Three Signs of Moles in Nashville Lawns and Gardens
Few things frustrate the do-it-yourself home landscaper more than arranging a perfect perennial garden and mowing the lawn in tidy criss-crosses, only to discover the next day that the flower bed features a maze of lumpy burrows around the plants, and unsightly piles of dirt dot the smooth grass of the yard.
The culprit in this crime against gorgeous gardens? Moles.
Burrowing just below the surface at a rate of up to 60 yards in a single night, moles can make a clean-looking lawn and flower bed difficult to maintain. The good news is that The Molenator of Nashville is expert at ridding your property of these little beasties. Here are three signs that it’s time to call The Molenator:
- Mole Hills
One of the most obvious indicators that a mole has decided to call your lawn “home” is the appearance of piles of loose dirt in your yard. As they set to work on their own excavation projects underground, moles often leave mounds of excess earth above ground, neatly heaped in cone-like piles that are generally one or two inches high and up to a foot wide.
(If the mounds are crescent-shaped with a “plug” in them, you may have gophers, not moles – but don’t worry, The Molenator can deal with them as well!)
- Mole Tunnels
Sometimes you see them: channels of swelling ground where the moles dig tunnels, usually along the edges of pathways or houses, or even cutting across the open space of your lawn. Sometimes you feel them: unstable patches in your yard that “squish” under your feet when you step on a mole tunnel. Either way, mole tunnels can quickly prove bothersome for those who wish to utilize their yard or maintain an attractive garden.
- Dying Plants
This is not always the case with moles, but unhealthy plants can be an unfortunate side effect when they dig in your garden. Moles do not eat plants; however, mice and voles often take advantage of their tunnels to get under plants and make a happy meal of the roots. In addition, moles can push plant bulbs and roots out of place when they dig.
How to Stop Moles from Ruining Landscaping
The first step in ridding a yard of moles is to determine where they are tunneling. Luckily, moles are territorial, which means that if you trap only one or two of them in a one-acre yard, you’ve likely knocked out the problem. Each mole creates feeding tunnels, which branch out as they dig for worms, and they also dig “traveling” tunnels: main thoroughfare tunnels that they move through repeatedly to get from place to place.
These main traveling tunnels are the ones that The Molenator wants to identify. Once we know where the moles pass through on the regular, it is easy to know where to set traps and eliminate the nuisance.