Ground moles, grubs, and nematodes

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Greyt.Chase
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Ground moles, grubs, and nematodes

Post by Greyt.Chase » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:59 pm

Ok, so here is my problem. My yard is constantly getting torn up by ground moles. They are there because I have grubs. I read that the best non chemical way to get rid of them is by using nematodes. I have also read that nematodes can harm the roots of trees.

So, has anyone had issues with grubs and used nematodes in an orchard environment?

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Re: Ground moles, grubs, and nematodes

Post by PA_Docent » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:09 am

I read someplace (maybe USDA) that nematodes are detrimental to orchards. I wanted to apply to my lawn where my apple trees are located; however have to look for an alternative. The voles (not moles) seem to be doing a good job at finding and eating grubs.
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Re: Ground moles, grubs, and nematodes

Post by Greyt.Chase » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:15 pm

That's what I read as well. The nemotodes attack the roots of the trees and hinder growth.

I'd rather not use regular chemicals, which is what I think my neighbors use, because they never have mole hills in their yards.

It's pretty gross in May/June/July when all the grubs turn to June Bugs and fly all over the place.

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Re: Ground moles, grubs, and nematodes

Post by PA_Docent » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:07 am

I have started noticing more than normal mole hills in the surrounding fields. I haven't noticed any in my neighbors yards. We had bumper crops of Jap. bettle, leaf hoppers, and crickets this year. I am lucky the voles moved in and dig holes about 1-2 inches deep about 3-4 feet out from my young trees and in the lawn; natural aerators. I have started collecting flat rocks and placing around my trees to keep the voles from getting any closer to the trunks and going after tree roots.

I will do more research about nematodes this winter before applying any to my gardens.
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