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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers.

Introducing – Solent Garden Services, a professional artificial grass installer in Hampshire who also complete all manner of landscaping. Run by landscaping guru and artificial grass pro Rob Woodhouse. There’s not much Rob and his team can’t do to create their customers’ dream garden!

How and when was Solent Garden Services founded?

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We are Solent Garden Services Ltd, a family-run business established in 1973.

Originally, we were predominantly focused on garden maintenance but have evolved over the years to cover all aspects of garden design, build and maintenance.

I [Rob Woodhouse] grew up around the business but got my first real sense of the work involved when I was 15 years old, completing my school work experience within the family business. I came on board working for the company full time at the age of 21. At this point, it was just me and one other guy working on regular maintenance however landscaping and garden design was always the direction I wanted to take the business.

Rob (2nd in from the left) & his talented team.

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

My focus is always using quality products so when we started installing artificial lawns, we were looking for only the best products to install which is where Namgrass came in.

I was really impressed with the quality and diversity within the range of Namgrass products, plus it’s a company which is local to us, so it was a no-brainer for me!

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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I’m really impressed with the new range, but I really love Utopia! I love it so much I’ve installed it in my own garden!

(Robs garden features as the main install image here!)

How many artificial grass installs have you completed?

We’ve been installing Namgrass lawns for around 7 years now so let’s just say we’ve completed a lot! Namgrass is the only brand of artificial lawns I’ve ever used as it’s always been a reliable product and brand.

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Where do you complete most of your artificial grass installs within the UK?

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We mostly cover Hampshire but we have traveled to London for a few special installs in the past.

Have you installed some challenging artificial grass jobs?

We have just wrapped up our biggest install to date. A whopping 360sqm of Eden! That was a real challenge with over 70 tonnes of aggregate brought in for the subbase and base.

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To see more from Solent Garden Services:

Head over to solentgardenservices.co.uk    &  follow Rob on Instagram @green_fingerz_

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers, starting with South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd.

When and how did South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd start?

The company was first incorporated in April 2019 by Neil Pinchbeck. Neil started the company after seeing a completed artificial grass install and really liking the transformation. So, after much research and setting out to install his first job at home, he was hooked with the transformation and job satisfaction.

It was then in January of 2020 that my (Shaun King) involvement within the company came about (although Neil and myself have been friends for years!). I have a background in business and sales and Neil is an experienced fitter/tradesman, so we both have different roles within the company which works really well.

Neil Pinchbeck (left) & Shaun King (right)

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

The honest answer is that our previous supplier couldn’t meet our demand. They would constantly be out of stock of grass and with long wait times. Although at the time this was due to the COVID pandemic, it wasn’t good for us as a business as it minimised our options and we didn’t want to be turning work away or losing it.  So, we needed to source someone more reliable, and that’s where Namgrass came in. I did some research and Namgrass ticked all the right boxes – local to us, no stock issues, high-quality product, and a great team to easily work with.

What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

Although all the Namgrass products are high quality and easy to work with, our favourite grass to install has to be Elise. It’s a great grass to cut and join and looks amazing when finished on any size area.

 

How many installs have you completed?

To date, South Coast Artificial Grass has installed just over 200 new surface area’s and we are constantly growing and getting busier with high demand. We average around 20 new installs a month!

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Where do you complete most of your installs within the UK?

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Based in Dorset, we predominantly tend to work within the BH postcodes covering Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and Swanage, etc. We have and will also carry out installs in Dorchester and Weymouth. Project dependant, we have also completed installations in Fordingbridge, Romsey, Eastleigh and our furthest install away was in Amesbury.

Have you installed many ‘unique’ artificial grass jobs? Have you had some awkward/hard installs?

We have completed quite a range of jobs; some I believe other companies simply don’t want to do, but we aren’t afraid of the challenge and hard work.

We’ve had some awkward shapes and sizes, some with long walks to get access and some up or down a lot of steps, so we’ve had to hand-carry out all the removed spoil and then hand-carry back in all the new aggregate for the sub-base.  We’ve also had a few jobs where the only access is through the property itself which has proven interesting!

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To find out more about South Coast Artificial Grass head over to their website southcoastartificialgrass.co.uk

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Namgrass Lifestyle Range Now Available

New Lifestyle Artificial Grass Range from Namgrass

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Lifestyle range to complement our existing Luxury products.

The Lifestyle range offers a selection of grasses that is suitable for the wear and tear of a much-used family garden or simply to make your garden look beautiful. Each grass is inspired by the natural colours of the New Forest, Hampshire where our head office is based.

It consists of five new products, Burley, Downton, Exbury, Kirkstall and Sway. For a bright, just sprung look, Exbury is the grass of choice. Sway offers a lighter colour shade which complements any surroundings and Downton provides the more realistic, darker look of them all.

As well as a variety of shades to choose from, our new range features various pile heights from a shorter 25mm pile height to a well-grown 37mm for a more premium look. Whilst competitively priced, we do not compromise the quality you would expect from us.

