Avon, United Kingdom
My question regards holes in the garden. As to the culprits, I have a number of possible candidates, but I am unsure whom to blame, nor what to do in order to prevent further holes appearing.
I live in Bristol. My soil is mostly very hard clay. However, due to me (gradually) trying to improve soil quality, as well as planting new flowers, the borders are somewhat mixed in hardness, depending on whether new compost/plants have been added recently.
The holes in question are not burrows, but are instead what you may expect from an animal burrowing to search for food. They are normally 2-3 inches deep, teardrop shaped and have a total diameter of 6-8 inches.
They have been made in the softer soil areas (particularly annoying, since this is where new, delicate plants have been planted), and one or two have also appeared in my large containers.
I know that there are rats and mice in the near area. Foxes too (although they seem quite small for a fox). There are plenty of cats (although there are not normally droppings nearby), a local hedgehog and of course lots of birds.
Can anyone help to identify my diggers, since they are really causing a nuisance, exposing roots and digging up newly planted flowers? Furthermore, how can I stop them without turning my borders into Fort Knox?
- 6 Jun, 2012