Why is my yard squishy??? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 03:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
jenoline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 1,670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My yard has "soft spots" all over the place. It feels like I'm stepping on a sponge. My DH has speculated that it's moles, but from what I've just been reading moles make "molehills", raised mounds or tunnels that are visible. This isn't visible, only noticeable when you step on it.

Any thoughts? It seems to be spreading/getting worse. I've tried googling, but "squishy yard" doesn't get me much. I can't think of how else to phrase it.
jenoline is offline  
#2 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 03:59 PM
 
amyjeans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: my fourth day
Posts: 2,564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Moles, voles and even rabbits do this to yards, but I found these sites:
http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/urban/macon/inout/020317.html
http://www.yardener.com/SolvingLawnProblems.html

hope these help!

Mama to 5 babies. UCer, too!
amyjeans is offline  
#3 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 04:55 PM
 
beka1977's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 905
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is it possible that your issue is just too much or uneven watering? Our yard (when it had grass) would have big squishy areas, while other areas were really dry. Have you tried digging in a squishy spot to see if you hit a "hole" ?
beka1977 is offline  
#4 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 05:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
jenoline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 1,670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We don't water our lawn (do very little lawn maintenance actually. Much to the dismay of our neighbors, I'm sure , so I doubt it's that. Unless it's just the way things drain.

I found one "hole" today, that seemed to center on a rotted root. That didn't make any sense to me (in terms of moles), b/c MIL said moles eat the roots of grass. But reading some other stuff online says they mainly eat grubs and other underground bugs. I imagine a rotting stump/root would be full of bugs, etc. So it might be moles. I'll have to look at the yard more closely, I guess.

Thanks for the help!
jenoline is offline  
#5 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 07:43 PM
 
Past_VNE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Under a roof of stars and clouds.
Posts: 5,061
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It sounds like moles, to me, too. Helpful aren't I?

SAHPilot Mama to a 5yoson, a 17 mo old daughter, and wife to .
Worried about your baby's head shape? PM me for craniosynostosis info!
Past_VNE is offline  
#6 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
jenoline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 1,670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Past_VNE View Post
It sounds like moles, to me, too. Helpful aren't I?
Actually, you are. At least I have another opinion and don't have to rely solely on my DH's knowledge. I've never dealt with moles, and somehow I doubt he has either.

I'm going to inspect the yard closely tomorrow and see if I can find their main tunnel. From what I read traps will only work if you place them in their escape route, not their feeding tunnels. I hate to trap them...I generally go with the "live and let live" theory of pest management, but more and more of my yard is starting to feel like I'm about to fall through to the center of the earth.
jenoline is offline  
#7 of 9 Old 09-27-2006, 11:53 PM
 
shaywyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,902
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Low land and/or poor drainage? From your description, I get a mole vibe too. I have extensive, yes extensive experience with the little buggers! However, you do almost always see these raised tunnel looking mounds of grass, at least somewhere in the problem area. If your yard is more natural and not totally level, it could be harder to discern the tunnels, until you step on them.

As far as mounds of dirt, the moles leave some smallish ones sometimes, but the groundhogs are actually better at that. : They leave a nice, huge hill, or four, around the yard periodically. : Yes, I have extensive, extensive experience with groundhogs, also. :

shaywyn is offline  
#8 of 9 Old 09-28-2006, 02:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
jenoline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 1,670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shaywyn View Post
However, you do almost always see these raised tunnel looking mounds of grass, at least somewhere in the problem area. If your yard is more natural and not totally level, it could be harder to discern the tunnels, until you step on them.

Yup...I'm pretty sure it's moles now. And I think it's our "natural" and already rather bumpy yard that is disguising the tunnels. I did some more close inspection today and I can discern a raised area where it squishes. bleh.

so now what? I did a little reading, which says the most effective way to get rid of them is to find their main tunnel and trap it. But it doesn't seem particularly easy to find their main tunnel. I'm also considering finding a few snakes and transplanting them into my yard, I can't really decide if I really want to kill them. The idea of that bothers me a bit. If our yard is kinda 'natural' anyway will they do any major damage? Can they harm large plants (like bushes and trees) or primarily kill the grass and make the ground squishy? And is there an environmental concern to having moles tunnel through my yard?
jenoline is offline  
#9 of 9 Old 09-28-2006, 04:03 PM
 
amyjeans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: my fourth day
Posts: 2,564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.gardensalive.com/category...=401&x=10&y=12
here is a wonderful sight- for environmentally friendly help in the yard and garden.

all my best!

Mama to 5 babies. UCer, too!
amyjeans is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off