Something is tearing up my garden. Worse yet, for five years. Every spring, I come out to a garden that has deep tunnels, which lead to nowhere. I am not kidding. So, why are they digging?
For five years, I have been shaking my head. Well, last year was the mother of all digging. Whomever *it* or *they* are, they nearly destroyed my onion patch and basically killed my Rudbeckia. Thank goodness, my Rudbeckia was on to them and moved out of the way.
(Plants are so darn smart.)
But, here is the kicker. The vole/mole also destroyed where my mint is! Everyone hates mint except this creature.
Now just to give you some frame of reference. My compost bin is a few yards away from the digging. They try and dig near the bin too but there is wire mesh under the bin.
So, I turn to you. Please put on your Sherlock Holmes’ hat and tell me who is the culprit? Moles, Voles, or some unnamed creature. Watch my video below for some clues. And yes, you will hear my utter frustration.
What Hasn’t Worked:
I have been looking for a way for these creature to nicely leave my garden.
- Onions. They have burrowed through my onion patch last year like it was a piece of cake.
- Planted mint. They think it smells nice.
- Have a hardware fence 2 feet underground. It hasn’t stopped them from digging. I have no idea where they are digging to. The fence stops them cold. (So, I think…)
What I Read Might Help
- A dog or a cat. Can I borrow someone’s?
- Spraying a castor oil mixture. According to Garden’s Alive:
“Just add two tablespoons of castor oil to a sprinkling can filled with a gallon of warm water, add two drops of dishwashing liquid, and sprinkle, stirring constantly, on the infested area.
Whether home-made or store bought, apply when the lawn and weather are dry. If heavy rains hit, repeat a day or two after they end; otherwise, reapply once a month until you see no new tunnels.”
- Another mixture suggested on Garden Web was one tablespoon of regular old store bought castor oil with 1 cup of urine per gallon of water. The commenter stated that he made it a little bit stronger and saturated the root zones of the plants.
- Use hardware collars around the plants was another suggestion on Garden Web . The commenter used “1/4″ hardware cloth that come to just above the ground surface and are 6 – 8″ deep and 8″ to 2′ in diameter, depending on the plant. ” In addition, he put gravel around the plant.
- Garden’s Alive also suggests an owl/ hawk stand, which “consist of a cross beam six to ten feet off the ground for them to hunt from.” (Well, there is an idea.)
- For moles, get rid of their food source, grubs with beneficial nematodes.
- Some even suggest a Mole remover stick like this one. I hate to admit this, but I bought one. Yes, I am desperate.
Join the Conversation:
- What have you used to get rid of moles and voles?
- Has the mole remover stick worked for you?
- What kind of damage have they caused?