Deere’s advanced technology. Tools like GPS, sensors, and data analytics enable precision work, reducing waste and maximising productivity. This technology helps users work more efficiently, completing projects faster and with greater accuracy.

The impact of Brandt’s offering of John Deere equipment is clear in the significant benefits experienced by customers. By using precision technology, customers can reduce overlap in tasks, leading to cost savings and better resource management. This technology also optimises conditions for planting, grading, and other critical tasks, ensuring superior results and enhancing client satisfaction.

Service is a priority

But Brandt’s role goes beyond providing cutting-edge equipment. Its comprehensive support and expertise ensure professionals

Choosing Brandt means leveraging superior technology, comprehensive support and expert guidance to achieve higher productivity, cost efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.

John Deere’s robust equipment, including compact excavators and loaders, delivers reliable solutions for the most challenging projects.

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best.

With a focus on elevating your operation, Brandt provides unmatched support, extending our hours to ensure we’re there when you need us most. Our dedication is re ected in our expanded sta , ready to o er personalised assistance and expertise tailored to your needs. At Brandt, we don’t just provide products and services; we forge partnerships aimed at propelling your business forward.

Revolutionising lawn care

A challenge that landscape contractors, greenskeepers, and sports turf managers can face is maintaining large and healthy lawns. Traditional mowing methods can be time-consuming, labour-intensive, and costly. Enter Kress Robotic Mowers — autonomous mowers that will transform turf-management practices. These intelligent mowers promise not only time savings, but also improved efficiency and lower emissions, transforming the way we care for our golf and green spaces.

Kress RTKn robotic mowers redefine unmanned mowing by extending their reach to cover larger areas.

Operating efficiently in parallel lines, they seamlessly transition from one area to another without the need for boundary wires, on-site antennas or beacons. Unlike traditional robotic mowers that rely on perimeter wires, Kress RTKn models utilise a satellite-based positioning system with centimetre-level accuracy.

Kress’ proprietary RTKn network^ delivers correction data to each robot mower and the Unique MAP (Mowing Action Plan™) technology creates a customised mowing route based on the specific features of your green space. By analysing the terrain, obstacles and boundaries, Kress mowers optimise their path for maximum coverage and efficiency. As they move,

they dynamically adapt to changes in the environment, ensuring every blade of grass receives equal attention.


• Mission RTKn (KR172E.1, KR173E.1 and KR174E.1): Designed for lawns up to 7000m2. Combining cutting-edge technology with user-friendly features, Kress Mission mowers operate quietly and emit zero site emissions, making them ideal for managing residential properties.

• Mission Mega RTKn (KR233E.1 and KR236E.1): With Mission Mega RTKn mowers, Kress demonstrates what is possible in automated mowing today. Mega models include features such as dual discs for enhanced functionality, a wider cutting width of 35cm, and TeamWork™ collaborative technology. The unique

in-hub drive ensures a more accurate and quieter mowing experience and, when combined with RTKn positioning, obstacle avoidance, and easy-clean IPX5-rated construction, the Kress Mega mowers set a new standard of efficiency, power, intelligence and reliability.

• Customisable cutting height: Mission Mega RTKn mowers allow tailoring the cutting height to specific requirements within the range of 30mm to 60mm. For golf courses and expansive green spaces, the fairway kit is a game-changer. It provides additional versatility by allowing cutting as low as 10mm. Fairways, roughs and specialised areas can now be maintained with precision, ensuring a consistent and professional appearance.

• Efficiency and fleet operation: Kress robot mowers revolutionise lawn maintenance

Kress robotic mowers provide a reliable and efficient solution for keeping green spaces maintained. Image: Kress

About Kress

As a part of the well-established Positec family of leading brands, Kress has built a reputation for advanced German engineering and has been recognised for designing and manufacturing electric motors for 93 years. Today, Kress is committed to ensure the commercial landscape-maintenance industry a zero-emission future. Its unique CyberSystem™ battery technology makes the transition from petrol- to battery-powered OPE sustainable, with benefits for the environment and the users’ profitability as well.

with their systematic cutting approach. By mowing in parallel lines, a single Kress mower can efficiently manage up to 36,000m2 of green space. These robotic mowers are also designed to operate seamlessly as part of a fleet, ensuring even larger areas can be maintained effortlessly.

• Time and cost savings: Traditional mowing demands labour hours, but with Kress robotic mowers, costs can be significantly reduced. Allocate the workforce strategically, knowing the mowers handle routine maintenance efficiently. Healthier turf means fewer expensive renovations. Kress robotic mowers can contribute to long-term savings by maintaining optimal grass health. Plus, the absence of fuel costs further enhances cost-effectiveness.

• Zero emissions: Kress robotic mowers significantly lower the carbon footprint of any property, from homes to commercial facilities, fostering greener and more

enjoyable living and working environments. These mowers operate with zero emissions, producing no polluting exhaust fumes, and their quiet operation minimises noise pollution, allowing the enjoyment of outdoor space without disturbance.

• Satellite connection and adaptability: If the satellite connection becomes blocked by trees or buildings, inertial navigation and odometry take over, precisely routing the mower until it reaches an open sky area where satellite navigation is restored. This seamless transition ensures uninterrupted mowing even in challenging conditions.

• Stay in control: The Kress Mission RTKⁿ app empowers you to stay in control of your robotic lawn mower at all times. Stay updated on mowing sessions and your robot’s schedule, create new maps and manage charging stations. Adjust working hours and days according to your needs, ensuring you’re always in control.

Designed to operate seamlessly as part of a fleet, ensuring even larger areas can be maintained effortlessly.

Combining cutting-edge technology with user-friendly features, Kress Mission mowers operate quietly and emit zero site emissions. Image: Kress

Learn more

Whether a backyard lawn, a sprawling park or a golf course, Kress RTKn mowers provide a reliable and efficient solution for keeping green spaces maintained. These intelligent mowers combine cutting-edge technology with eco-friendly performance, making them a perfect fit for both residential and commercial spaces.

For assistance, reach out to your local Kress dealer to discuss the best model for your needs. Kress RTKn Mowers start from $5299 inc. GST** Visit to explore the range.

**Refers Mission RTKn KR172E.1

^The Kress exclusive antenna network covers any number of lawns within an up to 60 km radius area. Check with your Kress Dealer for network availability.
Kress Mega mowers set a new standard of efficiency, power, intelligence and reliability with features like dual-layer blades.
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Cub Cadet Pro Z 100 series

The Cub Cadet Pro Z 100 series stands out in the commercial mowing market with its robust models, particularly the 48" and 54" cutting decks. These machines are designed to cater to the needs of professional landscapers who demand efficiency, durability, and comfort.

The Pro Z 154 S EFI boasts a 54-inch, side-discharge, fabricated deck that is ideal for larger areas up to three acres.
Images: Cub Cadet

Pro Z 148 S EFI (48")

The Pro Z 148 S EFI is equipped with a 48-inch fabricated cutting deck made from heavy-duty steel, ensuring it can withstand the hardship of daily commercial use. The deck’s design is not only durable but also provides a clean and even cut, enhancing the mower’s efficiency. This model is powered by a 25HP Kohler EFI V-twin engine, which offers up to 25% less fuel consumption compared to non-EFI engines, making it an economical choice for professionals.

Synchro Steer Technology

One of the standout features of the Pro Z 148 S EFI is the Synchro Steer Technology, which provides four-wheel steering with a steeringwheel control.

This technology significantly reduces turf damage and offers unmatched stability on slopes of up to 20 degrees, making it safer and more versatile than traditional lap-barcontrolled zero-turn mowers.

The machine also comes with a two-year commercial warranty, ensuring reliability and support for professional users. Additionally, the Roll Over Protection (ROP) bars provide an extra layer of safety, which is crucial for commercial operations.

Designed to cater to the needs of professional landscapers who demand efficiency, durability, and comfort.
Synchro Steer Technology provides four-wheel steering with a steeringwheel control.

Property maintenance


managing small or large properties, the Cub Cadet Pro Z 100 series is engineered to deliver superior performance and durability “ “

Pro Z 154 S EFI (54")

The Pro Z 154 S EFI boasts a 54-inch, sidedischarge, fabricated deck that is ideal for larger areas up to three acres. It’s powered by a 27HP Kohler V-twin EFI engine, which, like the 48" model, offers significant fuel savings.

The larger cutting width of this model allows for quicker job completion, which is essential for commercial applicability.

The Synchro-Steer technology with steering-wheel control is also present in this model, providing excellent manoeuvrability and hillside stability. The commercial-grade dual EZT 3400 hydrostatic transmissions with charge pumps work simultaneously to deliver more power and manoeuvrability, which is beneficial when dealing with diverse terrains.

The Pro Z 154 S EFI is backed by a threeyear engine commercial warranty and a twoyear unit commercial warranty, reflecting the confidence Cub Cadet has in the durability and performance of its machines.

The ROP bars are standard, ensuring operator safety in the event of a rollover, which is a key, and vital, consideration for commercial users.

Superior performance and durability

In conclusion, both the 48" and 54" models of the Cub Cadet Pro Z 100 series are built with commercial-grade components and offer features that cater to the demands of professional landscaping. The steel fabricated decks, efficient engines, and safety features like ROP bars make these mowers a smart investment for businesses looking to maximise productivity and ensure operator safety. The commercial warranties further attest to the reliability and long-term service these machines are guaranteed to provide.

Whether managing small or large properties, the Cub Cadet Pro Z 100 series is engineered to deliver superior performance and durability.

