Getting Rid of Moles and DandelionsA common problem with lawns is mole tunnels and dandelions.The Shaklee solution I found...
occur in acid soils with low calcium. And the suggestedsolution is to dig your soil up to a depth of six inches andincorpo...
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Getting Rid of Moles and Dandelions

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A common problem with lawns is mole tunnels and dandelions.

The Shaklee solution I found was:

1. Grubs: 1 ½ quart Basic H - ½ pint Basic G - 10-12 - gallons of water. Spray every 100 ft Use Ortho bottle or injector

2. Dandelions: 100 sq ft - Use Ortho Spryer or hose w/ valve sytem - 2 quarts of Basic H - 1 bottle of Liqui-lea - ½ pint Basic G - Should be used with some form of liquid fertilizer, as determined by soil tests. Apply twice a year

The grubs recipe is because moles are found to go after grubs, which are insect larvae that hatch in the soil.

While this can be disputed, in both cases it's due to nutrient deficiencies in the soil.

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Getting Rid of Moles and Dandelions

  1. 1. Getting Rid of Moles and DandelionsA common problem with lawns is mole tunnels and dandelions.The Shaklee solution I found was: 1. Grubs: 1 ½ quart Basic H - ½ pint Basic G - 10-12 - gallons of water. Spray every 100 ft Use Ortho bottle or injector 2. Dandelions: 100 sq ft - Use Ortho Spryer or hose w/ valve sytem - 2 quarts of Basic H - 1 bottle of Liqui-lea - ½ pint Basic G - Should be used with some form of liquid fertilizer, as determined by soil tests. Apply twice a yearThe grubs recipe is because moles are found to go after grubs, which are insect larvae that hatch in thesoil.While this can be disputed, in both cases its due to nutrient deficiencies in the soil.The average lawn has problems. Lawns are commonly built with a few inches of topsoil on top of whatever was there before. In many developments, the top soil is scraped off, then the basement dug and the ground leveled around that foundation. Then a few inches of topsoil is spread back over and the lawn seeded. In many cases, you are dealing with clay or rock under that thin veneer of soil. To make matters worse, the amount of grass you have above will mirror the roots below. If you like a closely cropped lawn,then youll have maybe an inch or less of roots below. This is why grass needs regular watering.The solution to converting clay soils to deep organic matter requires deep-rooted plants andearthworms. Earthworms live on organic matter and move through the soil, digesting as they go. So adeep-rooted plant will dig down and leave organic matter as their roots expand and contract.There are at least a couple main types of worms. Surface earthworms live within the upper soil, and aredescribed above. Night crawlers and others have more or less permanent burrowing systems which goseveral meters (3-foot lengths) underground.(http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/earthworms.html)Why Liqui-Lea works on dandelions was more of a mystery.According to several sources (I use "Weeds: Control Without Poisons" by Charles Walters) dandelions
  2. 2. occur in acid soils with low calcium. And the suggestedsolution is to dig your soil up to a depth of six inches andincorporate lime or another source of calcium, then replantyour lawn. As well, let your lawn grow taller. Of course, thatisnt in anyones budget.When I looked into the Liqui-Lea label, I expected to findcalcium. Nope. The closest I found was Vitamin D-3 ascholecalciferol - which doesnt mean contains calcium, butapparently refers more to how its produced (Im no chemist,and Wikipedia didnt help.)But when I chased up what influences calcium intake, itpointed right back to vitamin D-3. While most of the data ison how humans use this, there have been some studies on howthis affects plants, such as livestrong.com and homestead.org - the latter pointing out that B-12 (also inLiqui-Lea) was beneficial to plant growth. D-3 is found generally to improve root growth.The dandelion is noted for its deep taproot, which is able to bring up nutrients from deep in the soil.Earthworms will use the tunnels created by dying dandelion taproots as well. So when you use Liqui-lea to spray your lawns, the other plants are able to improve their root structure.Additional to this, Liqui-Lea contains citric acid, which is known to dissolve calcium carbonate (themost common form of calcium amendment for soils - like egg shells).But back to our moles. Now one misconception is that Basic H, being an effective naturally-based and biodegradable surfactant, actually kills earthworms and grubs. However, Shaklee doesnt do testing for agricultural use. The university studies Ive followed dont address this. One parallel is that when you use Basic H as fly repellant, reports are that flies and mosquitoes simply stay out to a distance from horse and rider by about 18" to 3 feet. So its more probable that they simply avoid it and move elsewhere. Another fascinating aspect about surfactants emerges - is that they actually make water more effective ("wetter") by reducing tension in the molecules, so that it can penetrate further. What this would mean is that it would make minerals (and vitamins) more available for uptake by existing plants.Organic matter would then go deeper with your lawn roots and so earthworms would tunnel deeper aswell as moles.Now most of the above is some effort to explain the anecdotal results of this spraying. The bottom lineis that people have used this recipe above and found it to work. Until we can get several comparativeuniversity studies to investigate Shaklee vitamins and green cleaning solutions and their effect on plantgrowth as well as grub eradication, we are really just guessing as best we can.Meanwhile, we can enjoy a deep green lawn with no mole tunnels.
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