You can imagine, I get sent an awful lot of product news by companies who want publicity for their products and services.
I do tend to avoid publishing unless I really do feel a product has a viable use for the landscape industry.
I got an email from Claire Blake, who is the senior product manager at Marshalls, asking the best way of adding details of their new Cobbletech driveway sett system to the Landscape Juice Network.
It's at this point I have to declare an interest and make a disclaimer.
Marshalls sponsor the network and pay me some money each month. I am not being paid incentives to write this post. I wanted to because I think the Cobbletech product will be a winner.
When I first got to see the Youtube video I was instantly struck at how revolutionary the Cobbletech system is. From the clever spacers and clean moulding to the way the product is stacked onto pallets after manufacturing that ensures the correct pattern is laid on site.
Once laid it would take a keen eye to realise it wasn't the real thing.
Anyone who has laid a natural stone cobble knows only too well how hard it is. Lack of uniformity often means the base has to be tweaked during laying and an element of sorting and grading is needed in advance so that the joints don't become too big or run out of line.
It is a time consuming job. Not to mention the weight of natural stone cobbles - it can get painful too after a day's laying stretching your hand around a stone...it's a killer on the thumbs.
With the Cobbletech paving system the base is prepared just like block paving meaning the placing of the Cobbletech blocks is extremely fast and simple.
The product is only available to Marshalls register members.
A clever move by Marshalls meaning their Register members can remain ultra competitive against traditional laying of natural stone products, quicker and retain a good profit.