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What is Integrated Pest Management or IPM?

What is Integrated Pest Management or IPM?

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 in order 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.

IPM Practitioners Always:

  • Focus their business 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
  • Educate, encourage, and solicit the assistance of the property owner in ensuring that optimum cultural practices are followed
  • Prepare all sites for proper application to ensure safety
  • Document any pesticides used and inform customers
  • Not apply any pesticides unnecessarily
  • Apply properly timed treatments to maximize effectiveness. Monitor and document pest populations to anticipate when a treatment will be needed
  • Not sell programs that are based on numerous pesticide applications
  • Utilize spot treatment methods for the control of weeds and insects. Blanket applications are only used if warranted
  • Support mandatory IPM certification for all employees
  • Maintain a log of observations on customer’s lawns in support of a provincial pest monitoring database
  • Offer a pesticide-free alternative to customers who choose not to use pesticides
  • Apply pesticides only to target areas
  • Implement buffer zones when necessary when treating adjacent to sensitive sites.

Green should mean more than the colour of your grass. It should be the philosophy of your lawn care specialist!

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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