What’s Growing With Tom: Taking Care of Grubs & Moles
We’ve been busy here at Heritage House working on the garden, flowers and helping our apple tree.
This week we have soil scientist Joel Clifton from Morgan Composting to go over problems you may be having.
He recommends using a good grub killer. There is even an organic option that kills the grubs from the inside out.
He said you can put down the grub killer starting in June until early July. With the cold, wet spring they may be slow to hatch, but the bug killer has a slow release so it will still be in the soil when they get active.
One thing to remember is that grubs are the infant version of beetles and European Chaffers, so you want to get rid of them.
Moles are another problem and they can be difficult to get rid of. They are many options to kill or get rid of them.
You could use repellents, poisons, poison worms, or just a simple mechanical trap!
I had a problem at my house, but the mole mechanical trap and poisonous worms did the job!
If you are interested in growing blueberries, check your soil, since they need soils with a pH of 5-5.5. Most of Northern Michigan’s soils are acidic so you need to change that.
Clifton recommends using granular elemental sulfur or sphagnum peat to adjust the PH.