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Foxes digging holes in my lawn

Foxes digging holes in my lawn

A family of foxes , a mother and 3 cubs come into my garden most evenings, they eat slugs and snails but also dig holes in the lawn and flower beds. Disturbing bulbs in pots. What can I do to get them to leave the garden alone, please help, before the garden is ruined. I love my garden I attach a photo of one of the many holes Carly, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 22/05/2017

Seek out where they get in and seal it off with wire mesh. If a barrier is not possible, they will stop coming when they have eaten the available food.

Bone meal is a magnet for foxes, but they could be digging for earthworms or cockchafer larvae. The cockchafer larvae will soon pupate and depart, and worms go deeper in the soil in summer. Put some gravel or stone on the tops of the pots.


Magpies are destroying the lawn

Recently a few magpies have found something they like in my lawn and are systematically digging all around the lawn leaving small holes and clumps of grass which dies of course. Any suggestions? terryofcrete, Dublin 9, Co Dublin Posted: 19/04/2017

The magpies, and crows often do it too, are feeding on grubs, probably leather-jackets, the larvae of crane fly, also called daddy-long-legs. The grubs feed on grass roots and can cause patches of dead grass. The magpies reduce this kind of damage. The small holes offer some aeration of the soil and the grass will soon recover when the magpies have polished off the grubs. 

  Found under a pot plant

Found under a pot plant

This creepy crawley was found when a pot plant outdoors was moved recently. Is this good or bad in the soil? New to gardening so any info appreciated. Quercus, Shankill, Co Dublin Posted: 16/08/2016

It is a larva of cockchafer beetle, which can feed in grass lawn roots but it largely harmless.

  Small lawn - dying - small holes seen

Small lawn - dying - small holes seen

I have a tiny patch of lawn (6m2)- over the last few months it has started to die off (about 30%) in patches and there are lots of little holes in the soil. Tonight i went out the back and i see tons of slugs - small little brown slugs on the parts of the grass left. Are these the problem - is this common - how do I fix it and reseed? Thanks Photo attached showing about 5 slugs in a 10 inch square area (taken at night). robertmcc, Knocknacarra, Co Galway Posted: 16/02/2012


Slugs come out after dark to feed and the grass muct be palatable. You could use a slugkiller based on iron phosphate, which is granular and nothing that birds can eat.

Or cover the lawn with a sheet of black polythene at night and whip it off in the morning and let the birds get at the slugs... the polythene lures them into staying on the surface.


Dead worms on tarmacadam driveway

I have a one acre lawn. It was sown in September 2009. It is divided by a long tarmacadam driveway. The tarmac was done in May 2010. Since the rainy weather started I notice hundreds of dead long worms presumably earthworms on the tarmac. The crows etc eat most of them. I have not seen anything like this before and wonder is it normal or what might be going on. They would be much more useful doing their work in the ground and I hate to see them all dead. Look forward to hearing your views on this one. sudsy, Killour, The Neale ,Ballinrobe, Co Mayo Posted: 07/01/2012


It is probably as simple as the worms are moving and getting caught in the open on the tarmac.

The tarmac is still relatively fresh and it is possible that some small amounts of tar or asphalt are upsetting the earthworms on their nocturnal rambles, but not to the degree to put the crows off their food.


Problem with holes in lawn’

The problem I have is I sowed a new lawn 2 years ago but have had problems with neighbours cattle coming in on lawn ( I have no gate yet) and as a result there is a load of holes in the lawn.What would be the best way to mend this. I have been told to fill holes with topsoil in spring and add grass seed. pearsandapples, GALWAY, Co Galway Posted: 12/12/2011


When the ground is soft, hit each pock mark hard with the back of a shovel, or firm with the foot, and fill with soil. Sow some lawn seed if you wish but usually the grass will fill in from the sides.


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