The Q&A Archives: Moss, M oles and Squirrels

Question: Moss, Moles & Squirrel in my yards. Tried spray, granules & even road flares (somebody told me) for moles. Moss I can kinda live with it. Most of my bulbs are gone (planted Nov/08) Mowed the lawn Thurs. 3/12 then sprayed moss killer. Can I spray it again after 48hrs ?

Answer: Moss is usually a symptom of several problems, including poor drainage, too much shade, low fertility, compacted soil, and acid soil. If you can correct these problems, and put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule, you'll have fewer moss problems. Start fertilizing in April with a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK (the 3 numbers on the bag of fertilizer). Apply one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn per year. Feed again in June, September and late November or early December. Instead of using chemical moss killers, just rake and reseed any mossy areas in your lawn. If your grass is healthy, it will crowd out the moss in the future.

Squirrels are interested in digging in fresh soil to see what they might uncover. Next time, plant your bulbs and then lay chicken wire over the planting bed to keep the critters from digging. Remove the barrier when the bulbs begin to sprout in the spring.

As for moles, the only sure way of eliminating them is trapping. The scissors type traps are most effective. You'll need to find the main tunnels and place your traps in them. Replace as often as necessary to trap the entire population.

Good luck with your yard!

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