New Era Landscaping

Anyone who is a landscaper will tell you that fundamentally the most important part of landscaping is the planning of your garden and figuring out where everything is going to go. Today we are going to take a look at methods that can help you plan your garden.


The most notable tool that we could recommend for helping you plan your garden is a laser range finder. You can pick them up just about anywhere and they come with many different functions. As I am a golf player, admittedly all I did was use my golf one at first before purchasing one. However, you can find landscape specific one. One of the most well known brands being Laser Tech. As far as I know they produce lasers for construction sites as well.


Another important factor to consider is your planning for irrigation and water. Without a proper watering system, whatever plants you plant cannot thrive. There are several apps and different pads you can use to plan your irrigation. We have found that the smart apps are easy to use and making managing your garden super easy. If you integrate your system properly, you can manage your water routine remotely making watering your plants hassle free when you are away.  You can have a look at Hydrawise – They receive fantastic feedback. 

Garden planning apps.

How awesome are these? Now you can download interactive apps that allow you to fully visualize your garden after renovations. There are countless options to choose between but we can highly recommend Structure Studios app. They have invested plenty of time and effort in developing an App that allows landscapers to give clients a visual representation of what their garden can look like. As an owner – it will help you as well.  

As you can see there are plenty of options for you when it comes to teching out your landscaping business or even just your own garden. You are not limited. The best advice we can give you is to do your research before ordering or paying for an app or device. There are plenty of freebies and even other items that can double up as other option – Example being my laser golf range finder. Good luck with planning your garden and enjoy the journey!

Always Room for Roses – Landscaping a Rose Garden


It’s a warm summer evening, and you are looking over your garden. You view the explosion of color along your border made of low growing dark red and deep burgundy roses (whose colors mean “unconscious beauty”).  Climbing white roses (symbols of purity and reverence) sprawl lazily along your back fence, while other rambling peach colored roses (a call to “gather together”) cascade cheerfully down the trellis leading to the front yard. You take a cool sip from your glass and smile smugly.

You are glad you didn’t listen to all those naysayers, who claimed that growing roses was difficult and time consuming. Hah! After you learned about landscaping a rose garden, you knew there is always room for roses. Landscaping a rose garden is not hard once you understand some main concepts and principles involved. If you’re a techie like me a hedged bush like the one above, also gives you the opportunity to add gadgets like outdoor projectors and outdoor audio devices (such as these), without spoiling the view.

Choose Landscape Roses

Don’t be surprised when you head out to your garden center that you don’t find any rose plants labeled “landscape”.  Technically a landscape rose is any rose that is a low maintenance bush or groundcover and is the cornerstone when landscaping a rose garden. Landscape and groundcover roses are varieties of roses that are considered to be compact in size, very disease resistant, require little pruning, grow quickly and bloom almost continuously during the season.  Of course all roses are in “landscapes” and no rose is a true “groundcover “since they can’t kill off the weeds that grow underneath.

“Landscape” rose varieties are often planted along roadways and in small parkways and were so nicknamed for their ability to survive all manner of neglect and abuse. They generally grow about 4-5 feet. On the other hand “groundcover” roses are short (under 2-3 feet high), vigorous growers that can reach widths of over 4-6 feet hence their nickname.How to Pick Landscape RosesWhile browsing at the garden center, not only should you look at plants for their growth and size at maturity, but also for their robustness. A cold hardy landscape species is best for the home gardener who doesn’t have a lot of room or a lot of time to fuss with them.

A good landscape shrub or bush ideally will bloom all season long with just a bit of fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. The bloom heads should naturally wither away and fall off on their own without a lot of deadheading (removing dead blooms to increase the number of flowers). They should also be resistant to black spot and powdery mildew so you won’t have to spray for fungus. But even the toughest of roses require a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight, regular watering and insect control measures for mites and thrips.

All roses should be pruned back to 50% with hedge trimmers for the winter.Filling in Your Rose Garden  Although it is tempting, you really should fill a garden completely with rose shrubs. Often master gardeners use other plant life as contrast pieces to balance out the garden’s palette. You can use Rock Cress (Arabis caucasica) planted in 3-12 dozen bunches (so they grow in round 1 foot high masses) to fill the spaces underneath a groundcover rose.  Or by planting Candytufts (Iberis sempervirens) around the base of a taller landscape rose shrub.Landscaping a rose garden can be easy once you know which plants to use.