Synchro Steer Technology significantly reduces turf damage and offers unmatched stability on slopes of up to 20 degrees.
Built with commercial-grade components and offer features that cater to the demands of professional landscaping.

RENAULT MASTER cargo carrying powerhouse

with up to 17m3 of cargo volume and a choice of configurations, there is a Master Van for any landscaping business.

plus, with a 100L fuel tank and long service intervals, you can hit the ground running every day. stock available now.

An 80-litre catcher allows for longer mowing, less stops and reduced running costs.

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In the realm of lawn maintenance, precision, reliability and durability are paramount. That’s why the Masport professional Contractor range, featuring the 19" Contractor AL 3’n1 and the 21" Contractor ST 3’n1, are engineered to exceed the demands of professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Both models boast heavy-duty chassis, reinforced axles, and the advanced Quadcut® four-blade cutting system, ensuring superior cutting, catching, mulching, and rear-discharge performance. Powered by a robust Briggs & Stratton 850 professional engine, both machines offer reliable starting and powerful operation for demanding conditions. Additionally, comfortable upturned upper handles with soft grips enhance ergonomics and reduce fatigue during prolonged use.

Commercial grade chassis

The Contractor AL S19 3’n1 excels in manoeuvrability with its 19" aluminium chassis, allowing for navigating tight spaces and intricate landscapes. While the Contractor 21" steel chassis offers added features with its three-speed, self-propelled drive system and larger heavy-duty steel chassis, making it perfect for larger yards and commercial use.

Pro equipment

Equipped with commercial-grade components, including a commercial 80-litre Dacron fabric catcher with dust cover, both models ensure efficient grass collection and reduce downtime for emptying. Whether you’re a professional landscaper or a homeowner passionate about maintaining pristine outdoor spaces, the Masport Contractor range guarantees reliability, durability, and unmatched performance.



Experience the difference with the Masport professional contractor range and elevate your lawn care to new heights. Backed by a comprehensive warranty and extensive specialist network, the Masport Professional Mower is designed for commercial operation and built to last.

For further information visit or contact Masport on 1300 366 225.

Designed for small paving jobs in residential and commercial applications, Cat’s PC306 is primarily used to restore asphalt and concrete surfaces.

Image: Prime Creative Media

WCat and Whitleah Asphalt

Cat’s PC306 With Water has been a a real cost saver and productivity booster for NSW contractor, Whitleah Asphalt.

hitleah Asphalt is a fully equipped and diverse asphalt paving and civil-construction company serving clients throughout the central coast and Hunter regions of NSW.

The company handles a wide range of projects, including asphalt resurfacing, road construction and maintenance, footpaths, profiling, in-situ stabilisation, driveways, carparks, and sports courts. A local-government procurement-approved contractor, the company’s clientele includes government and local councils and members of the commercial and residential sectors.

Company owner Matt Whitleah has decades of experience in all aspects of asphalt application and maintenance, and when it came time to start his own company in 2021, his preferred equipment manufacturer was clear: Caterpillar.

Matt’s decision to fit his latest Cat skid steer with the PC306 With Water cold planer put his operators on the road to success.


Designed for small paving jobs in residential and commercial applications, the PC306 is primarily used to restore asphalt and concrete surfaces. It’s ideal for milling imperfections prior to resurfacing, removing

Whitleah Asphalt’s most recent purchase is the 279D3 compact track loader with the Cat PC306 With Water cold planer attachment. The set up is in use every day of the week.

Image: Prime Creative Media

deteriorated pavement, removing traffic-lane stripes and jobs where the use of dedicated planers is limited.

A self-leveling design automatically levels the attachment when it’s placed on the ground, giving consistent depth control without operator adjustments and offering excellent spoil retention, while two wear-

resistant skid plates remain parallel to the ground for optimum stability.

A hydraulic side shift permits planing close to curbs, walls and other obstructions, while a hydraulically controlled, independent left/right depth control allows maximum drum depths to be adjusted independently on each skid.

Gauges are easily viewable from the cab. A Max Pro pressure gauge provides operator feedback to adjust speed for maximum productivity in changing material loads, and a gauge – also visible from the cab – displays planer performance in real-time conditions.

A direct-drive system features a hydraulic radial-piston motor to ensure maximum cutting rate and drum torque for optimum production performance and efficiency, while a float enables planers to follow the contour of the surface. Spring tilt and hydraulic tilt enable planers to oscillate for angled cuts, and all-purpose conical bits are standard.

Optional concrete bits, heavy-duty concrete bits, and heavy-duty asphalt bits are also available, while tools to change out the bits are included.

For best performance

Cat’s fast-cut asphalt drums require less power for cutting due to increased spacing between cutting lines on the drum. These drums improve productivity in asphalt applications, and are now standard on all models, while multi-purpose and optionalwidth drums are also available.

Serrated steps allow for safe and easy access in and out of the cab, and a new centre step enables even easier access and shorter step lengths for the operator.

A coupler frame-mounted water tank with a 160-litre (42-gallon) capacity and a tanklevel sight gauge can be combined with cabmounted water tank for additional capacity and run time – a sprinkler kit is included if the cold planer is ordered with a water tank installed.


“Back in 2021 I started with one machine,” recalled Matt. “We’ve grown to now have seven machines, and our most recent purchase is the 279D3 compact track loader with the Cat PC306 With Water cold planer attachment.”

“This machine with this attachment we use every day of the week,” said the Wyong-based contractor. “It speeds up our asphalt work and keeps the boys happy,”he explained.

“The new Smart Creep mode makes our lives a lot easier,” continued Matt. “It opens up to inexperienced operators still being able to cut professional lines and makes hiring a lot easier. The guys don’t have to be topnotch, gun operators to be able to cut like a pro.”

“Cat’s had creep control on cold planers for many years now,” said Nina Zeidan, Attachment Product Specialist at Westrac

Cat’s fast-cut asphalt drums require less power for cutting due to increased spacing between cutting lines on the drum. Image: Prime Creative Media
The operator can see at a glance how the machine is performing. Image: Prime Creatuve Media

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NSW, “and it’s made cold planing very simple and very smooth. It prevents the cutting out of the drum, which causes ridges.

“Creep control has been a fantastic tool, but Caterpillar has taken it to the next level, with valving and software which basically monitors the pressure of the drum. It can be set to run at the highest speed, and if it hits harder material making it likely to stall, it’ll back off a bit to get through the hard cutting and come back to optimum speed when the implement pressure comes back down.”

“If it does stall out,” Nina continued, “it can be set it to auto-reverse, and the operator has to do nothing. They just keep the joystick full on. The machine auto reverses, the drum restarts, and it keeps going.”

Independent shoes allow cutting against

Company owner Matt Whitleah has decades of experience in all aspects of asphalt application and maintenance. Image: Prime Creative Media

curbs or gutters and prevent ridges in the side-by-side cutting, and Matt really likes the water tank being built into the cold planer rather than the roof. It saves both time and effort, and means less hazardous lifting and climbing for staff.

“It eliminates a lot of risk when filling the water tank, which needs to be done a couple of times a day,” he explained.

Finally, the PC306 carries Cat’s two-year parts-and-labour warranty.

That completes a very tidy and professional cold-planing package for Whitleah Asphalt.

For more on the PC306 With Water and 279D3 compact track loader, contact a Cat dealer or visit

Creep control has made cold planing very simple and very smooth. Image Prime Creative Media

PC306 With Water

Working width: 600mm

Maximum cutting depth: 170mm

Required hydraulics: High-flow

Overall width: 1858mm

Overall length: 1432mm

Overall height: 930mm

Weight: 1218kg

Optimal hydraulic flow: 98-125L/min (26-33gpm)

Optimal hydraulic pressure: 230-280 bar (3300-4000psi)

Drum speed: 149rpm

Optional drum widths/depths: 80/200mm, 150/200mm, 300/200mm, 450/200mm, 600/170mm (3/8", 6/8", 12/8", 18/8", 24/7")

Tilt angle range: +/-8 degrees

Side shift travel: 750 mm

Conical bits: 54

Standard bit type: All purpose

Water-tank capacity: 160 litres

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Mini loaders, skid steers and compact track loaders

Cingo M500 and M12.3

Merlo’s Cingo tracked carriers are ideal for transporting materials and equipment, offering exceptional versatility and access to confined spaces. An excellent combination of technology, safety, versatility and manoeuvrability, there’s a range of different-sized units available to suit a wide range of construction tasks, but there are two which stand out as ideal for landscaping jobs.

L andscape Contractor magazine was wandering through The Landscape Show at Sportsbet Stadium in Victoria recently, marvelling at the awesome equipment and enjoying some of the excellent presentations, when we bumped into Merlo Group’s National Sales Manager, Chris Wilson, and General Manager, Michael Lombardo, on the Supergroup display

They were probably two of the happiestlooking people at the show, and we soon found out why.

“We’ve partnered with Supergroup today,” said Michael. “They’re our distributor for the Victorian metropolitan area. Supergroup has complementing products that are ideal for us to launch the Cingo range, and which are perfect for the landscaping environment.”

“We’ve got a range of our mini transporters,” said Wilson, gesturing to the very compact machines surrounding him. “We have our 12.3 diesel version, and it can run different attachments on the front – cement mixers, buckets and slashers. We also have our petrol version, high-tip bucket which is 700kg capacity, and then our baby, our little 500kg transporter, which is ideal for landscaping work.”

