Lawn - Bumpy

Dear Stan;

I am about to purchase a house in Barrhead that has a lawn full of bumps, hard bumps. I was wondering if you could tell me what they might be and how to get rid of them. These bumps have grass on them and are not noticed until you walk on the lawn. The neighours do not seem to have them. The owner seems to not really take to much care of the yard.

Thank you,

Linda: You probably have the dreaded turf mole. These animals can be the size of an unshelled peanut, and can discharge soil diggings from their warren of tunnels that sometimes are mounds suitable for a sizeable raised garden. Control of these sappers is difficult.

Try to rake the mounds level and scatter the loose soil as a top dressing to the lawn. Re-seed to encourage uniformity of grass. Deep watering now is important. The moles will not frequent wet conditions. The deeper the water penetrates the soil, the deeper the moles will dig, but usually will go elsewhere, when conditions become less favoured.

There are no pesticidal sprays or drenches that will control moles that can be obtained, without an agricultural license. The more activity on and about your lawn the better, as moles dislike topside disturbances.

Hope this helps.