West Michigan Lawn Care: Celebrating The 4th of July

July 4th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Happy 4th of July 2024!

It’s time to celebrate Independence Day with some fireworks and fun! 🥳

Our awesome team will be taking a well-deserved break on Friday, July 5th, but don’t worry – we’ll be back in action on Monday, July 8th, at 9 a.m., ready to serve you with even more energy and dedication! 🚀

Thanks for understanding, and we can’t wait to continue providing you with top-notch service when we return.

Now, if you’re out enjoying the great outdoors this weekend and happen to spot any moles or mosquitoes crashing your party, don’t fret! Our team is super excited to help you tackle any pesky intruders. Let’s team up to make your outdoor time even more awesome and pest-free! 🌞🐜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


West Michigan Lawn Care: Lush Green Lake Michigan Shoreline Grass

June 28th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024 

The Lake Michigan shoreline is renowned for its vast fresh water and stunning views. We are privileged to provide fertilization and weed control services to some of the properties along this beautiful coast. We take our job seriously, working to create thick, lush, weed-free lawns that complement the scenic waters. We are proud to enhance the shoreline areas of Holland, Grand Haven, and Muskegon, making them even more picturesque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


West Nile Virus Confirmed In Kent County!

June 27th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

 

 

 

 

The diligent team at the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has successfully identified the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes within Kent County. This important discovery results from their continuous monitoring efforts carried out every Summer. Following the testing of mosquito pools captured in the 49525 ZIP code, encompassing Grand Rapids, Plainfield Township, and Grand Rapids Charter Township, KCHD remains vigilant in safeguarding the community against potential health threats. With their proactive approach and dedication, KCHD ensures timely interventions to protect public health and well-being, providing a sense of security to the residents of Kent County.

The Mosquito Surveillance Team is crucial in our efforts to combat West Nile Virus. Their work, tirelessly trapping numerous mosquitoes across different sites in Kent County, is of utmost importance. Once the team has collected these mosquito pools, they conduct tests to identify the presence of WNV. The valuable data they gather is then shared with relevant municipalities where the virus is detected. This information empowers these agencies to tailor effective mosquito control measures based on the insights provided by the team’s surveillance efforts, a work that we all should appreciate.

This discovery is earlier than in previous years, indicating a need for heightened vigilance and preventive measures,” said Brendan Earl, Supervising Sanitarian at KCHD. “It lets us know that this season’s mosquitoes are now carrying the virus, which could spread to humans. It is crucial for people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites to reduce the risk of infection.

In 2023, the emergence of West Nile virus in Kent County was not reported until early August. This delay allowed public health officials to implement proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the community. By swiftly addressing this issue, authorities were able to raise awareness, conduct thorough surveillance, and engage in practical mosquito control efforts to safeguard the well-being of residents and mitigate the impact of the virus.

West Nile virus is a severe health concern, with around 80% of those infected remaining asymptomatic, experiencing symptoms like body aches, joint pain, and fatigue. It’s important to understand that although most individuals fully recover, approximately 1 in 150 cases progress to severe illness affecting the central nervous system. Recovery from this can be prolonged, and in some unfortunate instances, the consequences can be permanent or fatal. This highlights the critical need for preventive actions to safeguard against such risks and protect public health.

Without a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus, the KCHD’s emphasis on preventative measures is a proactive approach to safeguarding public health. By promoting awareness and education on effective preventive strategies, such as eliminating standing water and using insect repellent, individuals can take charge of their well-being and contribute to the collective effort to minimize the risk of infection. This focus on prevention empowers communities to make informed choices and underscores the importance of individual responsibility in maintaining a healthy and resilient society.


West Michigan Lawn Care: Happy Summer, Why Bugs?!

June 20th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 17, 2024 – June, 21, 2024 

Summer brings more bugs due to warmer temperatures, higher humidity, increased food availability, synchronized reproductive cycles, and longer daylight hours. The warm weather accelerates insects’ metabolism, development, and reproductive rates, while high humidity provides ideal conditions for their survival. The abundance of food from blooming plants and human activities attracts more insects, and many species have life cycles that peak in summer. Extended daylight hours also give insects more time to feed, mate, and lay eggs, contributing to their population surge. Our Insect Busters and Bug Barrier service will help control those unwanted bugs to provide you with an outdoor space you can enjoy by relaxing without the annoyance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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


West Michigan Lawn Care: How To Prevent Lawn Diseases

June 7th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
An overly watered lawn can lead to various diseases.

 

Use this guide to prevent and treat lawn diseases caused by excessive moisture.

 

  1. Water Deeply and Infrequently: The infrequency helps encourage deep root growth.
  2. Water Early in the Morning: This helps grass blades dry out during the day, reducing fungal risk.
  3. Check Soil Moisture: Ensure soil needs water by probing it before watering. The screwdriver trick works great.
  4. Mow Properly: If a diseases shows up, raise your mower deck and let the grass grow a little longer than normal.
  5. Avoid Night Watering: Cool sunless nights create an environment in the yard for fungus and diseases to flourish.
  6. Aerate Regularly: Improve soil drainage and reduce compaction by performing a core aeration every other season.
  7. Spot Water: Focus on dry spots to prevent overwatering other areas.
  8. Tuff Turf Service Calls: Take advantage of our on site quality checks to help further diagnose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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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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