The petrol version M700 with its high-tip bucket has a 700kg capacity.
Images: Merlo

Cingo M12.3

The Cingo M12.3 makes moving equipment and waste easy, with an automatic parking brake integrated in the gear motors to give a shorter stopping distance for maximum safety. Hydraulic servo-assisted driving controls greatly reduce the force required to operate the driving levers, especially during prolonged work, and driving precision is enhanced with a large support surface on the operator’s platform incorporating a shock-absorbing system to reduce vibrations.

The M12.3 is a multifunction model equipped with hydrostatic transmission and gear motors giving maximum torque transmission. The combination of the machine’s extreme compactness and robust rubber tracks give it a low specific pressure and make it suitable for all terrains.

The patented quick-coupling device allows for the use of countless attachments, while the hydrostatic transmission with variable-displacement axial-piston pumps reduce fuel consumption.

The Cingo M12.3 makes moving equipment and waste easy, with an automatic parking brake integrated in the gear motors to give a shorter stopping distance for maximum safety.

Amazingly versatile, with a big range of attachments.

Cingo M500

The hydraulic transmission with the ‘Overcenter’ valve and a parking brake with manual control on the Cingo 500 allows maximum speed control on slopes.

This is a handy and particularly compact transporter with easy and intuitive controls and orbital hydraulic motors for maximum traction. Strong rubber tracks exert low specific pressure on the ground, and the Cingo 500 is ideal for the handling of material in confined spaces and on steep and uneven terrain.

With a total width of only 690mm, it transports material with ease, passing through doors and gates and in the narrowest passages without any problems.

See the entire Cingo range of tracked carriers at

Mini loaders, skid steers and compact track loaders

JCB’s 1TE is leading the way in clean technology and reducing harmful emissions. 100% electric. Zero emissions

Designed to work in urban and enclosed spaces. Image: JCB/CEA

JCB E-TECH is a new generation of electric products with zero emissions at point of use that don’t compromise on performance. The new 1TE – a one-ton, fully electric machine – challenges perceptions of where site dumpers can operate. With zero emissions during use, the machine can operate indoors and in noisesensitive environments.

Zero emissions and low noise make the electric 1TE dumper safer for the environment, operators and bystanders “ “


Payload: 1000kg

Operating weight: 1625kg

Turning radius: 2.71m

Skip tipping type: Front tip/high tip

Enclosure type: ROPS frame


Designed to work in urban, air-qualitysensitive environments and enclosed spaces, the 1TE is powered by two robust, 48-volt, lithium-ion batteries which will power the machine for a full day’s shift. And when it’s time recharge the batteries, JCB offers three options: 110 volt, 230 volt and 415 volt. That gets it working when and where it suits, and with seven kilowatts of continuous power, and 20kW of peak power, the 1TE matches the power of a diesel 1T dumper, while its compact design and high-tip skip make it ideal for confined and tight-access areas.


A ROPS frame and Two Stage Drive inhibit system ensure operator safety, while LED beacons and a reverse alarm alert pedestrians of the machine’s presence. And of course, zero emissions and low noise make the electric 1TE dumper safer for the environment, operators and bystanders.

Find out more at

Seven kilowatts of continuous power and 20kW of peak power. Image: JCB/CEA
The 1TE is powered by two robust, 48-volt, lithium-ion batteries which will power the machine for a full day’s shift. Image: JCB/CEA

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Jonty’s currently running an E20 excavator and MT100 loader, and awaiting the arrival of an R series E35. Images: Bobcat of Australia

Bobcat and Compact Mini Earthworks

Bobcat is Jonty Guy’s go-to equipment brand, no question about it.

Compact Mini Earthworks is a Queensland-based company which specialises in tight-access work with earthmoving machinery. Operating from Nambour, about 100km north of Brisbane, owner Jonty Guy spreads his net wide to keep his machines working.

“A lot of pool digs, concrete preps, landscaping preps for turf…pretty much anything to do with tight access or earthworks,” said the happy-sounding sunshine-coaster.

Bobcat all the way

Jonty’s currently running a Bobcat E20 excavator and MT100 loader, and when Landscape Contractor spoke to him he was

awaiting the arrival of his next machine.

“I get it next week,” he glowed, clearly looking forward to the new Bobcat. “It’s an R series E35.”

“I’m actually putting a flail mower on it,” he explained. “It’s sort of like a mulcher/slasher, and I’m just trying to diversify my business a bit and branch out into more land clearing and vegetation management.”

Jonty bought his first Bobcat about five years ago, and while he’s been around a lot longer, he rates his experience with Bobcat as a particular highlight.

“I’ve had other machinery that’s broken down on me numerous times, but not the Bobcats,” he recalled.

“I bought my first machine off Bobcat

probably five years ago, and since then I’ve just had a great relationship with the brand – with Clint Warren, the salesman, with the people in the office, and with the service staff at Clark Equipment Sunshine Coast.

“I haven’t had any dramas with any of their machines ever, and they’ve really looked after me with all their servicing.”

And when any minor problem has cropped up, Jonty’s been more than happy with Clark Equipment’s response.

“They’re there within half an hour to sort it out,” he said. “They’re very good to deal with.”.

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Bobcat E20z

Operating Weight: 1930kg

Horsepower: 14.7hp

Bucket digging force: 20,835N

Tail swing type: Zero

Reach: 4134mm

Height: 2297mm

Length: 3688mm

Width: 980mm

Bobcat E35

Operating Weight: 3942kg

Horsepower: 24.8hp

Tail swing type: Zero

Bucket digging force: 30,995N

Reach: 5200mm

Height: 2443mm

Length: 4823mm

Width: 1753mm

Bobcat MT100

Operating Weight: 1538kg

Tipping load: 1315kg

Rated operating capacity: 454kg

Horsepower: 24.7hp

Arm lift path: Radius

Height: 1387mm

Length: 2697mm

Width: 904mm

Hitachi and Glascott Landscape and Civil

A southern-Queensland based landscaping and civil-construction company has recently purchased a pair of Hitachi excavators and couldn’t be happier with the result. The company is so happy it’s ordered two more.

Peter Cairns, Queensland Regional Manager at Glasscott Landscape and Civil, did the research which led him to Hitachi’s Brisbane branch. After the initial contact everything went seamlessly.
Images: Hitach CM

Currently Glascott is running the two new ZX85-5s, and they’re clearly doing the job being asked of them.

“ The operators love being in the machines

lascott Landscape and Civil – just ‘Glascott’ in everyday discussion – has the experience, knowledge, and skills to handle even the most challenging and unique landscape construction, and provides post-construction maintenance services that safeguard new landscapes and establish growth.

Beyond construction, Glascott Landscape and Civil can provide ongoing project maintenance designed to address deterioration and sub-optimum performance, reducing reactive spend and extending the life of landscapes.

After many years using another brand of

excavator, Glascott has moved to Hitachi, and the change wasn’t driven only by the performance of the machinery.

Service specialists

As the time to replace a couple of the company’s small excavators approached, Queensland Regional Manager, Peter Cairns, began exploring his options.

“When I was looking for a machine back in August and September last year, I rang multiple dealers for different brands,” recalled the cheerful Queenslander. “No one would get back to me, they all gave me the same runaround, and it got a bit tiring.

“And their wait lists were huge. The brand we’d been using – and we’d had five or six of their machines – wasn’t willing to do anything to assist us.”

Eventually Peter’s research led him to Julian Korherr from Hitachi’s Brisbane branch, and after the initial contact everything went seamlessly.

“Julian called me back and said he’d get something across to me within the hour, and it’d be the best deal he could do. We looked at it, assessed it, and signed it that afternoon,” said Cairns, still sounding impressed with the service he’d received.

Since that first contact, Julian has taken

Mini excavaters

care of predelivery, met Peter onsite, led a walk-through of Hitachi’s head office at Wacol, and was on site when the new machines were unloaded.

“He’s followed our whole journey,” beamed Peter. “All the way along. He’s turned up and asked, ‘Hey, where’s that machine?’ I’ve given him an address and he’s gone to the site to speak to the operators and check if the machine needed any tweaks.”

Peter’s satisfaction with his new supplier didn’t stop with its representative.

“It’s not just Julian,” he said. “It’s Hitachi, making sure everything’s okay, giving us the best price, and they’re willing to work with us to make things happen.”

New order

Currently Glascott is running the two new

ZX85-5s, and they’re clearly doing the job being asked of them. Peter sites the versatility and general capabilities of the two mini excavators as exceptional, and their performance and the service from Hitachi made it easy to decide Glascott’s next move.

“Julian took us on a site tour of Hitachi’s headquarters at Wacol here in Queensland. We went through the machines looking for a small excavator to get into the smaller spaces and the ZX38U-5, with its closedin cab, looked to be just what we needed. So we put in and order for one of those, and we’ll take delivery around September this year.

“Then I came across the ZX65USB-5.

“We currently have a five-ton in another brand that’s coming to the end of its time, so I spoke to Julian about whether we should go for a five-ton or a 6.5. We ended up

After many years using another brand of excavator, Glascott Landscape and Civil has moved to Hitachi.

putting in another order for a ZX65USB-5 closed-cab. Delivery’s probably around October or November,” smiled the obviously very happy manager.

Satisfied customer

Hitachi the company has clearly performed well for Glascott, but what about the machines themselves?

“Fantastic!” asserted Peter.

“The operators love being in the machines, they have a good spec for the work we ask them to do, and they perform exceptionally well.

“It’s great to see good gear out on our construction sites.”

See the video at, and learn more of Hitachi excavators at


Compact power and reliable quality

SDLG’s ER616F is working hard with Melbourne-based Sportscape Constructions.

In the dynamic landscape of construction and landscaping, success often hinges on making informed equipment choices. For Sportscape Constructions, a leading player in the industry, the recent acquisition of an SDLG ER616F excavator from CJD Equipment exemplified a strategic decision driven by performance, cost-effectiveness, and unwavering confidence in quality support.

Versatility meets affordability Sportscape’s operations span two distinct entities: Sportscape Civil and Sportscape Constructions, catering to a diverse array of projects from commercial landscaping and sports-field installations to civil works like car parks and large-scale construction endeavours. With such a broad scope, its machinery needs to be equally versatile and resilient.

According to Luke Simpson, director of Sportscapes, affordability was a pivotal factor in the choice of the SDLG ER616F.

“Being a smaller machine, it gets used for everything, and they get absolutely hammered on the landscaping sites,” he shared candidly.

The demanding nature of the work necessitated a compact yet powerful excavator that could withstand the rigours of tough terrain and less-experienced operators.

As the smallest excavator in CJD Equipment’s lineup of SDLG excavators, the ER616F packs a punch. Its 10kW/13hp Kubota engine and impressive excavation force of 15kN allow it to effortlessly handle a wide range of tasks.

Images: CJD Equipment

Confidence in quality and support Sportscape’s choice of SDLG machines was influenced by multiple factors, but primarily by the existing relationship with Volvo and CJD Equipment. With that brand confidence, SDLG was certainly a consideration, being owned by Volvo, along with its cost effectiveness..

“We were drawn to the SDLG brand over others we looked at,” Luke explained. “We knew we would have the service and support relationship with Volvo and SDLG that we have already.”

Confidence in the brand’s backing was patramount, as Luke emphasised. “We wouldn’t have gone with anything else that we didn’t have the confidence in the brand that it was attached to.”

Compact reliability in action

Currently, the SDLG ER616F excavator is showcasing its capabilities on a school landscaping project in Clifton Hill to the north of Melbourne. As the smallest excavator in CJD Equipment’s lineup of SDLG excavators, the ER616F packs a punch. Its 10kW/13hp Kubota engine and impressive excavation force of 15kN allow it to effortlessly handle a wide range of tasks.

The demanding nature of the work necessitated a compact yet powerful excavator that could withstand the rigours of tough terrain.

Exceptional customer service and support

Beyond the machine’s performance, Luke’s emphasis on customer service and support is what truly sets the SDLG machinery apart.

“Matt Kozole from CJD Equipment has been excellent,” he praised. “He’s quite patient and happy to support us as a business.

“Matt has the confidence of saying what he is going to do and then doing it well. He has always proven that’s the case. His after-sales

support running through the machines when they have been delivered onsite has been really good.”

As Sportscape Constructions looks to expand its fleet and incorporate larger excavators, its experience with the SDLG ER616F and CJD Equipment’s exceptional service has solidified its trust in the brand, paving the way for continued success in the ever-evolving landscape of construction and landscaping projects.

Luke Simpson (left) rates the high level of service and support from CJD Equipment’s Matt Kozole as a big factor driving his purchasing decision.

THitachi and TJ Earthmoving

After many years of working compact excavators, TJ Earthworks is rapt with the new Hitachi ZX85USB-7.

J Earthmoving is a family owned and operated business with over 25 years’ experience in earthmoving. The company undertakes small to large residential, commercial, civil and general works, and offers a personalised service from start to finish.

Based in D’Aguilar, Queensland, most of TJ Earthmoving’s work is done servicing

the local area: Moreton Bay, Somerset and Sunshine Coast regions.

Owner Dave Andreassen is the second generation working under the well-respected name.

“We’re a small, family-owned earthmoving company,” said Dave standing proud in front of his latest acquisition: a Hitachi ZX85US-B7. “I took over from my

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father five years ago, and things just keep going up.”

The compact ZX85US-7

Hitachi’s new ZX85USB-7 is equipped with a swing boom which allows it to efficiently excavate near walls and guard rails, and is driven by common-rail, directinjection Yanmar diesel equipped with TJ Earthmoving’s Dave Andreassen (right) was very happy after his first drive of the ZX85US-B7.

proven turbocharging technology. The environmentally friendly engine meets EPA final Tier 4/EU Stage V emissions standards, with diesel particulate filter, EGR and common rail to help further reduce emissions. It also features a versatile Power/Economy work mode that adapts the machine’s performance to the specific task at hand. In Power mode, the engine operates at higher speeds to deliver additional horsepower when necessary, whereas the Economy mode optimises fuel efficiency by reducing engine speed during regular operations.

The ZX85USB-7 is also equipped with a built-in auto-idle system which automatically reduces the engine to an idling speed if all control levers remain in a neutral position for more than four seconds. Once the levers are reactivated, the engine quickly returns to the previously chosen speed. This feature not only helps in reducing noise and exhaust emissions, but also plays a pivotal role in energy conservation and cost savings for operators.

An available attachment replacement support system streamlines the process of switching between different work tools, allowing adjustment of attachment flow settings directly from the low-reflective, colour, eight-inch LCD monitor in the cab, enabling operators to designate and save up to 12 unique settings.

It’s not only the operator’s productivity and comfort which have received special attention. Cab space has been significantly enlarged compared to the previous generation, and panoramic visibility helps create a safe and comfortable working environment. An Aerial Angle peripheralvision camera system gives operators an extensive 270-degree bird’s-eye view of the machine’s surroundings, and long-lasting LED ambient work lights on the left, right and rear of the machine ensure improved visibility. The work lights even remain illuminated for 30 seconds after the machine is powered off, enhancing safety when disembarking from the cab during night-time operations.

A wide-view wiper, featuring a parallel link mechanism, is also fitted to the ZX85USB-7, increasing the window-wiping area by 183 per cent compared to the previous model.

A generously sized rear-engine cover provides convenient access for ease of maintenance, and the filters and the fuel/ water separator have been grouped together and are accessible at ground level. Additionally, features like remote swing-circle lubrication, along with a factory installed electric refuel pump, have been incorporated to streamline daily maintenance.

A swing boom allows the ZX85US-B7 to efficiently excavate near walls and guard rails, and it’s driven by common-rail, directinjection Yanmar diesel equipped with proven turbocharging technology.

The ZX85US-B7 has 30 per cent more power than its predecessor.

There’s some big steps forward in the dash 7 range – and the dash 5 were already great machines.

Hands on

Dave was happy to put the machine through its paces for our video review, but he and his crew had actually spent some time with the compact excavator before we arrived. To say Dave was happy with the ZX85USB-7 would’ve been an understatement.

“There’s a lot more room inside the cab,” he beamed, clearly impressed. “There’s a lot more space for the operator’s feet. You can actually fit a hard hat up behind the seat in the new model.

“And a couple of the tall operators used to be all squished up in the old cab, but there’s plenty of room now.”

The upgrades and features of the dash 7s were obviously a plus for the experienced Hitachi owner, especially the substantial power increase.

“It just pulls through the dirt no problem at all now,” explained Dave. “There’s heaps of power and the extra breakout force… everything just flows so nicely. It’s a big improvement with a lot more grunt!”

And aside from the extra power on offer, the increased efficiency of the machine also

extends to moving around the jobsite.

“It’s just so smooth,” smiled Dave. “And the walking speed of these tracks! You can nearly doze a track up onto the pile as you’re walking up. It just moves around so much faster than the old machine.”

When you’re on a good thing

TJ earthmoving has been using Hitachi machinery for quite a while, and it looks like it’ll be using Hitachi for quite a while to come. “I still have a couple of older machines,” recalled Dave, “and I think I’ve only ever blown one hose.

“I’ve had the ’65 and it has 6000 hours on it. It hasn’t missed a beat. So I thought I’d better keep upgrading with Hitachi. Now I’ve got the ’55 and the ’85 as well.”

“They’re all just so reliable.”

And the service from Hitachi?

“Probably one of the best,” confirmed Dave.

“I don’t think I’d go anything other than Hitachi these days. I’ve had a few other brands and Hitachi seems to be the best.”

To see the video log on to, and to find out more about the ZX85USB-7, see the Hitachi CM website at

Eye on the industry

Diamond Mowers SK Brush Cutters are suitable for use on a wide range of skid steers and compact track loaders, and engineered for tough Australian conditions.

Images: Colbrook Industries

Diamond Mowers SK Brush Cutters

Harness the proven power, precision and performance of Diamond for core land maintenance needs. Well suited for a wide range of vegetation maintenance applications for a broad scope of industries, these brush cutters attach to any skidsteer or compact track loader and are specially designed to handle the most common vegetation-management tasks faced by landowners, property managers and large landscape maintenance companies alike

Whether faced with overgrowth and the need to reclaim acres, or the necessity of creating a defendable space from bushfire around a property – or even if you’re simply looking to tidy up and add value to land – Diamond Mowers SK Brush Cutters have you covered.

These robust and extremely versatile attachments excel at thoroughly processing small material such as thick grass and reeds, brush and saplings, and will effectively cut material up to 255mm on occasion.

Aussie tough

Diamond Mowers Brush Cutters – the Pro and Pro X – are designed for large-scale land and brush-clearing applications, enabling the clearing of unwanted trees and brush, including box thorn, wild rose, gorse, lantana, blackberry and other invasive species.

