|Yes, I am a dirty old man. Photo credit, Mrs ERJ
Pulling weeds, I knock as much dirt off of the roots as I can before laying them on the ground. I usually beat the roots against whichever shin is handiest. Then I lay the pulled weeds down so the roots are in the sun, separated from the dirt by a layer of weed tops. It is discouraging to come back a week later and pull the same weeds again after their roots grow back down into the soil. One year I must have pulled the same weeds seven times. The tops looked like corkscrews as the tops grew upward from whatever way I had laid them on the ground.
|The hole looks large enough to park a Prius in, so it was probably made by an adult.
One technique I am contemplating is running about six feet of poly tubing down the hole and pouring a 1/4 cup of ammonia down the tube. According to one source, any animals lurking in the hole will come charging out as the fumes burn their eyes and lungs. You better be ready to shoot quickly as the animal(s) will be moving quickly. Ammonia is not toxic to plants, in fact, it is a common source of Nitrogen fertilizer.
Summer presents a dilemma. Do I work in the cool of the morning when grass and garden plants are wet or do I wait for them to dry and work in the heat of the day? Wet grass clogs mowers and working in the garden when the leaves are wet can spread disease.