leila hamaya wrote:wet mulch?
if you can get some moist/wet straw, leaves, woodchips, etc out to them i would cover them up with a layer of mulch. stuff it into the cracks....
Marsha Richardson wrote:I'm sure that domestic cats, one of the most efficient and non-selective predators on the planet next to human beings, would be great at getting rid of the voles ...... and the squirrels, chipmunks, chipping sparrows, blue birds, quail, young snakes, frogs, and anything else they can get their little claws into. Although my other half loves cats, I do not believe in inserting non-native predators into an ecosystem. The voles keep digging their tunnels, the snakes eat some, foxes eat some, we all just kind of try to get along. I protect the young trees and interplant enough extra plants to ensure that even with the voles, there is enough to go around. Now if the blackbears would only leave my berries alone . . .
Cristo Balete wrote:elle, you probaly know cats need to be raised by a barn mom if they are in a rural setting, and that takes several months, not new kittens. They need protection from big predators, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, mountain lions, hawks, owls, especially at night. They wouldn't make it where I am. Sometimes people dump pets out here, or squirrels in those Have a Heart traps, and they don't last more than a week or two, are too scared to be taken in by strangers.
And if you do get the right kind of hunting cat, they should only be given a morning meal, so they will get hungry and go hunt for the rest. But that puts them out at night, and they need places to get under for safety.
Cristo Balete wrote:Levente, well, the clay topsoil may have expanded back to the point where you can't see where the cracks were, but those tunnels that caused those cracks are still under there, and the roots of your plants are still going to grow into them and get munched.
I definitely agree with planting at the base of the berm because the gophers and voles will turn those berms into wind tunnels so fast you won't believe it. Trees don't really need soft soil, they just need damp soil, even if it's clay, which is down below where the sun don't shine So don't be too nice to your trees. Make them hunt downwards for nutrients, and get acclimated to the real ground you put them in, not just the fancy top stuff. You'll still need some kind of barrier between the dripline of the trees and the rootball. It will dry out again, and the whole cycle starts over.
What zone are you in? What's your average rainfall?
Angelika Maier wrote:Mushroom compost contains salt and that kills some trees.
Then you've got to stop them from coming that close to your perennials. Plant native weeds that they avoid under the tree in North, South, East, West positions within 1 foot of the trunk, and then about 18" out from that, or put daffodil bulbs around the tree/plants about 6 inches apart.
elle sagenev wrote:The feral cats in our area are all black. Perhaps that is what has kept them from being eaten by coyotes. Beats me. We have a lot of ferals in our area though.