You've heard of it, you may have even been given a tablespoon of it as a home remedy, but did you know that castor oil granules are also a gardener's best friend? The best thing about castor oil is that it is a completely natural by-product of Ricinus communis, the castor oil plant. Your grandmother knew that! But did she know that in granulated form, castor oil is a natural deterrent to those pesky creatures tearing up your garden in the middle of the night?
Or for that matter, what about a gopher or even an armadillo? Some people don't mind moles or the occasional armadillo. They don't actually eat plants. They're after those tasty grubs. But gophers love those plants.
There are fences, traps and poison, but why not just use what your grandmother did? What was your first reaction to that taste of castor oil? You probably ran in the opposite direction. Garden intruders are even more sensitive to the smell of castor oil. By spreading castor oil granules across your lawn and garden, you can guarantee they won't be visiting again anytime soon.
The trick is to make sure you maintain an even distribution of the castor oil granules. Spreading them by hand works. Remember, it's a natural product with no toxicity. The best way though is to use an automatic spreader set to the lowest application rate. You can then water the area well, or wait for a rainfall. Within hours, you'll have a rodent free garden and lawn.
The scent secreted from castor oil granules work so well that, if you would like to lead those moles, gophers and armadillos in a specific direction (how well do you like your neighbor?), simply create a granule-free path to the nearest and safest exit.