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Every summer, lawn mowers get their share of abuse from grass cutting.

In order for your mower to be effective, it needs to be in tip top shape. Gas powered lawn mowers need more servicing than electric mowers, but your electric mower still needs some basic, yet beneficial maintenance at the end of the season. The most important thing you can do is read the owners manual. Different mowers have different needs, so it’s up to you to take that booklet out of the plastic and give it a once over.

After our grass cutting season ends, we perform the following tasks to ensure our mowers are ready for the upcoming spring:

  1. Clean out the undercarriage. The undercarriage is the housing where the blade is contained. This will be easy to find as it will be caked in grass clippings. You should actually do this several times throughout the season. Check it periodically and use an old plastic hair brush to scrape off the dried clippings. When cleaning an electric mower do not use a hose or a pressure washer. Water can get inside the motors and cause corrosion.
  2. Use a lubricant like WD-40 on the wheels. Most wheels are made of plastic, but the axle is metal and the bracket inside the wheel is also metal. You don’t need to overdue it, just a gentle squirt on each of the four wheels.
  3. Check all bolts and fasteners. Grass cutting causes a lot of vibrations. These vibrations can sometimes cause screws, fasteners or bolts to come loose. Use the appropriate tool and tighten everything.
  4. Sharpen the blade. You will need to remove the blade from the mowers. A bench grinder gives the best edge, but there is also a special hand tool designed for sharpening lawn mower blades. Once the blade is sharpened, give it a thin coat of WD-40 to prevent any rust from forming. Put the blade back on the mower, and you will be reading for grass cutting in the spring.
  5. Blow out the battery compartments, vents and motors. Use a blower or an air compressor and blow out any dust or debris from all the nooks and crannies. Grass cutting clippings can sneak their way into tight spots; it’s a good idea to blast them out if possible.

Maintaining the electric mowers batteries.

Maintaining the batteries is a very important part of maintaining your electric mower. Without the battery, you don’t have a functional mower for your grass cutting in the spring.

  1. Inspect the battery before storing. Check the hosing of the battery for any cracks or problems in the housing. Batteries are covered under the warranty, if there is a problem; it’s a good idea to discover it, before the warranty runs out.
  2. Keep them warm. Do not store batteries in your garage or anywhere outdoors, if you live in a climate that consistently drops below freezing. This will ruin your battery very quickly. Keep them indoors if possible. A garage is fine, if you live in a climate unlike Northern Canada, where the grass cutting season only lasts six months out of the year.
  3. Store the batteries fully charged. Lithium Ion batteries are designed to be charged and discharged to a certain lever, for the purpose of protecting the integrity of the batteries functionality. Before storing for the off-season, fully charge the batteries and check them every six weeks. Most batteries have a power lever indicator, if the battery power level drops, charge it back up.

Follow these tips for maintaining your electric mower. When grass cutting season rolls around in the spring, you’ll have one foot out the door.

For those of you that like the idea of electric mowers, but don’t feel like cutting your own grass, contact Kick Gas Lawn Care for your grass cutting needs.

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You finally decide to hire a Mississauga lawn care company after months of debating with your partner, and today is the day you get to come home from work to see your professionally manicured lawn. When you pull into the driveway you notice a scrape, about two inches thick, running the length of your driveway. As you get out to inspect the scrape, you notice most of the lawn is not mowed and there’s a hole straight through your viburnum bush suspiciously the size of a lawnmower.

After calling the company you learn that your lawn isn’t finished because one of their guys tripped on a divot in your lawn, breaking his ankle and losing control of the mower which rolled right through your viburnums; the scratch on the driveway is from their trailer pulling out as they rushed him to the ER.

Want to know the best part? They’re asking for the name of the homeowner’s insurance agent so they can file a claim to pay for his ER bill.

You might be thinking, ‘this would never happen to me,’ but these things can and do happen — if you choose a Mississauga grass cutting company without insurance. There’s more to hiring than just the price tag.

When a lawn care company is fully insured, it means they have insurance coverage to protect themselves and their workers from any accident that happens on the job. There are three different types of insurance coverage you should check for before hiring any potential Mississauga lawn care company, or contractor.

The first is workers compensation. This type of insurance coverage provides support to pay for the medical bills of workers, and provides wage replacement if they can’t go back to work right away. The second type is general liability. The name kind of gives this one away, but it specifically relates to protection against any property damage caused by the company. The third is called commercial auto insurance. This one will protect the company and the homeowner by covering damages caused by company vehicles.

If the company from the scenario above had all three types of coverage the homeowner would not be put into the stressful situation of involving their own insurance.

Hiring an insured company does more than protect your wallet. It also tells a lot about the owners of the company. An owner, who pays to be insured, is an owner who cares about their employees, and one who doesn’t cut corners to save money. It shows that they are willing to invest in their employees and their company because they plan on being around to serve you longer, and better.

This kind of service builds trusting relationships between everyone involved, and makes the company more productive because the employees feel protected at work.

When choosing a Mississauga lawn care or grass cutting service you should ask the following questions before hiring:

  1. Is the company licensed?
  2. Can they provide proof of their general liability insurance?
  3. Do they carry workers’ compensation insurance?
  4. Will they be hiring subcontractors for the work on your lawn?
  5. Do they have commercial auto insurance?

By asking these five questions you can save your self from the headache of unexpected costs, and actively promote the safety of employees on job sites.

You can also determine if a company is worth hiring by doing research online and reading reviews. When doing so, it is important to take any advice with a grain of salt because everyone has different expectations. While you might not mind if workers use your shaded porch to eat their lunch, others might find this disrespectful. That being said, when a company has the approval of the greater majority of customers it is probably safe to hire them. Sites that use star grading systems make it easier to have a better understanding of the majority opinion.

A lot of Mississauga lawn care companies operating today are on social media. If the company you’re considering has a strong social media presence it is incredibly easy to see the quality of work they do. So, look up contending companies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to compare their work!

Social media is also a great way to understand the voice and priorities of any Mississauga lawn care company.  After reading a few posts you can ask yourself; do their social views a line with mine? Are they professional? Would I want to associate myself with their image? If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track.

If you’re still unsure, you can always take a look on the Better Business Bureau. Their site is a one-stop shop to find reviews, complaints and see their overall grading based on a set of criteria. Businesses are graded a letter from A+ to F along with the reasons for their grading, the grading criteria, and an overview. You can also request a quote from the Mississauga grass cutting company directly on the site.

Remember that no precaution is too cautious when it comes to hiring a Mississauga lawn care company. Do your research, and hire someone with insurance.

Posted in General by Demian Trudeau on August 30, 2016

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As the hot summer sun shines down on our lawns this month it’s hard to forget that soon enough your green lawn will be covered in the red and yellow leaves of fall. To make sure your lawn looks this good next year it’s important to get a head start on your fall clean up. Here are 10 Life Hacks to get you through this fall in Mississauga.


If you’re using a metal rake, you understand the pain of having leaves clog up the bristles.

Instead of stopping your flow to take the leaves off, flip your rake over and drag it on the ground. Think; flip, drag, and go.


Try raking your leaves onto an old tarp and then dragging the tarp (covered in leaves) to wherever your compostable bag is.

This method beats trying to carry the heavy leaf bag around your yard. The city of Mississauga offers vacuuming services for residents who use this method, no bagging required.


If you don’t have any tarps available, you can use an old recycling bins to transfer more leaves into the bags.

Using one hand to rake and the other to hold the bin, rake leaves into the bin and trap them with the bristles of the rake. Transfer the load into the bag.


Keeping the compostable bag open can be tricky.

This fall, grab a box from your local Mississauga grocery store and use the flaps on one side as a funnel to direct the leaves in the bag.


If you’re the homeowner with the largest yard on the block, it helps to know you can rent a powerful blower from your local hardware store to help out with the big fall clean up before winter.


Do you have a hard time reaching your gutters with a leaf blower?

Worry no more. By attaching a flexible drain spout onto the end of your leaf blower you’ll be able to reach those hard places.


If you have some extra time, and want to use less compostable bags, use a rotary mower to grind up the leaves before bagging them.

Make sure the blades of the mower are sharpened before starting. This tip is also helpful for those who compost leaves on their own.


Leaf collector attachments for riding lawn mowers can be expensive but YouTuber, Brothgar has made one himself and shows you how to do the same in his video.


Leaves on decks can be annoying to sweep up week after week.

To avoid sweeping, grab a portable floor fan and use it to blow the leaves off your deck.


