Who What and Where

All About us

WHO WE ARE        

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The Grassman is a small Banbury base company. We are a team of 5 reliable and experienced people. With 4 of our team having worked as greenkeepers on golf courses and with over 50 years experience between us. You can be assured we know about grass.

The Grassman was established in 1995.

We work for a range clients, Domestic,Comercial,Industrial and Parish Councils, so whatever the scale of your needs we can cope.

The grassman has now established an excellent reputation for its work and customer service within the market place.

Our range of services has grown over time and we are now able to offer a comprehensive maintenance package to our clients.

We believe that it is not just what we deliver to our customers, but it is as important how that service is delivered.

WHAT WE DO

We provide a range of services with an emphasis on lawn mowing and grass care. We are able to service you with lawn mowing as a one off or as programmed maintenance. Likewise if your lawn needs some expert care and attention, we are the people for you.

As we were being regularly asked about pressure washing of drives, patios and decking we decided to add this to our range of services, it just adds that finishing touch to a lovely garden.

WHERE WE WORK

Based in Banbury we work within a radius of 20 miles, so if you live in Culworth, Whitfield, Finmere, Ardley, Souldern, Deddington, Bloxham, South Newington, Hook Norton, Sibford, Edge Hill, Great Bourton or anywhere in between watch out for our vans.

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National Garden Scheme

National Garden Scheme

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It’s Summertime – you might have seen the little yellow signs and arrows dotting the roadside as the National Garden Scheme is in full flow and gardens are opening for visitors across the Country.

In Banbury, there are very few open gardens as part of this scheme, which is a shame, as there are some truly stunning gardens here.

There are some open gardens around Chacombe and Middleton Cheyney – but Banbury itself hasn’t really got involved.

We thought you might like to know a bit more about the open garden scheme – and that way, you might be more inclined to get involved in future years.

You don’t need to have a stately home and acres of land to open to the public – as long as your garden is interesting and well maintained, it will be of interest to others and could feature in the NGS Open Garden scheme.

Visitors to the gardens like to be able to speak to those who have been responsible for creating the gardens – so it’s useful to try to remember the names of any plants and flowers that you’ve planted.

Visitors also like to enjoy some refreshments whilst they are enjoying your garden, so if you are prepared to make a cup of tea or offer a slice of cake, that will be very much appreciated.

As the garden owner, you decide when you want to open – it may be once a year, it may be twice a year (to factor in seasonal changes within the garden) – it might only be on one afternoon, or it could be a longer period of time – it’s completely up to you.

For those that open their gardens, they find it great fun – and the warm glow you get from visitors complimenting you on your garden is fabulous and long lasting! It’s also a great way to spur you on to get those garden jobs done – if you’re expecting visitors, you’ll meet the self imposed deadlines!

If you are proud of your garden – (and why shouldn’t you be, if you’ve worked hard on it?) then you might consider becoming part of the NGS Scheme – which raises money for Charity each year. It is simple to get involved – a short application form and then a visit from one of the NGS team to see your garden – no tough interviews, no pitching to the Dragons Den…

 

More information can be found on the NGS Website – including details of the local gardens that are open this year –http://www.ngs.org.uk/

Sleep Easy

Can plants help you to sleep?

 

For those who have difficulty sleeping (generally – not just with the mini heatwave that we experienced!), there could be natural help at hand.

Whilst most of us are reluctant to take medication for such things, sleep deprivation is a serious condition and if you often find yourself watching the clock as it ticks through the early hours of the morning, then you might want to give plants a go!

I’m not making this up – and I’ve not had too much sun! (I diligently wear my hat whilst working out in the blazing sun).

So – which plants could be beneficial to your nights’ sleep?

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Aloe Vera – One of the only plants to emit oxygen at night – which can help to induce calming sleep.  You don’t need to concoct a potion or cast spells- having the plant in the room in which you sleep is enough. You can boost the sleep inducing properties by drinking aloe vera gel.

 

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Mother in laws tongue – Sansevieria Trifasciata – this popular houseplant not only produces oxygen, but it also reduces carbon monoxide in the room – so again, it’s great for inducing calm sleep patterns. It’s rumoured to have a lowering effect on blood pressure too – which is beneficial to good sleep.

 

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Boston Fern – This bushy house fern not only looks beautiful (lush, green leaves) but is also rich in flavonoids which will help to regulate your nervous system and help you deal with stress.

 

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Weeping Fig –  sometimes referred to as Benjamin’s Fig. It removes high proportions of benzene, ammonia and other harmful impurities that may be emitted from low quality items, such as chipboard and linoleum. It will improve the overall air quality in your bedroom – and again, looks lovely. Keep the leaves looking super shiny with a damp cloth every couple of weeks (it looks like an artificial plant).

 

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Our final suggestion is the Areca Palm – another plant that removes the carbon dioxide, as well as other toxins from the air. It also realeases moisture into the air – making it easier to sleep, as your airways don’t get dried out, causing you to wake frequently.

 

So – if you, or someone that you know has difficulty sleeping on a regular basis, try heading off to your local garden centre and stock up with some healing plants. The garden centre staff will be able to advise you on care plans for your plants – as well as letting you know the best location for them to be.

 

Try it out – and let us know if you start to sleep better.