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? Jul 1, 2011 at 23:44
  • @Mancuniensis I practically live under a forest :)
    – Chuck
    Jul 2, 2011 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, 2011 at 18:27
  • i have the same thing in my garden, I picked one up cause it looked like a face on it and as I was checking it out, I noticed it looked like it had a mesh covering on it, more like a burlap bag was the texture and feel I should say. I grow my garden in this soil, but this is the first year I seen this and believe it or not my garden grew fast, but it didn't have a good taste to it...corn, tomatoes, lettuce none of it tasted good. The soil didn't look right looked like little people of some kind of unnatural decent and when I took to tearing up some of the clumps, they would fall out in little Dec 25, 2019 at 5:50

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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.


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

  • 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 18:25

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