How can I take back my gardens from the voles – little brown rodents with short tails that love to eat plant roots all year long? This year the vole population has exploded and I am seeing signs of vole damage in all my hosta gardens.
Voles love the big fleshy roots of my hosta plants. These mouse-like creatures burrow through the garden, creating shallow tunnels to travel through. When they find some tender hosta roots underground – they can stop for a meal, eating a little, or the whole root system and even the plant’s crown.
The other day my husband was mowing the lawn and reported that he saw a whole hosta turned upside down. He thought a large animal had dug up the plant. When I inspected the plant closely, I discovered that all the roots were missing. This was no large animal, it was a small, four inch, beady-eyed vole on a vegetarian diet.
There is no guaranteed method for fighting these little garden thugs. I can only hope that a combination of tactics will help reduce the vole population and stop the damage to my hosta plants.