To find out more about the range, select an option below.

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New Product: Serenity

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Serenity

Our new product Serenity is here and it is perfect for those who are after an elegant and bright look to their garden. It is luxurious, realistic and standing at 37mm pile height, the tallest in the range. Not only does it look stunning, but it is densely packed to withstand the traffic of a busy family garden.

Our customer research carried out in August 2017, found that the most sought-after factors to purchasing artificial grass were that it was realistic just like a natural lawn and looked great. Our products meet that brief as standard, but we wanted to create a product that is ultra-soft and durable. In its first month of release, Serenity accounted for over 40% of samples requested from us.

Serenity is one of the most vibrant looking products in the range so if you are after a luxurious and bright lawn, capable of withstanding fun family activities throughout the year with no mud, no mowing and minimal maintenance then this product is a perfect choice.

Why don’t you have a feel? Request free samples of Serenity today.

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We’re going to FutureScape 2017

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Futurescape 2017

A date for your diary: another year later and we are back at FutureScape on November 14th, Sandown Park Racecourse exhibiting our popular and innovative products. Namgrass artificial grass is a low maintenance product suitable for all weather conditions and it can really help your business to thrive, making the most of any outdoor (or indoor) space. Our Namgrass team will be readily available to answer all your questions on artificial grass and tell you about our products and how it can grow your business. We have a network of Namgrass Approved Installers nationwide and we’re always looking for professional, dedicated installers to add to our team. The exhibition is free of charge and you will find us on Stand 63 to answer any questions on artificial grass installation. We’ll also be giving away some exclusive prizes so do come and visit us!

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Come see us at Family Attractions Expo 2017

The Family Attractions Expo 2017

Namgrass are exhibiting at the Family Attraction Expo at the NEC Birmingham on the 8th & 9th November 2017. The show aims to inspire and provide businesses with the tools to increase visitors to their attraction using sound, expert advice from industry heavyweights as well as a realm of high-quality suppliers to make their attraction look fantastic. Artificial grass is a perfect low maintenance product suitable for all weather conditions and it can really help businesses to make the most of their outdoor space, even if it is raining! The exhibition is free of charge and running alongside it is the Holiday Park and Resort Innovation Expo. You will find us on Stand 1321 to answer any questions on artificial grass installation at your commercial property and we’ll also be giving away some exclusive prizes so do come and visit us!

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Get your garden summer ready

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Win a Lawn Makeover

Is your lawn looking tired and in need of a makeover? Get your garden summer ready with Namgrass. To do just that, we are giving away up to 80m2 of Namgrass including installation. In addition, we will be adding some finishing touches to your garden by giving you a whole bunch of garden accessories for you and your family to enjoy. So far, they include £100 garden centre vouchers, double cotton hammock with stand, giant tower garden game and an Outback BBQ plus lots more. There’s something for all the family to enjoy.

Also, each week, one lucky person will receive a garden accessory to help them get started – look out for the prizes every Monday.

To be in with a chance of winning your dream lawn, head over to our Facebook Page and look out for the Pinned Post to enter. Terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the competition for a chance to win up to 80m2 of Namgrass artificial grass inc. installation and garden accessories. Entry to the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. Therefore, please read these carefully.

Competition details

1) You can only enter the competition once.

2) No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.

3) The promoter of the competition is Namgrass UK, Redcliffe, Bashley Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5RY.

4) The prize is only available to United Kingdom residents over the age of 18, with a permanent UK address. It is not open to the Namgrass UK agencies, its group companies or anyone else connected with the competition including employees.

5) The Namgrass artificial grass available for installation is either Eclipse 2017 or Elise.

6) To enter the competition, you must Like and Post a picture of your existing garden in the Comment box of the competition post on the Namgrass UK Facebook Page with the hashtag #NamgrassSummerReady. Posts that do not comply may be removed and will not be valid for entry.

7) You will automatically be entered into the weekly prize draw to win a garden accessory. If you win a prize and accept it, you will not be entered into the free Namgrass up to 80m2 inc. installation and garden accessories prize draw. However, you can forfeit the prize to be entered into the installation and garden accessories prize draw.

8) One entry will be selected at random from the entries. The decision of the judge is final and we will not enter into correspondence relating to the decision.

9) The start date and time of the competition is 7th June. The closing date and time is 1st August at 23:59pm. Entries received after the closing date will not be processed. The draw will take place on w/c 7th August.

10) No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.

11) We reserve the right to modify the competition at any time without prior notice.

12) If you are entering on behalf of another person, you must get their permission first and proof of this may be requested. Please include their name with the submission.

13) Namgrass UK shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, unforeseen legislation or any other events beyond its control.

Winner details

14) The Winner will be notified via Namgrass UK Facebook before the 11th August and will be given details of how to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and we will be entitled to select another winner.

15) We may ask the winner to provide proof of age, country of residence and/or proof of property ownership.

