When preparing lawns and grass areas, whilst we often use turf for instant results, if the client has the time and/or not the budget, grass seeding is a good alternative. However, there are some ground rules:
• Seed: Use quality seed and of the right type and grade (check the ingredients) to produce the right type of lawn or area and without weeds, which can be in the seed! You will need between 30g and 20g per sq m, depending on whether the lawn is to be ornamental or utility.
• Seed Bed: Preparation is the key. Clear weeds (not with a residual weed killer or your new lawn will also die!). Rotavate and cultivate the surface. Tread or roll and rake the area, both several times and in different directions.
• Sowing: Divide the area into small sections. Split the seed in half. Sow one half in parallel rows lengthways and the other half widthways. Rake over and then water. If the weather is dry, water again after 2-3 days.
The best time to sow grass seed is in March/April and September/October, when dew occurs for moisture and temperatures are typically best for germination, above 5 degrees. Therefore, if you need grass planting soon, best contact us now.
Since the start of the new year, Panoramic has gone from strength to strength securing 29 new projects in the first quarter. We have welcomed many more new clients and continued to build relationships with existing customers.
Whilst orders in January and February totalled £900K, March has been Panoramic’s best-ever month by some margin, with sales just shy of £800K in the one month alone.
Some new clients that have joined us and are yet to receive a mention include Burmor Construction, Breheny, Lawrence Baker, Iconic Build and Midas. Meanwhile, clients such as Bowmer & Kirkland, PDR, ESS Modular and Harmonix are placing regular projects with us. Thank you.
As a result, the summer is going to be very busy for Panoramic and we cannot wait to get planting. The whole team is looking forward to working with all those who have both given us an opportunity for the first time and those that have returned with repeat orders.
Please get in touch to see what we can achieve when landscaping your construction project!
Bolder Academy is a brand new mixed secondary school in Isleworth, West London. The new building has been established to meet demand for pupil places in the area and opens in September.
We have been working with Bowmer & Kirkland, who gave us the opportunity after quoting the project just after the start of the new year. We were on site within a week of receiving the order and have had a continual presence since, through good weather and some bad, cold and freezing conditions.
Alex Reynolds, the Project Manager at B&K has kindly given us a short statement on our performance:
“We would be more than happy for you to promote the work you have completed on this scheme, it is something you and your team should be very proud of! Your team have shown a real drive and commitment throughout the project to deliver on time and with a key eye for detail. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you for future schemes within the business.”
Please get in touch for any soft landscaping requirements you have as we would love to add you to our list of satisfied customers.
Creating a green space, or landscaping any environment often requires several different skills and services, all of which are available from Panoramic.
• Turfing: Only the very best quality turf, and only the most qualified and experienced landscapers to both carefully lay and nurture.
• Seeding: Developing new or existing lawns, meadows and other green areas. We can advise on the best seeds that fit with the environment.
• Topsoil: Of top quality, to ensure that your turf, grass seed or plants in borders etc have the best chance to become established and thrive.
• Planting: Seasonal bulbs, herbaceous borders, shrubs and trees, including the careful reinstatement of indigenous plants and trees and expansion of existing areas.
• Trees & Hedges: Organising the delivery and positioning of trees and other greenery of various sizes to provide the planting scheme to your specific requirements.
• Maintenance: Striving to find ways to reduce the costs of the ongoing landscaping whilst further enhancing the finished look of a project.
We are a team of professional soft landscapers, with vast experience in all areas.
Paul Hitchcott, who joined Panoramic just over a year ago as our Business Development Manager, has now been promoted to the role of Managing Director.
Having assisted in the growth and firm establishment of the company, winning new business and cementing contracts with customers, Paul will now take Panoramic to further heights.
Paul has brought in new orders valued in excess of £4 million since he joined us just over a year ago. This has helped Panoramic to grow rapidly from firm roots.
Having developed strong relationships both externally, with our customers and clients, and internally with our estimating and contracts teams plus those in the on-site crews, Paul is well-positioned to lead the business.
Paul has previously worked with Phillip Hilbeck, the owner of Panoramic, at another commercial soft landscape contractor, so has considerable industry experience, including operational management.
We welcome Paul to his new role.
Lidl is investing £1.3 billion in the UK including opening around 50 new stores across the country.
We have completed three Lidl projects with two more nearly finished. Working with Adston (at two sites), Wright Morgan, 2MS and Mitnija we have landscaped stores from Bognor and Southampton to Oxford, Peterborough and Southend.
The weather hasn’t always been on our side this winter but the final product has still been of a high standard. We are proud that our teams will turn up whatever the weather and make sure we deliver.
The pictures shown are courtesy of one of our Foreman Oleg Medulics on the Lidl site in Bognor Regis.
We are looking forward to continuing our relationships with these contractors and working on more Lidl sites as they work towards their target of 1000 stores in the UK. Please get in touch for any soft landscaping requirements you have.
As we entered our second year, we had a strong order book, in excess of £1.2 million. This allowed us to recruit more site teams and two additional senior site supervisors, to ensure we carried on meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
COVID-19 and the national lockdown did not stop us. We worked from home and the site teams didn’t miss a day.
Thanks to the hard work of our teams, impressing clients and receiving top-quality references, sales continued to flow. Existing clients gave us repeat orders and additional new relationships were beginning.
Although our first 12 months was an incredible success, the subsequent 9 months have seen Panoramic on target for our second year sales to be 60% more than the first!
During the second half of our first year, into 2020, the projects we secured were increasing both in numbers and value. As the Panoramic name was becoming more widely known we were talking to more and more main contractors. Blu-3, Mizen and ID Verde all gave us an opportunity with three very different but all quite exclusive projects.
In addition, The Big Yellow Storage project, featured in the pictures, was secured through ISG and the second half of the year saw 20 projects won, almost double the 11 in the first half.
PDR, MCS and Bowmer & Kirkland all gave us repeat business, which were proud moments. In addition, Walker, Marbank, Westridge, Taylor French and Borras had also all joined the Panoramic family in this time.
Everyone at Panoramic was looking forward to working on these projects and could not wait to see what the second year of trading would bring!
During the second quarter of the new Panoramic adventure, we were pleased to secure works with further main contractors and customers including: PDR, CNIM, MP Build, Ark Build, Bisley and Conamar.
Our first project with PDR, the Spirit of Sittingbourne, a public-private partnership to make it a destination town, went so well we have received a further four projects with PDR since completing the work.
Sales, contracts administration and estimating were now covered by Ona Marshall-Edwards, Gareth Lawton, Dale Millward and Kate Staines.
Meanwhile, Joel Bridger was leading site operations and a new Business Development Manager, Paul Hitchcott, joined us late October 2019 to ensure we were tendering for and securing as much work as possible.
The Panoramic name was beginning to get around, with positive site reports and references enabling us to go from strength to strength.
Panoramic Landscape Contractors opened its doors on the 20th May 2019 with four staff members, each chosen for their experience to create a well-rounded team and so give us the best chance of hitting the ground running. As a brand-new business, it was essential to secure projects that required immediate works on site.
Three companies had early faith in Panoramic and gave us a chance in the first three months and we will be forever grateful for those opportunities. The early customers and contracts were: C J O’Shea (Baltimore Wharf), Wildgoose (Project Spirit) and RG Carter (Colchester Sports Hub).
These three projects alone had a total value in excess of £1 million!, which allowed us to grow our team both internally and by recruiting extra site teams, reach milestones and grow far quicker than we had ever anticipated.
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