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Holes all over front garden mulched beds - what has been at work?!

dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
edited October 2019 in Problem solving
It started back in May, after we’d done up our new front garden and mulched thickly over the beds.
The holes seem to be getting more frequent and deeper.
There are no animal dropping that I can see and every night there are at least a couple of new holes created.

They're about 10-15cm deep and the earth is all shovelled to one side, plants are uprooted and so on.

At first, I thought squirrels could be causing this, but today I saw large-ish footprints near the main hole, as well as flatter and longer tracks.

Are there wild rabbits at work in Muswell Hill?!

thanks for any advice



  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,764
    Fox probably but it could be badger. Check with neighbours to see if they have seen any.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
    edited October 2019
    We’ve definitely got foxes out back, but no holes there, though the mulch in the beds is the same and as accessible. Strange.
    Badgers in N10 I’ve never seen nor heard of.
    Are foxes just digging for worms, do you think?
    I thought the holes were too narrow for fox holes, but what do I know 😁
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,112
    Have you used Fish, Blood & Bone as a fertiliser ... or added bonemeal to the soil when planting?  Foxes will dig holes to seek that out. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,980
    The young foxes here make quite small holes, so it's possibly a cub.
    B,F&Bone is like a drug to them  :D

    Look quite big holes for squirrels, and they don't usually make that amount of mess. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • TenNTenN Posts: 184
    If you've mulched with stuff out of your composter it might be young foxes getting a quick and easy snack of brandling worms still in the compost. I've stopped using blood and bone because it makes the dog loopy and she digs everything up.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
    edited October 2019
    @Dovefromabove and @Fairygirl that’s really helpful, thanks!

    No, I actually made a point of not using the B, F & B after reading an old post by you, Dove, in which you warned somebody else about the same thing 😁 so we mulched with a mulch mix that contains a mixture of composted bark, leafmould, fine manure and fenland soil

    Nowt else. We made up the beds from scratch, as there was only crazy leaving at the front, a few months ago. 

    I agree that the holes look too large for a squirrel, though some of the other holes were much smaller.

    Do foxes dig around for grubs and worms, in the absence of B,F & B?

  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
    Thanks @nickten, no we moved here in February and had nothing to start off the garden with, so all fresh soil and mulch from Crews Hill was used.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
    Does anybody know if there are wild rabbits digging holes in urban gardens, up my way?!
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,008
    Just remembered that I used some Vitax fertiliser pellets, way back. Do they contain B,F and B?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,980
    They found something very tasty at the edge of my path, bordering the grass,  a year or two ago. Beetles of some kind possibly.
    They can only get in my front garden, and had already enjoyed a bit of digging in the border where I'd just planted something -with the obligatory B, F&B  :D  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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