Dead Patches in the lawn

May 25th, 2013 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

2012 to 2013 comparison

April 30th, 2013 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

What a difference a year makes. Remember the hot March of ’12? At this point last year we had fertilized 11,548,870 sq ft more than we have this year, and we did it with 25% fewer technicians. That converts to 265 acres.

Our Client’s Luscious Lawn

December 12th, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Thank you, Nancy, for allowing us to show off your lawn. Nancy did a great job watering it this summer! Consistent lawn care definitely pays off.

Time to Turn off Sprinklers

October 8th, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

With the cooler temperatures, shorter days, heavy dew, and the return of rain, we can finally shut off our sprinklers for the season.  The grass is still growing fast, so I suggest mowing it at 3″ and gradually lowering it to 2.5 inches by the end of the month.

Watering tips for Grand Rapids in late summer

September 3rd, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Frost Damage to Landscape Plants

May 10th, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Remember how nice March was?  We are seeing the consequences of record setting heat that caused trees and shrubs to bud out too early.  Heavy frosts in April damaged the buds and now leaves are curling, turning brown, and even falling from trees.  The frost damage looks bad, but it will not threaten the tree.  The trees are healthy despite their appearance.

Hydrangea with frost damage

This Japanese Maple had no frost damage on the left where it was under a large tree. The right half had lots of damage.

Warm Temperatures and Your Landscaping

March 12th, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
With a mild winter we might expect to see less damage to plants this spring. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures above average means that plants are beginning to de-harden early. We see several signs of this already, such as witch-hazels blooming in protected locations and sap in maple trees running two to three weeks ahead of normal.  While other trees and shrubs may not show any signs of coming out of dormancy,  They are softening up every day. Despite the lack of winter temperatures, there still is the risk of a hard frost.  A severe cold snap can cause considerable damage to developing buds on trees and shrubs and cause shoot die-back, bud-kill or death of newly-emerging shoots. We will not know if we have any injury until late May or early June.

Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 15th, 2012 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

We just received the Angie’s List Super Service Award.  We feel very honored to receive this.

Proper End of Season Mowing Height

November 10th, 2011 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Just as it is important during the summer season to mow at the proper height, it is also important to adjust your mower height at the end of the mowing season.  With each cutting this fall, gradually lower your mower height until your last cutting is at the lowest possible height without scalping your lawn.  This will allow leaves to more easily blow off and will help protect your lawn from snow mold.

Don’t rake those leaves, mulch them into your lawn

November 10th, 2011 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

It’s great to have big shade trees in your yard, but come fall you can start to resent them. Those big trees drop leaves and that means extra work for you. However, there’s good news! A recent study done at Michigan State University shows that you can forget about raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Lawn care is easier than ever. Instead, just mulch them with your lawn mower. It’ll save you work, improve your soil, and add nutrients. Take the grass catcher off your mower and mow over the leaves on your lawn. You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You’ll know you’re done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer. Once the leaf crumbs settle in, microbes and worms get to work recycling them. Any kind of rotary-action mower will do the job, and any kind of leaves can be chopped up. With several passes of your mower, you can mulch up to 18 inches of leaf clutter. When spring arrives, you’ll notice that the leaf litter you mulched up in the fall will have disappeared and your grass will look greener than ever.