West Island Lawn Care: Lawn Mowing; Grass Cutting & Spring Cleanups 2017

 

Residential Spring Cleanups starting from $40(tax in. pricing)

Leaves & debris picked up blown/raked/mulched off of your yard, driveway and beds, dethatching; debris bagged and left curbside for city pickup.
Paper Bags included in price  
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Residential lawn care and yard maintenance service for yards big or small on the West Island of Montréal. On Call or On Contract.

Affordable rates (Prices include TAX):    

2017 season: Lawn Mowing/Grass Cutting (Includes edge trimming):  -
  • From $20 per visit (5-8days)
  • From $25 per visit (9-12days)
  • From $30 per visit (12-16days)
  • ***Prices are approximate pending quote
    and depend on rate of growth,
    size of lawn, obstacles, etc...
  • Corner Lots Starting from $30
  • General Yard Work
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What we do:
  • Mow your lawn when it actually needs it.
  • Cut your grass how you like it to the length you prefer.
  • Variable Season Length as required (Can't schedule mother nature...)
  • Flexible Friendly Service.

What we don't do: 
  • Force you into a contract.
  • Mow your lawn when it doesn't need it
  • Over Cut your grass

Services available:
  • Grass cutting /lawn mowing (On Call or On Contract)
  • edging (trimming grass around edges of lawn that a lawn mower can't reach) (included for lawn mowing clients)
  • spring / fall cleanup (raking and bagging leaves, thatch)
  • Overseeding (topdressing) existing lawn and re-seeding grass in areas affected by salt, winterkill, shade or excessive traffic
  • fertilizing, spreading topsoil and laying compost
  • trimming hedges, bushes and shrubs
Service Areas:
  • DDO (Dollard Des Ormeaux)
  • Roxboro
  • Pierrefonds
  • Ste. Genevieve
  • Pointe Claire
  • Dorval
  • Kirkland
  • Timberlea



What sets us apart:
  • Most lawn care companies will sign you into a contract for the season.  They'll probably require payment up front and will mow your lawn once a week or once every 10 days.
  • Many of them will over cut your grass (between 3/4 inches and 1 3/4 inches) so they don't have to come back as often.
  • They'll try to sell you expensive treatments for weeds, fertilizer and insects which may not actually do you any good.
  • We'll allow you to choose whether you want a contract or not.
  • You can pay by the visit, by the month or by the season.
  • If you want to mow your own lawn sometimes go ahead and call us when you're not able (on vacation, health reasons, etc...)
  • ou can decide for yourself when you want your lawn mowed and call us when you need us (within reason - see grass cutting guidelines below).
  • We'll do our best to fit your schedule, of course, regular customers with regular scheduled visits will get first priority.  Having your lawn mowed when you need it can save you up to $50 - $100 per season (depending on weather conditions).

Lawn Mowing FAQ

Mowing your grass is one of the most important things done in maintaining your lawn. Whether the lawn is fertilized, watered or sprayed for weeds/insects, good and consistent lawn mowing is essential if you want a high quality lawn. Keeping your grass mowed properly will ensure that your lawn has less weeds, better tolerance to dry weather and generally better quality than lawns that are not properly maintained.
Below is some general information that we use (and you can too) as guidelines for maintaining your lawn.

How Often should I Mow the lawn:

Your grass needs to be mowed often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade length is cut away during any one mowing. For example, if you wanted your Kentucky bluegrass mowed at 2 inches, the height should not be allowed to grow any higher than 3 inches before you mow it down to 2 inches. If only 1 inch is mowed, then 1/3 of the blade length is cut away and the 1/3 mowing rule has been followed. 

On the west Island of Montreal a well maintained lawn will require mowing every 5 days from about mid may to the end of June.  From July to the first week of August when the weather's dryer your lawn may only need mowing every 7-10 days. If it's a particularly dry summer your lawn may only need cutting every 2 weeks.  Towards the first week of September your lawn may begin to recover from the dryer weather and require a cutting every 7 days slowing to every 14 days into late September and October.  On average, over the course of a season you'll require a mowing roughly every 7 days which means that from mid May through mid October you'll probably mow your lawn about 20 times.

In the spring, due mainly to increased moisture, your grass will need to be cut more than once a week in order to maintain the 1/3 mowing rule. 

