Moles or Voles in your Garden?

Gardener Sue’s News

Gardener Sue Martin - freelance horticultural marketer, writer, speaker and consultant based in West Michigan
Sue Martin

How do you know if you have voles or moles in your garden? Since both are active mainly at night you may not have seen them, but you know they are there.

Moles make mole hills and underground tunnels. If your lawn is dotted with mounds of loose soil and the ground around them feels squishy, you have moles. Voles make holes and surface pathways. If you see broomstick diameter holes in your lawn and what looks like carved pathways through your turf, you have voles.

Moles are mainly carnivores, feasting on grubs, earthworms and insects. They may inadvertently kill plants by burrowing underneath them and popping the rootball out of the ground, but they aren’t a direct threat to your garden.

Voles are mainly herbivores, feasting on grasses, roots, bulbs, tubers and seeds in your garden. They often use the underground tunnels made by moles and they can do a lot of damage to your plants in a short amount of time. Sprinkling granular Plantskydd animal repellent on your lawn and in your garden beds beginning in early spring will encourage them to make their home elsewhere.


Gardener Sue’s News
Freelance horticultural marketer, writer, speaker and consultant based in West Michigan