How do you find out what kind of critter is digging up holes in the backyard lawn? I get holes in the ground, and it results in small piles of dirt here & there
Many holes/tunnels dug are located along edges of concrete sidewalks.
I reach down, sometimes see holes revealed, other times I pull aside the dirt pile but can't find a trace of an actual hole in the ground that leads underground.
I live in Castro Valley, which long ago was full of orchards, live a couple miles away from a creek. Maybe every 6+ months, I'll spot a deer or two. Rarely I'll find a possum or raccoon, most of the time I'll see birds, cats, dogs, squirrels. Holes look too big for birds to be digging f/worms/insects, fence/gates are too high for most dogs to get over into the backyard. Cats can get by but I can't picture them making so many holes. I'm guessing gophers, since I do sometimes find holes leading underground.
Note: They don't seem to fear the GrassSeed, WeedNFeed, Ortho poison on the lawns. Maybe those poisons/fertilizers never penetrate that low into the ground so as to bother/harm underground burrowers?
How do I find the culprits & get rid of them f/good?
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We all like critters, we just don't like them destroying our yards and gardens. I found a couple of web sites that may prove useful. One for identification of your critters and the second has advise for what to do about it. Hope it helps!
Animals such as moles, rabbits, gophers, snakes, mice, and other rodents can wreck some serious havoc to a lawn. Though some of these species act as traveling lawn pest control agents by eating up insects as they hunt, these critter tend to tear up your yard in the process. Without the ability to identify the criiter by sight, I suspect moles may be your culprit, because they dig two types of holes -- feeding tunnels just one or two inches beneath the surface of the lawn and more permanent living chambers about 6 to 10 inches beneath the surface from which mounds of earth are thrown up at intervals. The most effective method for controlling moles is the use of lethal traps, though this method is also time-consuming. Pick up a couple at your garden center and test them out. Remember too that keeping your lawn healthy with frequent mowing, watering, fertilization, and aeration can deter certain species and help your lawn survive others.
2 years ago, we had the landscaping done, 25 tons of dirt & concrete from around the house removed & new concrete laid down. When the lawns were done, new sod was laid down. Looked beautiful. Today, it's nearly back to the sad state it was back before the landscaping job. A once beautiful dwarf fescue lawn is now spotted with empty spots due to the annual spread of clover & other weeds, & in the front, running grass, clover, foxtail. I do put down Weed n Feed Plus 2 Weedkiller, use Ortho water-based poisons that kill weeds but not lawn, & do spot treatments with Weed-B-Gone in the rock gardens, yet no one poison kills all the weeds. Now we have this stupid issue with dug up holes! I wish I could water more often; however, Alameda County claims we're in drought conditions despite all the rain we got during Winter & imposes mandatory water rationing. The more water used, the greater chance of getting bumped up to next fee bracket. It's so expensive maintaining a lawn!
Thanks much, Y'All!
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