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Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill?

All over the world, garden designers find their gardens and indeed their lives blighted by moles for two reasons. The first of which being how destructive they can be, the second being that they are far too cute to go nuclear on. While there are some garden designers who are happy to declare war on moles and kill them to protect their gardens, the vast majority prefer to take a humane approach to the whole thing.

Still, it can be difficult to keep your cool when you wake up to the kind of carnage you wouldn’t think a tiny little blighter like this was capable of!

So for the kinds of conscientious garden designers who would prefer not to end the lives of the moles in their gardens, how can they get rid of them effectively?

The short answer is…well, it never tends to be a particularly easy job. The simple fact of the matter being that like it or not, garden designers across the board spend their time creating the kinds of heavenly havens moles simply cannot resist. And if you create the ideal habitat for a discerning mole or two, you can’t really blame anyone else when they set up home under your lawn!

Plus it’s worth bearing in mind the fact that moles represent excellent natural insectivores, consuming close to 25kg in bugs and worms every single year.  Meaning that if you can handle the mess they make, they do have the potential to be beneficial. In addition, the average acre of land will usually only ever play host to two or three moles at the most. Meaning that even when the damage would seem to indicate a whole army of the things, there may be just one or two hiding below the surface.

What’s more, and contrary to the belief of many garden designers, moles don’t actually eat your plants or their roots. That said, they can certainly make a mess of them while digging around the place. And just in case you wondered, the answer is no – moles are by no means seasonal creatures and can inflict their damage on gardens during all four seasons.

Dealing with Moles

So assuming you’ve found yourself dealing with a mole problem, what’s the best way of approaching it? As mentioned, it’s important to acknowledge and understand the fact that eliminating moles isn’t an easy job. In fact, leading garden designers insist that unless they are causing a relatively severe problem you cannot deal with, it’s best to just leave them to it. Just as soon as their primary food source has been eliminated from the area, they’ll move on of their own accord.

Still, if you want to speed up the process or seem to have a problem that is on-going, you could always try the following:

  • First of all, it’s worth determining whether the moles are still in the area, or have already moved on. Stomp down the holes that have appeared in your garden and take a look over the next day or two, in order to see if they have been pushed up once again.
  • Some garden designers will tell you that the best way to get rid of moles is to get rid of their food source. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no comprehensive or effective way of doing this. Hence, it’s not worth wasting your time trying to get rid of the grubs and goodies moles feed on.
  • The only sure-fire way of getting rid of moles humanely and knowing 100% that you have done so is to trap them and release them somewhere else. Which for obvious reasons isn’t a particularly easy trick to pull off. Various shapes and types of humane mole traps can be bought these days online, or you can check out a YouTube tutorial on how to make your own.
  • Those ultrasonic and vibrating devices many garden designers use have the potential to be effective, but in some instances simply don’t work. It all comes down to the individual mole in question (believe it or not) and their own unique sensitivities.
  • Last but not least, the same also goes for the kinds of retail mole deterrents and homemade concoctions that are said to work for many garden designers. It’s worth giving them a try, but there is no guarantee whatsoever that they will prove effective for the unique moles in your life!

 

 

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