Nobody likes moles in their garden. These are tiny rodents that like to burrow deep into the ground. They are carnivorous and love to eat insects.
More importantly, they don’t eat your plants, so why do most people hate them so much? The problem lies in the fact that these rodents prefer digging tunnels.
If allowed to run unchecked, garden moles can cause extensive damage to the area. They will create long tunnels running underneath, and the real worrying part is that these tunnels aren’t just used by moles; other rodents and animals can also use these tunnels, and eventually feast on your plants.
Moles are pretty easy to identify. They have pointed noses, and very tiny eyes, with bodies shaped like small potatoes. If you see them running around your garden, you might want to consider taking radical action.
Perhaps their most distinctive feature is the fact that they have a hairless snout which is quite easy to spot.
If you notice these pesky little creatures running around in your garden, you might want to consider taking steps to repel them. While there are different kinds of traps that you can set up to repel these animals, you should know that there are other things that can be done as well.
For starters, there are plenty of plants that repel moles directly. By planting these in your garden, you will be able to get rid of moles in your garden quite easily.
Mole damage can be reduced, and in addition to using home repellents, this is a great way to bring down the population of moles in your garden.
If you want to take passive action to get rid of moles and also improve the aesthetic appeal of your garden, there are quite a few different plants that you can add in. Now, let’s talk about a few of the most popular plants that can repel moles.
1 – Lenten Rose
One of the most beautiful plants that you can add to your garden is the Lenten Rose. There are plenty of reasons why this plant is so highly recommended, including the fact that when spring approaches, this is one of the first plants that is going to bloom in your garden.
But, you should know that moles tend to avoid the Lenten rose as well. It’s not something that they like, and they usually tend to stay away.
Not only that, but it’s also one of the most convenient plants that you can grow. It’s incredibly easy to care for, and it does not require any kind of special attention.
The flowers are also going to last you a considerably long time, which just boosts the appearance of the plant. Apart from the flowers, the glossy texture of the leaves also makes it a fantastic choice.
2 – The Trout Lily
One of the plants that you might not have heard of is the Trout Lily. It’s a relatively lesser-known plant, and the yellow flowers that it produces are incredibly beautiful.
The plant is native to North America, and you can find it quite easily at almost any local nursery. As long as the plant gets the right environment, it won’t take long before it naturalizes.
More importantly, it gives off yellow flowers throughout the course of the year, making it an excellent addition to any garden. Not only that, but because it resists moles, you don’t have to worry about any kind of damage to your plants as well.
3 – Daffodils
The daffodil flower is incredibly popular, and you might have seen it growing in various parts of the country.
Daffodils are incredibly easy to grow, and they just need basic care. If you want it to thrive in your garden, you have to plant it during the autumn months. More importantly, you should know that the plant must be kept in quick draining soil.
Daffodils are considered to be natural mole repellents, as these pesky rodents generally avoid going anywhere near the daffodils. If you really want to keep the moles away from your garden, you should definitely consider planting a series of daffodils around your garden.
4 – Marigolds
Another fantastic flower that you can grow in your garden is the marigold.
Marigold flowers are incredibly common and you can easily buy ones that have already germinated. It’s best if you plant the marigold during the springtime, especially when there’s a bit of sunshine.
Keep in mind that in some cases, this might reduce the growth of other plants in the surrounding, so you have to be a bit careful about what you plant around the marigolds.
One of the best reasons why you should plant the marigold is because it has some gorgeous blossoms. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere when the plant really starts to blossom!
5 – Castor Bean Plant
One of the most effective ways to repel moles from your garden is to plant castor bean plants all around your garden.
You should know that the plant is slightly poisonous due to the sap that it produces. You have to plant the castor bean plant in spring. You can either buy seeds or you can buy the already germinated plant.
The plant is going to grow very well with the full sun. You have to be a bit careful, so you need to carefully choose the spots where you are going to plant them. More importantly, you need to make sure that you prevent your kids from playing in the surrounding area.
These are just some of the most common plants that you can grow in your garden to repel moles. However, you should know that you can’t just repel moles by planting different kinds of plants and trees.
Instead, you will also have to take other measures. For instance, you will want to start off by adding a few traps, and also using natural, home-made repellents to get rid of the problem.
These are just a few things that you should know about repelling moles.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.