West Michigan Lawn Care: Chipmunks are smarter than we think

May 24th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: May 20, 2024 – May 24, 2024

Beautiful water views captivate and soothe the soul. At Michigan’s crystal-clear Gun Lake, we soaked in the tranquil scenery that makes us love this state. Ducks strolled by as we performed our lawn care service, adding to the peaceful ambiance of being by the water.

On the other hand, not everything is so serene—like chipmunks! We arrived at a property just in time to snap a picture of one scampering away. It’s as if they know who we are and why we’re there. If only there was a service to keep watch 24/7… Fortunately, our chipmunk trapping program does just that. We visit once per week for 6 weeks to remove any chipmunks caught in our box traps and reset them for the next week. This method is extremely effective, especially when homeowners clean up brush piles to eliminate hiding spots for the chipmunks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Easy fix for crabgrass and yellow nutsedge

May 17th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: May 13, 2024 – May 17, 2024

Crabgrass is a particularly challenging “grass” to manage in the yard. It is often considered the most troublesome due to its prevalence in many lawns. Effective control of crabgrass requires the application of a pre-emergent herbicide throughout the season. Fortunately, for our lawn care customers enrolled in a full program, we offer complimentary spot treatments and service calls for crabgrass control as needed throughout the season. Please note that to benefit from these crabgrass control services, the initial application must be applied, making it an important consideration for your lawn care plans for the next season.

Similarly, Yellow Nutsedge is another persistent “grass” that can appear in your yard. Like crabgrass, Yellow Nutsedge is highly noticeable. It stands out for two main reasons: first, its vibrant neon green color contrasts sharply with the rest of the lawn. Second, it grows rapidly, resulting in tall, obvious blades that protrude above the rest of your lush, green grass. As with our crabgrass guarantee, we provide spot treatments for Yellow Nutsedge for all our lawn care customers on a full program. It is most effective to spray Yellow Nutsedge once it has grown tall enough to be easily identified. This ensures accurate application and allows the herbicide to reach the base of the plant for more effective control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Lilacs Blossoming and Rabbit Repellent

May 10th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: May 6, 2024 – May 10, 2024

Lilacs are beloved for their sweet fragrance, beautiful clusters of flowers, and easy maintenance. They come in various colors and bloom in spring, adding color and charm to gardens which we are seeing right now! Lilac bushes attract pollinators and hold cultural significance, often associated with love and nostalgia. They’re a delightful addition to any garden, bringing beauty and fragrance to outdoor spaces. They should however be avoided of all insecticides as to not wilt the blossoming flowers.

 

A couple of little baby rabbits watched us while we worked at a property in Wyoming Michigan this week. Some like their company and others are bothered by how much they can destroy a garden. Rabbits are attracted to yards with a variety of vegetation, including grass, clover, and garden plants like lettuce, carrots, and other leafy greens. They are also drawn to areas with low-lying shrubs and bushes, as these provide cover and protection from predators. Also, rabbits may be attracted to yards with easily accessible water sources, such as birdbaths or ponds. A natural repellent around their attracted food sources will help them understand they need to go elsewhere for their meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: When To Apply Your 2nd Application

May 3rd, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 29, 2024 – May 3, 2024

 

By this time in the season, we are seeing tremendous growth from both the grass itself and the weeds that tend to follow. If you haven’t already applied your first application of weed control and fertilizer, do it asap. Our schedule is now on track to begin the 2nd round of weed control and fertilizer applications for the next 5 – 7 weeks. As you’re driving around, you will be able to stop which properties have already applied the first round and which have not. The dandelion field we found this week is a classic example of needing to apply some weed control asap. The more weeds you can choke out, the more grass will fill in and thicken up the yard overall.

 

A classic Vole trail was also found this week which showcases exactly why we apply our repellent in the landscape beds rather than in the yard. You can clearly see from the picture that the Vole lives in the beds, and is out scurrying through the lawn looking for food. Applying a repellent where they nest is the key to telling those invaders to take a hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Michigan Lawn Care: Beautiful Properties & Lawns

April 26th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 22, 2024 – April 26, 2024

 

It can be extremely frustrating when your whole property is immaculate and pristine, to only have dirt piles and squishy trails showing up from your underground neighbor the mole. By the term neighbor, we mean it. Moles are there to stay once they show up. They found the food source, the earthworm, and are now ready to camp out and stake claim to your soil. To get them out, you need to trap and bait the ones that are currently there and apply a monthly repellent to the perimeter for future prevention.

