We have received several inquiries about mole problems in our neighborhood. This year our lawns are in a healthy condition and have been treated for grubs, but we still have seen a lot of mole activity. Wildlife control is the homeowner’s responsibility, but here are a couple of suggestions before hiring an outside critter control company.
What Do Moles Eat?
Moles are not rodents but insectivores subsisting exclusively on bugs, larvae, worms, and other invertebrates. Therefore…
Moles do not eat plant material. Their dental structure is suited for worms, grubs, and the like. They even eat fire ants.
Most often, it’s the best-kept yards that have the worst mole issues.
We discovered a matrix of surface tunnels. The mole (we presume just one) was essentially soil surfing looking for invertebrate tastes and quite heedless of the collateral damage. Our enriched garden beds had lots of worms. Good for us and good for Mr. Mole.
Moles dig three kinds of tunnels, though all types may not be present at every site. There’ are the surface tunnels, but think of them as the top layer. Under them lie the main tunnels used to move about and these tend to be permanent. And then there are the nests, larger spaces filled with grass, roots, and leaves for nesting and winter protection.
What really works?
The only two methods of effectively controlling moles are to (1) use a bait they are attracted to or (2) physically remove them. A fairly new bait that has been proven to be effective is packaged and sold in the form of a worm. The attractive smell and taste that is incorporated into the worm, together with Bromethalin (the active ingredient that poisons the mole), makes for a lethal combination.
To determine if a run is active, stomp it down flat, then check the following day to see if it is pushed back up. If the tunnel has been repaired, it is usually an active tunnel and should be considered for trapping or baiting. Mole traps and baits are available at most hardware, home repair and farm supply stores. These products are usually under $20. Worth a try before hiring a critter company to set traps and remove them.
BrightView, our landscaping provider, has advised us that they will be mowing a little differently this week due to the recent heavy rains.
They will be mowing this week, but they will be a bit more selective on where they mow. They will mow anywhere that will support it — that is, areas that won’t sustain turf damage from the lawn mowing equipment. Some low-lying or poorly-drained areas may still be too wet or muddy to safely support their gear.
They feel a little long grass — temporarily — is better than rutting up yards and tearing up turf, which could easily become a problem into next year. They’ll resume a more normal mowing pattern as the ground firms up.
BrightVew Landscape plans to be in the Weybridge neighborhood on or around Friday, August 31 to perform a touch-up shrub pruning (date dependent on weather). This pruning is only for new growth, as a follow-up to pruning from earlier in the summer.
If you have shrubs or bushes you do NOT want BrightView to trim, please put a brightly-colored ribbon on those shrubs and bushes.
Please contact Brent Kleihauer, our Weybridge Landscape Officer. He has ribbon on his front porch if you need some. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have brown patches in your lawn? Perhaps it’s a result of our recent dry spell or maybe drainage on one part of your property lets water run off faster than others. Whatever the cause, if your turf is dry and the grass isn’t thriving, you may need to water the lawn.
Some folks wonder whether our landscaping provider should handle these brown patches. Sadly, no. Bare patches of grass and dying grass are the responsibility of homeowners. You may need to water or re-seed to keep your lawn green. In fact, the Weybridge Warranty Deed requires residents to provide water to their lawns as needed (see section 4-B).
Any questions about how to care for your lawn? Feel free to contact our landscaping expert, Brent Kleihauer at email@example.com.
Margaret Helen Roberts Eberhart, age 86 years, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away on July 11, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband Laurence of 46 years, brother James Roberts and sister Shirley Taylor Patterson. She is survived by her children, Doug (Sharon), Dwight, Dean (Kathy), David (Gay), Peggy (Rick) Jensen of Anaconda, MT; including grandchildren, Kelcie (Chad), Tyler, Alisha (Spencer), Connor, Colin, Erin, Mason, Luke; and great grandchildren, Marshall, Audra and Jacob. Margie was born in Sharpsville, PA on June 20, 1932, was a high school majorette and graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. Margie and Larry moved to Dublin, Ohio as newlyweds in 1954 when it was a village of approximately 300 people. Margie was an active member of Dublin Community Church for several decades, was instrumental in establishing the Kindergarten program for Dublin Schools, was a Franklin County Republican Chairwoman and remained an avid Penn State fan. She enjoyed her flowers, a good family meal, playing bridge with her local friends and at the Dublin Rec Center and vacationing with her family on the Outer Banks annually for 45 years. As the family matriarch, she firmly believed that a family that plays together stays together. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed. Visitation will take place on Friday, July 20 from 4-7 PM at Rutherford Funeral Home, 450 W. Olentangy Street, Powell, OH and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, July 21 at 10 AM at the Dublin Community Church, 81 West Bridge Street, Dublin, OH with Chad Ellis officiating. To send an online condolence, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.