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Take Action Against Weeds: What you can do to reduce weeds on your lawn.

The Province of Ontario has banned chemical pest control and while the new organic alternatives are very effective, they do not provide the immediate results of the past. “There are no more magic bullets,” as Kyle our CEO likes to say. What this means for proper weed management in Ontario is that more than one application of an approved weed killer will be necessary to deal with weeds in your lawn. And there is a higher probability of airborne weed seeds from untended and wild areas reaching your property. Good weed-fighting cultural habits by homeowners are more important than ever to deal with weeds in your Ontario lawn.

weed management lawnsavers plant care experts torontoWhile any good lawn care professional near you will make sure he has the best weed killer product on the market for his clients, organic products have many more limitations on their use. Many cannot be used during some parts of the year, require a lot of aftercare and follow up, or there is a limit to the total amount that can be used on a lawn each year. So what any Ontario homeowner does between visits from a qualified lawn care expert makes a big difference for the results he or she can expect.

Above everything of course, healthy lawns have fewer problems. Mowing and watering properly will keep your grass growing vigorously, leaving fewer places where weeds can start. Here are some other tactics that will minimize the introduction and spread of weeds and weed grasses.

Steps For Managing Weeds Effectively

  • Decapitate them! Many weeds spread only by seed. Dandelions are well known for this. They sprout white puffs containing hundreds of seeds that can be carried for miles by the wind. But no flower means no seed. Removing weed flowers as they appear is fast, easy and makes the weed waste energy growing another blossom.
  • Mowing weeds works, when done strategically. Many believe that mowing weeds spreads them; but Rosette weeds like dandelion, thistle, and plantain can be kept in check by regular mowing to remove flowers and injure the leaves. For creeping weeds like creeping charlie, black medic, and clover, make sure to attach a collection bag to the mower. Often these weeds can re-root and spread from cuttings and seeds; so it is important to bag your grass clippings if you have weeds instead of mulching them. And, nobody said you had to mow your whole lawn. A quick run along the sidewalk where some persistent plantain is trying to go to seed only takes minutes. Grass LIKES being cut frequently.mowing weeds lawnsavers plant care experts toronto
  • Avoid outside contamination. Do weed seeds blow in through your back fence all year from an untended field? A small investment in a screen hedge now will save you untold aggravation later. Do you have local lawn care professionals mow your lawn? Make sure they hose off their equipment between jobs so your lawn does not host seeds from an unmanaged lawn three blocks over.
  • Pull sparingly, and if you do, patch afterwards. Pulling is not a good long-term fix. Many weeds can grow back from a fragment of taproot left behind. With creeping weeds, it is very hard to get the whole colony. In either case, pulling the weed often leaves a shallow pit full of loose soil. This is a perfect home for a new weed seed. If you are pulling weeds, just pull the top off. Healthy grass should crowd out that area, and sprinkle some grass seed in the vacant spot and care for it as you would any new seed. Let the plant you want, live in that spot.

Lawnsavers is an award winning lawn care company in Ontario that can help with weed issues or any other pest that could be causing your lawn to look less than perfect. Contact us today if you are looking for help with your lawn.

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  • Coping with Covid Update: (updated 11/05/20)

    Hi Everyone, 

    I’m happy to share some good news during these crazy times. LawnSavers managed to persevere through this crazy pandemic season with the loyal partnership of our clients.

    We were 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!

    We will all be happy to put 2020 behind us.  Together with our customers, we faced 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.

    In addition, 2020 through everything bad 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!

    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.  (texting coming soon)
    Please be patient with us, we will get back to you as fast as possible.
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    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 look forward to be back on your lawn as soon as possible again in 2021.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer