Lawn Moles and proper Lawn Care

Written by Linda Paquette

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For these reasons, evenrepparttar most effective method of mole removal, trapping, is not a permanent solution to a “mole problem”. Besides which,repparttar 139600 three types of mole traps that work with any success sound like relics fromrepparttar 139601 Spanish inquisition— harpoons, scissor-jaws, and choker loops. In fact, numerous remedies have been used to try to control moles Pickle juice, red pepper, razor blades, bleach, moth balls, brambles, human hair braids and hair balls, vibrators, ultra sonic devices, and poisons offer inconsistent and generally ineffective results; many including environmentally unfriendly side effects.

As in all elements of lawn care,repparttar 139602 best solution to a lawn mole problem is applying practical gardening principles. Mole tunnels (except forrepparttar 139603 hilled entrances) are typically deep enough to be almost invisible. Over-watering your yard brings earthworms and other invertebrates close torepparttar 139604 surface, making it necessary forrepparttar 139605 moles to “move up” in search of them. Reducingrepparttar 139606 amount or frequency of watering may help both moles and their prey stay underground where they are most beneficial to your lawn.

Another solution to a lawn mole problem is to reducerepparttar 139607 size of your lawn, converting it to gardens, paths, and hedgerows. First, moles prefer straight tunnel runs. However, more importantly, converting some lawn to gardens, paths, hedgerows and patio areas adds eye-appeal, reduces signs of damage, and in addition attract birds and butterflies to your property.

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How To Attract Hummingbirds

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Provide red hummingbird feeders hung about thirty feet apart throughout your yard. Never fill your feeders with anything but a sugar-water mix of 1 part white sugar to 4 parts boiled water. Do not use food coloring or artificial sweeteners of any kind, and never, never use honey which can develop a fungus which can be fatal to hummingbirds. Clean and refillrepparttar feeders every 3 days. More often if temperatures are above 85 degrees F.

Hangrepparttar 139279 feeders on a pole in a flower bed or on a porch or deck near flowers hummingbirds are attracted to.

You can also tie 18 to 24 inch strips of red ribbon torepparttar 139280 feeder. The blowing ribbons will make it easier forrepparttar 139281 hummingbirds to see.

Place feeders at various heights. Some hummingbird species like to feed at heights of 12 to 15 feet, while others feed on low growing flowers and prefer feeders placed closer torepparttar 139282 ground.

Avoid hanging feeders in direct sunlight, which will cause nectar to spoil more quickly.

Once a weekrepparttar 139283 feeder must be washed with vinegar and water or a 10% chlorine solution and scrubbed clean.

Create a separate feeder for Bees and wasps. Fill it with a mixture of 3:1 or even a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. The insects have a very strong preference for rich, high-sugar mixtures and will quickly decide to userepparttar 139284 feeder withrepparttar 139285 higher sugar content.

To repel ants, apply vinegar or powdered cloves to ant trails. Put adhesive tape applied sticky-side-out torepparttar 139286 hanging wire. Experts advise that petroleum jelly not be used becauserepparttar 139287 greasy substance gets ontorepparttar 139288 birds and make it hard forrepparttar 139289 birds to clean their feathers properly. Use ant traps instead.

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