A visit from Mr. Mole
A few days ago I rescued a baby mole from an empty water tank. I put him by the hedge expecting him to burrow into the ground and get away. He was a very handsome little chap with a velvet jacket, ( I suppose it was really a moleskin jacket. ) and big feet.
Half an hour later he was still trying to dig into the ground but was unable to dig into the hard dry earth. I was afraid that the cat might get him, I did not want to put him on a mole hill as I thought that he might get into a fight with the owner of the mole hill. So I put him down a rabbit hole and have not seen him again.
When I was telling a friend about this he was surprised, as he spends a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of moles. He puts seaside windmills on mole hills, has solar powered buzzy mole repellers and runs round in the middle of the night trying to catch them poking their heads up through the mole hills. None of these things have worked yet, but he will catch them he assures me.
So I take the easy route. All that I do is shovel up the soil from mole hills and spread them on the dips in the lawn to level it out. As long as it is only a thin layer of soil spread over turf the grass soon comes through and the lawn is slowly levelled out. The soil from a mole hill is always very fine and has lots of uses, for example it is excellent for mixing with compost. The question arises whether the dips in the lawn are mining subsidence due to moles, but I can not claim that the lawn was ever that flat.
So there we are I just live along with the moles, rarely seeing them.
Now rabbits eating my plants. That is another matter. Grrrr!
Don Morgan Morgans Nursery
Stonehouse Lane, Bulkeley
Nr. Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8BQ
Tel. 01829 720514
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