anna swing wrote:I don't like killing anything either, but I may be less quick to notice that my cat has a vole this year after what they did to to my apple tree rootstock this winter. The rootstock was not mulched but was next to a strawberry bed covered in a deep layer of pine needles.
I am thrilled that the 2 year old trees made it through unscathed, but 80% of my rootstock is denuded of bark. The small trees have wooden edging, weed screen, and a 2-3 inch layer of bark mulch. It does seem like the thickness of the mulch makes a big difference. The rodents in my area seem to glory in cardboard and newspaper, so I am not going to use that anymore.