I left you all, in my blog part one, with the knowledge that I was going to eradicate the moles and grubs in my yard come hell or high water.
I didn’t know it would be so hard. I consulted my trusted Garden Shop owner who started off the conversation with “there’s no good way to get rid of them.” My internet search said there were grub killers but didn’t mention the other things they would kill: fleas, ticks, moles, mole crickets. I have no problem with this, but then I found out the grub killers also kill the beneficial worms.
My Garden Shop mentor explained that done right, you spread granules throughout your yard and immediately lightly water. The water dissolves the granules, washes them from the grass they may land on and the dissolved mixture penetrates the soil, killing the pests quickly. I questioned whether the worms would come up and birds would die from eating them. He said you don’t put that much water on the yard…lightly water. He also said the birds are repelled from the poison scent and won’t eat them. Still, what’s a yard without worms. Once all of those pests die, what’s going to help decompose them?
So, I’ve decided to leave the yard alone. I’ll just step on the mole mounds, deal with the sinking ground and blame the dead grass spots on the lack of sunlight on my yard due to the pine forest and my neighbor’s wall of bamboo that’s encroaching on my side of the fence. On to bigger problems…like the weeds growing (again) between the bricks on my patio.