Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Under red-and-white striped tents, handwritten signs beckon passersby over to wheeled carts filled with bundles of greens or smooth, symmetrical apples. At Newcastle Fruit & Produce’s open-air market, visitors survey a vast selection of seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables that can include Bartlett pears, red-leaf lettuce, Yakima asparagus, and blueberries. Aside from assembling salad essentials, Newcastle’s team also stocks shrubs, perennials, and potted trees, and cuts pines for Christmas or anti-Arbor Day celebrations.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Lawn renovation servicers
Pro Tip: Our overwhelming desire is to guarantee your satisfaction as we work to create a beautiful lawn
What makes your business stand out?
Our mission is to continually satisfy our customer's highest expectations for quality, service and integrity, to earn their trust and keep them coming back. It's a mission that we are proudly committed to renew each day when we open our doors for business. We specialize in full service landscape and maintenance services throughout Western Washington.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Because of the cool, wet winters that are experienced in Western Washington there is a huge need for lawn renovation services. Aerating, thatching, and overseeding lawns is necessary to get rid of the moss and to make a healthy lawn grow in in its place. I take great pride in taking an unkempt, moss-covered lawn, and turning it into the envy of the neighborhood.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to lawn renovation services we also specialize in taking care of the lawn after renovating it.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"I confess to letting the old lawn go last year and it was sure looking poor and neglected. We had moss, weeds and the grass became sparse and weak. This spring I hired Jeff at Growscapes and in only a few months of careful nurturing we have one of the best lawns in our neighborhood. It’s really lush and green. I just can't decide if it looks more like the infield in Yankee Stadium or Safeco Field." Tony J.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Having the neighbors approach me after seeing my work and asking me to take care of their lawn!
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