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Help! What’s Ripping Up My Lawn?
What Do I Do?
When Spring comes and the snow melts, everything’s supposed to be coming up roses, Right? Well if your like most people as soon as the snow recedes – it reveals big problems on your lawn!
Don’t worry, the fact is there isn’t much you can do about it right now. However, with a few tips, You can help improve your lawns chances of survival.
First we have to understand what we’re up against. The first step is to understand the problem.
“We are fielding a ton of calls this Spring about vole damage” says Kyle Tobin, Chief Lawn Expert atLawnSavers. “If you see tracks running all through your yard that are approximately 2-3 inches wide, then you’ve hosted a family of voles for the winter.” These tracks look kind of like lightning and are typically bordered with dead grass that has been nested in by the voles. The reason this problem occurs is due to an exceptionally longer period of snow coverage this winter. The snow acts as an insulation blanket for these animals. The voles will burrow underneath and build up their tunnels with thatch and grass from your lawn.
Simply put, Moles burrow in tunnels- typically underground and you will see mountains of dirt as evidence. Moles sometimes eat insects. Voles typically create tunnels throughout the grass but do not eat insects. They only eat stems and leaves from plants. They will however leave behind mounds of vegetation.
If it is raccoons and skunks, they are simply looking for grubs underneath the grass, and toss it up throughout the lawn looking for them. More on that later.
Normally, the roots will still be in tact. Be sure to lightly rake your entire lawn with a fan rake. Just hard enough to lift up the dead grass. If it hurts your back, your pushing too hard. Be sure to have your lawn properly fertilized by your local LawnSavers professional. Your lawn will survive. Once the grass gets growing again, you’ll find that it will repair most of the damage on its own, if there are still some bare patches, you may need to spot seed those areas. (see: lawn repair) or call us for more information.
You have a bigger problem if the lawn is being torn up by animals! If the grass has been upended and looks like its been torn up by a roto-tiller, then chances are YOU’VE GOT GRUBS!
This problem is caused by raccoons, skunks and squirrels digging up your lawn for this fine delicacy! These animals are creatures of habit and will normally move on past your house in time. The problem is you have a little more work to do to fix this situation. However, there is nothing you can do to get rid of them right now, apart from a few small tips to make the job easier (and less expensive later). Grubs eat the roots of your lawn in the fall causing considerable damage.
Coping with Covid Update: (updated 06/01/20)
I’m happy to share some good news during these crazy times. LawnSavers is servicing lawns in all areas as lawn care and pest control services that provide for lawn health are officially on the Provincial list of essential services due to the fact we can provide this service safely and with no personal contact!
We do not expect any delay in our regular timing of applications (except from the brief wintry weather in May). We put together an easy to read lawn care service timeline that you can use to know when to expect us for each scheduled service in your package.
I want to reassure you that in every decision we make around COVID-19, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees and customers. Safety and honesty are our two most important core values. We will continue to follow strict safety guidelines that ensure “zero touch”. We will not let our guard down on exercising our safety protocols!
Our office is open but with less staff in order to maintain safety protocols like social distancing. Please note our phones are experiencing a high volume of calls and we know how much everyone hates being left on hold, so please leave us a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours.
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Thank you in advance,
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