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Miraculous grass seed exists – but be sure you know what you are getting

A lot of people have been excitedly telling us about a new “miracle grass” they have heard of. It grows anywhere, they tell us, and needs a lot less water and mowing. However, lawn lovers need to remember the old adage that too-good-to-be-true often is just that.
 
The product is called Ecolawn, and it does fulfill those three promises. It will germinate in poor soil, needs very little water, and will obediently stop growing when it gets to about eight inches tall. If the only thing you want in a lawn is for it to be green so you can otherwise ignore it, it might be what you’re after. But in our opinion, if you want a really good looking lawn, you wont get it from Ecolawn.
 
Ecolawn is all fescue-type grass. The blades are very thin, lack the strong blue-green colour homeowners love, and tend to lie down and become matted as they grow longer. People who have used it have told us how disappointed they were. It did not look like they wanted a lawn to look, and they said it looked more like an unkempt field than an attractive playable surface for their kids. So we really advise against it. Especially because of the excellent new alternatives available.
 
The grass seed industry is huge. New varieties and species are bred all the time to be better looking, drought resistant, heat or cold resistant, and even to have a bad taste to grass-eating bugs. These are known as Certified seeds – patented by the companies that engineered them. Every year tens of thousands of new grass types are ranked on a scale called NTEP – the National Turfgrass Evaluation Protocol. When we choose our seed blend every year, we always pick types from the top ten in each category. Sure they cost us more, but we figure it is better than the headache’s we’d cause from picking weaker grass varieties.
 
This is such a big thing to us we’ll sell you our seed at the same per-kilogram price as the top seed you could buy from Canadian Tire, even though ours is so much better. The details on how and when to overseed are available here, along with information about our new Powerseeding service for lawns in need of serious repair.
 
As for Ecolawn – they’re selling seed we wouldn’t take for free, at a premium price.
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  • Coping with Covid Update: (updated 04/16/21)

    Hi Everyone, 

    LawnSavers managed to persevere through this last pandemic year with the loyal partnership of our clients.

    We are able to service lawns and perform pest control services in all our service areas,  officially on the Provincial list of essential services due to our ability to provide service safely and with no personal contact!

    Our office remains open in addition to some remote staff.   Please note our office may be experiencing a higher volume of calls.  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.  (you can now also text us at 905-707-9994)
    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.

    2020 is now behind us.  Together with our customers, we face Covid-19 head-on 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 threw everything bad that it could at us:

    • Nine days of snow, ice and wintry weather in May.
    • One of the hottest driest summers on record with long spells of grass-killing heat and drought. Read more here in our 2020 summary blog.
    • A bumper crop of crabgrass that germinated in the perfect (rainless) storm.
    • Chinch Bug numbers were record breaking and persisted through the dry heat they love, secretly killing lawns while dormant! We can help with Chinch bug damage
    • 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, Integrity and honesty are our 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!

    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 feedback@lawnsavers.com

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 31 years.
    We
     genuinely appreciate each and every one of you and promise that we will do our part to ensure our mutual safety and look forward to be back on your lawn as soon as possible this Spring

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer