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Long lead times good or bad?

“Ouch – good for you but bad for us!” This is a response from a potential client when I said we are booked up until September 2019 (4 months lead time). It got me thinking about what a good lead time actually is. What the expectation is and what it means for our potential customers. What does a long lead time show you as a customer? Simply it says we are fully booked and this is a good thing! If we are a company that take bookings four months in advance this shows, we are not a fly by night company. The type of ‘landscaping company’ that showed up on your doorstep on the off chance you needed your driveway doing. Completed the job the next day/week and you never hear from them again. Guarantees are something unheard of…sound familiar? … Continue reading

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Quality Versus Price: Choosing the Right Landscaper

As consumers, we like to think of ourselves as rounded and balanced individuals; and rational judges. This is very much a part of choosing a product or service. The question is should you go for quality over price? Consider: when you are choosing a holiday, there will be lower cost options; middle of the road; and more premium alternatives. Many would say that they disregard the lower cost bracket, as that is associated with reduced quality and therefore, reduced enjoyment. This is exactly the same when it comes to selecting your landscaping company. We have highlighted in our previous articles the pitfalls of low quality craftsmanship, which can ultimately result in a poorly designed and poorly constructed garden. This means that your garden is not going to last for years to come (as you would expect when outlaying significant cost). … Continue reading

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An Award Winning Month!

January 2019 has been an award winning month for Aura Landscapes. With two further awards under our belt: We are proud to have won at the Regional Marshalls Awards for Best Driveway Transformation over 70m2! We are also proud to be a company that is named as ‘best of customer service’ in the annual Houzz awards  As a company it is an honour to be acknowledged with award wins and this month of January has been an award winning one! With another regional Marshalls award under our belt and being named of Houzz best of customer service 2019 this is a great award winning start to the year! Why are These Awards so Important? Winning awards consistently year on year is a part of our Aura Landscapes business plan. We want to show our clients, and potential clients, that we … Continue reading

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Garden Trends for 2019

Firstly, Happy New Year to all! With a new year comes new garden trends and it’s no different for 2019. Here are 7 garden trends that are being talked about for 2019: The Urban Garden Essentially this is the small spaces that come with living in an urban city environment. See our small garden tips blog https://www.auralandscapes.co.uk/blog/small-garden-12-tips-design-build/  for how to make the best use of a small garden.   Pots I’m not talking about standard pots. 2019 is all about the wonderful array and variety of pots out there! Colour is a particular garden trend for 2019 – pots, flowers and design (see asymmetric design below).   Grow Your Own From fruit to herbs, all of which can be grown in the smallest of spaces including balconies. The emergence of ‘patio fruits’ (dwarf versions of the larger popular plants) are … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas!

Just a post to say Happy Christmas to all our clients (old and new), all our friends, colleagues and supporters. Thank you for your business and support throughout 2018 and we look forward to working with you in 2019. We are now closing the office until Thursday 3rd January 2019. Should you have an urgent enquiry please call the office or email on the usual address. We hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year. We are looking forward to 2019. Many Thanks Paula and all the Aura Landscapes Team  

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How long should you wait for a landscaper to install your driveway or patio?

How long should you wait for a landscaper to install your driveway or patio? Hiring a landscaper to transform your garden or driveway is a big decision. After gathering multiple quotes and undertaking checks to ensure you aren’t hiring a rogue trader, it’s also advisable to check the start date they offer. What’s the average waiting time for a landscaping company? With over 16 years’ experience in the industry, both working for other landscaping companies and successfully running his own, Aura Landscapes’ Director Mike Warman has found reputable landscapers will have at least 1 months waiting time. There are factors that can affect this, such as customers encountering unexpected circumstances and cancelling their project.This would make an earlier start date available. Or weather delays and projects overrunning can delay start dates given. Another consideration is the time of year. The … Continue reading

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How Can You Spot a Rogue Landscaper? A Lack of Trade Body Associations Could Be A Sign

As a customer researching landscaping companies to complete your project, how do you know if they are genuine or rogue? You will see a number of us have affiliations with independent organisations. Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), Marshalls Register and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to name a few. You may be asking yourself what do these mean? Why would you care if your landscaper was affiliated or not? This is just one sign that could determine a rogue landscaper from a genuine landscaper. Let’s Look At the APL and What It Means For You. “The Association of Professional Landscapers is a trade body affiliated to the Horticultural Trades Association, which promotes the highest level of standards within the industry. To become a member, a landscaping business must have been trading for at least two years and go through a rigorous … Continue reading

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Shortlisted for the APL Hard Landscaping Award 2019!

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) announced their shortlist for their 2019 awards and are excited to have one of our projects shortlisted in the hard landscaping category as sponsored by Bradstone. Each year since 1995 the APL have been recognising and rewarding the high standard of landscaping installations carried out by their members. The purpose of the awards is to promote their members commitment to quality landscaping installations and keeping their clients satisfied. We are extremely proud of the hard landscaping project that we have been shortlisted for – Tarrant Keyneston House. A large hard landscaping patio and garden project that wraps around the rear of the house and encompasses an outdoor dining area, pool and steps down to lawn. Laid in Cranbourne Stone’s Fossil Pearl it’s a stunning paving project. We look forward to the winners being announced … Continue reading

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Garden Makeover Shows – Love ’em or Hate ’em?

Personally as a landscaper I hate these garden makeover shows – they get right on my nerves as they promise the garden of your dreams for a minuscule price. Last week I watched a garden makeover show (that shall remain nameless) where the homeowners wanted a garden with a theme of Africa for the grand budget of £6,000 – I laughed and thought no way. So it starts with the design – god awful designs presented to clearly un-knowing homeowners who have no clue what is a good design, what is a realistic budget and clearly what is good landscaping. They were over the moon and chose their favourite design, this then progressed to the build…cue shockingly bad landscaping! Now the soft landscaping may have been acceptable (I’m no expert) but the hard landscaping well let’s just say it left … Continue reading

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Small Garden – 12 Tips for the Design & Build

Many homeowners have small gardens and the challenge is what can we do with them to make them usable and beautiful? Read our tips to consider when looking at designing and building your dream small garden space: Furniture – can take up a lot of space, consider building in seating areas or buying foldaway items that can be stored away. Fire Pits – can be built into the design and make the area cosy whilst not taking up much space Use Pots –pots are a must for planting in small spaces and great for roof terraces and balcony gardens too Lighting – good use of light can make the space seem bigger than it is and the right lighting goes a long way in creating the right atmosphere Plants – think about size you don’t want  to use overly large … Continue reading

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