December 6th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
The move has begun. It is kind of sad since in the mid 1980’s I helped build our current barn as a teenager. When Tuff Turf started in 1994, I rented the space and I helped build an addition to accommodate my one vehicle. It was not until 1999 that I purchased the house and barn and had the luxury of living where I worked. Now that we are clearing out the shop, I realize I have worked out of the same building for over 30 years! I also am coming to the realization that I now have to drive to work again, and I have accumulated a lot of junk!
July 30th, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
How to Treat Poison Ivy: Tips from Dermatologists
The landscape is in full swing, and so too are the leaves from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. When the oil from these plants touches the skin, most people develop an itchy, blistering rash. Although the rash itself is not contagious, the oil can spread to other areas of the body and from person to person if not quickly washed off after touching the plants. If you are experiencing a serious reaction (difficulty breathing or swallowing, substantial swelling, or many rashes or blisters), go to urgent care or the emergency room. If you have a rash on a small section of your skin, use the following tips:
- Immediately rinse your skin with lukewarm, soapy water. If you can rinse your skin immediately after touching poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, you may be able to rinse off some of the oil. This helps ensure that the oil does not spread to other areas of the body and cause additional rashes.
- Wash your clothing. Thoroughly wash all the clothes you were wearing when you came into contact with the poisonous plant. The oil can stick to clothing, and if it touches your skin, it can cause another rash.
- Wash everything that may have the oil on its surface. Besides clothing, the oil can stick to many surfaces, including gardening tools, golf clubs, leashes and even a pet’s fur. Be sure to rinse your pet’s fur, and wash tools and other objects with warm, soapy water.
- Do not scratch, as scratching can cause an infection.
- Leave blisters alone. If blisters open, do not remove the overlying skin, as the skin can protect the raw wound underneath and prevent infection.
- Take short, lukewarm baths in a colloidal oatmeal preparation, which you can buy at your local drugstore. You can also draw a bath and add one cup of baking soda to the running water. Taking short, cool showers may also help.
- Consider calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. Apply calamine lotion to skin that itches. If you have a mild case, a hydrocortisone cream may also help.
- Apply cool compresses. You can make a cool compress by wetting a clean washcloth with cold water and wringing it out so that it does not drip. Then apply to the itchy skin.
- Consider taking antihistamine medication. They can help reduce itching, however use with caution. You should not apply a topical antihistamine to your skin; that can worsen the rash and the itch.Courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.
A rash from poison ivy, oak or sumac usually lasts one to three weeks. If your rash is not improving after seven to 10 days, or you think your rash may be infected, see a dermatologist for treatment.
April 2nd, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Congratulations to Todd Aston on winning this months free service drawing. He has been awarded a free vole control application to help deter vole damage in the lawn and landscape. Make sure to “like” us on Facebook for your chance to win free services!
April 1st, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
It is that time of the year again. Time to whip your lawn back into shape and get ready for spring/summer! April is National Lawn Care Month, and during this time, there is a lot of misinformation spread, make sure to check out this short article by LoveYourLandscape.com!
December 16th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Thank you to all who voted for us in the Ford Means Business challenge. We are honored and flattered by the support of our community.
November 11th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Thank you to all of the veterans out there. Your patriotism is what allows all of us to enjoy the freedom that we take for granted every day.
November 4th, 2014 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
We are one of 10 finalists to win a new Ford Transit. We can use your vote. Go to https://fordtoughtruck.com/ToughTruckChallenge/index.aspx and vote for us. Scroll all the way down to find us. After checking the box next to our entry hit the submit vote button.
December 11th, 2013 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
You “Thought” You Were Scared Of Spiders Already
Did you know, several studies show that at any given time, you are within 10 feet of a spider and one study even believes it to be as close as three feet!
Better dust your cob webs!