Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
As I've previously mentioned we've recently inherited a large garden, it was mainly laid to lawn with a few apple trees in the middle, a row of fir trees along one side and and end, and surrounded by a ten-foot high stone wall. On one side of the path we've raised the turf and created a fruit and veg patch, the original greenhouse needs some tlc but is functional enough, and we were lucky enough to have a pile of unused gravel to surround the beds. Apart from the occasional query, for which we get outstandingly brilliant help from the members of this very site, all is rosy (or it would be if we had any!) OR SO YOU'D THINK.
Having always owned two large German Shepherds, and just homed a particularly excitable but adorable rescue, we've never held out much hope of owning a bowling green lawn, but something at least vaguely resembling a patch of grass would be nice! The new arrival digging holes I can cope with, but the little blighters that are ruining my far-from-perfect lawn are MOLES - the damn thing looks like a battlefield! One of our cats took an interest in them and began bringing one home each morning, but I think he's got bored of them, Rabbits seem to make a better target, I think they're a bit stupid which seems to suit his hunting philosphy (I'm sure I've seen him leaning up against one of the apple trees wearing a trenchcoat and a fedora whilst pretending to smoke a carrot).
We invested in one of those sonic sticks you plug into the ground, which seemed to work for about a fortnight, but I think the moles have started wearing earplugs, because they're returning. And not only are they returning they're branching out and exploring - they've got a travel pass and they're damned sure they're going to use it! The lovely gravel area surrounding the fruit and veg beds, which I put a membrane beneath, looks like a tunnel scene from The Great Escape every morning.
Bearing in mind the pets, which I rather like to keep around, does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with the litlle sh..., I mean adorable furry little things!
- 4 Jun, 2010