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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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Get your garden summer ready! – Perfect plant pots

Fed up of the cold and dingy weather? The summer sun feels like a lifetime away, but before you know it we’ll be back to bright blue skies and glorious sunny days! Has your garden been a bit neglected over the winter months? To get it looking great again for summer, now is the ideal time to start adding the finishing touches and exciting features to jazz up your garden area. This is the first in a series of blogs that will help you do just that! Many underestimate the beauty of plant pots. They are an easy way to complete your dream garden, and compliment a wide range of surfaces. Whilst looking great on your patio, or next to your garden shed they also have the added benefit of being easy to move around to suit your mood. First … Continue reading

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Fairstone: Help a child in Africa!

What if you could choose an attractive paving product for your garden that could also benefit the life of a child in Africa? Marshalls Fairstone range offers just that. For every metre of this stone sold, £1 will be donated to UNICEF, a charity working to eradicate child labour. This funding will help to carry out research into quarrying in the Indian State of Rajasthan and will help develop interventions to tackle child labour. Not only is Fairstone quarried and processed to the standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative, it is available in sandstone, limestone, granite and slate, meaning you can choose a product suited to your budget and taste, while giving you the satisfaction of knowing children were safe whilst manufacturing this product. The Ethical Trading Initiative also ensures workers in Africa receive a fair working wage and that … Continue reading

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Grass: Natural or its artificial brother?

The majority of us just love our lawns! Despite the fact they look very untidy, overgrown and a muddy, squelchy grass mess for a rather large proportion of the year. Come the summer months, we bring out the strimmers, mowers, rakes, weeding tools and the like, in a quest for a perfect summer lawn. Imagine a world without these tools; a world where you don’t have to frantically charge up and down the garden with the lawn mower, because you have friends coming over for a barbecue in one hour. This is why it’s great to fake it! Introducing artificial grass! At Aura Landscapes, we are big advocates and installers of Nam Grass; the artificial grass brand. Not only does this artificial grass look good, but it is without a doubt a very practical alternative where you no longer have … Continue reading

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Landscaping: Know exactly where your costs go

It’s so important to maximise the space potential in your home. And the grounds of your house should not be overlooked. Both front and back gardens can offer some fantastic outdoor living space, and additional parking if this is required. However, this does come at a cost and this often prevents homeowners from considering this as an option. Our experience at Aura Landscapes, is that if we are totally transparent about cost, and explain to our customers exactly where their money is being spent, this helps them in their decision-making process. They can then see how worthwhile this type of renovation is, and that the price tag comes with quality workmanship, and a landscaped garden design built to last. Let’s explore the landscaping costs. There are three key areas to be aware of. First of all, preparation is a huge part … Continue reading

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Aura Landscapes: Excelling in quality workmanship!

Summer will approach, and fast. Why not prepare now, in order to make the most of it?Aura Landscapes offer a complete landscape design service to make your outdoor space somewhere you can enjoy, and relax in, when the warmer months come around. Why Aura Landscapes? You’re at the heart of what we do. As a customer, your lifestyle is at the very centre of our planning. Not only do you need an attractive garden, but it needs to be functional too, so that you can use it as you wish to. Our attention to detail is a core value of ours, whether we are reinventing the entire grounds of a property, or installing a new patio or driveway. Perfection is our minimum standard. Quality landscape architecture is vital. We provide our customers with a certificate of guarantee, so you can … Continue reading

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Award-winning garden – A very happy customer!

It’s not because we are arrogant that we often tell our prospective customers (or anyone that will listen!) that we are a multi award-winning landscape company… it’s because we are incredibly proud. It demonstrates our level of expertise, quality and skill. Linda’s award-winning garden Our ability to create amazing gardens cannot be brought to life more than when our customers tell us. That’s why we wanted to share Linda Fullforth’s story with you, in her very own words. Linda was dabbling in garden design, and pulling together some drawings on how she wanted her new garden to look. When searching for the type of stone she wanted, she came across the Marshall’s website, where she was able to search for local landscaping companies; of which we were one. Linda said: “I was provided with three companies, and all came to quote … Continue reading

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