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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.

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:42
With two large lawns back and front there's far too much grass for the compost bin, so some goes in there and the rest into a special compost bin we pay the local Council ??30.00 to hire. It gets empied weekly.

I have MOLES !!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 19:43

Just when I thought I'd finally got rid of them, they're back!!!  I've had empty lemonade cans upside down on metal rods poked down the holes they made and others along the left side border.  We have now planted up the left border and today there are two large mounds of soil in it, one where the poppy was and the other a rudibeka plant, which were not there this morning.  Also yesterday morning there was a pile of soil on the lawn and another further along on the lawn tonight.  I had removed all but two of the cans on rods, but they are now back down the holes on the lawn.  I have bought 3 childrens' windmills and I'm going to put them out tonight.  The mole repellent buzzer gadgets are still working, buzzing away underground and have been since last year when we first saw moles.

I sprinkled castor oil granules over the lawn and also nematodes last year, but the leatherjackets must still be there as already we've seen crane flies.

I'm now going to try chilli powder down the hole;  the garlic cloves I put down as well last year sprouted, so I had to dig them up.

Silver Surfer


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Arum Lily

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Moles AND Crane flies

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