Before putting your tools away for the winter clean any blades with vegetable oil and handles with sand paper.

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Not everyone can say they have a green thumb. Most people are lucky to know someone who can simply navigate their way around a garden, let alone the garden shed. Green thumb, or not, garden maintenance doesn’t have to be as hard as you think – or as expensive.

To achieve a garden worthy of landscaping awards there are a few key words you need to understand: weeding, edging, mulching, cultivating soil, spacing and sizing. If these words sound like nonsense, keep reading! We’re here to break them down and relieve your garden-maintenance stress, on a budget.


It all starts with weeding. If not the most tedious, it is the most important. There are two main ways to weed, by hand or with pesticides. By law in Mississauga — and Ontario at large — you can only use bio-pesticides and some low-risk pesticides for cosmetic purposes on your lawn and garden. Bio-pesticides eliminate unwanted pests using animals, plants and even some minerals. Canola oil and baking soda are examples of bio-pesticides that might be lying around your home. Low-risk pesticides pose little risk to the health of the user and the environment they’re being used in; they are also less likely to harm non-targeted organisms.

To avoid the hassle of checking which pesticides abide by the law, reach for a tool instead. There are a number of tools that can be used for weeding, the most basic being a garden hoe. For those pesky small weeds, a pointy Dutch hoe will do the trick. But for large weeds you’ll need an old English hoe. When deciding which tool is right for you remember two key words: length and weight. You want a tool with a handle long enough to touch the ground without you needing to bend over, and light enough for you to lift up repeatedly without straining yourself.

The biggest and most common garden maintenance mistake is digging around and under the targeted weed. Doing this will spread the seed, only making your problem worse. Simply drag the hoe on the ground moving the soil on top to pulling the weed out. It is best to do your weeding on a sunny, dry day — and this isn’t because these days are more enjoyable than rainy ones – it is to avoid having to pick up weeds after pulling them out of the ground. On sunny, dry days the heat from the sun will dry out the seed of the weed and prevent it from growing back.


Edging creates a barrier between flowerbeds and grass areas and prevents grass from growing in and consuming the garden. Some people use plastic barriers bought at garden maintenance stores in Mississauga, but over time those need replacing. This year instead of replacing them, buy a step-edging tool.

A step edger uses your body weight to cut a clean line between grass and a path, or flower bed. The sharp edge forms a semi-circle that is attached to a long handle. By stepping on the blade you push the tool into the grass with a slight right to left motion. Once removed, you have created air space that will prevent grass roots from growing in. By moving the grass, you lifted with the edger you’ll have a shallow trench between the grass and your bed. When laying new soil or mulch, make sure the trench remains by spreading it thinly and pushing it down with a shovel.

For the most aesthetically pleasing look, use a garden hose to outline where you want your flowerbed to come out to. By using a rock on each end to hold it in place, you can follow along the hose with your edger to create the perfect bed line. This tip is especially helpful if your flowerbed is interrupted by a walk way or path. Using the garden hose will ensure that the bed line flows over the path without being interrupted, looking even.


If you just finished edging a flowerbed and decided to make it a little bigger than last year, you should consider mulching the new area to help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing in. This step will save you time from both watering and weeding. There are seven different types of mulch to choose from, each with their own benefits for different plants and gardens. Try to keep mulch around two or three inches thick. Too little much wont stop weed growth and too much mulch will prevent water from getting to the plants roots.

Bark being the most common, can be bought either shredded or clipped and in the colour of your choice. While the colour is there for looks, this type of mulch is best used around trees, shrubs and garden beds where you won’t be doing a lot of digging in the near future (this type of mulch can be hard to move around). Compost and compost manure is another type of mulch that can be used just about anywhere, but is most effective at the beginning of the planting season to give plants a boost of nutrients.

If you’re really trying to get rid of weeds in the remote areas of the garden grass clipping mulch is best suited for the job. However, use this method carefully because it can compress making it hard for water to pass through, and tends to smell. If this method doesn’t appeal to you, but weeds are still a major issue, newspaper mulch might be the answer. Create a layer of 4-8 sheets of moist newspaper across the area and top it with one to three inches of another organic mulch. This method is also good a smothering grass to quickly start a new flowerbed, but users should be aware that not all newspapers use organic inks.

Shredded leaves are known as nature’s favourite mulch — and not because they’re completely free – because it attracts worms like crazy! This type of mulch is ideal for wetland gardens, or for vegetable gardens in the fall to prepare for winter. The downfall of this method is that it probably won’t look as good as some of the other methods. Straw and salt hay mulch is also not a winner for it’s aesthetic appeal, but it works well on vegetable gardens to prevent soil born diseases and to eliminate mud. Unlike bark mulch, these hays can be raked easily to make room for new plants.

Cultivating Soil

If you were stumped by the phrase, “cultivating soil” you can breathe easy, and laugh a little because this is just another way of saying digging, or loosening-up soil. As simple as it sounds it’s a very important step to ensure the weathered soil sitting on top gets broken down and mixed with the soft soil underneath. This allows air, nutrients and water to penetrate deep into the soil.

This step is usually done right before planting to optimise plant survival. If you’re starting a new garden from scratch, you’ll want to remove any turf, weeds or debris before starting. If you just wanted to loosen and enrich the soil from last year you should still remove any weeds or debris, including rocks and stones.

You’ll need a shovel and a garden fork. Using the shovel, mark a line around the area you’ll be cultivating. Dig in the shovel as far as it will go and lift up the soil and dumping it in a pile outside the desired area. Once you’ve dug out the area, use your fork to turn the soul and loosen it further. Using a shovel sprinkle organic compost onto the turned soil to enrich the soil. Finally fill the area with the soil that was initially removed. For those who have a large vegetable garden, it may be worth it to invest in a motorized tilling machine that will break up the soil making it easier to get started. Keep in mind, you would still need a fork to work in compost and break up any remaining large chunks.

Once your garden is established you can lightly cultivate the surface of the soil using a pronged, long handled cultivation tool. This will help control weeds by lifting the roots to the surface to dry out. Use the prongs to dig underneath the roots and lift the weed out of the ground. Anyone can do this with a little practice. Doing this once a week can save you a lot of time bending down to pull weeds by hand.

Spacing and Sizing

When buying plants, you’ll notice a spacing guide on most plant tags, telling you how much room to leave between each plant. Although this number is a good rule of thumb, it doesn’t always have to be followed. With most plants you can go up to three inches closer than directed. But remember to always stay at least six inches from the edge of your flowerbed. Taller plants should always be placed on the North side of the garden to prevent shading, and shorter plants on the South, respectively. If you have more than one of the same plant, try to plant them together because they will support each other during the season.

It’s always helpful to make a diagram of your garden on grid paper before you start. Doing this will help plan how many flowers you need, where they will fit and how they will look all together. To start your garden bed, you’ll need rich soil and to achieve that, you’ll need to cultivate the soil in your garden (see above), whether it’s in a raised bed or on the ground. Once you have your soil, you can go ahead with the planting. To avoid any hassles, make small markings in the soil showing where you want your flowers to be before you start digging with your trowel. When they’re all in the ground don’t forget to give everything a generous watering. To add some flair to your Mississauga garden maintenance buy yourself a funky watering can or better yet, style one yourself.

Having a full garden with large plants will help prevent weeds from taking over your garden. They will block out the sun and use up water and nutrients from the soil. Hostas are a great option to fill in your gardens. Their giant leaves shade the surface of the soil and they get larger every season.

Pruning and Transplanting

As your plants start to grow they will need pruning and transplanting. Different plants need to be pruned at different times of the season and learning when exactly to prune takes experience and practice, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes in this area. Get yourself a good book on common garden plants and how to care for them. The actual pruning isn’t the hard part, knowing when to prune is the key. Some plants require regular pruning while others require spring and/or fall pruning. Once you start pruning you will remember what needs pruning and when. Before you know it, you’ll be a pruning wizard.

Pruning keeps plants healthy by triggering new growth, removing dead growth and controlling plant size. When garden plants get too big, they encroach on each other and compete for resources. Proper pruning of flowering plants can create more blooms, which leads into our final topic “Enjoying Your Flowers.”

Transplanting is the process of splitting or dividing your plants and relocating when they get too big, or too plentiful. When plants encroach on each other and pruning is no longer an option, you may need to dig the plant up, split it and relocate some of it to another area in the garden. Some plants like hostas create new divisions each year and grow larger and larger. When they become too large they can block out the sun from neighboring plants and kill them. To split them, remove a section of the roots with a sharp spade. Dig a hole where you want the new section planted and water well. Place the new section in the hole and cover with soil. It’s that simple.

