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Install them at the end of your downspouts to collect natural rainwater. Plants prefer natural warm rain water over treated city water.
Control the insect population by installing bird houses or bat boxes to curb the amount of unwanted flying insects around your property. Unscented dish soap mixed in a water spray bottle is an excellent natural pesticidal plant spray to reduce unwanted soft bodied insects.
2 inches of mulch naturally retains moisture, offers a neat appearance and greatly reduces the amount of weeding. Keep mulch a couple of inches away from the base of trees. Freshen your mulch with a quick cultivation once or twice a year. There are several varieties available, from Cedar to Cocoa bean, Wood Chips, Bark etc. do NOT use dyed wood mulch, it can cause problems if they are chemical based dyes that leach and injure sensitive root systems.
Use leaves grass clippings and garden debris in your compost pile. Good Compost adds excellent organic matter into your soil and improves drainage and air circulation in claysoil. In sandy soil it will improve water retention and texture. Ensure your compost is “finished” which means that during natural processing it has reached a temperature internally that renders the weed seeds within it, useless. Beware of artificially heated products that may kill the weed seeds, but also kill the beneficial organisms that make it useful.
Sharp mower blades, pruning shears and secateurs all require regular sharpening in order to make clean cuts that reduce disease and keep plants healthier. Check at least twice a year and sharpen your mowing and gardening tools according to manufacturers directions.
A MESSAGE REGARDING OUR SERVICE and COVID-19:
LawnSavers by nature employs strict safety guidelines in the use of our nutrients, soil-enhancing minerals, weed and pest controls and application procedures at all times.
The province of Ontario in addition to many provinces and states have designated Pest Control Exterminators as ‘essential services’. (we dont take this responsibility lightly)
Our Professional, Ontario-licenced Service Technicians work alone in their own assigned, sanitized-daily service vehicles. Our service treatments are outside which means we are not in contact with the general public or others during our daily duties as part of our standard operating procedures.
Our professional and uniformed staff wear protective safety equipment including gloves and eye protection, and keep our selves and our vehicles clean and sanitized as regular daily safety measures. As always, LawnSavers provides your service information/invoice after each visit to our clients through email to reduce paper and also contact.
Our service normally includes knocking on doors before service as a courtesy to let our clients know we are on your property and to discuss specific client needs. However, this contact method will be suspended indefinitely during this time. We will still advise you the day before service by email, and we will also send email reports right after each visit with customized notes and directions (as always). If you would like to talk about service, a friendly Customer Success Representative is just a phone call away.
Spring turf and tree growth won’t wait, and weeds and insect pests don’t either! It is important for us to continue timely treatments to promote a thick green and healthy lawn that can fight off pests proactively during the season so you can enjoy your home and outdoor environment.