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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.
A MESSAGE REGARDING OUR SERVICE and COVID-19:
LawnSavers by nature employs strict safety guidelines in the use of our nutrients, soil-enhancing minerals, weed and pest controls and application procedures at all times.
The province of Ontario in addition to many provinces and states have designated Pest Control Exterminators as ‘essential services’. (we dont take this responsibility lightly)
Our Professional, Ontario-licenced Service Technicians work alone in their own assigned, sanitized-daily service vehicles. Our service treatments are outside which means we are not in contact with the general public or others during our daily duties as part of our standard operating procedures.
Our professional and uniformed staff wear protective safety equipment including gloves and eye protection, and keep our selves and our vehicles clean and sanitized as regular daily safety measures. As always, LawnSavers provides your service information/invoice after each visit to our clients through email to reduce paper and also contact.
Our service normally includes knocking on doors before service as a courtesy to let our clients know we are on your property and to discuss specific client needs. However, this contact method will be suspended indefinitely during this time. We will still advise you the day before service by email, and we will also send email reports right after each visit with customized notes and directions (as always). If you would like to talk about service, a friendly Customer Success Representative is just a phone call away.
Spring turf and tree growth won’t wait, and weeds and insect pests don’t either! It is important for us to continue timely treatments to promote a thick green and healthy lawn that can fight off pests proactively during the season so you can enjoy your home and outdoor environment.