How to water a lawn

This is an exchange we had with a new customer this year when we were asking the standard questions that allow us to offer up the best service.
“Do you have a sprinkler system?”
“Well, my husband…”
“So he does water properly?”
“Well he waters, but I’m not sure what you mean by properly.”
For a great, organic lawn, watering is big. Huge. But there is a lot of confusion about how to do it best.
Short answer: An established lawn needs one inch of water every week of the growing season on average.
The long answer is complicated by how much or how little it rains, or if it has been hot or windy, whether you have an installed irrigation system or just a hose-end sprinkler and if there are any big shady trees on your property.
For people using a regular sprinkler, I always recommend watering for one and a half hours once a week in each area. That pretty much guarantees a good soaking of the soil down to the deeper roots. If it has been really dry and sunny, do it twice a week. You can read our more in depth watering tips page for even more watering information and advice.
If you’ve got an in-ground irrigation system you’ll get better results programming it to come on two or three times a week for a bit less time – we have specialists who can discuss the best irrigation system program for your lawn, for you.
Toronto is a forest city, and big trees have roots that are water hogs. Their canopy also blocks the rain like an umbrella. Make sure any grass under the tree canopy gets extra watering attention.
To make things easier here are a couple of tips: Buy a rain gauge or make one yourself from an empty tuna can or jar. That will let you measure how much rain you are really getting, and what your sprinkler is delivering so you know how much more water your lawn needs. And save yourself a lot of work and worry – a simple hose-end timer can turn the water off for you automatically, and they only cost $30 or so. They’ll last for years too – just remember to bring them inside during the winter.
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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  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

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 30 years.
     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