They’re suitable for use on a wide range of skid steers and compact track loaders and engineered for tough Australian conditions.

Diamond’s proprietary Tri-Hex disc boosts machine efficiency by offering increased inertia in tough going, equating to greater productivity and reduced costs for the operator. In addition, the Tri-Hex disc is backed by an unprecedented fiveyear  warranty.

The simple and robust design of the Diamond Mowers brush cutter range allows for easy maintenance and blade changeover. Built to last, the Tri-hex disc construction features one-inch (25mm) thick, 50,000psirated steel with hardened replaceable inserts offering unparalleled durability.

Nearly three times stronger than A36 steel, the motor shell is built with a 100,000psi steel housing and comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labour.

Fast action

Cut quality is largely determined by the blade’s speed. Blade speed, in turn, is determined by a combination of the motor size on the attachment and the carrier’s hydraulic flow.

Many competitive bush cutters only offer two options, High Flow and Low Flow, which can result in mediocre performance on the fringes of the flow range.

Diamond offers four hydraulic motor options that cover a wide flow range, from 17GPM to 41GPM, matching and ensuring optimum cutting performance from the Brush Cutter Pro paired to your skid steer or CTL.

Find out more about Diamond Mowers SK Brush Cutter Pro and Pro X at


Weight: From 680kg (60") to 920kg (84")

Cutting width: Pro 72" (1828mm). Pro X 84" (2133mm)

Cuts material up to: 10" (255mm)

Suited to cutting: Grass, brush, scrub and trees (up to 10")

Flow rating minimum: 64lpm

Flow rating maximum: 155lpm

Length: 2110mm

Height: 740mm

Width: 2030mm

Sizes: Pro X 60", 72", 80". Pro 72”


• Built strong to last, featuring a fully fabricated deck

• Tri-Hex disc uses inertia, improving productivity and reducing operating costs

• Simple, robust, three-blade design for easy maintenance and quick blade changeover

• Optional chain guard for dampening mulch discharge – ideal for working on roadsides

• Reduces your labour requirements and costs.

• Single operator can generate the same revenue as a crew of three.

• Manage fewer employees with greater productivity.

• Grow your business with less labour.

• Remote operated for optimum operator safety.

• Mow slopes and hazardous terrain in half the time with just a crew of one.

• Designed to secure niche revenue, maintaining: Hillside and steep inclines; Golf course rough; Dam, water course, drainage & levy embankments; wet or swampy terrain; hard to access roadsides

Renault Master Van

Renault Master is the largest van in Renault’s hard-working commercial catalogue. With many body types available, it’s also the most versatile van in the range. While Master Van can be fitted out to suit almost any business, it’s particularly at home with the cargo area full of landscaping tools and materials and the cabin doubling as a high-comfort, mobile office.

An assertive front end perfectly complemented by signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a chrome strip on the front grille give the Renault Master Van an unmatchable look. Image: Renault

Renault Master Van makes a statement. When a good-looking, work-ready vehicle pulls up at a worksite, customers and staff alike set high expectations for the company and the people that vehicle represents. Renault’s Master Van, with its assertive front end perfectly complemented by signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a chrome strip on the front grille, sets those expectations very high indeed.

Expectations the van itself can easily fulfil.


Available in four lengths, three heights, front- or rear-wheel drive, and with storage that spans between eight and 17 cubic metres Renault Master Van is available in a configuration to suit any landscaping business. Rear doors that can be opened to 270 degrees and a cargo area which will accept a standard pallet mean big loads of turf, blocks or other raw materials can be loaded and unloaded efficiently by forklift, and still leave plenty of room and easy access for tools and equipment. And up to 12 anchorage points in the cargo area mean all kinds of loads and equipment can be secured safely and quickly.

The cabin is both functional and comfortable, with compartments for the storage of clipboards, plans, paperwork and all the bits and pieces of office equipment needed at every job. Instead of travel being a frustrating session of downtime, Renault Master offers both a space for a little relaxation or an opportunity to tackle some admin work. The fully integrated seveninch touchscreen with MediaNav system, compatible with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® smartphone replication, means drive time can be a time for effective office work and communication. Even the workstation integrated into the front centre seat is an ideal set up for a laptop or tablet.

Safety and comfort

Driver comfort in the cabin is excellent, and safety has been a key consideration, especially for those who may be fatigued after a tough day of physical work.

Dusk-sensing headlights and rain-sensing wipers ensure a safe and comfortable drive home, and a suite of other mind-easing features includes:

• Blind-spot monitoring

• Automatic high/low beam headlights

• Hill-start assist

• Active emergency braking system (optional)

• Cruise control with speed limiter

• Lane departure warning

• Rear parking sensors, and

• Rear-view camera.

Driver and passenger front airbags and driver-side airbag are standard too, ensuring those in the cabin are well protected in the event of a mishap.

Absolute Master

Renault Master Van’s fuel-efficient, powerful, turbo-charged diesel engine and large 100L fuel tank mean when there’s people, equipment and material to be moved, Master spends more time on the road and less time at the bowser. It’s a hardworking and very cost-effective part of any landscaping business.

A visit to a local Renault dealer for details on the variations and options available on this smooth looking, comfortable and hardworking van could the most effective use of time any business could make this year.

Log on to to see specs and body configurations, then book a test drive, climb into the cab of Renault Master Van, and see what you’ve been missing.

Battery power is the future – for both political and economic reasons.

Image: STIHL

Get it done with a battery by STIHL

Changing to battery is a breeze with STIHL. Here’s why it’s worthwhile and why pros are making the switch.

Battery power is the future – for both political and economic reasons. And there are worldwide efforts in motion to accelerate the changeover. The European Commission is working on the ‘Green Deal’. The overall goal of planned measures is to reduce carbon emissions – by 55 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

Moreover, the RED II Renewable Energy Directive states that the share of renewables in the energy mix should also be increased to at least 42.5 per cent by the end of the decade. In addition, there are plans to gradually increase the cost of conventional fuels. With the focus

clearly on achieving a more sustainable future, the transition to battery technology is becoming more relevant all the time. With these matters in mind, the STIHL AP System not only offers efficient professional power, but can also be effortlessly adapted to individual operational requirements. Powerful, built-tolast batteries and innovative charging solutions ensure that power is reliably available even during long periods of work.

What professionals demand

• Long battery life: STIHL offers professionals long-lasting battery power

in tools from hedge trimmers to blowers, mowers and more

• Long service life: with its new power laminate technology in the AP 500 S, STIHL has doubled the number of charging cycles possible.

• High-quality batteries: STIHL develops and manufactures batteries, among other things, directly in-house at its headquarters in Waiblingen, Germany

• Durability: STIHL uses robust materials and subjects them to extensive testing to ensure they can survive the harshest conditions

• Best performance: STIHL can deliver the appropriate power for every task by using the recommended combination of power tool and battery.

Battery expertise is in STIHL’s heritage

With almost 100 years of experience, STIHL has unparalleled expertise and has been building on this in its Waiblingen centre of excellence since 2009, with production of STIHL’s own battery products.

The batteries for STIHL systems are continually under development, enabling STIHL to perfectly tune their power and energy capacity. STIHL batteries also undergo intensive testing, for example for extreme weather conditions, as well as performance, safety and drop tests.

STIHL power tools are developed to last for generations, conserve resources and promote sustainability. STIHL only ever uses robust materials and high-quality manufacturing processes, so tools need to be replaced less frequently. STIHL is further expanding battery production at its headquarters in Waiblingen, initiating a new production facility and further developing intelligent charging technology.

At STIHL, your work is what drives us.

Benefits of battery technology

Consistent power: one of the key benefits of STIHL batteries is their consistently strong performance throughout the entire battery life. Generally, performance can be expected to decrease as the charge reduces. Not at STIHL. Our battery performance remains constant.

Power boost:

The second unique feature is a new electronics system which communicates between the battery and the various tools, enabling higher performance.

Splashwater protection: The battery-powered tools in the STIHL AP-System have been designed for daily professional use, including in adverse weather conditions. Equipped with IPX4 certification, they are protected against splashwater and can withstand rain.

The STIHL AP System not only offers efficient professional power, but can also be effortlessly adapted to individual operational requirements.

STIHL power tools are developed to last for generations , conserve resources and promote sustainability “ “
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A1 Rubber and SAFE Flooring

Two companies with the same goals makes for a strong combination.

SAFE Flooring specialises in the supply and installation of playground soft-fall rubber flooring surfaces, wet-pour rubber surfaces and soft-fall synthetic turf. The company services child-care centres, preschools, schools, sporting clubs, agedcare facilities, councils, and residential and commercial clients.

SAFE Flooring prides itself on great service, excellent workmanship and highquality products, and has a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle rubber products. All SAFE Flooring safety flooring products are made with leading-edge technology, ensuring all processing is to the highest standards.

And where does SAFE Flooring find the raw materials which meet its very high environmental and quality aims?

A1 Rubber, of course.

The goals of the two companies are very much in synch.

Time on the job

SAFE Flooring’s owner, Brendan Hancock, has been in the business for quite a while –although the ‘10 years’ Brendan claimed was, in fact, how long he’s owned the company. His time in the industry goes back much further.

“I’ve been with the business since its inception,” said Brendan, a man of few words.

“I bought it off my old boss, and before then I worked for the previous boss.”

So Brendan’s seen a thing or two in his time, and he’s learned an appreciation of a good working relationship.

