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Are you mowing your lawn often enough?

I had an unexpected, but not unwelcome job to do this Tuesday. I had stepped out, as I usually do, to quickly patrol my lawn to see if any dandelions had come up, so I could pull the flowers to stop them from seeding. To my surprise, the grass blades were up over my ankles! With the rain we just had, added to my regular watering, my lawn was recovering from the recent heat and dry spell and was growing super-fast.

Vigorous growth is a sign the lawn is doing well, so I was glad to see it. But an overgrown lawn attracts insects, blocks water and nutrients, and makes it hard for lawn care professionals to see and treat weeds. Plus, cutting overly-lengthy grass risks hurting the grass.

That evening I raised the mower to cut at four inches, and gave my lawn a trim under the warm, orange evening light. Normally I mow to keep the grass at around 2.5 inches, but to cut it that short from the length it had reached would be like sucker punching it in the gut. I don’t want my lawn to be weak, vulnerable and growing poorly right now. I have a corner lot, and there are still dandelion seed-puffs in the air. I’d just be asking for trouble. Only the top third of a blade of grass is safe to cut. Take off more than that in one go, and the grass will go into shock. Some blades could even die.

I’ll cut it again in four days, and lower the mower a notch. I should have my grass back to an optimum height of 3 inches next week and will be mowing every 5-7 days like my normal routine again.

It has been a hot, dry Spring in the Greater Toronto Area, and even the most carefully watered lawns are feeling it.  That same bright sun we are getting can allow properly watered and fertilized lawns to grow strong and thick, with deep root systems. Stay on the ball with all of your care though, or like me you’ll have to play catch-up with your mowing.

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  • Coping with Covid Update: (updated 06/01/20)

    Hi Everyone, 

    I’m happy to share some good news during these crazy times. LawnSavers is servicing lawns in all areas as lawn care and pest control services that provide for lawn health are officially on the Provincial list of essential services due to the fact we can provide this service safely and with no personal contact!

    We do not expect any delay in our regular timing of applications (except from the brief wintry weather in May).  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. 

    I want to reassure you that in every decision we make around COVID-19, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees and customers.  Safety and honesty are our two most important core values.  We will continue to follow strict safety guidelines that ensure “zero touch”.  We will not let our guard down on exercising our safety protocols!

    Our office is open but with less staff in order to maintain safety protocols like social distancing.   Please note our phones are experiencing a high volume of calls and we know how much everyone hates being left on hold, so please leave us a message or email us at greatservice@lawnsavers.com  and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours.
    Please be patient with us, we will get back to you as fast as possible.
    You can also sign up for services on our website by clicking here.

    Thank you all for your understanding and 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 feedback@lawnsavers.com

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 30 years.
    We
     genuinely appreciate each and every one of you and promise that we will do our part to ensure our mutual safety and be on your lawn as soon as possible.  

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer