Bulbs forum: Will moles eat these?

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Frillylily
Apr 4, 2017 11:49 AM CST
Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda)

I have heard that moles will eat crocus, and they kill my tulips I have given up on those. Will the moles bother these?
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gemini_sage
Apr 4, 2017 12:57 PM CST
They've never bothered mine, and one time I had them planted with tulips that were eaten while the anemones were left alone.
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Bonehead
Apr 4, 2017 1:09 PM CST
I don't think it is the moles that are eating your bulbs, likely some other little burrowing creature (field mice or squirrels are usually my culprit). I've had the roots/bulbs eaten from anemones, tulips, and pasque flowers. No troubles at all with daffodils or crocus, so I just keep adding those every year for early bloom. I live quite close to commercial tulip fields and often wonder how they control their animal pests - maybe they just overplant so heavily they can absorb some underground feeding.
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gemini_sage
Apr 4, 2017 1:37 PM CST
I think other rodents use the tunnels left by moles.
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Seedfork
Apr 4, 2017 2:48 PM CST
@Frillylily
Here is an article that may be of interest, it may be voles and not moles you have in your yard. I always call my little critters moles, but I think they are actually voles being I never see the dirt piles, just the tunnels.
https://www.thespruce.com/vole...
edited: forgot to post the link.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 4, 2017 4:38 PM CST
If you do have voles or field mice, rat terriers are really quite good at catching them. Our neighbor's rat terrier taught my square nosed boxer mix how to hunt and she (my dog) now quite often catches moles or field mice. Always to a lot of praise!
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Frillylily
Apr 4, 2017 6:54 PM CST
I would LOVE to have a rat terrier, but unfortunately allergic so I have poodles. They are sweet little clowns but hunters they are not. My 5lb-er would be scared of moles most likely Hilarious!

I DO have voles and I also have moles and squirrels. I am not aware that I have lost anything to voles actually Shrug! I see signs of them but I don't get dead plants. The tulips I mentioned, I planted them and then the next morning I noticed a mole had shoveled up the entire area there. Grumbling So I went to re-plant them. Except for everyone of them were GONE. Confused 20 Queen of the Nights. Crying I just assumed it was the mole, he may have just been interested in the fresh turned dirt, and maybe a squirrel actually carried off the bulbs? I never seen a trace of them again. Usually tulips just get smaller and smaller for 2-3 yrs and dwindle away. Really, don't like that.
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McCannon
Apr 4, 2017 8:10 PM CST
I believe moles customarily eat grubs and earthworms. Voles and mice will follow the mole tunnels to get to plant roots though. They usually cause damage to our potato crop.
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