Looking At The Best Heat Pumps

The heat pump is an important part of any HVAC system as it works both to heat and cool down a house. While going into too much detail of how these machines work is outside the scope of this article, a brief explanation is as follows. Basically, they work by taking out the geothermal heat from the ground and transferring it into your home in order to provide a natural source of heat. When this is done properly it can be an excellent way of cutting down on your homes heating costs and electricity bill. This article will offer you some important tips that will make buying the best heat pumps easy.


The following things must always be taken into consideration when you want to buy the best heat pumps:

  • Would this be the best choice for you, or would it be in your best interest to buy a standard furnace or air conditioner?
  • The size of the heat pump that you will need.
  • The level of efficiency that you expect to receive from your unit.
  • What brand you are interested in buying.
  • Who you are going to hire to install it.

Heat pump

When trying to decide if this is the right purchase for you, there are several different factors to think about, most importantly the seasonal weather where you live. If it rarely goes below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, then it is typically a better solution than a furnace. If it gets any colder than that, you may need to invest in a backup furnace. One of the downsides of even the best heat pumps is their hefty price tag. They are probably going to cost you more than a central split-system-air-conditioning the same cooling capacity.

Best Heat Pumps Size

This brings us to the topic of which size of heat pump you should purchase. You will find that the best heat pumps for you will emit just the right amount of cool and warm air to keep you comfortable. This way it will be efficient and will not be difficult to keep in good running condition. It is best to have a model that can run continuously because cycling on and off all the time will not lead to good energy efficiency. In order to choose the right size for you, it is a good idea to call in an HVAC expert.

The last topic we will discuss is the efficiency ratings, which include SEER and HSPF. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and it is used to measure the pumps ability to cool down a home. HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and it tells you the products capabilities when it comes to heating up your home. As a rule, the higher the efficiency, the higher the cost; but it will save you in the long run.




Drone Arial Photography of Landscapes

Unquestionably, we are in the pioneering stages of a brand new “drone” revolution. Do a google search for this article from CNN Money: Drone Pilot Wanted: $100,000 Starting Salary.

Drones of all shapes and sizes are here to stay. Those people that know how to fly are about to have a whole new world of opportunities open up to them. The photography and videography trades alone have already and will continue to see major transformations as multirotor are used as flying cameras. Business is becoming aware of these options and paying attention to the additional dimension drone work can offer.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of this new “drone” economy. Get up to speed and add the valuable and rewarding skill of drone-based aerial imaging to your skill-set.

Photographers and videographers! Do you want to take your images to the next level… literally? This video course is all about helping you to get started taking awesome aerial photos and videos with the use of multirotor (drones) as quickly as possible. At the same time, I’ll teach you to avoid the many pitfalls or problems you may face when learning to fly, choosing an aerial platform, and flying safely. This course contains concise video lessons, PDF guides and helpful links to help you get up to speed and up in the air.

What do you get?

Camera drones are incredibly fun to fly and will add a whole new dimension to your work. If you are a videographer, this course will help videographers and photographers gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to confidently add epic aerial shots to your video projects. Learn the best GoPro settings and post-processing techniques to achieve the best video quality.

Still, photographers can have just as much fun taking still photos from a multirotor drone. We’ll cover taking and processing still photos with a GoPro, as well as stitching aerial panoramas into breathtaking masterpieces.

Drone Backpack
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Real estate agents, farmers, miners, law enforcement officers, sheer hobbyists… the possible uses for aerial imaging are many. Cutting-edge technology is making aerial photography and videography more accessible than ever. At the same time, it’s important to know the laws, rules, and best practices to ensure your success.

Easy Self-Paced Learning

Take this course at your own pace, come back and re-watch sections if you like, or watch the entire course in one go.

What to Look for When Buying An Aerial Photography Drone

Aerial photography requires a drone that has a stable flight and the ability to hover in one spot. A camera gimbal is of extreme value as they keep the camera steady whilst the done is in motion. The ability to have a long flight time is also a must. Reliable and well-maintained equipment such as a rolling drone backpack is also of value as you don’t want to lose an expensive camera drone just because your battery went flat.

Camera Drones have GPS for position tracking or to allow for waypoint tracking while flying. Waypoints allow you to program where the drone should fly. Other programs allow for panoramic photography, circle around the point of interest, follow me, obstacle avoidance, return to home, automatic take-off/landing, etc.

Some things to consider buying with or for your camera drone.

  • A high processing speed flight controller (FC) for stable flight and on-screen display (OSD) and gimbal control.
  • Powerful motors that will take the load.
  • Compatibility with latest drone cases.
  • High-speed ESCs that will take all the current and more.
  • Large propellers for stability.
  • Large batteries for long flight time (20~30 mins).
  • High-quality camera.
  • Video transmitter (VTX) to show a live picture and OSD display.
  • Large frame for more stable flight and to carry a heavier load.
  • More than 4 motors for extra stability and redundancy (if needed).

More About Halton Landscapes

Now established for over`Fourteen years` we are landscape contractors to the Cheshire, Merseyside and surrounding areas of the North West U.K.

We offer a Wide Selection of Landscape Services at “Very Competitive Prices” to all sectors of industry / commercial local authority also including domestics.

Our client base includes: local authority, county council,town councils, the industrial and commercial sectors along with domestic clients.

We have a wealth of landscape experience and knowledge which is spanning back over 35 years, to assist you in your landscape project how ever big or small that maybe.

If you require a quotation costing on any landscaping works or just a `simple query` then your welcome to contact us, where we shall be pleased to help you.

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Deadheading Roses

The phrase “deadheading” at first sounds both complicated and mysterious. The word alone�”deadheading” sounds archaic. And it is. Gardeners have been deadheading roses and other flowering plants, for centuries. But if you ever wanted to understand the correct procedure for deadheading roses then read this article to learn more

What is deadheading anyway?

Deadheading is a very old term for what is actually a simple pruning process to remove the spent flowers or the “dead”  “heads” from plants. All species of flowering plants have one single goal: to bloom, let the blooms die back and then spread their seeds to reproduce. Some species of roses are “self cleaning”: the heads fall off as soon as they turn brown. But with other roses the flower “head” stays on a very long time before finally withering and dropping off.

Deadheading for a longer blooming season

The natural flowering cycle is to bloom, fade away and set out seeds. Deadheading causes the plant to grow more and more flowers to replace those that have been removed. So the more you “deadhead” your roses, the more blooms you will have. This trick is just not good for getting your roses to bloom for longer periods but is also makes for a healthy plant.

Pruning for appearance

Many perennials, like roses have flowers that turn brown and ugly when they die back and your planting bed can take on a shaggy or unkempt appearance when your roses have row after row of unsightly plant tops. So by removing these old heads you will greatly improve the overall look of your rosebeds.

Deadheading roses for health

As rose buds grow, bloom and turn brown and die, they make excellent breeding grounds for various molds, mildews and diseases roses can be prone to.Deadheading your roses frequently and cleaning up all the old leaves and browned heads helps control many of the diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew and botrytis blight.

Pruning for to prevent seeding

Another excellent reason for deadheading roses is to prevent the germination of seeds. Huh? I know you never see any “rose seeds” in your garden store do you? But after the petals and head falls off a rose hip or seedpod appears. These seeds can grow into unrecognizable offspring vastly different from the parent plants! So deadheading stops this potential problem.

Basic Rose Care

Roses are not as difficult to grow as people make them out to be, if you know and understand how to care for them. While rose care can be slightly time-consuming, which is why advanced rose gardeners are often people who work from home or who have more leisure time. But even someone with a busy lifestyle can learn basic rose care if they do these simple tips:Feed heavy and frequently. Roses need lots of fertilizer. Fertilize every 6 weeks until the first sign of frost.

Plant roses in loose, very well drained soil (they don’t like wet roots) with lots of organic matter. Keep covered with good compost.Water, water, water. Roses need lots water, even in the winter months. You will know if you over water if the bottom leaves turn limp and yellow.