2020 also very stressful on lawns!

2020 presented unusually difficult challenges for lawns in Ontario as they are made up of “cool-season” grasses (Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass) that cannot easily survive extended periods of high temperatures (over 28 deg C) and long durations without rainfall or ample watering.

This year there were additional challenges to the excessive heat and drought stress.

  1. Lawns that were not watered frequently or deeply enough before AND during these periods did not have deep enough roots to survive hot soil temperatures near the surface.
  2. Lawns that were mowed too short (below 2.75″- 3″) dried out quickly and were damaged by heat and sun burning the fragile crowns of the turfgrass plants.
  3. Lawns that were mowed during high heat on dormant and stressed grass blades suffered additional damage.
  4. The variable weather from freezing temperatures in early May to periods of high heat prevented the turfgrass roots from having time to acclimatize and develop protective reserves to harden off and transition.
  5. The extreme variability of weather between hot, cold, and warm caused uncontrollable fungal issues like Ascochyta Blight that further damages the lawn. With the unfortunate result being that lawns finally succumbed to the extreme stress.

Just like good human health involving a proper nutritious diet, regular exercise, drinking enough water (and good genetics), LawnSavers always stresses that Maintaining the health of your lawn is a partnership and a 3 part process:

1/3 LawnSavers Services, Analysis and Advice.
1/3 The Weather
1/3 YOUR Contribution to Good Maintenance Habits!

Seasons like this underline the importance of being on the right program year to year and partnering with professionals to build a stronger and more resilient lawn that has a better chance at surviving these extreme weather fluctuations we experience in Ontario.

Call us today and let one of our Customer Success Advisors work with you to develop a plan to rehabilitate and get your lawn back in shape for 2021.

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  • Opening up – Let’s get outside together and Grow Healthy Lawns and Trees. updated: 04/27/22

    Hi Everyone, 

    LawnSavers persevered through the pandemic with the loyal partnership and support of our clients.  We are extremely grateful to our loyal customers. AND we are thrilled to learn we were the only lawn care company in the GTA awarded the first BEST OF THE BEST Award from

    We are fully open and alredy performing lawn and pest control services in all our GTA service areas.

    Please note with many people still working from home, our service is experiencing a higher demand and volume of calls.
    We know how much everyone hates being left on hold, so please feel free to  leave us a message,  or email and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours.  (you can also text us at 905-707-9994)

    Please be patient with us, we will get back to you as fast as we can and will do
    our very best to help you.

    You can also sign up for all services on our website by clicking here.

    2021 is now behind us.  Together with our customers, we embrace opening up as a community-minded local small family business and are extremely grateful to be able to survive and keep all of our loyal employees working hard with us through it all.

    2020-21 important turf and tree high (and low) lights:

      • Nine days of snow, ice and wintry weather in May 2020,
        2021 was the driest April, May, and June in 51 years See Actual GTA daily weather records by clicking here.
      • One of the hottest, driest summers on record in 2020 with long spells of grass-killing heat and drought. Read more here in our 2020 summary blog.
        2021 carried on this trend with only a few days of rain in July and August, with extreme dryness and heat.
      • A bumper crop of crabgrass that germinated in the perfect (rainless) storm. As expected, even more arrived this past summer in 2021!
      • Chinch Bug numbers in 2020 were record breaking and persisted through the dry heat they love, secretly killing lawns while dormant! We can help with Chinch bug damage  Expect even more this summer!
      • Fall of 2021 provided excellent conditions for lawn that were treated through the summer with our recovery amendments to bounce back and regain their vigour. (thanks for the positive feedback!)
    • We put together an easy to read lawn care service timeline that you can use to know when to expect us for each scheduled service in your package. 

    Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees and customers.  Safety, Integrity and doing the right thing are som of our most important Core Values.  We will continue to follow strict safety guidelines that ensure “low/no touch”.  We will not let our guard down on exercising our safety protocols!

    Thank you all for your understanding and extra patience during these challenging times. Our team works hard, so if you are met with our exceptional service from our technicians or office team members- please give them a thumbs up to make them smile or let me know through a quick email to

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 32 years.
     genuinely appreciate you and promise that we will do our part to ensure our mutual safety.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer