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: 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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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: 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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West Michigan Pest Control – The Most Effective Method For Mole Activity

February 28th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
While many methods can be somewhat effective, nothing compares to trapping, baiting and repelling. It can just take a lot of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molebusters Mole Control Process

  • Email customer a few days before their scheduled visit so they know which tech and what day they will stop by. 
  • New clients are serviced promptly! 
  • Visits for Mole Control are scheduled every 10-14 days.
  • Survey property and surroundings for mole entry points.
  • Differentiate mole activity from other animals like voles.
  • Identify active and inactive mole tunnels.
  • Distinguish between feeding and traveling tunnels.
  • Measure depth and width of traveling tunnels to select appropriate traps.
  • Assess soil moisture to determine trap effectiveness.
  • Set traps accordingly.
  • Choose bait based on tunnel location and depth.
  • Castor oil repellent is applied to minimize new mole activity during the program.
  • Provide clients with notes on bait usage, trap numbers, and trapped moles.
  • Continuously monitor mole activity, replenishing bait to prevent new infestations.

 

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


November Facebook Giveaway!

November 29th, 2023 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congrats to Linda Crandall for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free service! Linda has won a free Deer & Rabbit Repellent Treatment in the foundational landscape beds around the house.

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Each month we give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes. Want a chance to win a free service? Just LIKE our Facebook page. No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  You don’t even have to be an active client.

Congratulations again Linda!!