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Garden Guru: Invasion of moles and gophers in Burbank and Glendale

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

There was a time in the garden business that I couldn’t give away mole ( gopher) repellents.  As of the last two years, I can’t keep it in stock!

My theory is because of the limited rainfall, we have been inundated with moles and gophers. They are coming down from the hills.

Here’s the deal. With gophers, you will have the holes open and exposed in your lawn and garden beds. With moles you will notice mounds of “fine”-powdery soil covering the holes.

There is this product called “Molemax” that will help repel both. The beauty about this product is you don’t have to use the “old school” poison baits that were dangerous to kids, pets, and your ground water.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Molemax, mole and gopher repellent

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Molemax, mole and gopher repellent

 I have had plenty customers that swear by it.

One pound covers about 500 square feet.

Here’s the cool part, I heard that it also deters rabbits, skunks, and even armadillos! I guess that’s why we don’t have armadillos here in So. Cal!

Any questions, feel free to ask.

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Emilio “Elmo” Telles is a garden expert at Armstrong Garden Center  5816 San Fernando Road, Glendale  91202.

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4 Responses to Garden Guru: Invasion of moles and gophers in Burbank and Glendale

  1. Fronnie Friday, September 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Emilio,

    That Molemax sounds like terrific stuff. How much is it? Is it only available at Armstrong Garden Centers or can you get it at places like Home Depot as well?

  2. Emilio Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    It’s $19.99 for a 10# bag. I’m not sure about the chain stores having them. We try to get companies that deal with us. I boycott HD because of their NASCAR driver(LOL!), but at the Burbank Lowe’s by my house didn’t have it about two months ago.

  3. Emilio Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Also, it says one application lasts for three months. But, we’ll see.
    I’ll know when I get more customer comments.

  4. Emilio Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    It has seem to working well over the spring/summer! I’m selling two cases a week because of the mild rain weather.

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