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Hello, again!

As gardeners we tend to deal with pests that attack our beloved plants. We spend time tending our plants, and we love being outdoors seeing the beauty that we have helped create. It’s satisfying watching pollinators around our flowering plants. Butterflies and bees are all welcome to enjoy our plants just as we do. Most of the time we think of pests as insects that feed on our plants. Pests can be more than that! A “pest” is defined as “any animal or plant which has a harmful effect on humans, their food or their living conditions”. Well that broadens the possibilities when you include all living things that can harm our living conditions!

I’ll admit that all living things play an important role in our environment. Caterpillars that feed on our herbs many times become beautiful butterflies that we enjoy. Birds feed on fruit we cultivate but also insect pests. They all contribute to the circle of life.

Moles and gophers are pests as well that can visit our space. They can help aerate the soil, adding life-giving oxygen to our soil. BUT, moles can wreak havoc with the supply of earth-building worms that you've got stockpiled in your flower garden. Gophers don't do much better; they have what appears to be an appetite for tulip and crocus bulbs.

Moles, gophers and other animal pests such as armadillos, skunks, voles, ground squirrels, groundhogs, and other burrowing animals are pretty easy to repel and send on their way with ferti-lome MoleGo Spray. MoleGo sends moles and other small rodents away from your lawn, garden, or flower beds. You can use it anytime when moles are spotted, in early spring, mid-summer, or now (early fall). Its ready-to-spray container features an easy hose end applicator. Simply attach it to your garden hose and spray. MoleGo also comes in a granular formula. I like both of these options because they send pests packing, and they’re safe around people and pets when used as directed.

As for indoor pests, I’ll keep Bonide Mouse Magic both in the garage and in my classic CJ-7. It doesn’t get driven much, especially in the winter, and I’m not wanting to do wiring repairs on it because the mice have found it a fun place to play. Mouse Magic is also great for motorhomes and travel trailers that sit for extended periods of time. A repellent combination of spearmint and peppermint gives off a pleasant aroma while keeping mice at bay.

Whatever your needs are to repel pests around your place, we have safe and effective ways to accomplish it.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center