There are far more mole control methods that any homeowner can possibly make use of to protect their lawns and plants from the digging activities of these small creatures. Apart from the barbaric use of traps and poisons, there are actually more humane ways to get these mammals out of your yard. You can even choose to simply coexist with them by fashioning your landscape in a way that will benefit both you and the moles.
If living with moles in your yard is something that is not acceptable to you, then perhaps you can make use of plants that possess certain characteristics that are rather unappealing or even revolting to moles. The results that you will get from using such mole control methods are not exactly as effective as other types, but using such natural ways offers more benefits than many of the more conventional methods.
The castor bean plant has proven itself again and again as being a very effective deterrent for moles. In fact, castor bean is the active ingredient of most of the commercial mole repellants available in the market today. This tropical plant grows at a height of about 15 feet and features big star-shaped leaves. The castor plant was once used as a laxative and could potentially cause harmful effects, especially to your children and pets, so make sure to keep them away from this plant.
Coming in second to the castor bean is the Caper Spurge. Aptly given the title as the "Mole Plant", this living mole repellant grows to about 2 feet tall and thrives in areas where there is an adequate amount of sunlight. Despite its known notoriety in being an effective mole repellent, this plant actually would work as a very attractive accent to any flower bed. Just like the castor bean, this plant is also dangerous to children and pets so they should not be planted in high traffic areas.
The Mexican Marigold might not possess the most beautiful aromas in the flower kingdom but it would be a nice addition to any flower garden. This has long been used for companion planting so its positive effects in repelling pests such as moles are hardly questioned. Companion planting is a pest control method where a certain plant prevents the harming of other desirable plants.
Flower bulbs are also very effective for mole control. Aside from giving your yard the color and variety that it needs, these flowers can also ensure that your lawn will be free from any unsightly holes and mounds. Along with the daffodil, a couple more of the most popular flowers include the Siberian squill and the crown imperial.
Vegetable and herb bulbs such as garlic, onions, shallots, and chives also repel moles effectively. Onions, most especially, are able to effectively keep away moles because of naturally strong odor. There are herb and vegetables bulbs that also provide aesthetic appeal to wherever they are planted so using these plants as mole control methods will not exactly take a toll in the overall beauty of your lawn.