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Moth balls

Posted by Jenny05 zone 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 19, 05 at 16:28

I just placed an order for some peonies and I was curious if moth balls might be able to hurt the plant if I put them in the hole when I plant them? There are lots of gophers on our property and up til now I've only had 3 peony plants. 1 of those was eaten down to almost nothing...amazingly enough it made it through that and I believe next year will probably be large enough again to bloom. I recall reading somewhere awhile back that moth balls tend to ward off gophers so as long as it won't kill my plants I would like to try it. These are rather expensive peonies and it would really be sad if they got eaten before I even get a chance to see them bloom! Has anyone tried this before with peonies or any other plant?

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RE: Moth balls

EEEEK! Do not use mothballs in the garden! Here's what Mike McGrath, former editor of OG, says in his column to a reader who questioned if she could use them to repel neighbors' cats:

"VERY IMPORTANT: Don't ever use mothballs or flakes. Those little toxic waste pellets destroy cats' kidney function, could seriously harm people who handle them, and yes, contaminate your garden soil. Their packaging even warns against using them this way. "

The main ingredient naphthalene, is a strong chemical that stays in your soil for a long time.

RE: Moth balls

I had an idea that it might be able to do some harm so I was a bit wary to put it in my soil without finding out for sure...I greatly appreciate the info!

RE: Moth balls

Not just cats, try people too.

Never put mothballs into your environment, inside or out.

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