Lawn Moles and Proper Lawn Care

 


Article by: Hans Dekker

Are your making mountains out of your molehills? Although lawn , How to Start Your by Seeding or Sod moles are underground creatures, the benefits they add to your garden , ing Soil are clearly visible and far outweigh the disadvantages.

Of the six species of mole found in North America, the Eastern mole (or gray mole) is the most common. Moles are about the size of chipmunks and weigh from three to six ounces. A tiny creature, its total length is just six to eight inches.

Many gardeners and groundskeepers are under the mistaken impression that lawn , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success moles eat the roots , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond of their plants , Getting the Best Price for Your Home Includes Landscaping for Curb Appeal and turf grasses. , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond However, moles are insectivores. Their primary diet is earthworms and grubs and a single mole can eat more than 140 grubs and cutworms daily. They also feast on destructive garden , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree pests like snails, beetles, and millipedes. In fact, at just over a quarter-pound, a mole can consume 45 to 50 pounds of worms and insects each year.

The greatest harm that mole tunneling does to turf grass , How To Keep Your Yard Ornamental With A Proper Sago Palm Care is by separating soil , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here from roots. , The Uses of Compost! Still, the mole's digging actually improves soil , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys quality by turning and aerating the soil , Composting - aka: The Circle of Life! and mixing accumulated nutrients throughout the excavation.

Moles don't continually dig each time they forage for food. , Landscaping of Hindu Religious Places Once a tunnel system is established, it is infrequently extended. In fact, the only signs of mole activity you might see are those when the mole must repair , Natural Pest Control On The Rise, But Does It Work? its construction. When disturbed, moles may temporarily vacate the area, but generally return within a week or two. In addition, when a tunnel is abandoned, a new mole inhabitant will "recolonize" using the handiwork of its predecessor.

For these reasons, even the most effective method of mole removal, trapping, is not a permanent solution to a "mole problem". Besides which, the three types of mole traps that work with any success sound like relics from the Spanish inquisition"” harpoons, scissor-jaws, and choker loops. In fact, numerous remedies have been used to try to control moles Pickle juice, red pepper, , Getting the Best Price for Your Home Includes Landscaping for Curb Appeal razor blades, bleach, moth balls, brambles, human hair braids and hair balls, vibrators, ultra sonic devices, and poisons offer inconsistent and generally ineffective results; many including environmentally , The Garden As Healer unfriendly side effects.

As in all elements of lawn , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here care, the best solution to a lawn , Garden On The Cheap mole problem is applying practical gardening , How to Start Your Lawn by Seeding or Sod principles. Mole tunnels (except for the hilled entrances) are typically deep enough to be almost invisible. Over-watering your yard , How to Grow Ornamental Grasses brings earthworms and other invertebrates close to the surface, making it necessary for the moles to "move up" in search of them. Reducing the amount or frequency of watering may help both moles and their prey stay underground where they are most beneficial to your lawn. , Landscaping of Hindu Religious Places

Another solution to a lawn , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 mole problem is to reduce the size of your lawn, , Natural Pest Control On The Rise, But Does It Work? converting it to gardens, , Planning Your from Scratch - the Planting paths, , Getting the Best Price for Your Home Includes Landscaping for Curb Appeal and hedgerows. First, moles prefer straight tunnel runs. However, more importantly, converting some lawn , How To Keep Your Yard Ornamental With A Proper Sago Palm Care to gardens, , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree paths, , How to Pick Up the Most Necessary Gardening Tools? hedgerows and patio , The Flower Garden in August areas adds eye-appeal, reduces signs of damage, and in addition attract birds , Landscaping of Hindu Religious Places and butterflies to your property. , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting
Hans is author of The Lawn Care section of http://www.lawnmower-guide.com

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