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My mole friend

I’ve been having this "thing" with a broad-footed mole that recently moved into my front yard. I spotted signs of my visitor a couple of weeks ago when I went out to get the mail after getting home from work. Right there in front of my mailbox, and spilling over onto the sidewalk, was a large mound of sandy soil where the mole had shoved it up out of the way after excavating its tunnel under my yard.

I like moles. They aerate the soil by tunneling around in it and creating air spaces. They also leave raised areas in your lawn from their half-submerged tunneling and that kind of irritates some people. Especially the groundskeepers at local golf courses.

But back to our story. I got one of the 5-gallon buckets from our little garden shed and a trowel and scooped the mole mound into the bucket. The sandy soil barely covered the bottom of the bucket.

That was two weeks ago. The first 5-gallon bucket is now full and I can hardly lift it, a second bucket is full, and a third is almost full; almost 15 gallons of dirt. I have this mental picture of a gigantic cavern that is forming beneath my house.

Today there is another mound of sandy soil in front of my mailbox.

I’m going to have to give this some thought.

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2006
Under: Broad-footed mole, Wildlife, Yard | 3 Comments »