West Michigan Lawn Care: How To Control Moles and Chipmunks

June 14th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 10, 2024 – June, 14, 2024 

Moles live mostly underground, building complex tunnels to find food, for living, and nesting. They create surface tunnels to find food like earthworms and insects, and deeper tunnels for habitation. Although their tunneling can disrupt yards, it benefits the soil by aerating and mixing it. Moles are territorial, using their sense of touch and smell to navigate and find food. Their activity increases in spring and fall, with deeper digging in winter and summer to avoid extreme temperatures. Understanding their behavior reveals the challenges of managing them in yards. Ironically, we found a mole out in the middle of the road this week! How it got there…who knows?!

 

Chipmunks on the other hand dig extensive burrows with multiple entrances for food storage, nesting, and to simply escape. Active during the day, they forage for seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects, storing food in their cheek pouches. They help the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and aerating soil, but their burrowing can damage gardens, lawns, and foundations. To manage chipmunks, use barriers, traps, or repellents, and minimize food sources to discourage them. We found a chipmunk hole in the middle of the yard which isn’t as common as finding their holes near cement pathways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Michigan Lawn Care: Celebrating Our 30th Successful Season Kickoff!

May 31st, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
This week was a bit different as we got to celebrate the success of our 30th season kickoff!

We would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to all of our customers and employees for making the 2024 season kick-off a tremendous success! Your support and dedication are what helps give us the ability to provide lawn care services to West Michigan.

An extra special thanks to Pizza Parliament for joining us in our celebration for the second consecutive year. Their concept on pizza is one of a kind and it added a wonderful touch to our event, and we are grateful for their partnership and support during this time of year.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to making this season’s launch happen. We look forward to continuing this journey with all of you by updating you along the way with in the field photos, stories and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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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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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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: 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: 2024 Season Kickoff!

March 15th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

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In The Field: March 11, 2024 – March 15, 2024

 

Our 2024 season has officially begun, and we’re prepared for what lies ahead! With our team fully assembled, we’re setting our sights on some intriguing discoveries.

Our first observation? A sizable mound of dirt, the result of deep tunneling activity from our industrious mole friends. It’s quite impressive, showcasing the fascinating work of these creatures beneath the surface. Not so fascinating for homeowners who like a nice looking yard!

Additionally, we’ve noted signs of chipmunk presence, evident from the distinctive larger holes they leave behind. Their territorial markings add another layer of intrigue to our outdoor investigations.

 

 

Stay tuned for further updates as we’re in the field this Spring and Summer. The journey promises to be enlightening as we uncover more about the natural West Michigan world around us.

 

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West Michigan Lawn Care: The Most Active Time Of The Year!

March 8th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: March 4, 2024 – March 8, 2024

Our season officially started in the field on Monday, March 4, and our technicians are out in full force, tackling the increased activity of moles, voles, and chipmunks that comes with this time of year. During the winter months, these critters tend to lay low, but as temperatures rise, they become more noticeable. In one of the pictures from this week, we spotted a mole tunneling against the side of a walkway while searching for earthworms. It most likely came into contact with the sidewalk and simply followed the edge of it as a guide. Our team is working diligently to manage all new activity and to ensure our yards remain mole, vole and chipmunk-free.

Tune in next week for the latest update on what we’re finding out in the field servicing Michigan properties during the Spring and Summer months! 

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