Okay, so those of you who visit my blog know that I am not a master gardener. I just love pretty plants, shrubs, and flowers. I am a trial and error gardener who plants what I love. However, I do try to do a little research on proper placement before I place a plant in the ground. I am learning as I go along.
One thing that I have come across lately has me baffled. I have been noticing little holes in one of my flower beds.
At first I thought oh no, we have snake holes! I have seen several snakes in my landscaping over the years. But this spring I noticed that some of my flower bulbs had been dug up and eaten. That is something a snake wouldn't do.
Then, a few days ago while washing dishes, I looked out of my kitchen window to see Mo flipping and flopping around in the yard. She was having the time of her life! She had something that she would throw up in the air. It would complete several somersaults before falling to the ground. She would then pick it up again and start all over throwing it into the air and jumping around waiting for it to fall again.
I stood there laughing and the crazy little dog's antics until curiosity got the better of me. I opened the patio door and questioned the insane doggie. "Mo, whatcha got there?" She sat there guarding her prize.
A mouse? I don't think so. A rat? No, feet are too close to the body and the tail is too short. A mole? Too little, I think. I went back inside and looked it up on the internet. A vole! I think I have voles!
I didn't know those lived in this area. I need advice from all of the master gardeners out there. Is this a vole, or is it something else? Most importantly, what in the world do I need to do to get rid of them? Help!