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In it to win it

As judging gets underway for the 2023 Landscapes of Distinction (LOD) awards, it’s hard to believe that another year has gone by! We’ve been assessing all the applications and can’t wait to welcome the amazing entrants at the Awards evening in early September

Every year our talented members continue to evolve their work to meet the changing needs of the industry and clients, which makes picking a Supreme Award winner harder and harder. That said, it’s wonderful to see there’s so much high-quality landscaping going on within our network. Our People’s Choice voting runs from 1 to 31 July, so make sure you get your pick in!

We’re also hosting Young Landscaper of the Year – a competition that businesses increasingly recognise the value of; especially for the pathway it offers young landscapers for developing their skills and supporting the industry as a whole. We can’t wait to see the next generation in action on 1 September – read about the competition and all the winners in the next issue of NZ Landscaper!

This issue focuses on sustainability, and we’ve heard from several different companies on their approaches in this area. In our Landscape Views column, we hear from designers and landscapers about what’s driving change, and our RML News piece is packed with interesting insights from top companies across New Zealand.

That’s not all! As people start to tighten their belts, our resident Business Tips expert highlights the importance of maintaining a regular cashflow and provides strategies to manage it.

On a more hands-on front, the increasing popularity of multi-unit homes means that gardens are getting smaller. How should landscapers approach this new normal? Jon Muller shares some advice on page 12.

As always, we also feature the latest news to keep you up to date with what’s going on in the industry. We consistently receive positive feedback on NZ Landscaper Magazine but are always open to new ideas, so feel free to get in touch with topics you’d like to see featured by emailing


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