Different plants require different methods of transplanting, so it is a good idea to do some research. Some plants are more hardy and can be split anytime in the season, while others may need to be split in the spring or fall.

Enjoying Your Flowers

Have you ever heard the saying, “have your cake and eat it too?” Well then you probably never thought it could be possible. Think again, but this time with flowers. Most of us don’t want to trim the beautiful flowers from our gardens because of the hard work we’ve put into to having them there – even if it means seeing those same flowers on the kitchen table. But, by choosing the right flowers, and a specific spot for them, you can admire your flowers blooming in the garden AND on the table. This will also save you from spending money on bouquets at the super market.

When choosing the right flowers for cutting aim for ones with long stems (like daisies) for easier cutting and arranging, and choose flowers with a variety of blooming times (early, mid and late summer) to ensure you have some for the whole season. When it comes to choosing a spot in your garden remember that most cutting flowers prefer lots of sun, so the area in your yard that has sun for most of the day is ideal.

If your soil is sandy, swampy or rocky, you’ll need to build a raised soil bed for the best results. If not, remove and grass from your desired area and cover it with eight to 10 inches of soil. To better the soil use a spading fork to mix four to six inches of organic material into the area. Just before you plant add fertilizer to the soil.

When planting, remember you’re going to need space between each flower so plant in rows, like crops. Place tall plants at the back of the garden to ensure they don’t shadow the shorter ones. Lastly, group the flowers based on their watering needs to make your Mississauga garden maintenance easier.

Whatever project you decide to take on in your garden, remember to always clean your tools. After each use, remove any remaining soil. Dipping tools in a bucket of sand is an easy and efficient way to do this, and don’t forget to apply oil before storing them to prevent rust. Remember, a sharp, and clean set will get the job done faster and last longer.

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It’s 6 o’clock on a Wednesday night and you’ve been putting off cutting the grass for two weeks.

While most of us see pulling out the lawn mower and pushing it around for an hour a chore, there are a select few suburbanites who have a different opinion. These proactive, and oddly creative people see their over-grown lawn as a canvas of sorts, one they can mow a picture on to.

This new and exciting form of mowing has some people mowing crop circles on their lawns, and others re-creating the plaid-like stripes of major league baseball fields. While the more out going, are mowing figures of their favorite celebrity for their next party. What ever their reason for stepping outside the box, it sure looks good from above.

Before the invention of the mechanical lawn mower, by Edwin Bear Budding in 1830, having a well-kept lawn was only possible for the extremely wealthy who could afford not to use the land for more profitable purposes, such as agriculture. Today, nearly everyone who chooses to settle down outside of the city has their own lawn to maintain. But the sense of status associated with having a lush and kept lawn has stayed with us, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

As mentioned above there are three different routes to take on the path of artistry mowing. The first, crop circles, reminiscent of the movie, Signs, can be easily achieved with a sturdy tree, some rope and a karabiner. Want to know the best part? You can sit back and drink a cold one while your new contraption does all of the work for you. Here’s how:

  1. Find a tree near the centre of your preferred mowing area, or create a sturdy pole out of PVC pipe yourself and secure in the middle of the yard.
  2. Using pre-measured rope, tie a knot around the tree/pole and fasten the karabiner to the other end of the rope.
  3. Stretch the rope out as far as it will go, and fasten the karabiner to the lawn mower.
  4. By using an elastic band to keep the motor going, set the mower on its path to mow circles around the tree/pole in the center.

This next method requires a little more handy work, but it will definitely have your neighbours asking exactly how you did it. Striping, like the seemingly perfect grid on the fields in major league baseball – or at least the good ones — is not as hard as it looks. Here’s how.

For simple stripes:

  1. Mow the perimeter of your lawn. This area is where you will be making your turns. Sidewalks or driveways are ideal for making turns.
  2. Pick a direction (North/South/East/West) and mow in it. Turn around and mow in the opposite direction, repeating this action until you’ve covered the lawn.
  3. Go over the perimeter to clean up any irregularities.

For a checkerboard:

  1. Mow the perimeter.
  2. Make your rows by mowing in opposing directions.
  3. Mow in the opposite direction of your existing rows. If you went North/South first, go West/East, or vice versa.
  4. Go over the perimeter again.