“The business was focussed around using solely A1 Rubber products before I bought it, and I’ve inherited that ethos of trying to use all Australian products rather than products from overseas,” he explained.

One-stop rubber shop

Brendan and SAFE Flooring offer a widerange of services, including rubber products like Opal EPDM and CSBR recycled rubber crumb, wet-pour flooring, and commercial

Landscapers and designers are always finding new ways to use A1 Rubber products. Images: A1 Rubber

rubber flooring, and A1 Rubber offers the service and supply Brendan needs.

“The density of A1 Rubber products seems to be a little bit higher than its competitors,” said Brendan after some thought. “It seems to be harder wearing, and A1 products are really versatile, especially when were facing uneven landscapes. They can conform and mould to suit any site, particularly when there might be drainage issues.

“And A1 Rubber makes it pretty foolproof. They gave us the mixer for their product, and the processes and procedures we follow make it very easy for everybody to work with. On top of all that we know A1 Rubber has met all the compliance standards we need for critical fall height certification and so forth.

It takes away the aspect of human error during installation.

“It’s definitely proven the most versatile product over the years, and landscapers and designers are finding new ways to use it and new applications all the time,” he said.

And the service from A1 Rubber?

“We often end up working interstate,” Brendan offered, “and the A1 Rubber despatch team is really good. They can organise freight and they’re like a one-stop shop.”

To get in touch with SAFE Flooring, give Brendan a call on 0407 705 754. To learn more of A1 Rubber and its products, log on to

A1 Rubber products are particualrly suited for use on uneven surfaces.
A1 Rubber products meet all the compliance standards needed for critical-fall height certification.

Eye on the industry

Honda’s new generation of izyON™ battery lawnmowers

The Honda HRG466 and HRG416 come equipped with all you need for a betterlooking lawn, offering quiet, clean and powerful performance with zero-emissions.

The Honda battery range is powered by Honda’s Universal Battery System, mowers included. It’s cordless battery technology that will not compromise on cutting performance, allowing you to work with less noise, fewer breaks and in all weather conditions.

Honda’s izy-ON™ battery lawnmowers offer premium battery power with very little maintenance and no fuel. Whether you choose a self-propelled or push battery mower, you’ll receive the quality, performance and durability expected from a Honda.

The Honda HRG416 Battery Push Mower has a powerful 1.0kW brushless motor, six cutting-height positions, easy-start push button and a 41cm (16”) pressed, powdercoated, steel deck. The high-powered and highly efficient motor ensures the battery energy can go as far as possible. At just 22.5kg, the manoeuvrability is excellent and the 42-litre capacity grass cutting bag really takes the strain out of caring for the garden.

If you want that little bit extra, the Honda HRG466 Battery Self-Propelled Mower has you covered, with a 1.8kW brushless motor, six height-cutting positions, easy-start push button, 46cm (18”) pressed, powder-coated steel deck and weighs in at just 27kg. The HRG466 is the first ever battery-powered mower to offer Versamow selective mulching, giving the option to bag or mulch the grass clippings which are then efficiently cut into ultrafine particles and used to create a natural fertiliser that is healthier for your lawn.

All three batteries (4Ah, 6Ah and 9Ah) available in Honda’s Universal Battery System are compatible with the HRG416

Honda’s izy-ON™ battery lawnmowers offer premium battery power with very little maintenance and no fuel.

Image: Honda

and HRG466 mower, along with the HHB36 Blower, HHT36 Brushcutter and HHH36 Hedgetrimmer. The batteries all boast Thermo-Smart Technology to keep the battery cool, even in the most demanding conditions, and during long periods of

use. With a fast charge time, as little as 35 minutes, and long-lasting battery, the options are endless.

Honda’s battery range is recommended for both residential and commercial users and is incredibly easy to use. All three batteries can be paired with one charger that will work across the entire range to power mower, blower, brushcutter and hedgecutter, allowing the use of the same battery for every product you own.

Honda’s Universal Battery System and Battery Power Equipment are smart and sustainable options providing many great benefits for both the user and the environment. Lightweight design reduces worker fatigue and produces less noise, less vibration and zero carbon emissions.

Visit your local Honda dealer to view the full range, or visit Battery power is Honda power.

Whether you choose a self-propelled or push battery mower, you’ll receive the quality, performance and durability expected from a Honda. Image: Honda

All three batteries (4Ah, 6Ah and 9Ah) available in Honda’s Universal Battery System are compatible with the HRG416 and HRG466 mower.

Charge time is as little as 35 minutes.

Husqvarna and Plant It Mow It

Based in Killarney Vale, NSW, Logan Granger and his team do amazing work with Husqvarna equipment, especially the MZ54 zero-turn mower.

Husqvarna’s MZ54 zero-turn mower offers an FR series engine, a comfortable, supportive seat, easy maintenance, and quick-access service points. Image: Husqvarna

Plant It Mow It offers a comprehensive selection of garden and lawn-care solutions.

No matter the condition of a yard when they arrive, the Plant It Mow It staff will make sure it looks its very best before they leave. The company covers all areas of garden maintenance, lawn mowing, turfing, and just about any kind of property maintenance.

And to ensure the best possible result in all these tasks, Plant It Mow It chooses Husqvarna outdoor power equipment.

Full pro services

After a decade of hard work and

determination, Logan’s decision to kick off his own business has paid off. There are now six Plant It Mow It teams servicing the NSW central coast.

“I’d just left a two-year job at a wholesale nursery,” he recalled, “but I had a passion for doing up gardens and people’s properties. My father bought me a little van and the rest unfolded.”

Logan’s teams specialise in areas like mowing, acreage, property maintenance and landscape makeover, and the Husqvarna tools most commonly in use include the trimmers, battery-powered hedge trimmers, chainsaws and blowers. The mowers

naturally get a lot of use, and in that range of hard-working gear, the Husqvarna MZ54 zero-turn mower is a standout.

“We chose the MZ54 as we needed a sitdown that was reliable and comfortable,” said Logan. “We’ve had the machine for a while now and it’s easy, smooth and trouble-free. We have a couple of walk-behind mowers, but on bigger acreages the MZ54 is great. It gets our large lawns completed quickly and neatly.

“Also, when we arrive at jobs with overgrown grass, it has an awesome pedalassist feature which gives us the option to change the deck height on the fly.”

The MZ54

Husqvarna’s MZ54 zero-turn mower offers an FR series engine, a comfortable, supportive seat, easy maintenance, and quick-access service points. It also features ROPS, Husqvarna’s foldable Roll Over Protection System, to give protection when it’s needed and functionality when it isn’t.

The 137cm (54"), fabricated ClearCut™ aerodynamic deck with top-quality blades was engineered for superior cutting performance, whether discharging, bagging or mulching. An oversized, durable body offering a two-inch x three-inch tube chassis, combined with large rear and front tyres, provides superior strength and improved ride quality, and the ride height is easily adjustable thanks to a pedal-assisted deck-lift system.

Even access to deck belt pulleys and spindles has been considered with an quickly removeable foot pan.

And of course, drive is all important, and a fully pressure-lubricated, two-cylinder Kawasaki engine with oil pump and oil filter is both powerful and quiet.

From someone who knows What’s Logan’s overall opinion of Husqvarna equipment and the MZ54 in particular?

“We just find Husqvarna gear simple and easy to use, while still being very reliable and powerful. If you think about how much we use the products over a month…and they’re still so trustworthy!” he exclaimed.

And the MZ54?

“Reliability is number one and then the comfort, and being able to just sit down and zip over the lawns, leaving a quality cut…it’s just great. And all at an affordable cost!”

Husqvarna MZ54

Husqvarna’s foldable Roll Over Protection System, to give protection when it’s needed and functionality when it isn’t. Image: Husqvarna

Cutting width: 137cm

Speed forward maximum: 13.7kph

Exhaust emissions (CO₂ EU V)1: 792g/kWh

Cutting Methods (filter): Collecting and mulching (with separate accessories), side-discharge

Cutting deck type: ClearCut™ – fabricated

Cutting height minimum: 38.1mm

Cutting height maximum: 114.3mm

Weight (complete product w/o side packed articles): 349.3kg

Engine: FR series

Cylinder displacement: 726cm³

Fuel tank volume: 18.9 litres

Seat type: Premium high-back 21” with armrest

Connectivity: Not applicable

Warranty: One year for commercial users


It is important to note that the Husqvarna MZ-54 is not one of Husqvarna’s commercial Zero-Turns. For more information on Husqvarna’s full range of Zero-Turns head to your local Husqvarna Dealership or scan here to learn more.

Ditch Witch FX 20

The 25hp FX20 vacuum excavator has impressive suction power and can be trailer mounted for easy transportation.

The Ditch Witch FX20 vacuum excavator is ideal for a wide range of projects.
Images: Ditch Witch/CEA

Ditch Witch FX20

Engine: Kohler

Power: 25 (18.6kW)

Vacuum-tank capacity: 568 litres

Vacuum: 540cfm

Vacuum: 15HG

Water-tank capacity: 303 litres

Water pump: 3000psi

Weight empty:1200kg

The Ditch Witch FX20 vacuum excavator is ideal for a wide range of projects, including:

• Electrical-box cleanout

• Storm-drain cleanout

• Commercial and residential debris clean up

• Landscaping

• Underground utility location

• Posthole digging, and

• Construction site stormwater control.

The FX20 is also well suited to jobs requiring multiple short runs per day, and, offering a choice of options, the 25hp FX20 vacuum excavator has the suction power of the larger FX30, yet it can be easily transported with a smaller vehicle and the Australian-manufactured, heavy-duty galvanised trailer with a GVM of only 2.8 tonnes.

