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The mole is not a welcome guest in our gardens. Although it is absolutely useful because it eliminates pests, it is downright unpopular. The main reason is the earth heaps, which appear everywhere, where it comes to the surface with its tunnel excavations.
That's why many gardeners really go hunting for the cute fellow, even though the piles are not bad at all. The ejected soil is good for beds and can easily be removed.
Positive sides of the mole
The mole is under conservation. It is forbidden to disturb, hunt, catch and kill him. It's best to just leave it alone. Since 1988, the mole is under year-round conservation. There are no exceptions.
Actually, it is good if a mole feels good in the garden, it means that the soil is healthy and there are many microorganisms in it. In addition, it may also be voles that are traveling there. They also make heaps of earth, but rather irregular and flat. The vole is not under protection. This is not least because it can cause damage. She likes to eat roots and tubers.
One should not put his aesthetic feeling over the survival of the pretty cute animals. They belong to nature and should not be killed because of a few small mounds. If you absolutely can not live with the hills, you should try to expel the mole by natural means. This often does not work right away and you have to try one or the other, but usually it works quite well. The animals have sensitive noses and ears and can, if one considers these weaknesses, usually quite easily distributed. Remember: No mole must be killed!
Nature conservation brings benefits to every human being
Before you break into sightings of a mole in your backyard in activities that are more reminiscent of warfare than gardening, you may briefly recall that nature in our country is not protected for no reason. Here is an overview of the main arguments for active conservation in the garden on your doorstep:
- Conservation helps to preserve healthy habitats or often restore them. These are not only animal habitats, but humans also benefit from an environment in which nature exists.
- Every day in Germany natural areas of over 100 hectares are taken from nature to build houses, streets or commercial buildings. This means that every day, the size of more than 150 football pitches disappears, and nature conservation is important in every single home garden.
- Maintaining a habitat means preserving it in all its diversity, ideally improving biological diversity even more. For the past has shown that man does not even know in the least how many factors in a bio-system interact in which way.
- These factors, whether animals or plants, do not simply exist "in front of oneself" so that there is "beautiful nature". Rather, they make sure that there is air in your hometown that you can breathe, groundwater from which your drinking water can be made, soil where you can grow plants...
- They also provide a measure of your health that you may not be fully aware of: More than half of the medications we use are made from plants.
- If you would like to hear "hard numbers": In 2008, the preliminary result of a study that quantifies the annual benefits of nature in dollars - about 5,000 billion, about 20 times as large as a large state budget.
- Nature, with its biodiversity, also gives us an immense supply of knowledge, which is slowly being tapped. First examples are dirt-repellent surfaces z. B. for shower cubicles, the structure of the lotus blossom was peeled off.
What does the mole in your garden have to do with all this? First of all, it is simply part of nature, even in the big city. Berlin counts today z. For example, to the most biodiverse habitats in Germany - and that's a good thing, otherwise we would have to do without most species in a few decades, when most people live in cities. He also counts among the team players in the "healthy soil" ecosystem - the garden soil, which has been solidified over the years, becomes really loose and attractive for important soil organisms thanks to the mole.
Of course, you can also use the arguments summarized above to convince "neighbors awakening to the Mole War" that messy nature is healthier for humans than inanimate order.And maybe your tech-savvy son would thank you later for his interest in moles on the hills in the garden, later studying biotechnology and inventing a sensational tunneling machine whose mechanism is modeled after the mole's burial hands... If you're talking about "so much conservation" If you can not live the mole, you should definitely live on it, but you could look around for resources that have proven to be a mole.