At this time of year mole activity can be prolific, so if you’ve noticed pyramids of finely turned soil on the surface of your lawn you probably have a mole living underground. Find out how to discourage moles from entering your garden with tips from Essex turf grower and supplier Paynes Turf.

Moles live underground, digging vast networks of tunnels and chambers. They excavate the excess soil to the surface of the ground, creating molehills. While moles won’t eat your plants or grass (they feed on earthworms and insects), the biggest problem associated with moles is their molehills, especially when it comes to mowing the lawn. Molehills must be removed before mowing so this can get very frustrating! 

How to remove (and reuse) molehills

The soil excavated by moles is actually really good soil. The moles do a good job of aerating and tilling the soil so don’t let it go to waste: you can use this soil in your pots, on beds and in borders, or even sprinkle lightly over the turf using a brush or rake. What’s left needs to be flattened down before you can get the mower out.

How to prevent moles from appearing in your garden

The most effective way to discourage moles from entering the lawned area in your garden in the first place is to create a barrier. Protect the area of your garden that you want to keep mole free by digging a trench approx. 20-30cm wide by around 60-90cm deep, fill with gravel, and then cover the gravel with soil.

How to discourage moles

Moles really dislike any kind of noise or activity so mow regularly and be a presence in your garden. Moles also love searching for worms and insects in damp soil, so make sure that you don’t overwater your lawn.

How to remove moles

Prevention is always better than cure. Catching moles in a pit trap before releasing them into a suitable environment is considered humane, however this won’t prevent additional moles from entering your garden. So dig a trench, make some noise in the garden, and mow your lawn regularly to keep moles at bay.