Mole Repellent Review – Repellex Root-Saver

mole-repellent.jpgBurrowing animals such as Moles, Voles, and Gophers, are notorious for destroying the root systems of landscaping shrubs, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. It’s natural for moles to create two types of tunnels. The first, are feeding tunnels. These run just below the surface, and appear as raised ridges above ground. The second type of tunnel is dug deeper, and unites the feeding tunnels. It also creates molehills, and is often the signal that you have a pest problem. We found a few people this summer who had this challenge, and asked them if we could review the results after applying a mole repellent to their inflicted areas.

For our tests, we used “Root-Saver” mole repellent from Repellex Root-Saver is a deterrent available in granular bags, and a ready-to-use 100% organic liquid form. Root-Saver targets moles, voles, and gophers, but also states it’s, “ideal for skunks, field mice, woodchucks, and other burrowing animals”… even armadillos.

Active ingredients are used to dis-flavor food sources, and create an uncomfortable environment. The liquid form includes Castor Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Potassium Sorbate. Paprika and water are listed as inert ingredients. Granular Root-Saver combines Garlic Oil, Castor Oil, Paprika, and Wintergreen Oil. The included emulsifying agents allow the mole repellent to penetrate through the soil, which allows a pest-free environment for up to 90 days. Our tests were conducted in an iris garden, a vegetable garden, and the lawn of a backyard.

Gordon tried the granular version on his back lawn. “I’ve had moles in the backyard, ever since we moved into this place two years ago. They’ll leave molehills, which become a nuisance when mowing. I already had a spreader I’ve used for fertilizer. The bag had easy-to-use instructions, and even included directions for specific spreaders.

After a week of spreading the repellent, I actually noticed an increase of molehills. I’d read that this could be expected, because of increased activity. After about three weeks, the hills were about gone when mowing. We have a field behind us, and they moved there.”

Janet used Root-Saver on her iris garden. “Last year I lost a few iris to moles. They ran a path straight through the North corner. When it was announced at Garden Club that Mike (editor of, would provide mole repellents to any member with pest problems, I grabbed a bottle.

repellex-root-saver-repellent.jpgThere was activity just outside the garden, and I was worried the moles would move in. The bottle easily hooked up to a garden hose for spraying. I probably used only 1/3 of the bottle. I sprayed the iris, and surrounding area as suggested. The activity moved behind the fenceline. I’ll use Root-Saver again next year, even if I don’t see activity.”

Similar results were seen when sprayed around a vegetable garden. Mole activity moved.

Our reviewers were all happy with the Root-Saver Mole, Vole and Gopher Repellent. Root-Saver is available online.

Deer Resistant Plant

potentilla.jpegA hungry deer will eat about anything. If the gardener has a choice though, it’s better to put in a deer resistant plant than one the deer love to devour. The potentilla to the left is a nice example of a deer resistant plant with a little color.

The Repellent Review decided to do some research on finding plants that would deter deer, and came up with a few great resources.

Patti Simons has the goal of publishing a book on the deer resistant plant and gardening in deer country. She’s been able to produce a cottage style garden that deer travel through without eating everything in site! She has a great resource of around 200 plants that are categorized as to resistance. Remember, resistant means less tasty when you’re dealing with deer. They still may nibble.

Another resource for deer resistant plants we found helpful is hosted by Beth Jarvis and David Bavero. They list a number of annuals ranging from ,zinnia, periwinkle, and French marigolds to perennials like sage, flax and baby’s breath.

It’s really hit or miss with the deer. Other factors for deer eating your plants include the plant’s stage of maturity. Young plants are tender and more favorable. Another factor may be that the deer population in your area may be large. Deer must compete for food and are willing to eat deer resistant plants. Or maybe the deer in your area just enjoy munching on the plant you thought was deer resistant.

If you’re making that addition to your garden, and you’ve been plagued by hungry deer, we hope we’ve given you some helpin finding a deer resistant plant or two which will meet your deer repellent needs.