Ideal for most jobs

The machine itself is mounted on a skid, for easy fitment to a trailer or truck, and electric start makes using the 25 horsepower Kohler engine a breeze. A 303-litre water tank supplies the water pump which will offer 3000PSI, and the belt-driven blower has been designed and placed with easy access and maintenance in mind.

The standard FX20 has a 568-litre spoils tank mounted at 45 degrees for easy dumping, and a cyclonic triple filtration system ensures clean running. Kerbside controls offer convenient and safe positioning of the operator.

It’s a unit built tough and intended to survive use by rental companies, LGAs and hardworking landscapers.

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A 303-litre water tank supplies the 2.6GPM water pump which will offer 3000PSI, and the belt-driven blower has been designed and placed with easy access and maintenance in mind.

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Clearly state the parameters of the work and materials to be used. When changes occur a variation can be raised against the quote.

It’s time to stop working for


Ever wondered why you get to the end of a job and your profit has vanished? Anna Turner might be able to help you work it out.

It was a good job that ran pretty smoothly, yet the profit was way less than you anticipated. I bet you gave the client a couple of freebees. You did it to keep them happy and thought, ‘It’ll only take a few hours’.

The trouble is, you did that half a dozen times and it’s eaten your profit right up.

So how do we put a stop to the freebees and get that profit back?

On track

First you need to track the problem. Some of the additional work will be due to poor pricing, some will be due to changed site conditions or to the client changing their mind, and some because of miscommunication. Track the labour and resources used, along with the reason for the change, so you can identify where your profit is going and what you need to do to get it back.


Detailed quotes are a game changer when it comes to this problem.

Clearly state the parameters of the work and materials used. When changes occur onsite you can then refer to the quote and raise a variation against it.

I’m also a big fan of clarifications. Every job I quote is accompanied by clarifications with the purpose of safeguarding the contractor against ambiguities that cause cost blowouts. Here are a few examples:

• When multiple options have been discussed during the site visit I’ll clarify which option I’ve allowed for in the quote. This is really handy in a situation where the client may be under the impression I’ve allowed for an alternative. The clarification would read something like this: ‘As per the onsite meeting dated xx/xx/xxxx, allowance has been made to supply and install xxx’;

• When I come across conflicting

specifications in the construction documents, I clarify which option I have allowed for in the quote. Where possible I will always allow for the cheapest option because I want to be as competitive as possible. In this scenario I will write something along the lines of, ‘Allowance has been made to supply and install xxx’. I’m keeping it short and to the point, covering my arse, but not drawing attention to the fact I’ve priced the cheapest option; and

• At times the cheapest option isn’t suitable for the situation. On those occasions I want the client to know I’ve allowed for the more expensive option, and I want them to be wary if my competition hasn’t. This not only makes me look more professional, it builds trust with the client. I would write something like, ‘Allowance has been made to xxx. The alternative is not suitable in this situation for xxx reasons’.

Track the labour and resources used, along with the reason for the change, so you can identify where your profit is going and what you need to do to get it back “ “

Be clear

Another important step is to explain the quote to your client at the time of pricing. Sit down with them and walk through the job step-by-step. Highlight the unknown elements of the job and potential for variations. I promise the additional time it takes to explain the quote in person will pay off. It’s a golden opportunity to build trust with the client and lay the groundwork for variations. That way, when the unforeseen work does pop up, they have trust in you and are not completely blindsided by the additional costs.


If the additional work is foreseeable, or you made a pricing mistake, you’ll likely have to wear the cost. Tracking it will help you identify if the ‘mistake’ is reoccurring and there is a greater issue at play, or if it is a one-off. Remember, estimating is just that, so the estimator can’t get it right every time. Tracking cost blowouts will help the estimator improve their pricing game and increase your profit goals. It will also help build strategies to reduce the cost overruns.

Don’t delay

When raising a variation, it’s best to be upfront with the client immediately. Don’t sit on the information. Discuss the situation with your client and clearly state why you need to raise a variation for additional work. Raise it as soon as possible, and always ask the client to sign they accept the variation before you commence the work. Most project-management software solutions allow raising and signing off on variations from the app on your phone, so there is no excuse for delays. Being proactive with variations will keep the trust between you and the client, and it will help the jobs run more smoothly.

It’s important to track all cost blowouts so you can identify the reasons they’re happening and improve your business practices. You don’t want to be seen as penny-pinching to the client, but if you can clearly show the additional costs of the unforeseen work, most clients will accept payment without question.

After all, you can bet your life they don’t work for free!

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You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer to take out professional indemnity insurance cover. Image: Tomasz Zajda/

Essential facts Professional indemnity insurance

Professional indemnity insurance can provide cover for businesses and individuals who deliver professional services from the legal costs and claims for damages from an act, omission or breach of duty that occurs as a result of their actions.

This insurance may provide cover should:

• An architect gets sued for creating a flawed house design after the owners had to pay to fix a flawed extension.

• A marketing agency print a client’s brochure with incorrect contact details, resulting in the client commencing legal action against the agency.

It’s important to understand how this type of cover works because many people don’t think it applies to them. But it can provide an important line of defence in many different circumstances.

1. Cover is available in many different industries

Don’t assume you can only take out professional indemnity insurance if you are a member of one of the traditional

‘professions’. You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer to take out this type of cover. In fact, anyone who is in a role in which they provide advice should consider whether professional indemnity insurance could provide protection from litigation.

A lot of people like plumbers, treeloppers and builders give advice, but don’t buy professional indemnity insurance. But they may be exposed if a customer follows their advice to their detriment.

2. Professional indemnity insurance only provides cover when the policy is current Professional indemnity insurance only covers policyholders while a policy is live. If you take out a policy, then let it lapse, you won’t be covered for claims that concern events that happened when the policy was active. This means professionals should consider whether they need to maintain professional indemnity cover even when they retire. In some professions, for instance accounting, there is a requirement

to maintain cover even when you retire or leave the profession.

3. Understand any exclusions

Professional indemnity insurance is a complex area, and many insurers won’t cover certain risks in policies. For instance, most insurers won’t cover builders and other entities in the construction sector for any damages that relate to building cladding, given the problems many strata buildings have encountered with flammable materials.

This means it’s essential to read the fine print in policies and develop a real understanding about which professional risks are covered and which are not.

Important note:

This article provides information rather than financial product or other advice. The content of this article, including any information contained in it, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. For more information or questions on subcontractors’ cover or your own policy, please contact Fitzpatrick & Co. Insurance Brokers on 03 8544 1636 or email: OR visit the website at Fitzpatrick & Co has specialised in the horticulture and arboriculture industry for over 30 years.

A few very important changes were made to some vital parameters for businesses and employers on July 1, 2024.

New financial year. New financial rules

When the new financial year ticked over, so did a handful of changes to the National Minimum Wage, casual employment and business-name and company-registration fees, among others.

Afew very important changes were made to some vital parameters for businesses and employers on July 1, 2024. Here’s a quick summary;

• The National Minimum Wage will increase by 3.75 per cent. This means the new National Minimum Wage will be $24.10 per hour, or $915.90 per week.

• The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after July 1, 2024, and means if a weekly pay period starts on Wednesday, the new rates will apply from Wednesday, July 3, 2024

• The superannuation guarantee rate will increase from 11 per cent to 11.5 per cent

• In line with an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the March quarter, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission will increase company fees and business name fees

• There are multiple changes to casual employment laws from August 26, 2024. The changes include a new casualemployee definition which will be

introduced to the Fair Work Act. Under this definition, an employee is only a casual if there isn’t a firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work, taking into account a few factors, including the real substance, practical reality, and true nature of the employment relationship, or they’re entitled to receive a casual loading or specific casual pay rate. A new pathway will be introduced for eligible employees to change to permanent employment if they want to, replacing the current rules for changing to permanent employment, and

• Employers must provide the Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS) to all new casual employees.

Don’t forget

There are also multiple changes to definitions and protections for independent contractors which come into effect in August 2024, including:

• A new definition will be added to the Fair Work Act to help determine the meaning of

‘employee’ and ‘employer’.

• Contractors will be able to apply to the Fair Work Commission if they think their services contract contains an unfair contract term, and

• New frameworks will be set up to protect independent contractors performing work on digital labour platforms (employee-like workers) and working in the road transport industry.

After hours reform

Also, from August 2024, eligible employees will have the right to refuse employer or third-party contact outside of working hours. This change starts on August 26, 2024, for non-small business employers and August 26, 2025, for small business employers.

Make sure you stay informed of these important changes. Log on to for more detailed information and to stay in touch with business responsibilities.

Take advantage of Support, Community and Promotion.

The bene ts of a Landscaping Victoria membership are many and varied. A strong, stable and vibrant professional body is critical to in uencing government policy and for the development of a sound public pro le. It ensures the continued strength to positively in uence the destiny of our industry.

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Stand strong beside the hundreds of Landscaping Victoria members who bene t from a supportive community that promotes those who strive for, and deliver excellence at every level. Apply today.

The Landscape Association is leading ongoing professional and business development

The TLA has reinforced its commitment to the landscaping industry with the release of two new training initiatives.

The Landscape Association (TLA) continues to give back to the industry with the launch of two new education programs for its members – a new training series and an Ask the Expert webinar series. TLA CEO Jodie Dean said these initiatives have been developed in response to feedback from TLA members. She added that the organisation has always believed in educating and supporting new and established landscapers in practical ways, and these programs will complement existing educational events.

