Lilies forum: Vole Contol and Muscari?

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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Sep 6, 2012 10:01 AM CST
Has anyone ever thought that Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) might just keep voles at bay? I'm thinking, maybe. I have a bed of mixed lilies--pretty good size--about 30 ft by 15 ft with about a 6 in wide, thick, well colonized Muscari border. I've never seen voles or mice tunnels/runways in there after the spring snow melt like I do see in other gardens around here and I'm thinking maybe it's the Muscari. I know about the use of mini Daffs by many people, but I don't have any Daffs in there at all.

Any thoughts?
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Sep 7, 2012 9:18 AM CST
I don't have a Vole problem ( yet ) but if they did anything for rabbits I'd plant them everywhere! Although nothing I have in the front garden near the Muscari ever seems to get eaten. I wonder if they'll keep chipmunks at bay?? Grumbling
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 8, 2012 7:09 AM CST
WOW Lorne.It sounds so plausable.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 8, 2012 8:23 AM CST
I read where someone mentioned muscari in addition to daffs as keeping voles away.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 8, 2012 10:05 AM CST
Good news for my garden.We have it all over.Big thick patches I'll just scoop up a few and toss in with lilies when I plant the lilies.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 8, 2012 10:07 AM CST
That's a great idea, I have large clumps too.

Is this along with the 170 daffs you are going to toss in, Jo, LOL.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 8, 2012 10:15 AM CST
O M G I might need live-in help.GS just came home to work here.I can enlist him.I need to seee where the Fall Emergance is in the front garden.Muscaries pop up here in a few weeks,not to bloom until spring.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Sep 8, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Well, Jo Ann and Polly, It might just be a coincidence, I don't know for sure but I strongly suspect it might keep voles out--that's why I asked the question if anyone else has noticed any such relationship. Voles are a real problem here but I can honestly say I've seen no evidence of any sign of voles in there for the last 15 or 20 years but I have seen little tunnels and runways all over the place in my other gardens where I don't have muscari.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 8, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Sounds like a solution.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 8, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Here's where I saw it, go about 1/2 way down the page. I also see nepeta on there. I have nepeta near everything, so that could be why no vole damage for me.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 9, 2012 5:03 AM CST
Ahhhh hem!! Polly.
Where is the link.?

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