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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post

    The squirrels have done just fine with it. It's enraging but adorable to watch them dive head first into a tiny divot, then root around under the turf, then pull up a grub, sit on their fat squirrel butt and eat the morsel.
    Squirrels are the most entertaining animals in the backyard.

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  • MarkEagleUSA
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post

    It’s good you treated for the grubs before the problem evolved to moles. Moles love eating grubs.
    Worse yet, grubs attract skunks and they will destroy a lawn in short order.

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  • Swansong
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post

    It’s good you treated for the grubs before the problem evolved to moles. Moles love eating grubs.
    The squirrels have done just fine with it. It's enraging but adorable to watch them dive head first into a tiny divot, then root around under the turf, then pull up a grub, sit on their fat squirrel butt and eat the morsel.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post

    It’s good you treated for the grubs before the problem evolved to moles. Moles love eating grubs.
    Circle of life.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    I had to give up and call a lawncare company. Something was digging up my (immaculate, beautiful) lawn and I couldn't tell it if was grubs or voles or gremlins.

    They came, immediately identified it as grubs and put that stuff down plus lime. They'll be back in a couple weeks to overseed and aerate, then again for a final season fertilization.
    It’s good you treated for the grubs before the problem evolved to moles. Moles love eating grubs.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    I had grubs last year. It all depends on the geo area they hit in a year.

    my area recovered fast though

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  • Swansong
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    I had to give up and call a lawncare company. Something was digging up my (immaculate, beautiful) lawn and I couldn't tell it if was grubs or voles or gremlins.

    They came, immediately identified it as grubs and put that stuff down plus lime. They'll be back in a couple weeks to overseed and aerate, then again for a final season fertilization.

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  • Kepler
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    Fun fact: the "petard" as in "hoist by your own" is a siege weapon. It's a box of gunpowder which you place into holes you dig under the walls. You explode it to undermine the wall. The comically Scottish character at the siege of Harfleur in Henry V is talking about it.

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  • state of hockey
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    Don't forget that siege attacks from under the walls also happened. They just haven't been as popularized by Hollywood due to the difficulties that arise while attempting to film such a situation well. So keep your ears on the ground and place shallow water dishes around the perimeter to detect vibrations.

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  • Kepler
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    Fetchez la vache.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    My wife has vetoed claymores on numerous occasions now.

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  • Kepler
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    Don't forget bastions and crossfire angles.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    The conclusion to the epic saga of Fade's a-hole neighbor.

    A couple weeks back, my fianc? finally got ahold of the Code Enforcement Officer while I was working. She got rather Karenish about the officer's cryptic letter citing some bull**** bylaw about replacing damaged property that we couldn't even find in the online code book. To be honest, she Karened really well because less than an hour later, she got a phone call from the city Chief of Police. After sympathizing with her about the cryptic letter and informing her that the officer has been told about her crappy letters before, she explained the whole situation. Bottom line, my fianc? asked him to make sure this guy was told that we didn't kill his plants, not even accidentally. A few days later, we're in the yard and notice the cops are visiting him and having a look at the camera.

    A week goes by, during which time we observed that the passive-aggressive signage was removed. Finally, my fianc? gets a call from the cops yesterday and they spill to her that he was told to remove the sign because it constituted a violation of a bylaw against intimidation. The best part?

    The camera is not even hooked up. It's all for show.

    The dumb thing about all this is that he's going to end up worse off for pursuing this and acting the way he did. We're fortifying our border and upgrading our flimsy temporary tarp to a big, beautiful wall! Triple-thick reed fencing 32 feet long, 10 feet tall, and built 6 inches back from his privacy fence. I wanted to order some concertina wire to put on top of it, but she said no. ;-)

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  • joecct
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    A Long Island (?) plumbing disaster.

    https://youtu.be/YMWBUGYI3IM

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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    I should just rip the fucking fixture down and replace it wholesale. But did I mention my noodle arms?

    My legs OTOH are wicked strong from carrying so much weight for years.

    Edit: I got it.

    As with Leftist politics, I had just been being too gentle.
    Coincidentally I thought I just had to replace the lights on mine as well. Almost all of them were flickering and the tubes looked more shot than a spark plug with 200k miles on it. Replaced the lights, flipped the switch, and the new ones flickered the exact same. So I'll probably be replacing all the fixtures with the LED strip ones.

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