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I went to mow the yard today and found 1-2 inch plugs of grass pulled out of the ground all over the place. It looks more like the result of digging than a deliberate pulling out.

What could be doing this, and what can I do about it?

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I have a similar problem with my lawn - the culprits are squirrels digging up the nuts and seeds that settle in the thatch when they are blown down from surrounding trees. Do you have any trees nearby? –  Mancuniensis Jul 1 '11 at 23:44
    
@Mancuniensis I practically live under a forest :) –  Chuck Jul 2 '11 at 0:23
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This time of year, at least up north, squirrels are more likely to be burying than digging up - but the effect will be the same. If it's near oak tree(s) or other nut trees, that's probably it. –  Ed Staub Sep 13 '11 at 18:27
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I've had this happen many times over the years. In my case, it was flocks of crows tearing up the lawn looking for grubs. It's almost comical how they rip out a piece of sod and toss it over their shoulder.

Almost.

On the other hand, the grubs can't be good either. You might want to try some grub killer.

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I've seen this kind of damage from robins (at least I think it was robins, I didn't catch them in the act). –  bstpierre Jul 4 '11 at 18:13
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Skunks will do it here (New Hampshire). Armadillos will do it down your way, too.. anything that likes those tasty grubs. –  Ed Staub Sep 13 '11 at 18:25
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