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ezriderga 09-04-2012 08:13 PM

What caused this?
 
I walked out my back door onto the patio and noticed this line in the grass. I have never seen anything like this.

Have you ever seen anything like this or know what could have caused it?http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/d...708ddf5e9d.jpg

creeper 09-04-2012 08:38 PM

Looks like a mole who didn't manage to excavate his tunnel quite deep enough

user1007 09-04-2012 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1003314)
Looks like a mole who didn't manage to excavate his tunnel quite deep enough

I had a similar first thought but it seems to be just the turf. I guess the mole could have moved just under the turfgrass. And moles are even more blind than most rodents and usually could not cut a line that straight unless up against a sidewalk edge or something.

You didn't have a leaking hose end herbicide sprayer leaking back on to a garden hose by chance? Or even a sprayer with a concentrated dose of Miracle Gro or some other fertilizer dripping down the hose?

You didn't leave a hose out on the turf by accident?

chrisn 09-05-2012 04:56 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1003420)
I had a similar first thought but it seems to be just the turf. I guess the mole could have moved just under the turfgrass. And moles are even more blind than most rodents and usually could not cut a line that straight unless up against a sidewalk edge or something.

You didn't have a leaking hose end herbicide sprayer leaking back on to a garden hose by chance? Or even a sprayer with a concentrated dose of Miracle Gro or some other fertilizer dripping down the hose?

You didn't leave a hose out on the turf by accident?


Got my vote:yes:

bob22 09-05-2012 12:42 PM

Could be a vole?

user1007 09-05-2012 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 1003733)
Could be a vole?

A possibility and they can cut turf pathways but the network is usually in multiple directions. In this case, why just one and a rather straight line from point a to point b? And seems like with a nice clean edge between the walk and turf they would just use that?:icon_confused:

user1007 09-05-2012 01:03 PM

OMG! I realized it is an infant one of these! Run fast! Run now!

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chrisn 09-05-2012 06:24 PM

Even they did not break the surface until they were going to eat you:laughing:

user1007 09-05-2012 08:06 PM

Yeah well. I still say if it is not a garden hose "foo paw" it has to be some sort of space alien thing!:yes:I fear the OP has abandoned us and we may never get more info.

jbfan 09-05-2012 08:43 PM

I'm thinking very dry soil.
I have the same thing when it is dry like this.
The ground cracks like glass.

user1007 09-05-2012 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 1004031)
I'm thinking very dry soil.
I have the same thing when it is dry like this.
The ground cracks like glass.

I've seen that happen too but as I look at the photo, the soil seems intact and there is no fissure or crack that I can see? This is what is leading me to think somebody left something like a hose laying on the turf and/or concentrated fertilizer from a hose end sprayer or some other lawn chemical traveled along the hose. It is about the right dimension to match a hose.

KevinPh 09-06-2012 12:42 PM

If it wasn't a garden hose, maybe something was accidentally sprayed on it, such as spray paint or other poisonous substance?

Maintenance 6 09-07-2012 09:00 AM

I vote for VOLE. I have them too and their paths are often point to point in a fairly straight line. Put a pice of PVC pipe about 6" long in the path with some decon inside it. Voles like to eat in closed in places. I know a person who sets mouse traps baited with chewing gum to get rid of them. They can raise havoc with bulbed flowers and destoy other plants by gnawing the roots.

Pagevee 09-10-2012 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Maintenance 6 (Post 1004926)
I vote for VOLE. I have them too and their paths are often point to point in a fairly straight line. Put a pice of PVC pipe about 6" long in the path with some decon inside it. Voles like to eat in closed in places. I know a person who sets mouse traps baited with chewing gum to get rid of them. They can raise havoc with bulbed flowers and destoy other plants by gnawing the roots.

I second this. I had to research the difference when I had a Mole show up this summer right before we had a bbq in the backyard. Not cool.

allthumbsdiy 09-10-2012 09:52 PM

vole? at first I thought someone incorrectly spelled mole, lol.

learn something new every day!


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