My wife and I have learned over the course of our landscaping duties that the previous owner of our home embedded chicken wire in the ground, seemingly throughout the entire backyard. It's about 2-3 inches underneath the soil.
It's everywhere we dig. We have no plans to try to extricate it; we'll just keep doing what we're doing and deal with it when we have to pierce the ground. I just want to know why.
As much as my heart tells me (usually while digging) that this is some super-slow-burn premeditated maliciousness on the behalf of the old lady we purchased the house from, the rational parts of me are pretty certain the truth is a lot less sinister.
Could it be a pest-control measure? If so, I'd guess we have a rock-solid defense against underground chickens.
Some trivia that may help:
- The previous owner "hated trees," according to neighbors, and kept the place barren. No evidence of a garden. Just a neglected lawn.
- The front yard didn't suffer the same fate.
- It appears to be actual chicken wire from the size of the mesh, and it's really lightweight. Differs from the stuff gopher baskets are made out of.
My curiosity is hoping for some concrete rationale, but my rage will absolutely accept crackpot conspiracy theories.
Going with Kevinsky for the firsthand account, but thank you all for your input. Probably an anti-critter measure. Will update if I ever hit the secret underground lab, though.