I have one area on my lawn and in a flower bed that has multiple holes but...

Asked June 8, 2020, 12:18 PM EDT

I have one area on my lawn and in a flower bed that has multiple holes but not burrows that is causing the grass/weeds to die and has ruined a mulched bed. I dug up and put fresh mulch in over the weekend only to find a new hole in the mulch. This is occurring at my mailbox post which is adjacent to my neighbors, yet his bed is untouched. Please help! I need to know what to do. I live on a heavily wooded lot but have never seen this before.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Holes in a yard like this are a challenge to diagnose. We generally try to do a process of elimination based on the size of the holes, if mounds of soil are present, if tunnels are present, etc. This chart is helpful to try and hone in on the culprit,
https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/wildlife/diagnosing-holes-yard

In addition, this is a good article from NC State: What’s Making This Hole in My Yard?https://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu/2018/04/whats-making-this-hole-in-my-yard/

Raccoons will rummage through a lawn to look for food in the soil and may pull up and flip pieces of sod. They typically feed at night.

I would suggest observing for a little while longer to see if you find any other clues (footprints? scat?). Some people set up a video system at night to see if they can detect what animal(s) are visiting. Different animals require different management strategies and there are some restrictions on how to handle certain animals.

If after checking the resources above you still cannot identify the specific cause, you could call the Maryland Department of Natural Resource's wildlife toll-free hotline (1-877-463-6497) and ask for further assistance. Here is a link to their page about wildlife problems. https://dnr.maryland.gov/Wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/wildlifeproblems.aspx.

Christa