Some people think this method requires cutting with levelled cutting blades, but the dark and light effect is actually achieved by the reflection of light off of the bent grass. When the grass is bent away from you it appears to be a lighter shade of green, and when the grass is bent towards you it looks darker.

If you’re not interested in buying a professional lawn striper here’s how to make your own using a few materials lying around the garage.

Our final form of lawn art is the most time-consuming, but it has the best final product, one that your guests will be awing over. By letting your grass grow for about 10 days you should be left with a thick canvas to play with. From here you can let your imagination take flight. Some prefer to stencil out their design while others go completely free hand. We suspect that this to be a weekend project, so choose a weekend where you’re in need of some serious stress relief. You’ll need:

  1. An edging trimmer
  2. Long-handle shears
  3. Cordless hedge-trimmer
  4. Leaf blower

Whatever lawn project you choose to tackle next Wednesday night at 6 o’clock, remember to have a little fun and be creative. Mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be a chore.

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What is emission free lawn care?

Emission free lawn care is the practice of maintaining a green space without using methods that create pollution. There is more to it than reducing emissions. Sustainability and organics go hand in hand with emission free techniques. As a whole, the main goals are to reduce emissions from burning gas and oil, reduce water and soil pollution from chemicals and gas spills and reduce noise pollution. This movement has been in existence for only a little more than a decade, but has been increasing in popularity. As technology improves, this movement will grow and set a new standard for lawn care.

Who can benefit from Emission Free Lawn Care?

Besides the obvious environmental impacts, there are many people, or organizations that can directly benefit by choosing an Emission Free Lawn Care Provider.

Families with young children. Gas powered equipment is noisy. Parents who have young children that are napping in the afternoons would love the quieter equipment. All parents know how important that afternoon nap is.

  • People who work from home would greatly appreciate equipment that does not cause excessive noise pollution. You can work from home with your windows open.
  • Elderly people or children with breathing difficulties. Emission Free Lawn Care methods create a safe breathing environment. No gas fumes or emissions equal cleaner air.
  • Seniors homes and day cares. Both places are ideal candidates for emission free lawn care practices for numerous, obvious reason.
  • Businesses or organizations with a green business model. Having a gas consuming lawn care company taking care of your green space creates a certain image. The same goes with an emission free company. Businesses and organizations with green business models should improve their image and stay true to their beliefs.

What’s in the future for emission free lawn care?

The future for this movement looks very bright. The key will be improvements in battery technology. Lithium is in short supply and is very expensive. The next step will be sodium batteries. Sodium makes up 2.9% of the earths crust, so it’s readily available, which would bring down costs. More importantly, it’s safer and cleaner than lithium. With advancements in batteries and brush-less motors, emission free lawn care will soon surpass traditional methods. The only reason gas powered lawn care methods are still #1 is because of the upfront cost of the equipment. A gas powered mower has approximately a 15-20% efficiency rating, while battery electric is closer to 80-85%. A gas powered engine loses a lot off energy, as a result of its design. Brush-less motors are far more efficient. Watch out for brush-less motor and sodium battery combination! They will make lawn care history.

Thanks for reading.
Kick Gas Law Care

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When grass cutting season arrives, electric lawn mower manufactures flood the market with advertising.

Every spring, hardware stores have the shelves stocked with new models trying to get into this competitive market. They all use their advertising techniques that make it difficult to distinguish between what’s stated and what the reality is. The reality is, unless a consumer can get a recommendation from someone who has used a certain product, you’re basically going in blind and hoping for the best. We have tested several brands, and will sum them up at the end of this article.

Selling features

Electric lawn mower manufactures basically use the same selling points: Battery volts, Battery amperage hours, cutting width and brushless motors. Let’s go over some of these selling points and discuss why they are important.

Battery volts: This is a topic that really gets me going. Every year, companies come out with a new product and advertise “more volts!!” Over the years we’ve gone from 18v-80v. To sum it up, volts are an electrical measure of energy potential. Huh..? This basically means how much power it has. This is not the most important factor. 80v of power for a lawn mower is overkill. Big time.

