In-Between Visits TIPS: How you can help keep your lawn beautiful and healthy!

In-Between Visits TIPS: How you can help keep your Toronto lawn looking great!

beautiful lawn tipsThe most important SECRET to a beautiful lawn, next to our LawnSavers Premium blended Nutrient Fertilizers, Regular Aeration & Overseeding, is proper maintenance!  With increasing regulation surrounding the types of products that can be used on lawns, a homeowner needs to know that they can still have a beautiful green & healthy lawn, but they may have to accept a few minor imperfections, and the odd weed or two.

The key to proper maintenance and achieving a well-balanced, healthy lawn, is knowing how to water and mow your lawn CONSISTENTLY!  This is what gives you a thick and sustainable lawn without the need for chemicals.

Watering your lawn!

  • Be sure to water for 1.5-2 hours once a week on each part of your lawn. Watering every day can cause more harm than good as roots are not encouraged to grow more deeply in the soil, and air is prevented from reaching the root zone.
  • Watering should ideally be done in the morning before 10 a.m. Evenings are second best before 6 or 7 p.m. NEVER water during the day, it wastes water through evaporation and can stress the lawn. (TIP: Ask us about the next best thing to our in-ground irrigation systems)
  • Once we have applied our special formulation of premium slow-release organic-based granular lawn fertilizer, please water your lawn. This is essential for quicker green up.
  • For optimum results water your lawn immediately following a corn gluten crabgrass management application and then make sure it dries for 2 days.
  • For Nematode Grub Management, it is best to keep your lawn moist ahead of time, water them in immediately after application and keep the lawn moist for at least 2 weeks after application.  This allows the Nematodes to ‘swim’ through the soil seeking out grubs to infect and kill.
  • During a drought, you need to water consistently or not water at all. Regular watering will prevent the lawn from going into dormancy. However, inconsistent water will further stress your lawn. Don’t leave your lawn unwatered for more than 20 consecutive days or you will suffer turf loss.
  • Limit activity on a dry lawn to minimize further damage. Try the FOOTPRINT test: If you step on your lawn and your footprint does not spring back immediately, then your lawn is too dry. watering your lawn tips good lawn care lawnsavers
  • Before & After our Nematode Grub Control application, it is essential to water your lawn deeply both before and after (within the earliest time frame possible) so that the organisms can swim down into the root zone where grub activity takes place. Nematodes require lots of water. Water every couple of days to ensure the viability of the Nematode population.

Mowing your lawn!

  • Mow your lawn every 5-7 days. You should never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade off at any time to avoid shocking the grass plant. Keep your lawn around 2.5”-3” long. This will help crowd out weeds. Return clippings to the lawn in order to nutrients to your soil.  See this article to see how short you should cut your grass before winter.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp. (Sharpen your home mower blade at least twice a year for best results)
  • Mow only when the grass is dry in order to avoid ripping grass blades, slipping and falling, and clumping of grass.
  • Ideally, do not cut your lawn for at least 24 hours after our Fiesta® weed control, or surface insect control is applied in order to maximize effectiveness.
  • Keep grass longer during the heat of summer to protect the roots and retain moisture. (minimum 3 inches)

Newly Sodded Lawns

If your lawn has just been sodded, this is a crucial time to follow some important rules in order to establish a thick, deep-rooted, and more drought and pest resistant lawn for the future!

The most important thing you can do is water frequently and stay off the lawn! (for newly sodded or seeded lawns)

  • Water every morning and night for the first two weeks in order to prevent the sod from drying out and to create a moist environment for the sod to start its growth process. Water for at least 1 hour in each area during this time.
  • Limit traffic on the lawn to reduce a “bumpy feeling” later. The soil underneath will be very soft during this time.   NEVER roll your lawn! Lawn rolling kills lawns. the only rolling that should ever be done is by sod layers, however, their roller is lightweight and meant only to eliminate air pockets on freshly laid sod in order to prevent drying of the sod.
  • Cut back water after 1-2 weeks to once a day for at least 1 hour in each area.
  • After 2 weeks cut back watering to every second day but increase the quantity to 1.5-2 hours in each area.
  • Cut the lawn on your highest mower setting for the first few mowings and try to let the lawn dry out for a day or two before mowing to reduce “impressions” in the soil from the weight of the lawnmower and foot traffic.
  • Continue proper watering and mowing as outlined in the procedures for an established lawn above.
  • Begin fertilizing with LawnSavers ‘specially formulated fertilizer for new lawns’ after one month!
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  • Managing within ever-changing Covid Restrictions -Covid Update: (updated 01/01/22)

    Hi Everyone, 

    LawnSavers managed to persevere through this last pandemic year with the loyal partnership of our clients, and we are extremely grateful to our loyal customers.

    We are still able and authorized to service lawns and perform pest control services in all our GTA service areas as an essential service.

    Our office remains open in addition to some remote staff.   Please note with many people 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 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 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.

    2020-21 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 compliments!)
    • 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 honesty are 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 31 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