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Celebrating A Decade Of Aura Landscapes

Over the last decade, outdoor living has become a major focus for homeowners and has brought many trends from artificial grass to porcelain outdoor paving. However, one consistent feature over the years is a practical patio that complements the home – something Aura Landscapes has been helping homeowners install for over 10 years. We are a family run business based in Southampton. Founded in 2010, Aura’s hard landscaping specialists have helped over 200 homeowners transform their gardens into outdoor living spaces. Director and in-house designer, Mike Warman, talks about what he expects from 2020 and beyond for the landscaping industry: “I expect landscaping companies will need to deliver on quality and service, as there is so much information available to customers, that they now have more of an idea of what they want and what to expect. The trends of … Continue reading

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How Aura Landscapes help to create driveway solutions

Richard Nevines came to Aura Landscapes with a specific idea of what he wanted in mind. After getting back to him very quickly, offering solutions to the issues this job had and impressed with Mike’s professionalism and experience, Richard hired Aura Landscapes to deliver his dream driveway. Want to know more? Hear from Richard himself in the video below: https://vimeo.com/387649822 To view more cobbled and other block paved driveways, click here.
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How Aura Landscapes can transform your outdoor space

Wanting to change your driveway? Anne and Michael decided to come Aura Landscapes to transform their outdoor space, wanting their block paved driveway to look ‘perfect’.  Very pleased and impressed with the atmosphere, Anne and Michael would 100% recommend Aura Landscapes to anyone. But don’t take our word for it, watch the video below to hear from the happy couple themselves: https://vimeo.com/387649649 Aura Landscapes installs award winning driveways across Hampshire, to see more of their installations click here.
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How A Search For Landscapers Online Resulted In A Very Special Patio Installation

Looking online for landscapers in their local area, Howard and Jackie Jupp came to the Aura Landscapes website. The ‘special web presence’ with installation photos and customer testimonials made the decision easy to contact Aura. Very happy from enquiry through to design and installation, their family and friends are amazed at how much it has changed! Hear from Howard and Jackie in the video below: https://player.vimeo.com/video/375876497 Want to see more patio installations? Click here to visit our patios page. For more customer testimonials and photos, click here for our Portfolio and here for our Instagram.
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Working together to achieve your dream outdoor space

Janine Morris came to Aura Landscapes already with a basic garden design. We visited Janine and talked through the design, and in her own words, worked together on finalising the details so her garden would suit their needs and complement their beautiful home. Impressed with our attention to detail and ability to think outside the box, Janine hired Aura Landscapes to transform her garden. How did it turn out? Watch the video below to hear from Janine herself and view her stunning garden. https://vimeo.com/375871669 Want to see more of Aura Landscapes' patio installations? Click here to view our patios page. To book your initial consultation, please click here to contact us.
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8 Things You NEED To Check On You Driveway Or Patio Quote

It’s always recommended you get more than one quote for your driveway or patio, not only to compare prices but to also ensure you’re hiring a reputable landscaper that’s going to install a long-lasting, quality addition to your home. How can you tell if you’re making the right decision? - By the way the landscaping company has constructed your quote. Simply check these 8 things: Have they listed the different phases of the project? With any landscaping project, there will be phases (steps) they need to undertake. Here’s what you should normally expect in your quote: Driveway Patio Site Clearance & Preparation Excavation Weed Membrane Site Clearance & Preparation Excavation Weed Membrane Sub-base Sub-base Drainage Drainage Installation of paving Installation of paving Finishing Touches Finishing Touches Exceptions – There are certain exceptions to the rules above, depending on the type … Continue reading
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How to install your driveway to British Standards

Marshalls is a world leading paving manufacturer that’s not only big on quality paving, but also on expert installation. They provide installation guidelines for all their paving products, which comply with the British Standard BS7533 dedicated to paving. It is crucial that your driveway is installed to British Standards for legal reasons. For example, SUDs legislation states that any rainfall that falls onto your property should be drained on your property and does not flow onto the road. Now if you had your driveway installed by a landscaping company and they didn’t install adequate drainage, you would be held responsible – not the landscaping company. To make sure you aren’t putting yourself at risk, check these guidelines against what you have been quoted: Excavation & sub-base - For most driveways, a 250mm dig out is required followed by a sub-base … Continue reading
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Artificial Grass – 4 things you should consider before installing

Artificial grass has rapidly grown in popularity over the last few years, largely due to its low maintenance benefit and as a result, 3 in 4 homes have now replaced part or all of the gardens’ natural turf. However, if you are thinking about replacing your lawn there are many potential drawbacks and misconceptions to consider: Environmental impact Artificial grass is most commonly made from a mix of plastics (polypropylene, polyurethane and polyethene) and environmentalists have warned that not only are you using fossil fuels to make the grass, but you are also installing a product that will never biodegrade and will end up at a landfill. By removing natural turf, you are also destroying the natural habitat for a variety of wildlife. Bees burrow into lawns, and butterflies, birds, worms plus other insects are also affected. For more information … Continue reading

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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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