[gardeners] GROUNDHOGS

c.l. avery (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 09 Apr 1999 21:32:22 PDT

Dear list,
  I can speak from personal experience with moles...the juicy fruit 
works!  I lived in San Francisco for many years and when I first moved 
in my lawn was just riddled with moles.  I tried everything, including 
the neighbor man who was a good ol' southern boy and didn't mind 
smacking the things with a bat and then picking up the dead and 
bleeding body...but even he couldn't keep up with them.  And besides, 
he eventually moved away.  I tried the 
flushing-them-out-with-the-hose, dogs (although not dachsunds), poison 
put down the holes, etc.  After all those things failed, I heard on a 
radio gardening show about putting an unchewed stick of juicy fruit 
down the holes.  What could I lose?  So, I tried it and shabam!  
within a week or two all of the mole holes were quiet and no more ever 
came up.  And I lived there for 3 more years...  I'm sold on it.  Now, 
the question is: are moles and groundhogs similiar enough for the 
groudhogs to like the juicy fruit too?  It's worth a try.  (keep 
putting a fresh stick down all the holes day after day until your sure 
that the critters are gone)

  Carolyn (who is very tired from planting 100 daylilies this week)
  zone 7b

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