Why do raccoons tear up sod?
How to stop them
Raccoons are beautiful Canadian animals. As
beautiful as they may seem, raccoons can mess up
your lawn. They are known to destroy sod and
grass as they search for grubs. Grubs are a
delicacy to them. The raccoon is a wild animal,
which often finds its way to residential areas.
Being an animal, it does not recognize that
beautiful looking lawn is a no-go-zone. A garden
visited by a raccoon can be a total mess.
Newly laid sod has to be regularly watered.
Also, sod is laid on fresh soil. The moisture
and the good soil are suitable conditions for
worms and grubs. The grubs are found underneath
the soil- the raccoons have to dig to find them.
Raccoons have a high survival instinct- when
there is food they will find it. These animals
will roll the whole sod if they have to. Once
they have discovered a source of food, what will
deter them from coming back and even bringing
So you have discovered that raccoons are messing
up your lawn, what will you do next? To stop
raccoons, make it difficult for them to tear up
the sod. A good way to do that is to put a
protective net over the sod, at least for the
first three weeks. The net used to cover the sod
makes it difficult for the raccoon to dig up the
sod. The net is hard to walk on and is firmly
secured to prevent this clever animal from
tearing it. The net can be removed after three
weeks. At this time, the roots have grown, and
the sod is not watered as many times.
Another option is to scare the raccoons away
using the scarecrow sprinkler. This sprinkler
has motion sensors and will be activated once
there is any motion. The water jet from the
sprinkler will scare the animal away. It is
recommended that the sprinkler is installed in
such a way the jet reaches the edges. The
Raccoons are crafty and will not be scared by
something that does not reach them. The
scarecrow sprinkler is available in hardware
Lighting your garden at night is also a good
option. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures- they
will stay away from light. Installing garden
lights in your garden will keep them away.
100-watts bulb will do the job as they are very
bright. You don’t have to keep the bulbs on all
night. Motion sensors will keep the bulbs on
only when there is motion.
If you live in areas with high raccoon
population, employ the necessary measures to
keep raccoons away from planting sod. It is
frustrating to wake up only to discover your sod
is rolled up.
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