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What has happened to this turf? Pics inside....

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fiveoboy01, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    A customer who I do dethatch/aeration/shrub work for called me yesterday about her lawn. They do the mowing, and it's a pretty nice lawn as far as the health of the turf etc.... I really don't know what this is or what is causing it, there are what appear to be lumps of dead grass all over the place.

    It's confined to a smaller area of the lawn - under the clumps there is still grass there so I'm not convinced anything needs to be done other than raking for now. What are all the little "trails"? Customer thinks it's from mice or something, I really have zero clue what causes this. Snow has been completely melted off for a few days now.

    Any advice on what I can tell the customer and what action I should take(if any at this point)?

    Thanks guys. Pics:





  2. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    Weird. Did a snow plow push snow on to it maybe and move the sod while it was on the verge on freezing? I see a street is why I asked. I have nothing.
  3. skeller257

    skeller257 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    I'm gonna say mice for the trails, but I've never seen mice leave the grass like that.
  4. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    I going to have to say Mice to. I found this at my sons school today and after further review I think to it was mice.
  5. Outdoor_Maintenance_2010

    Outdoor_Maintenance_2010 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    yep thats mice alright,
    just rake it reseed,water and fertilize
  6. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 754

    Have the same thing in my yard and was just trying to figure it out myself. Mice was on my short list. Good timing on the post! Thanks for the answers.
  7. cozymonkey

    cozymonkey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    Looks similar to what we call vols in colorado. Vols are pretty much a long mouse. Just like it was said before rake, reseed, and water. Something I have found useful and humane is that if you catch these guys before they make so many trails. Find the main trail they use and put some tabsco sauce in it. They get it on their feet and eventually in their mouth, makes them uncomfortable and they don't want to live somewhere uncomfortable so they will just move on to the neighbors lawn.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,225

    Meadow voles. similar to a mouse. Make nests and runs under deep snow--especially if near some shrubbery where they can hide during the summer.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Yep! Every year at about this time we get a few thread on here asking about this. Shrews are another term for these little tail-less field mice.
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Thanks guys. I'll rake it and see what comes back, then seed if necessary.

    Is there a way to run these guys off somehow? Seems to only be an issue over the winter.

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