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Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:10
We have 4 plastic water butts filling up from the downpipe from the gutter, instead of going into the soakaway - not as good looking as a barrel but not wasting the water. We also have a dustbin with a lid either side of the Summerhouse. My O.H. has fixed gutters to the sides of the Summerhouse, and then downpipes which angle at the end, and go into the side of the dustbin at the top. We used this method at our previous house when we didn't have room in the garden for a water butt against a drainpipe.


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:08
We had a Moleman out twice last year, in May and again in September @ ??60.00 a time and ??10.00 each mole caught; he caught two in May and one in September. At various times I had tried crushed garlic, chilli pepper and mothballs down the holes, Nematodes watered in, battery operated mole deterents stuck in the ground, empty cans on metal rods, but nothing worked, so in he came.

We will have to re-seed that part of the lawn, which was newly laid in September 2013 at great expense as it measures 165 sq. metres, and I look out each day wondering when the first of this years molehills will appear.

We didn't have as many Crane flies last year as previously, probably thanks to the moles eating the larvae, but we are having the back lawn re-turfed later this year, as most of that has now been eaten up with leatherjackets, despite dosing it with Nematodes.

I posted on here when we first had the problem, and someone said we would never get rid of the moles. I can but try.

Mole hills

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:03
That ?? should be a pound sign - wonder why it didn't work?

Mole hills

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:01
I've now had the moleman in for the second time recently - costs me another ??70.00 - ??60.00 his fee and ??10.00 each mole caught. Last June it cost ??80.00 for 2 caught, but by September another one had moved in.
I've tried everything anybody suggested - smelly stuff in the hole, tins rattling on metal sticks, children's windmills, mothballs down the hole, etc., but nothing worked so in came the moleman. I
t was as a last resort, but when you've paid out loads of money to have someone in to put down 165 sq.metres of turf last year, then for part of it covered with piles of molehills, 17 at one time, it got beyond a joke. Not only do we have worms - good - but leatherjackets - bad. I got some Nematodes last year and although that seemed to kill some of the leatherjackets, there was still enough left for a mole feast. No, I'm not happy about killing the moles either, but it was as a last resort.

Arum Lily

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 18:14
Hello, On the 9th June I bought an Arum Lily on line from a well known Company; it arrived 2 days later well packaged and looking healthy, not in bloom but it had some green leaves. I looked on line again and they said it could be put it into aquatic compost and be kept in water. I did this but now it is not looking very healthy and the leaves are turning yellow and dying off. I got back in touch with them, sent them a photo as requested, and they suggested putting the Lily back into compost, as they thought the water was too warm, (which it wasn't). I've now put it back into fresh compost and it does still have some of the original compost around the roots. Can anyone suggested where I should put the pot now to, hopefully, recover and should I keep it very wet and in the shade?


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:13
The Moleman came and set 10 traps. The mole/moles pushed one trap out but another trap has caught 1 mole. The man checked the other 9 traps and is coming again next week. I've still got the cans and windmills in place.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 21:00
Saw and caught my first lily beetle here in Kent yesterday, but have been dealing with my mole problem and didn't spot it until it was too late. My Siberian lily looks like it's had it - even the top where the buds would have been have been eaten. Didn't see any eggs though.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:54
I still have my mole problem; came back from holiday last Wednesday to find 20, yes twenty, molehills in the front garden. Seven of them were on the grass and the rest in the left side border, which I only recently planted up.

I've tried cloves of garlic, Caster Oil granules and Nematodes last year; there are empty cans on metal rods which rattle in the wind, together with 3 childrens windmills, and I'm now trying hot chilli powder down the hole I find when I clear away the heap of soil - I now have a large crate full of the soil I've removed from the molehills.

I have decided to send for a Moleman, and he is coming next Sunday.

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 07:35
Thanks Dovefromabove - shame I don't have a big ginger cat.

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:34
I've just found this horsetail in my front border, and it forced its way through the weed suppressant and bark chips I covered the ground with. There are also lots of smaller beige-y coloured mushrooms nearby, and when I lifted the membrane there were lots more underneath. The mole has tried to come up here, as there were mounds of soil in places, but it didn't manage to break through the membrane.

This front border is shady, and so far I haven't found any horsetail in the left border, which also has the membrane and bark chips and is sunnier.

The right border I can now plant up, also a sunny one, and I was going to just put bark chips on that, but the mole is now coming through that side, (as well as the lawn), so I was going to put membrane and bark chips there, to try and stop him breaking through that border.

Should I put membrane on the right side and remove it from the front, and just have bark chips on the front?

Any advice gratefully received.
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Arum Lily

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Moles AND Crane flies

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