Battery Amp Hours: As a consumer this is the stat you should be most concerned about. This is how long a battery can deliver a charge before it kicks the bucket. You can have 80 volts of awesome power, but if the battery dies in 20 minutes, it’s useless. A consumer is better off having a 36v/4.0 amp hour battery over an 80v/4.0 amp hour battery. Especially if you have a larger property; if your lawn is made out or iron, you might want to go with the 80v. Longevity is more important than power for grass cutting.

Cutting Width: Cutting width is the length of the blade(s) and how much is cut off in a pass. A lawn mower with an 18 inch blade cuts 18 inches. Easy enough to understand.

Brushless Motor: Brushless DC motors are the new standard in electric lawn care equipment, because of their efficient design. They are more reliable and have fewer parts that can wear out or break.


Now that you know these facts, let’s get to the good stuff. When buying lithium ion battery equipment, it’s important to consider the warranty. We have chosen what we feel are the top three brands, as we have experience with all of them.

Echo: ECHO tools, batteries and chargers are covered by a 5 year consumer warranty, 2 year commercial warranty and a 90 day money back guarantee.

Greenworks: Greenworks offers a 4 year warranty on products and two years on the batteries. From what we can tell, they do not honour the warranty for products used for commercial purposes.

Ego: 5 year limited warranty on outdoor power equipment and 3 year limited warranty on EGO Power+ System battery packs and chargers. The warranty period for any EGO product or part used for industrial, professional or commercial purpose is one year.

Product Specifications


Voltage: 58V
Battery: 4 Amp Hour
Recharge Time: 1 Hour
Run Time Up to 40 Minutes
Motor: Brushless
Cutting Width: 21″
Height Adjustment: 4 Point
Cutting Range: 1 1/4″ – 3.5″
Weight: 57.0 lbs

Greenworks Digipro

Voltage: 40V
Battery: 4 Amp Hour
Recharge Time: 1 Hour
Run Time: Up to 30 Minutes
Motor: Brushless
Cutting Width: 19″
Height Adjustment: 7 Point
Cutting Range: 3/4″ – 4″
Weight: 51 lb


Voltage: 56 Volt ARC Lithium
Battery: 5.0Ah Amp Hour
Recharge: Time: 40 Minutes
Run Time: Up to 45 Minute
Motor: Brushless
Cutting: Width: 21″
Height Adjustment: 3 Point
Cutting Range: 1.5″ – 4″
Weight: N/A

Brands like Ego, Greenworks and Echo are manufacturing equipment that is excellent for home grass cutting use. Echo’s 58v line is what we use for our business operations. Last summer, we used this line consistently and had zero problems. They have the best warranty in the industry for commercial use, and a 5 year warranty for homeowners. Ego is a brand to keep your eye on as well. They have manufactured a 7.5 Ah battery, but it would have to be purchased separately. The Ego mower comes with a 5.0 Ah battery. Consumers would be better off with Echo, due to the fact that this mower comes with two 4.0 Ah batteries. You would get 8.0 Ah with Echo and 5.0 Ah with Echo. As mention above, “As a consumer this is the stat you should be most concerned about.”

Kick Gas Lawn Care hopes this post will help you make a decision when you decide to purchase your first cordless mower for grass cutting. We have used all three brands, mentioned in this article, for our lawn cutting services. Stick with Echo, you won’t be disappointed.

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Gas powered lawn care equipment is on its way out.

“The engine in a gas-powered lawn mower produces eight times the pollution that a car engine does.” Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada Website.

“If all Canadians avoided idling for just five minutes every day, we could prevent more than 2,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. That’s like taking 380,000 cars off the road!” Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada Website.

Do the math on those two facts. Gas powered lawn mowers give off eight times the pollution that a car engine does, and if each Canadian stopped idling for five minutes every day 2,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution can be avoided. How long does it take to mow a lawn? That’s some serious pollution.

Disturbing as those facts are, we need not worry. Gas powered 2 stroke engines are on their way out, hopefully sooner than we think. Husqvarna has created a line of lawn care equipment that can replace gas. Batteries in this equipment can be cycled 1800 times. What does this mean? You can drain and recharge this battery one thousand eight hundred times. If you charged these batteries 3 times a week to maintain your yard, for 6 months a season, these batteries would last 25 years.

