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May 15, 2009 at 2:17 am 7 comments

Gardening and those naughty little voles

Today, I’ve been gardening, cleaning up flowerbeds, edging, and putting down red cedar mulch. I’ve planted cottoneaster [like bearberry] and juniper this week in a new bed.

Little voles had a wonderful time in our lawn this winter. They feasted on the roots of much of the grass in our front lawn, and since I am a natural gardener, we will not poison them.

Lucky for them, though, that they’re gone.  They caused a lot of work for both my husband and I— digging up the areas of dead grass and tunnels, digging again, adding some new topsoil that contains mulch. and leveling the ground, planting grass seed and watering the soil and new seeds. What a lot of work caused by such  tiny animals.

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  • 1. storygal  |  May 15, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Hello, this is storygal. Stop by for a visit.

    Cari

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  • 2. joannamallory  |  May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    How did you convince the voles to leave? I hope they don’t come back now that you’ve softened the soil for easier tunnelling!

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    • 3. storygal  |  May 16, 2009 at 2:48 am

      Joanna,

      Thank you for your reply. The moles leave as soon as the frost leaves the ground and so we have not seen them, but we see signs of their tunneling down. They better not come back next year. By then the soil will likely be more packed again. My aunt suggested putting down chewing gum [ already chewed]. The moles will eat it apparently, but it causes problems for them and they leave. I, however, do not chew gum anymore, but that’s a story for another day.

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  • 4. Linda Ockwell-Jenner  |  May 17, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Wonderful blog a pleasure to read!

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    • 5. storygal  |  May 17, 2009 at 2:19 am

      Thank you, Linda. Stop by again.

      Carolyn

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  • 6. APE Philosopher  |  May 17, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Honest writing is much appreciated in these times.
    Well done!

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    • 7. storygal  |  May 17, 2009 at 2:21 am

      Thank you.

      Cari

      Reply

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