 

Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but one can’t stop to look in awe of the beautiful contrasting lush green lines the lawn roller has been creating this season. Our veteran lawn rolling technician Chelsea is truly a master when it comes to smoothing out the dirt piles and soft trails that moles create. Don’t forget to do a core aeration the same season you roll your yard! Speaking of, come June, Chelsea plans to jump off the lawn roller and finish out the season by doing Core Aerations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: The Tuff Turf Difference

April 19th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 15, 2024 – April 19, 2024

 

Pictures are worth a thousand words. We were able to snap a shot of a side-by-side comparison of 2 lawns. The lawn on the right has been serviced by Tuff Turf for multiple seasons and the lawn on the left, well really…who knows… It’s incredible to see the results that our lawn care service can achieve especially with consistency, sticking to it every season. Consistency is so important and it’s how you can really start to reap the benefits of doing weed control and fertilization.

 

Speaking of a nice lawn, a quick little critter made their mark on a lawn that is coming in beautifully this Spring. The yellowing squiggly trails can be cause by only one animal, and no Wade Reister from the Facebook post, it’s not a chupacabra haha it’s our dear friend the Vole. So we started to apply the repellent to mitigate this activity for the season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Wild Violets & GRUBS

April 12th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 8, 2024 – April 12, 2024

This weeks weather is bringing growth of both grass and weeds. Wild violets were treated this week at a property and they will most likely need to be monitored and sprayed again throughout the year. Wild violets have a waxy coating that make it trickier for weed control to be as effective as it can be on other broadleaf weeds. None-the less, our weed control will in fact help with the wild violets, like with most things, consistency is the key.

 

Grubs were already found in Hudsonville this week and it’s important to know that right now and in the Fall is when you have to kill the grubs that are already there. Once they become beetles and fly away later in the Spring, it’s extremely important to apply the grub prevention in the Summer and water it in within 24 hours of applying. This will help prevent grubs from showing up in the Spring and Fall and causing damage. But if that does happen and you have applied the grub prevention here with us at Tuff Turf, we will kill off the grubs if they still show up and cause damage later in the season. That’s our grub prevention guarantee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Rolling Lawns & Catching Voles

April 5th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: April 1, 2024 – April 5, 2024

Our very own Jocelyn caught a live Vole with her hands out in the field this week! This was no easy task as voles are typically fast little critters running all over the place. The goal of our Vole repellent is to deter them away from the home and overall property, but sometimes you need to take matter into your own hands, literally!

Another tech credit goes to Chelsea for working her magic with the lawn roller. You can see how beautifully striped the lawns turn after getting rolled. The grass blades bend in the direction of the roller which creates the striped look. We can’t stress enough the importance of doing a Core Aeration later in the season after you roll the yard to releive the soil compaction. Usually around June, Chelsea will jump off the lawn roller and onto the aeration machine to knock out the rest of the season! We still have all of April and most of May to keep rolling yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Michigan Lawn Care: Snow Mold and Blooming Forsythia

March 29th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: March 25, 2024 – March 29, 2024

This means Spring weather is coming!

With the onset of Spring, the vibrant forsythia blossoms in celebration. Following last week’s snowfall, the anticipation of sunny skies and pleasant weather brings a sense of excitement. It’s customary during this season to encounter snow mold in your yard, a downfall of prolonged periods of damp and cold conditions. To address this issue, it’s best to rake up affected areas and apply the initial fertilizer treatment, preferably with a crabgrass pre-emergent, before mid-May to effectively eliminate the mold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Spring = Snow?!

March 22nd, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: March 18, 2024 – March 22, 2024

Classic Michigan Weather Tricking Us

Spring has arrived, bringing unexpected snow despite the mild end to Winter. But that hasn’t stopped us from starting our crabgrass prevention work. We’re already servicing many customers and will continue as long as weather allows, wrapping up around early May. This marks just the beginning of our seasonal efforts to create lush green weed free lawns that are healthy and vibrant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo