Can Rodents Damage My Yard or Garden?

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Can Rodents Damage My Yard or Garden? | The Experienced GardenerTrying to groom a beautiful landscape or garden is hard enough without needing to worry about possible invaders. But unfortunately, rodents are a constant concern for all homeowners, whether they have a nice garden or not. Rodents, like most pests, are constantly in search of food. And if they can find a food source around your property, then they’ll be happy to stick around and exploit it.

So if your home’s exterior isn’t protected, rodents could wander inside the home in search of food. Or conversely, if there’s no food to be had indoors, they’ll set up shop right outside.

  • Rats, Mice and Squirrels Will Terrorize the Garden

Since these critters will gladly share your food, they’ll be happy to feast upon whatever vegetables you might have in your garden. That’s why it’s very important to protect vegetable gardens from rodents. You should consider using a rodent repellant, which can be purchased from any home improvement or gardening store. But if you’re looking for a more long-term solution, exclusion is your best bet. If you can raise your garden beds or build some kind of fence around them, it will “exclude” rodents (prevent them) from entering the garden at all.

  • Gophers and Moles Will Destroy the Lawn

Beyond the critters that eat your plants, there are also those that burrow and dig in the dirt. Critters like gophers and moles. It’s fairly common for a home to encounter gophers from time-to-time, but how you deal with them is up to you. These rodents will make a series of large holes in your lawn, which can be disastrous – so you definitely don’t want them around.

Just like the rodents mentioned above, there are sprays and poisonous pellets on the market for dealing with gophers. Additionally, if you have a pet that likes to dig, they can be effective at killing gophers.

But the most tried and true method of killing these critters is a bit of a barbaric one. You see, if you use your garden hose to flood the gopher hole, they’ll eventually have to pop up from a different hole in the lawn. And when they do that, you can bash them with a shovel or other blunt object to kill them. It’s not a pretty option, but it definitely works.

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