So why are we not using this equipment and kicking gas equipment to the curb? If Kick Gas Lawn Care can use this equipment to run a business, why do home owners not use it for their homes? We have providing Lawn Care in Mississauga for over 2 years with battery/electric equipment. The answer is simple, cost. This equipment is more expensive than gas powered equipment. The initial cost is more, but in the long run, it’s actually cheaper. Electric equipment seldom needs repairs, and when it does, it’s relatively cheap. You don’t need to pay for gas, oil, or filters! This alone saves hundreds of dollars every year!

What’s the solution? The government has rebate programs for furnaces, toilets and cars. Here’s the best part: If the government gives rebates and incentives for electric cars, and gas powered lawn care equipment gives off more emissions than cars, should they not give rebates or incentives for Canadians to use electric lawn care equipment? It seems logical to me. This is an easy way to eliminate 5-10% of emissions produced in Canada.

Canada needs to make a stand. Husqvarna has an electric line of products in Europe. Why do they not sell these products in Canada and the US? We are not ready for them. Our mentality is not there yet. When it comes to being green, Sweden sets the bar, and it’s high. Husqvarna sells battery riding lawn mowers, robotic mowers and an incredible line of battery powered equipment. Once Canadians show they are willing to say good-bye to gas and welcome electric with open arms, there will be a tidal wave of affordable electric equipment flooding Canadian markets.

What are we waiting for Canada!? Set a mandatory date, offer rebates and incentives to get gas powered lawn care equipment off the streets and into the museums where they belong.

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The best Grass Cutting Service in Mississauga. Here’s why.

Kick Gas Lawn Care is an Emission-Free lawn care company operating out of Mississauga Ontario. All our equipment is battery powered and does not create emissions that harm our environment. Kick Gas utilizes state of the art enclosed cargo trailers, equipped with solar panels to harness energy from the sun. We do not tap into the power grid. This system produces more than enough energy to keep our equipment running all day.

Emission free lawn care is new to the industry and there are only a handful of companies operating in North America. The technology is not new, but the concept of using this technology to replace gas powered two stroke engines has only been around for the last decade. Many equipment manufacturers are seeing the popularity of this movement and are making amazing technological advancements such as, high powered batteries and brushless motors. This equipment performs just as well as gas powered equipment and will only get better as time goes on.

The benefits of emission free lawn care are numerous and too important to ignore. In this day and age, when environment protection is paramount, consumers need to be aware of their options and make good choices. Many people want to make a change, but don’t really know where to start. The words “emissions” and “organic” are embedded into our minds on a daily basis. The concepts may be overwhelming for some. Making a decision like choosing an Emission Free Lawn Care Company is a simple way to help make a difference. Imagine your city, or even your world, without gas powered lawn care equipment. There would be less noise in the fall, no gas spilled in our soil and emissions would be greatly reduced.

The end result is the same. Your grass looks great, your garden looks great and the leaves get cleaned up. So why use gas? I guess old habits are hard to break.

Consider using Kick Gas Lawn Care for your emission free lawn care provider, if you are in Mississauga. If you are located elsewhere, do some research and find a company in your hometown.

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Leaf Blower Noise Pollution is becoming a major concern.

Ever wake up to the sound of gas powered leaf blowers at your neighbour’s house or across the street? It’s not a pretty sound. Gas powered leaf blowers create air, soil and noise pollution and many states are banning them. There have also been petitions and much talk of banning them in Canada, and rightly so. In Vancouver, gas powered leaf blowers have met some serious guidelines and restrictions.  For instance a gas powered mower cannot be used within 50 meters of a residence on Sunday. Mississauga Lawn Care companies have become dependent on this method of operation, and are very reluctant to change their ways.

Kick Gas Lawn Care uses lithium ion battery’s and are significantly quieter than gas powered two stroke engines. No more gas fumes, massive dust clouds and excessive noise. Battery electric equipment is the way of the future. It may take some time, but there will be a day when gas powered equipment will become obsolete.

Kick Gas uses the Echo 58v lithium ion series lawn mowers, and Husqvarna lithium ion battery chainsaws, hedge trimmers, line trimmers and blowers. With this type of equipment readily available, there is no need for creating such a significant amount of emissions.

Mississauga is known for being a green city and Kick Gas Lawn Care is doing its part to help with this image. We are Mississauga’s first and only emission free lawn Care Company. Say goodbye to gas powered leaf blower noise pollution and hello to Kick Gas Lawn Care.

Contact us for a free estimate for your fall clean up this season.