I was plagued with moles for two years. The first year brought only a few tunnels, the second, too many to count. I tried moth balls, chewing gum, water, pitchfork, etc., absolutely NOTHING worked. This year I have gone 100% organic, actually beginning last fall with many yards of peat, but I suspect it wasn’t the peat that made the difference, but rather, several snakes. YES! You read that right. Normally I would be beside myself to find that I was harbouring a snake invasion, but it seems that this lovely reptile enjoys living in a hole, literally. They will seek out living quarters made by others (moles, rabbits, etc.), claim it as their own, and request an address change through their respective PO.
I would generally be beside myself with such a take-over, afraid to venture into my own yard (actually, initially I was overcome, but it was only after four snakes found their way into the blades of my garden edger…all in one day!), yet this year I find that I have not one mole living in the vicinity. Neighbors no longer have a problem, either. Okay, I admit, I was a nervous wreck in the beginning. I gave up mowing for one week, made the hubby do it, and then decided that perhaps I’d better rethink my fear. I set about trying to identify the particular snake, discovered it was harmless, and that it feared me more than I could ever fear it.
P.S. This experience still hasn’t converted me into a snake charmer…..just a respecting individual. Can I send you a snake or two? ;)
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.