16) The name of the winner will be available upon request for 4 weeks after the winner has been notified by emailing [email protected] The winner agrees to have their name and town/county of residence disclosed for this purpose.

About the installation

17) The winner is happy to provide a customer testimonial written and verbal which includes their name, town/city.

18) The winner is happy for the installation to be filmed from start to finish. Any footage taken – video and photography – are the property of Namgrass UK which may be used for promotional purposes.

19) The installation is subject to a site survey and the installation site must be approved by Namgrass UK and the Installer before commencing any work.

20) Installation is based on the Installers availability and the installation date will be agreed between the winner and the Installer. The installation must take place before October 2017. We will only use a Namgrass Approved Installer.

21) If the land is more than 80m2 the winner must pay additional for the Namgrass and materials. A quote will be provided to the Winner.

22) Entry to the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Good luck!

Be inspired

View our Blog and Gallery for some garden design inspiration and see how our customers have transformed their gardens. You can also view our full product range and order some samples to feel the softness and quality for yourself.

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Welcome Lee!

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Welcome

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Please give a warm welcome to Lee Bennett, our new South East Sales Manager. Lee joins us with a wealth of experience in the landscaping industry and artificial grass installation and sales. He’s so passionate about it that he even carried out some landscaping jobs in his travels abroad!

He is a family man with 3 children to keep him busy but when he has some downtime he enjoys the classic Only fools & Horses, a bit of 90’s Brit pop and of course football!

Lee will be contacting Partners and Merchants over the next few weeks to introduce himself. However, if you would like to contact Lee please email [email protected] or give him a call 07921 823 721.

Fun Facts: Lee was the first ever male Pilates instructor in London and he enjoys surfing. What a multi-talented guy!

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Fresh new look

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New Look Website

Our website has had a facelift. It’s been nipped and tucked and now looks fresher than ever.

Not only does it look amazing, it’s now a doddle to use. So you’ll be able to find exactly what you want even quicker – be it a local installer or to request a sample.

New Features

Check out our new artificial grass products, browse through our Blog for design inspiration and take advantage of our new features.

  • Plan my Project: measure your lawn and download a shopping list to take to a Stockist to start your artificial grass project
  • A new Download section so you can keep our useful brochures and information to hand
  • Fancy owning a grass rug? You can now buy them on our website.

We hope you enjoy it and happy browsing!

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Great Grass Giveaway Garden

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Great Grass Giveaway winner

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday last year we ran a competition to transform your lawn and giveaway 90sqm of Namgrass. To enter you had to tell us your best gardening tip and the public did not disappoint! Our lucky winners Joan and Bob Carr from Southend-On-Sea told us:

“Every day when I go out into the garden to put washing out etc. I always go out to the garden and get the weeds out, check for dead flies, and check the fruit trees so more can grow quickly”.

Not only were they super excited about having their lawn transformed, it was perfect timing! Having recently moved from Stevenage to Southend-On-Sea they didn’t have time to focus on the garden as much as they’d like to. The new family home boasts three generations of the family from grandparents Joan and Bob to two young grandchildren, they really wanted a garden that was fuss-free and that the kids can enjoy all year round and not get muddy. Namgrass artificial grass was the perfect solution! The product we used was Meadow for its deeper colour and trying to keep it as close to the colour of their natural lawn. Watch their story and find out more about the lovely winners.

We had thousands of entries to the competition, each with a useful tip so we’ve compiled a few gardening tips for you to try. Rachael Buckley A lovely garden can be ruined by pests that munch on your plants! Deter them by sprinkling left over coffee grounds on your beds! Keeps the pests away and enriches the soil! Katy Hanson My top gardening tip: If you like wildlife to visit your garden. Bees and finches are particularly attracted to lavender! If you also ensure you have some daisies, as these are important as they have nectar in their centre. Claire Dainty My gardening tip is don’t stress about it, your garden is there to enjoy!! Do what you can and gets the kids involved! My son loves to pick fruit and veg.

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Debbie Tunstall My top tip to keep your garden in bloom. Make sure you dead head morning and evening this helps the plant to produce more flowers. Carley Smith My mum’s top tip was ifyou’re not sure whether it’s a weed or a flower ask yourself do you like it? As long as you love your garden that’s all that matters. Karen Scammell I use pop bottles with the bottoms cut off to use as mini cloches for my sunflower seedlings and to keep the slugs off while they grow. Joanna Blyther My best tip is to invite everyone over for a ‘garden party ‘ and when they arrive get everyone to do some gardening for you.

Coleen Collins Let all flowers seed & then swap seedlings with friends & neighbours. Great variety of plants for free! Ruth Mears Put Vaseline around all your plant pots fancy containers, it stops the snails or other bugs from getting to your plants. Frances Newton My gardening tip is I keep my plants in pots which stops my 3 dogs digging them up and I can move them around which makes my garden more interesting. We hope you find these tips useful, we sure did! Keep your eyes peeled for more gardening tips coming soon.

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