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--Deb

See? The most we've got is some grass and some shrubbery . . . no gardening to worry about! (Not that any of us has the least talent for yardwork.)

Marcia Cooke

We've got moles/voles for the first time in decades. We're trying Milky Spore and I'll let you know. Sniff some wool for me.....and thanks for reminding me about Barb's blog. I lost all my Bloglines back when the computer was misbehaving and am still reconstructing.

Chris

When I first moved to this house, my immediate neighbors and I woke one morning to discover we all had a lot of dug up areas in our lawns. Turns out it was my cat going after the moles or voles (I never got a really good look at the remains). Within that first summer, that good kitty cleared pretty much all of our yards of those subterranean pests. Now if I could just interest her in the damn grubs!

Julie

Once upon a time I had a serious infestation of moles. One of my garden catalogs offered something called "mole plant", a member of the Euphorbiaceae which proved quite effective in repelling the critters. They were gone by summer's end, off to pester someone further down the street.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_lathyris

margene

So much destruction from winters force. You will have a busy gardening season. Enjoy the wool festival and all the knitbuds!

Danielle

I wish I could become a gardener. I love the look of a well-tended plant, but I just don't enjoy grubbing around in the dirt. (Yes, a bit of a princess here, why do you ask?) I was hoping I might marry someone with a green thumb and a desire to mulch, but alas, he is no more inclined than I am.

Lynn

I was having trouble with pine voles eating my hostas underground, so I asked the state mammalogist what to do - he suggested putting a moth ball by each plant. He wasn't sure that would work, but thought it worth a try. Well, I don't know if it was causation or correlation, but I've had no more troubles with hostas disappearing ftom the bottom up, since I tried the moth balls.

Sylvia

Moth balls might work, but they are carcinogenic so weigh your options...

If you can get a vole-catching cat, that is the best solution. I've had a few over the years and they were rather wonderful, though when they ran out of voles and moles they wiped out things like, oh, dozens of quail and cottontail rabbits.

Teyani

I wonder if its the voles that are breaking off and eating tops of my my flowers at night? (yes, literally - huge tulip heads gone, with only a partial crumb or two of petal left.)
I can already see the bulges where their tunnels are forming underground.
So the zen book I spoke of said to make an underground fence line at least 2 feet deep using hardware cloth (whatever that is)
hmmm. I think I'm going to try those little pinwheel things that blow 'round in the wind. Supposedly the thump thump that echos in the ground deters the voles & moles.

Great post btw- good thing there's a doctor in the house (grin) and those broken bones can be mended & consumption medicated !

juno

Not the tree peonies! Sniff....

Lorette

I have a rodent-catching cat I'll mail you. I'll warn you, you will need a strong stomach to put up with daily rodent remains that he brings to us in the house. Sometimes he just leaves the feet, sometimes entrails, sometimes he just sucks the brains out and leaves the rest. I'm sure it's all part of some bizarre kitty religious ritual.

Marcy

EVIL little fuckers! You needs you some kittycats.

Dyepotgirl

The one thing that I've had pretty good luck with for moles and voles around favorite plants is ground oyster shells. You put them in the holes when you are planting your plants and mix them in the dirt. What I was told is that the edges of the shells are really sharp and cut the moles/voles feet so they avoid the area. My lawn is LOUSY with the pesky creatures. It looks like Swiss cheese in the spring, but I manage to save my Japanese Iris etc by using oyster shells. If the nasty creature is eating your plant roots then it's a vole. Moles are carnivorous! Good luck on your mission!

Kate/Massachusetts

Hmmm...there is a sale on tree peonies on this website:
http://www.kvbwholesale.com/store/peonies/treepeonies/64679
I've never bought from them but the other knitters who have are happy with the product/service.

Would a cat help with the voles? I feed the birds but to keep the squirrels away from the birdseed, I buy Critter Food to feed them. It is in the birdseed section at Stop and Shop. They leave my feeders alone. Maybe feeding Critter food to the voles would keep them away from your peonies. Try calling Weston Nursery in Hopkinton and ask their advice. I seem to recall you are in Massachusetts or is my memory miswired? lol

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