“We are committed to raising and maintaining standards of work, communicating new developments, and supporting the industry overall through industry-relevant training,” Jodie said. “Staying ahead of trends and embracing best practices are important for landscaping professionals who want to remain at the top of their game.”

Both programs allow the association to partner with valued supplier sponsors and members and engage industry leaders to share their knowledge and expertise.

Training modules

The TLA Training Series has been designed to provide ongoing technical training and development to TLA members and their employees. The series is in direct response to feedback collected in the association’s annual membership survey, addressing the need for more training, networking events and the necessity to attract and retain staff.

Module-based, the structure of the series allows members to select relevant topics, areas of interest, build on their skillset and even their CV.

TLA members access many resources, including industry updates, networking events and continued training. Images: TLA

Brand new programs allow industry leaders to share their knowledge and expertise with hands-on learning.

The series is devised and run by the TLA who manage partnerships with interested suppliers, attracting industry leaders as presenters, promotion to members and industry booking venues, and handling inquiries, registrations and payments.


The ‘Ask the Expert’ - Webinar Series will feature a wide variety of topics and has the additional benefit of being highly accessible for all members. They are recorded and used as an ongoing resource for members to download in the future.

Like the training series, the webinar format addresses the need for more training, additional business resources, staff attraction and retention, with the bonus of accessibility for rural and regionally based businesses.

As a web-based program, this series also offers flexibility in accessing the webinars, allowing busy landscapers the opportunity to choose a training time that suits them and their business.

Feedback on TLA training

These new initiatives will run alongside other TLA events and an expanded program for students, who now have the opportunity to join the association free of charge.

The TLA Training Series has drawn consistent praise from a variety of industry leaders, including Shannon Decker – TLA Vice President and owner of Now & Zen Landscapes, who said they are a great opportunity to engage in industry-leading information.

“The recent Plant Selection Masterclass provided insight into new plant cultivars, current industry practices and reignites your

love for plants and broadens your palette,” he said. “If you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, there is always something fresh and exciting to learn.”

Jude Bates, TLA director, horticulturist and former TAFE head teacher, agreed.

“TLA Training is an investment that benefits you, your staff, and your company,” she said. “TLA supports you in staying current with latest trends, technologies and best practices by providing training so you can acquire specific skills relevant to your industry. These skills will assist in enhancing your capabilities, ensure compliance and drive growth and innovation.”

2024 Landscape Expo Trade Show

Another popular training and networking event, the Landscape Expo Trade Show is returning for 2024 and will again be held at TAFE NSW Ryde Campus on Tuesday, September 3.

The Expo is the only event of its kind in NSW/ACT, offering an unrivalled opportunity to network and build relationships across all levels of the industry. It will educate landscape students as well as industry professionals. Designed by the TLA’s members, there is something for everyone across the trade and associated businesses.

Practical and inspiring, TLA plans to grow this trade event to eclipse the 50 exhibitors and 850 attendees from 2023. Along with incredible specials and offers from a range of suppliers, the educational speakers’ program and product demonstrations offering will be expanded, providing a further training opportunity for those new to the industry. TLA is currently accepting exhibitor bookings and attendee registrations open in July.

Joining The Landscape Association

Membership is open to eligible residential and commercial landscape businesses involved in construction, maintenance, and design, as well as trade and service providers to the industry. See the website for more details.

TLA is 100 per cent committed to assisting you make your business a success with a range of services and resources that will help you to enhance your profitability, efficiency, staff and skill development.

The benefits of joining the association are outlined below and the supplier discounts via the TLA Member Rewards Program alone can save your business thousands of dollars annually:

* Business promotion

* Business resources

* Services and advice

* Awards and recognition

* Events and networking

* Industry information

* Advocacy and representation, and

* Supplier discounts.

TLA also offers students free membership to the association, helping to nurture new entrants to the industry and promoting landscaping career opportunities.

Interested in learning more?

Visit The Landscape Association’s website at: to learn more about the association, the Expo, and all the training opportunities available. Also see the TLA socials:

* Facebook @thelandscapeassociation, and * Instagram @the_landscape_association.

Your membership to LIAWA matters

Invest in your future.

In 2024, LIAWA surveyed its members, revealing that a quarter of the membership faces critical growth challenges due to the complexities and uncertainties of doing business. We recognise the costs of labour, insurance, internet and cyber security, supplies, compliance and equipment are significant burdens. Despite these challenges, the landscape industry in WA remains incredibly buoyant.

LIAWA has been actively working with various entities to bring members up to date on the regulatory environment, policies, business advice and education and training providers to address the skills shortage. We have been here to answer your queries and advocate on your behalf.

Plenty happening

Our efforts to influence and elevate the WA landscaping industry have borne fruit. LIAWA members have achieved success at the national Champion of Champion Landscaper Awards, winning five of the seven categories. Additionally, we have strengthened our relationships with allied bodies providing turffarm field days and networking events.

We’ve added members’ voices to the Green Alliance and through DPIRD, advised on the impacts of pests and diseases and the shrinking tree canopy. We thank our valued members providing labour and trusted suppliers, contributing to create two magnificent show gardens at the Perth Outdoor Garden and Living Festival, offering every member access to two free entries.

In collaboration with NGIWA, LIAWA hosted its first Southwest Forum, attracting

LIAWA has been here to answer queries and advocate on members’ behalf “ “

LIAWA continues to advocate for improved skills, education and training with the Skills Training Network, inspiring the next generation of professionals with targeted presentations and training opportunities.

Image: LIAWA
Efforts to influence and elevate the WA landscaping industry have borne fruit “ “

new quality members and engaging with important regional stakeholders. After working for over 12 months on the SMTAFE Industry Advisory Group, our IAG taskforce completed its work. LIAWA continues to advocate for improved skills, education and training, inspiring the next generation of professionals with targeted presentations and training opportunities.

LIAWA proposes offering you more of what you need:

• New free online training for you and your staff

• The latest industry news, policies and legislative changes

• Access to our 2025 Awards of Excellence marquee event

• Enhanced Landscape Trade Night with discounts from a major hardware chain, and

• An online jobs portal and a ‘looking for a quote’ portal for members only.

More to come

Our partners and sponsors are significant supporters of LIAWA and we value their enormous contributions. Relationships forged on mutual benefit create a strong community working collectively for the best interests of the industry and LIAWA continues to work with its partners and sponsors to align with their marketing objectives.

Stay tuned for new events in 2024-25, including business updates, workshops, forums, professional development seminars, field trips, supplier discounts, industry trend events, networking opportunities, regional visits, webinars, the 2025 Awards of Excellence, the Champion of Champion Awards, and targeted communications providing exceptional value for your investment.

TAFEs are now reaching out to LIAWA for industry advice “ “

Advocating on behalf of landscapers, LIAWA works with industry leaders to influence government policy, particularly concerning the strain on water resources due to climate effects in Western Australia. The Water Corporation advises us on policy changes and trends in water sustainability. LIAWA promotes waterwise practices and provides opportunities for members to become certified waterwise garden designers and landscapers through our online course.

Your continued support allows LIAWA to invest in your future. Thank you for being part of our community.

What are you waiting for! Become a LIAWA member now at or contact Christine Stanton, Executive Officer LIAWA on 0497 120 519 or email

Landscaping Victoria’s new unified membership model

To enhance the membership experience and drive more value for its community of landscaping professionals, Landscaping Victoria (LV) has rolled out a refreshed, streamlined membership structure effective from July 1, 2024.

The peak body representing Victoria’s professional landscapers has responded to member feedback by simplifying its offering into a single, inclusive, membership level under the updated Landscaping Victoria brand.

“We’re levelling up our membership to be more accessible and provide clearer benefits while staying true to our organisation’s vision, mission and values,” said Ritchie Hinton, LV’s Chief Executive Officer.

One unified membership

“The new membership replaces the former LVML (Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers) structure with one unified fee model,” continued Hinton. “Removing ‘Master Landscapers’ from the brand and fee structure not only helps simplify membership, but it also provides improved accessibility, opening doors to connect with more landscaping professionals in Victoria.”

“Greater numbers allow for further

Members can expect elevated value and tangible new benefits under the refreshed program, including bolstered advocacy efforts and member assistance. Image: LV

industry reach, a bigger voice and better representation for our members,” he said.

“The streamlined approach makes joining and renewing LV membership easier.”

Enhanced member value

LV assures its rigorous standards for members remain unwavering to preserve a professional network.

Members can expect elevated value and tangible new benefits under the refreshed program, including:

• E xpanded professional development offerings

• More networking and collaboration opportunities

• Robust business resources and tools

• Increased industry recognition and support

• Bolstered advocacy efforts and member assistance, and

• E xclusive discounts on products and services.

“Our commitment is to continually enhance the membership experience and ensure Landscaping Victoria remains an unparalleled community of Victoria’s top landscaping talents,” Hinton said.

A unified voice

LV believes the unified membership structure will empower the organisation to have a more profound impact in advocating for the state’s landscaping industry.

“We’re excited about this new chapter and the opportunity to grow our ranks of passionate professionals dedicated to shaping breathtaking outdoor living spaces across Victoria,” Hinton said. “Our unified front will allow us to make an even more significant imprint.”

For more information about a Landscaping Victoria membership, or to apply, visit the website:

Landscaping Victoria (LV) has rolled out a refreshed, streamlined membership structure. Image: LV


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