Last year my neighbor got a mole in their lawn. I didn’t think anything of it. I noticed it but it really was no big deal to me. Then he came over to my lawn. Then I started worrying about it a bit. I didn’t know how to kill moles. I stepped its tunnel down but that’s about all I did. Then one day I saw my neighbor working with the mole tunnel and it looks like they killed the mole.
Fast forward to this spring. I saw no new mole activity so I must have been right and they did kill the mole. I was happy to not have to worry about it.
So…spring came but my wonderful creeping phlox that always covered the area in front of our rock didn’t come up. That was weird. It was so prolific last year. Then I looked closer.
There was…a tiny bit trying to live but for the most part, the plants were a goner.
After looking more carefully, I realized that everywhere under the plants were shallow tunnels. That mole had gotten into the flowers. I went to the nursery and asked what to do.
They suggested cleaning out the dead stuff that was there but if there was growth on it to leave it. They suggested planting new next to it.
The mole also killed the salvia plant you see in the middle of the photo.
So I bought three creeping phlox plants and Gannon and I planted them. I did most of the planting and Gannon did most of the watering. Rosie was the supervisor.
Gannon told me he was the construction worker making waterfalls. Notice the rock even got watered too.
While I was fixing on the flower bed, I deadheaded the peonies.
On a side note…I just love that Rosie can hang out with us when we’re outside. When Buck was home he told me that Rosie seems so much happier and I would totally agree. She is.
There ended up being just a tiny bit of the salvia plant so I scooted that as far to the left as possible. I thought it was dead so I had bought a purple aster to put there. I ended up planting that as far to the right as possible. Hopefully, the two will grow and hang out happily together.
So this was as far as I could complete it for now. I need to get a couple of bags of red mulch to put over it all. I’m pleased with the updo and thankful that dreaded mole is gone.
It was a great little project to do with Gannon. He just loves being outdoors and rather than just sit and watch him play, this allowed me to get something done too. We make a great team.