Benefits of Moles in the Backyard Habitat Garden

Friday, October 02, 2020

I love my backyard moles!  They are important members of our backyard habitat, tilling and aerating the soil, eating many insects, and leaving fertile soil in mounds for the gardener to put to good use.  Even if you have a lawn, the moles will help your lawn by aerating it.  Simply smooth out the mounds when they appear—once smoothed out, the cosmetic nuisance will be gone.

 


As you can see from these photos, I have two mole hills amongst my native Western wallflowers (Erysimum capitatum) that grow along this birch log terrace.  This rich soil is just what my garden needs!  I appreciate the mounds, and actually look forward to finding them, as it helps improve the soil for my native plants.  What do I do?  Simply smooth out the mounds around the plants.  Occasionally, a perennial is slightly lifted, and I simply settle it back down, spreading the mounds around it.

 


Please help spread awareness about our moles—they are often viewed as a pest, but what homeowners don’t realize is how beneficial they really are.  As a gardener for wildlife, the native plants attract insects, which then attract moles.  As insectivores, moles keep insect populations down, while benefiting the soil at the same time.

 

Cultivating appreciation and a sense of wonder for wildlife fosters protectiveness within us for them.  Wildlife needs more people like this!  When you plant natives, using your property as a conservation site, wildlife will come—this land stewardship will benefit wildlife greatly,  and in turn wildlife will benefit YOU as you connect with Nature in your own yard.  Moles are valuable and fascinating—next time you see a molehill, thank the mole who left this fertile soil for your garden—he’s probably not far away snacking on a worm or beetle.

P.S.  You can order Rob Atkinson's book on moles on Amazon by clicking here.

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