Drought, grubs, floods to levy fees are raising homeowner concern
By Paul Fitzgerald
There is no one that can deny the crazy weather here in Mississauga, ON.
It’s gone from extreme heat, to cooler temps, to tonnes of wind and rain. One day it seems as though you can’t breathe, the next it’s too cool, and then rain storms bring massive flooding and power outages. This is not the predictable weather we’ve been accustomed to in Mississauga. Not much wonder this weather has been a number one discussion among residents.
Summer for many is a time to get out to the cottage, or relax and enjoy outdoor living at home. Thousands upon thousands of homeowners know all too well bad weather is no friend to outdoor living we enjoy – from hosting social events, to that lush vibrant lawn that’s grown to be a part of our lifestyle and curb appeal.
Brown lawns, bare spots and weeds have already become all too common since the cosmetic pesticide ban. This weather is now generating more worry. Drought, grub issues to floods have even reignited city councils call to levy homeowner’s a user-fee to pay for the cities ageing water infrastructure. Yes, ‘No lawn in Mississauga could cost you’ and homeowners are looking for new lawn care options to save time and money.
“Customers are calling and dropping in asking how they can have nice lawns despite the variances in weather from week to week,” states Kris Chiristoph, who operates the seasonal department at the Canadian Tire Store on Dixie & Dundas
“I am telling people that they need a grass seed that is deep rooted,” he says. “It can get water from below ground and this reduces water bills during hot temperatures. A deep rooted seed that (also spreads sideways helps turf stability) in cooler temps and with rain. (New plant growth means) grass is more dense - choking out weeds, grubs and other pests.”
Maribat Kristoball, who operates the seasonal department at the Canadian Tire Store Heartland Store on Marvis Road, adds,
“Customers are more conscious when it comes to buying grass seed. They are asking more questions and they want results so that they can have nice green lawns.”
These two Canadian Tire stores located in Mississauga are among 27 participating Canadian Tire’s in the GTA now carrying a grass seed that Christoph and Kristoball concur is likely to stand out among the rest of the pack.
It’s called RTF Water Saver Grass Seed, and is distributed out of Mississauga by RTF Water Saver Canada.
The RTF Water Saver grass seed variety and RTF Patch Plus lawn repair product offers 6-features that have already created a buzz, including as a featured Outdoor Seasonal product on The Shopping Channel.
For instance, Marion White, a homeowner who lives in the core of Mississauga says she’s been using the seed now for two years.
“I am using it religiously because it works and it does a great job,” she says. “I want a seed that is green and one that will save me money down the road. The seed is deep rooted, self-maintaining and insects and grubs hate it too.”
Julian Fernandez, who lives in the west end, says the seed is a perfect fit for the weather and with all the new environmental regulations. The no lawn costs more levy fee is just another reason to show support.
“Sure the talk is about the weather and ways in which we can have greener lawns,” she says. “Water bans and pesticide bans too are the new norm. So, I chose to stick with RTF as it provides fast results and saves me money in so many ways.”
Kris Chiristoph concludes, “What people want now is a deep rooted seed that works. While RTF is new to our store, I know it will catch on and grow here in town. RTF is proven to reduce water use and promotes energy conservation, as well it is self-repairing”