Hello again!

I was just telling the folks in the office about my latest lawn trouble. We've all been talking about how beat up many lawns around town are looking. But as if the heat and drought of this summer haven't been enough, I now have moles in my lawn. It's surprising how quickly they can damage large areas. Especially if you have a curious dog! Well, I don't think Coulter is up for the task of getting rid of these moles alone, so I need to take action.

While they have different classifications officially, for the sake of conversation, I tend to lump together groundhogs, gophers and moles. Simply put, gophers are herbivores, which means they only eat vegetation. They especially love the roots and tubers of plants but will occasionally resort to “grazing” the lawn for grass, clover, and other snacks. Moles are carnivores not herbivores, which means they eat meat and not plants. Plants are just a nuisance in the mole's hot pursuit of their next meal of earthworms, grubs and other soil creatures. They also won't eat seeds. It is pretty simple to differentiate them by their travel patterns and the evidence of their presence. Gophers make mounds at the soil surface; moles make tunnels.

Neither gophers nor moles are difficult to combat or repel. Easy-to-use ferti-lome MoleGo will send moles, gophers and other small rodents away from your lawn, garden, or flower beds. You can use it anytime when moles are spotted. MoleGo also repels armadillos, skunks, voles, ground squirrels, and groundhogs. You can have confidence that this product is safe around people and pets when used as directed. There are other options for controlling these rodents, like traps, poison mole worms, sonic spikes and other remedies. Ask in store for more details, or watch our Garden Time episode for more suggestions.

I know I've mentioned this many times, but fall really is the best time of year to fertilize or overseed your lawn. So after you've given any pesky moles the boot, pick up some ferti-lome Winterizer or Gard'N-Wise Fescue Blend grass seed. A thick, healthy lawn is also a great defense against weeds and pests.

Stop in and see us. We are happy to help answer any questions you have about your lawn, garden or any pests that may be lingering around!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center