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Mystery Holes

Prof
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Mystery Holes

Hi Garden Guru's,

 

Some mystery holes recently appeared on my front lawn which I have never seen before and I'm stumped as to what has caused them..

There are about 20 holes randomly spaced across the lawn..

They are about 4" in diam ( not even..obviously dug by an animals feet) and only about 4" or 5" deep..

 

Anyone have any idea what might be doing this?

I live on a hill overlooking the River Murray..

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Mystery Holes

Hey @Prof,

 

Would you be able to share a photo? It might help the gardeners in the community help identify the problem.

 

Also, not sure if you saw this recent discussion kicked off by @bergs. The culprit was curl grubs/black beetles.

 

Jason

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bergs
Senior Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

Hi @Prof do you have Echidnas about your place?

I notice there have been heaps of ants about this season, so maybe an Echidna!

I notice when I go bush that the Echidnas get into the ant's nest and and they are only small uneven holes about the area.

The other thing they could be grubs in the soil and the birds are scratching them out!

Dig one of the holes out to see if there is anything in it.

Maybe check it out at night to see if there is anything active.

Grubs chew on the lawn roots and the grass will slowly die off.

Maybe Bandicoot??

 

Good luck in your efforts to find the culprit

Cheers bergs

Prof
Experienced Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

Here are a couple of shots of the holes..
There has been a lot of bark that has blown off the gumtree out the front..

lawn holes 1.jpg

 

lawn holes 2.jpg

 

Bergs...Interesting that you should suggest an Echidna!

When I first moved into this place I saw an Echidna coming up the driveway..

It disappeared under the fence and I haven't seen it since..

Maybe it's come back..

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Mystery Holes

@Prof

 

Thanks for the photos. Hopefully someone in the community will be able to help identify the culprit!

 

You might also be interested in this previous discussion about bandicoots kicked off by @Flo54 last year - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Gardening/Bandicoots/m-p/13314

 

You are lucky to live in an area with echidnas!

 

Jason

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Prof
Experienced Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

Yes indeed Jason..I'm amazed at the number of different animals I've seen on my front lawn!

It's like a wild life reserve here.!!

MartyH
Valued Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

Any poo around that will give you another clue @Prof

 

This article might help if its a bandicoot - https://laurarittenhouse.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/is-there-a-bandicoot-in-my-garden/

Prof
Experienced Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

No MartyH..I can't see any poos anywhere near the holes, which probably rules out Bandicoots..

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Mystery Holes

Hey @Prof,

 

How are you going with this mystery. Any other clues?

 

Jason

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BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: Mystery Holes

Google is trying to tell me it's one of these things

Hmmm

 

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