If you have ever found volcanic shaped mounds of mud in your yard, you know who is responsible. Moles, of course! These little solitary creatures may look adorable but in reality, they can do a lot of damage to the yard. However, there are studies by gardening experts now who believe having moles in the garden can be beneficial as they aerate the soil and eat undesired organisms such as grubs. Overall, though, we know you prefer not having these little creatures in your yard. Gumtree outlines the step you can take:
- The first step is to eliminate their sources of food such as grubs and other insects. Use milky spores or an insecticide to control grub populations. Once the moles realise the food source is diminishing or finished, they will automatically move to find other sources.
- Moles are repelled by strong-smelling plants such as daffodils and marigolds. Use these plants as natural barriers around the edges of the yard to prevent them from entering. You can also protect root systems by planting these flowers in raised plant beds.
- Another effective barrier you can build is a 2-foot trench around the garden space. Fill this trench with mesh, hardware cloth or rocks that will prevent moles from burrowing into your hard. This may be a time-consuming process, but it certainly is effective!
- Moles are peaceful creatures that dislike disruptive environments. Invest in a sonic spike that can be inserted into the ground in your yard. The electronic pulses from the spike result in uncomfortable and irritating sounds that moles would hate and force them to move.
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