Proper mowing frequency is a key to mulching and a more natural, healthy lawn by returning the clippings which in turn act as fertilizer for the grass, maintain soil quality (less fertilizer), and hold in moisture.  
If long periods of wet weather prevent you from mowing and your grass gets too tall, adjust your mower to the highest setting and mow the lawn. Once the grass and clippings dry out then lower the height adjustment to the usual height and mow the grass again at a 90 degree angle to the direction you used last time. This method is often dubbed: "Double Cutting" or "Cross Cutting"

lawn mowing 1/3 rule grass removal

Should I bag the grass clippings?:

Grass clippings (mulch) contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Studies have been done that indicate when clippings are bagged and removed, 20 to 25 percent more fertilizer was necessary to maintain comparable color and quality as areas where clippings were left on the lawn. 
Despite what most people will tell you, grass clippings do not contribute to thatch problems if proper mowing practices are followed.
While some companies recycle grass clippings and sell the resultant compost back to you the following year, you can save a significant amount of money by using a mulching mower and letting the clippings naturally fertilize and maintain your lawn's soil quality. If you mow your grass on a regular basis there should be no visible amount of mulch on your lawn when you're done cutting. However, if your grass is long when you mow it, then a significant amount of grass mulch may be left on your lawn which, if left there, may smother and kill patches of your grass. It is best to rake or blow in the clippings or, if really heavy, rake it off before your lawn is damaged.

Can I mow my lawn when it's wet?

Your lawn should be mowed when it is dry. Wet grass is more difficult to cut and will clog your equipment.  As well wet grass clippings will clump together which, when left on the lawn, will create dead patches and promote mould growth.  If there are long periods of wet weather you shouldn't delay mowing for too long just because the grass is wet; however it can be left a little longer since, due to the increased moisture content of the soil, the grass will recover quickly if it has to be cut a little more than normal.

Is it ok to mow in the same direction every time?

The direction of mowing should be altered every one to two mowings. Mowing at right angles (90 degrees) to the previous direction will help prevent the grass from repeatedly being pushed in one direction and laying over, an important consideration at high mowing heights. Also if scalping areas of the lawn is a problem, the different mowing directions will help minimize continual scalping in any one area.

 

How low should I cut my grass:

How low you cut your grass is probably the most important part of mowing. Like other plants, turf grasses, make sugars through photosynthesis in their leaves which is how they develop into a high quality lawn. Turf grasses, if cut too low, have significantly less leaf area and can't sustain  the photosynthesis rates they need to keep the plant (both leaves and root system) healthy.

There is also a correlation between the height of your grass and the depth/mass of your lawn's root system.  Studies involving Kentucky bluegrass have shown that root growth was at least double when the grass was mowed at a 2.0 inch height verses a 3/4 of an inch. Generally speaking if your grass is cut too short it will have a shallow root system with significantly lower root mass. The consequences of a weak and shallow root system are:

  1. During dry periods lawns that are cut too short will turn yellow and fall dormant.
  2. Shallow roots are much more susceptible to damaged caused by insects like grubs.
  3. Shorter grass and shallow roots make it very easy for weeds to take a foothold in your lawn.

In both cases you're much more likely to see loss of grass plants and permanent lawn damage.  Keeping your grass cut at a higher, more reasonable height, during the dryer summer months will keep the soil cooler which will keep in the moisture and help maintain a healthy looking lawn.

Below is a table containing recommended  mowing heights of various types of grasses:

  Mowing Heights During
Turfgrass Species Spring and Fall Summer Dry Weather Periods
Kentucky bluegrass 2.0 - 2.5 2.5 - 3.0
Perennial ryegrass 2.0 - 2.5 2.5 - 3.0
Fine Fescues 2.0 - 2.5 2.5 - 3.0
Tall Fescue 2.5 - 3.0 2.5 - 3.0

 

Grass Root Sytem Long & Short

How often and how low should I mow my lawn in the fall:

In the fall, you should continue to mow your lawn as long as the grass is growing. If your desired height is 2.5 inches, your can lower the cutting height to 2.0 inches during the last 1 to 2 mowings of the season. Cutting the grass a little lower heading into winter is OK if your lawn is in an area that has outbreaks of winter diseases.


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