Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management – Code Of Practice

IPM accredited companies and organizations will:

Agree to follow the IPM Code of Practice.

Focus their businesses on the promotion and implementation of cultural practices such as using optimum soil depth and quality, suitable turf varieties, over-seeding, proper mowing heights, watering, fertilizing, aeration and de-thatching as components for maintaining healthy lawns and preventing pest problems.

Encourage, educate and solicit the assistance of the property owner/manager in ensuring that optimum cultural practices are followed.

Monitor customers’ lawns for pest infestation at regular intervals, maintain a log of observations and provide the collected monitoring data in support of a province-wide monitoring network and database. This information will be relayed to a provincial monitoring database every two weeks from March to November.

Support the principles of Integrated Pest Management as defined by Health Canada: Integrated Pest Management or IPM “is a decision-making process that uses all necessary techniques to suppress pests effectively, economically and in an environmentally sound manner to sustain healthy landscapes.”

The elements of IPM include:

  • Identifying potential pest organisms
  • Monitoring pest and beneficial organism populations, pest damage, and environmental conditions
  • Managing ecosystems to prevent organisms from becoming pests
  • Managing pest populations using strategies that combine biological, cultural, mechanical, behavioural, and when necessary, chemical control

Support mandatory IPM re-certification for all licensed employees.

Document pesticide reduction and pesticide alternative strategies through IPM and agree to monitor and keep records of pesticide use (active ingredient per square metre) for audit purposes.

Offer a pesticide-free alternative to customers who choose not to use pesticides.

Not apply pesticides unnecessarily.

Not sell programs that are based on numerous pesticide applications, but rather encourage programs based on IPM-PHC.

Use pesticides only after rigorous examination (monitoring) and diagnosing, and in combination with additional horticultural measures.

Prepare all sites for proper application; i.e. remove items from the lawn, etc.

Apply treatments that are properly timed to maximize effectiveness. Preventative treatments are discouraged and will only be used based on pest history as locally monitored. A province-wide monitoring system will also be utilized.

Utilize spot treatments for the control of weeds and insects. Blanket applications are only used if warranted.

Implement an effective staff training and safety procedure.

Apply pesticides only to target areas.

Implement buffer zones (where necessary) when making applications adjacent to sensitive sites.

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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 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.
    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 look forward to be back on your lawn as soon as possible again in 2021.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer