Play it, Jen

Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Ridding your lawn of moles: What really works - Lawns & Landscaping - MSN Real Estate

"It's spring, which means millions of proud American lawn owners will begin their annual battle against … the lowly mole.
The little bugger is a formidable enemy. An average mole, though weighing just 5 or 6 ounces, can dig up to 18 feet per hour through the less-dense upper soil of a lawn..."

Proverb: “In shallow holes moles make fools of dragons”

The number of wild remedies is a testament to the frustration moles cause. "There are hundreds of wives' tales: poison, human hair, razor blades, hooking up your car exhaust to tunnels, putting chewing gum in the tunnels," says Brooks Owen, publisher of "Grandpa's Pest Solutions," an e-book about battling moles. Owen says he has a neighbor who puts rose branches into the mounds, and those are supposed to scratch the moles until they bleed to death. "I look over at his lawn and he's got molehills everywhere."

I find it interesting, the one thing they don't mention, seems to be a great help in ridding the yard of moles: Own a corgi.

A mole brings real benefit to a lawn, if you can stand it; a typical animal eats 45 to 50 pounds of insects and worms annually, according to one study. And the grasses and excrement it leaves underground are good for the soil, says Dave Pehling, assistant extension agent in Snohomish County, Wash., and a zoologist. "I have a mole in my yard all the time. I think he's cool."

I'm with the zoologist on this one. I'd rather have a mole than a bunch of grubs in my yard any day!
Happy Mole Season!!!


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