Did you know one single mole could cause over 100 feet of damage to your lawn? Did you know that within those 100 feet, moles could disrupt and uproot small plants, newly planted trees, flowers, and even your sprinkler system? Did you know that through their digging and tunneling, moles provide easy access for other critters (voles, mice, squirrels, etc…) to eat away at your plant’s root systems?
It’s true! These are just a few examples of the damage one single mole can cause to your lawn. And with the weather warming up, moles prey (grubs, beetles, and earthworms) begin to come to the surface of the soil, creating an inviting environment for moles to pay a visit to your lawn. But you can be ready! Here are 3 steps to take to protect your lawn from moles this spring:
Step #1: Identify Mole Damage
The first and most important step to protecting your lawn from moles is knowing how to identify mole damage. The two most common things to look for are:
Step #2: Set A Barrier
While this may be difficult to do around your entire yard, a barrier should be set around plants that are especially susceptible to mole damage. This includes your garden, flowerbeds, newly planted trees, or other young plants.
To create a barrier, you will need to dig a hole (about 24-36 inches deep) around the perimeter of the area you’re trying to protect. Once dug, the whole needs to be filled with rocks or wire mesh netting. While this is an effective method, it’s also a difficult one. It should be saved for the plants that are most precious to your landscape, and most susceptible to mole damage.
Step #3: Call the Professionals
At Environmental Turf Management, we know the toll moles can take on your lawn, and we’re here to help. With our mole control service, our experts will assess your property to create a customized plan to not only eliminate the moles, but to also protect your lawn by preventing them from coming back.
If you’ve identified mole damage in your lawn, or if you want to hear more about our mole strategies and solutions, give Environmental Turf Management a call at (770) 466-0234. We can help!