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How to repair vole damage in turf grass.

Vole Damage.jpgWhen the snow finally melts and people get back out into their yards, don't be surprised if you find tunnels and holes in the lawns around Kansas City.

Vole BurrowSeeing tunnels and holes many will immediately assume moles. While moles have had millions of years of evolution in honing their excavation skills, they are not the only creatures that instinctively dig or that will occupy mole tunnels. In fact, a variety of rodents (unrelated to moles) will gladly take advantage of abandoned mole tunnels as safe passageways from area to area.

VoleVoles are rodents and generally are 4-7 inches in body length with small eyes, ears, and stubby tail. They look like a mouse with very small ears and virtually no tail. When seen, many people will call them field mice. They eat a variety; of plants, grasses, crops and bark. 

Vole trail damage.jpg

Notice in this photo the trails above the ground. These trails were created as small tunnels under the snow pack while the vole traveled outside his burrow foraging for food, in this case eating the green grass plants.

Vole Repair is Simple 123!

PrimeraFC Seed DressingStep 1 Get rid of the vole! You can do this with Gordon's poison pellets. If you have pet concerns we can show you how to make a very simple trap
Step 2 Rake the area, removing debris and dead grass.
Step 3 Fill the vole trails and burrows with PrimeraFC® seed dressing, a weed free calcined clay chip. Generously pour the seed dressing over the damaged areas, filling in all tunnel depressions. Using the flat back side of a garden rake level the mounds of seed dressing with the ground.
Using PrimeraFC® is beneficial to the soil and 100% weed free. Do not use top soil. Top soil will be infested with weed seeds from the fields it was taken.

Step 4 Over seed those areas, at the baregound rate, with a quick germinating grass seed mix.  Green Love™, Macho Mix™, or Estate Mix™ are ideal for this situation. Fertilize with Golf Course Starter™ and water frequently.

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