How do I get rid of these moles!!

In the spring and fall, we receive many questions from customer who are having problems with moles. Moles have huge appetites and can eat up to one third of their body weight in food per day. Their diet consists mainly of grubs, earthworms and other adult and larval insects.

We have heard many interesting stories of unsuccessful attempts at controlling these creatures including: human hair, chewing gum, broken glass, engine oil, ultrasonic waves, and mothballs. There are professional mole elimination companies who provide mole control and here are some of their methods:

1. Grub Control- One way to discourage moles is to apply a grub control, such as Merit, to your lawn. Grubs are a favorite food source to moles and by keeping grubs out of your lawn; you are reducing the moles food source and hopefully sending them elsewhere to eat. However, keep in mind that grubs are not the only food moles eat. Grub control is not mole control, but it’s a step in the right direction.

2. Bait- A second method to combat moles is to apply mole bait called TomCat. TomCat was developed after many years of research by Bell Laboratories, and is, in our opinion, the only bait that REALLY works. TomCat is shaped like rubber worms or grubs, which are placed in the mole tunnels. Six worms cost between 15 -$20 and can be purchased from Lowes, Menards, Meijer, Home Depot, and True Value Hardware Stores. For more information; visit www.tomcatbrand.com.

3. Traps A third option is a new, easy set, step-down mole trap. It is called a WireTek 1001– Easy Set Mole Eliminator. These traps don’t require any special tools or incredible arm strength to set. You place them in mole’s run and stepping down on the trap activates the trigger. These traps can be found at home improvement stores, lawn and garden centers, or online and cost between $30 and $35.

4. Hire a pro The fourth option we recommend is hiring a professional mole elimination company. We have a colleague called Molebusters who specializes in mole removal. This is the most expensive option, but also the most effective. Feel free to call Molebusters for more information at 616-554-9499. Let them know that you are a customer of Weed & Feed Lawn Care and they will take extra good care of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeding Your Lawn

Successful lawn establishment means doing the right thing at the right time.  New seed fails because of timing, poor quality seed, improper seed selection, poor soil conditions, improper site preparation, or improper water and fertilizing.

Timing is Everything

The best time of the year to seed is from August 15 to September 15.  The warm days and cool night are ideal for seed germination.  Spring is the second best time to seed, but could result in crabgrass and excessive weeds.

Seed Selection

Most retailers offer grass seed that is clearly marked as “sunny” or “shady” mixes.  Shady mixes have mostly fescue and rye grass which are better for low light areas.  For a sunny mix, look for one with at least 70% Kentucky Bluegrass.

Site Preparation

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In order to grow grass from seed, the grass seed needs to be touching bare, loose dirt.  Most seeding fails because the seed is not in contact with the soil.  This may require raking with a firm rake and/or spreading some fresh topsoil.

Mulch

If using straw, spread one to two bales of straw per 1000 square feet.  Spread it so that 1/3 to 1/2 of the soil is visible.  If seeding in the fall, the straw should be left on over the winter.  If you do not use straw or mulch, rake in the seed lightly: the teeth of your rake should just lightly touch the soil.  Too much pressure will cover the seeds too deep.  Cover the seed so that 10 percent of them are still visible.

 

Watering

SprinklerSprinkle frequently enough to keep the soil moist, but also avoid puddling.  This will require watering several times a day for the first couple of weeks.

Mowing

Mow as soon as the grass blades exceed 3 inches in height.  Keep traffic off the new lawn until the new turf has filled in enough that you cannot see the soil.  Expect some weeds to come up along with your new grass.

Fertilizer and Weed Control

Let us know about any seeding in your lawn and we will make the necessary adjustments to your program for optimal growth.