How to treat & repair a mole-damaged lawn

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Moles are rodents that burrow underground and come from woodland areas. Moles have a bullet-shaped head and nose, strong shoulders and strong, outward-facing, clawed feet. They are built for digging underground and feed on cutworms, Japanese beetles, centipedes, spiders and earthworms.

When their habitat is encroached upon, they may end up in your lawn, digging tunnels and tearing up your plants. You must use one of the few effective methods for eliminating moles. When these pests have been eliminated, you can then repair the damage to your lawn.

Inspect your property carefully, making note of the location of tunnels.

Purchase mole traps from a garden centre or home improvement store. Traps can either catch them alive or kill the moles.

Place the traps in the hole and check daily.

Remove traps that have moles and dispose as recommended by your county extension service.

Use a lawn roller to push down the hills of dirt caused by the mole tunnels.

Replace grass on bare areas damaged by tunnelling.