How To Stop Ground Moles In The Garden & Landscape – Naturally!

Looking for a natural way to stop ground moles from tearing up the earth in your lawn, garden and flowerbeds?

Ground moles wreak havoc all throughout the landscape. Not only are their tunnels unsightly in the lawn, they damage and kill plants in gardens and flowerbeds by exposing and damaging root systems beyond repair.

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A pile of freshly dug soil – the unmistakable sign of a ground mole.

And it’s not the plant roots they are after. In fact, ground moles don’t have an ounce of plant-eating herbivore in them. Instead, they love to feast on the grubs and worms living below your lawn and garden spaces.

Unfortunately, it is the earthworms they prize the most – which just happen to be beneficial to your soil and plants. And the last thing you want to do is to apply a chemical spray to take out both unwanted and wanted life under the soil.

But the good news is there are a few effective natural methods. And here is a look at 3 that can help stop ground moles from destroying your lawn and landscape.

3 Natural Methods To Stop Ground Moles

Motion & Sound & Vibration Traps

Ground moles do not like vibration or sound around them as they search for food. These movements and sounds in the soil cause them to fear that potential predators are nearby.

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Pinwheels placed in the soil can cause vibrations in the soil that help deter ground moles.

Because of that, creating a constant stream of vibration and noise serves as an effective deterrent for stopping ground moles. And if it’s enough, even make them relocate to a new area.

Although placing pinwheels or stakes with small chimes in the soil can be effective, solar mole repellers take it to a whole new level. These solar powered devices emit pulsing vibrations and sounds at regular intervals.

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Seneca solar powered mole repellers.

And when placed in strategic locations, they can drive moles quickly from infected areas. Product Link : Seneca Solar Powered Mole Repeller

Castor Oil Spray

Castor oil is another good option when it comes to driving ground moles from your property.

The castor bean has long been known to be offensive to ground moles. In fact, many gardeners plant castor bean plants strategically in their garden to stop ground moles from entering.

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Ground moles do not like the scent or presence of castor bean oil or plants.

But if you don’t want to plant castor bean plants (they have a tendency to be invasive), you can create a castor oil spray that is a highly effective ground treatment.

To make, mix 6 ounces of castor oil with a gallon of water and a few drops of liquid detergent. To apply, use a sprayer and cover the affected area with a light mist from the soil.

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Spraying affected areas with castor oil can drive ground moles to look for a new home.

To increase effectiveness for stopping ground moles, spray the entrance and exit holes with the solution as well. The scent helps drive moles from working the treated areas.

To be an effective long term solution, reapply the spray after hard rains or heavy dew.

Garlic In The Hole

And finally, as a third option, it’s garlic to the rescue – garlic’s pungent odor has long been known as a ground mole deterrent.

When grown in the garden, it is the one crop that ground moles seem to avoid at all costs. But you don’t have to grow garlic to reap it’s mole-repelling qualities.

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A few crushed garlic cloves places in the tunnels of ground moles can help drive them from the area.

Instead, place a few cloves of crushed garlic in the hole openings and tunnels of ground moles to send them searching for new space.

Here is to stopping ground moles from destroying your lawn and landscape this year – naturally! For more on pest control, see our Battling Pests section on the blog.

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