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Helping your turf during dry and hot weather

July 17th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

The following article was posted by Kevin Frank of Michigan State University Extension on 7/11/18.

The lack of significant rainfall across many areas of Michigan combined with high temperatures has resulted in turfgrass stress. Lawns that were soaking wet throughout much of April and early May have now turned brown. Many homeowners choose not to irrigate their lawn and, once the lawn starts to turn brown and rainfall doesn’t return, the concern and questions arise as to whether or not the lawn might die.

The vast majority of lawns in Michigan are primarily composed of Kentucky bluegrass. Typically there is no danger that the lawn is going to die unless water is lacking for six to eight weeks in combination with high temperatures. However, there are no solid day estimates without water for predicting whether the turf will die as many other factors are involved such as high temperatures and traffic. Even if you don’t regularly water your lawn, it might be a good idea to give the turf a little water if it hasn’t received any water for a month. Apply about 0.5 to 1 inch of water just to make sure the lawn makes it through this dry period. The goal of this irrigation is not to turn it green but just to prevent the turf from completely desiccating (severe drying out) and possibly dying. If the weather pattern remains dry I would continue to irrigate at least once every three to four weeks at a minimum.

Here are some other helpful tips for managing turf during hot and dry weather.

  • Don’t worry about trying to control weeds right now in drought stressed turf. Just like the turf, many of these weeds are slowing down their growth and trying to control them now would be more difficult, besides they might be the only green color in the turf.
  • Heat tracks are becoming common on both home lawns and golf courses. Anytime you put traffic from a cart, mower, or spreader on turf that is nearing the wilting point or has already wilted, you will likely see a track in the following days or week. For those who have irrigated and still have some green turf, avoid mowing during the heat of the afternoon. Mow during the cooler times of the day, early morning or in the evening after dinner. Also, maintain the highest mowing height possible. Don’t think that by mowing lower you’ll help the turf by reducing the amount of leaf area the roots have to support. Remember if the turf doesn’t have any leaves it can’t harvest light for photosynthesis and the result is that more energy will be spent to produce new leaf tissue. Mow high and mow in the coolest part of the day.
  • If you have an irrigation system make sure to watch the heads to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders. When conditions get dry, gaps in coverage become obvious and green and brown circles indicative of poor irrigation coverage become obvious.

Drought to turfgrass

Gaps in irrigation coverage are very obvious this year due to a lack of rainfall.

  • Soil differences across an area can result in visual differences in turfgrass very similar to those seen with poorly functioning irrigation systems. Although we hope or think we have a very uniform soil type to grow our turf, in reality soil properties can vary drastically, even across a home lawn.

National Lawn Care Month

April 20th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Andy Harris on the House floor, “Mr Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to recognize April as national lawn care month. The landscape industry employs nearly 1 million workers and contributes annual revenue of $78 billion to our nation’s economy. From the National Mall to an opening day outfield and even in our own front and back yards, images of beautiful lawns are iconic depictions of American culture and the American dream.” READ MORE


Mosquito & Mole Technician

April 19th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Tuff Turf Molebusters is looking for both a full time and a seasonal mole man (or woman). The seasonal position is a great opportunity for a college student that can work a few days a week now, then full time in mid May. The full time position would start immediately. We do not work on Sundays. Be one of the proud drivers of a mole mobile. Get paid while you get in shape and enjoy our great and not so great Michigan Weather. While mosquitoes may travel at the speed of 1 mph, our mole & mosquito gurus walk over 10 miles a day. The pay is $15.00 per hour, plus bonuses that could add another $3.00/hr. We start at 7:30 in the morning and work until the route is done. We try to set up our routes to be completed by 5:00. Some days are longer and some days are shorter. We require a clean driving record and we perform drug screens and criminal background checks. An android based smart phone with data and texting is preferred, but we can work around an iPhone. We pride ourselves on having a great reputation and only hiring good people. We can train how to become a mole and mosquito assassin. There are 3 tests given by the state that will need to be passed in order to become certified. We have the study manuals, you need to provide the brain power.


Happy Client

April 13th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

We found this note when we pulled up to a client’s house today.  We had to sensor it to publish it.


March Facebook Winner

March 27th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations Rebecca Vande Griend for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free Vole Repellent in the foundational landscape beds of her house. Each month we give away a free service to one of our likes. No purchase is necessary, and you don’t have to be an active client. Congratulations Rebecca! http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/animal-control/voles/ 


How fast can a mole dig?

March 3rd, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Very fast! 


Home & Garden Show

March 1st, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner

February 1st, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Tuff Turf Molebusters is proud to again have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award! This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 

 


January Facebook Winner

January 29th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations Lori Stream for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free Vole Repellent in your foundational landscape beds. Each month we give away a free service to one of our likes. No purchase is necessary, and you don’t have to be an active client. Congratulations Lori!http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/animal-control/voles/


Celebrating 24 years in West Michigan

January 24th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Happy Birthday Tuff Turf Molebusters! Incorporated on 1/24/94. I remember when you had your first person on payroll. Now we spend more on payroll in a week than we did in a year. How big you have grown!