Strolling across your lush, something isn't right. You see weird raised trails that crisscross the canvas of green. Your next step tells the story. Your heart sinks in your chest as your foot sinks into the turf. You have moles and your next move is learning how to get rid of moles.
You have Moles
It is possible to live in harmony with moles. The tunneling they are famous for does have a good impact when it comes to soil aeration and reducing the insect population.
We've all seen the damage done as a yard is scarred by shallow tunneling. Underground, the effects more harmful by destroying cultivated plants, hindering turf growth, and disrupting root systems. Also, these tunnels move traffic from critters such as voles and mice that will gladly eat expose roots.
Getting rid of moles can be complex. Using a dog or cat to do your dirty work is a possibility. More humane choices are available, so you don't have to fake the mole damage is the most wonderful thing you've ever seen.
The main complaint is the visible damage to the turf. One solution is to exchange grassy areas with hedges, gardens, or other ground coverings. For a lot of homeowners, this might seem impractical. If the lawn isn't being moved, moles can be deterred from digging tunnels that harm the turf.
Sometimes, peaceful coexistence just isn't a choice. Over the years, mole deterrents from vibrating windmills to pickle juice have been used over these years with some success. Chemical treatments are plentiful, but the answer might be as simple as picking the right plants. Contact an arborist at Syracuse Tree Care to learn which methods are best for your landscape.
Allium, marigolds, fritillaria and daffodils put along the perimeter of the yard are all effective, natural mole repellents. Also, shallots and garlic discourage moles. Castor bean plants are excellent as well, though it is deemed poisonous and must not be used where children or pets play.
If moles are already there, it might take some encouragement to get them gone. Castor oil is a confirmed winner when it comes to non-lethal, safe mole extermination. Using a sprayer and garden hose, one quart of castor oil will treat over 4,000 square feet of lawn. Castor oil also comes in a granule form which covers over 900 square feet per pound.
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