Yard Nuisances And How To Get Rid Of Them | Jennifer Mackay

Posted by Jennifer Mackay - Owner on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 7:30pm.

garden pestsOne thing home owners face alone are yard nuisances. Often home owners are at odds with pests, insects as well as other types of yard nuisances and how to get rid of or control them.

Here are a few suggestions to help in dealing with a few yard nuisances...


Mowing over clover is futile at best since  it always grows back.

One way of getting rid of clover, if you're willing to sacrifice some of your grass, place plastic sheeting, or a large garbage bag, over the clover. Be sure to weigh down the edges so the plastic doesn’t fly off. Keep the clover covered for a few weeks. Depriving clover of sunlight and oxygen should help kill it as well as your grass!

Another method is to control it with a nitrogen-rich weed-and-feed formula.

Got  Slugs? Here's a solution...

Try filling empty metal tuna cans with beer and place them in the garden. Slugs are beer lovers, and will fall in and drown.

Another option is to sprinkle sharp sand, wood ashes, crushed seashells or diatomaceous earth around the stems of plants to discourage slugs from squirming their way to the plant.

Get Rid of Voles

So, what are Voles?  Voles are small rodents, relatives of lemmings and hamsters sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice.

If you’ve noticed runway routes of voles on your grass you’re probably wondering how to get rid of them.

First, you have to eliminate what ever is attracting them to your yard. Attractions such as excess brush and mulch, stacks of wood, tall grasses and leaf piles, fallen pine needles and fallen fruit all are attractive hideouts for Voles.

Fencing an area with a half-inch of mesh (hardware cloth), at least 12 inches above the ground and buried 6 to 10 inches deep will help deter them since they're not the best climbers.

A few things Voles abhor are the taste of castor oil and capsaicin.

You can make a spray of castor oil combing 6 ounces of castor oil and 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent in 1 gallon of water. To use, dilute mixture to 1 ounce per gallon of water and spray over the yard.

You can also make a spray of capsaicin with water, hot pepper flakes or chopped hot peppers and biodegradable dish soap.

Creeping Charlie

Commonly known as ground ivy, can be treated with a broadleaf herbicide, applying several times over the course of several weeks. Another solution is to thoroughly and properly mulch your garden beds.


To get rid of dandelions, it's best to start in the fall.

An organic method is to use vinegar. Apply the vinegar directly to the leaves of the weeds. You’ll want to spray the vinegar onto the effected area. Within a few hours, the leaves will wither and turn brown.

Get Rid of Cutworms

These larvae hide during the day (either beneath leaves or within the top layer of soil ) and feed on plants at night. Cutworms typically attack stems, so protect young seedlings by using collars made from plastic drinking cups with the bottom cut out.

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