So this prompted me to develop a range of services we can provide of a more affordable nature for domestic lawn and garden owners. The simplest of these is our 'Lawn Installation Contract' which is intended simply to provide some protection for individuals installing a new lawn with a contractor who's worthiness they may not know much about. Hopefully these documents will serve simply for reassurance that experiences like that described in the Rogue Traders programme might not be yours. However, if there is trouble, contracts like this provide both the client and the contractor with a great deal of backup if, heaven forbid, the courts should ever become involved or even simply be threatened.
The turf industry is filled with standards and quality assurance schemes etc and we feel that the benefits of these things should be made available to the domestic lawn owner or garden developer far more than they are at present. Lawns are just the same as sports surfaces. They come in very many forms with their own aesthetics and they serve a wide range of purposes. The only difference between these surfaces and the lawns in domestic gardens is one of scale which, to my mind, is no difference at all.
We formed our relationship with Forma Landscapes specifically to bring those crucial aesthetic and personal qualities that are necessary for successful and innovative whole garden design to our service. So we're looking forward to undertaking a lot more private and domestic work in 2014.