.........because when I look at this area of ground I remember the ...."rat story". The rat story took place a year before my beautiful forsythia. We were just in our new house 1 year. Landscaping is something I enjoy, so I wouldn't pay anyone to do it for me. If it took "years" to finish it all, no big deal. That spring I was digging holes to plant some bushes. I remember I was babysitting my young niece. We were putzing, enjoying the outside. I dug a hole next to the porch, the shovel went in, and as I was lifting the dirt, there was quick, "rat size" motion, and "something" ran for cover under the porch! ....oh ya... I screamed!
Then I looked in the hole. At least 10 baby rats about 3 inches long were squirming all over the place! I had just dug a hole straight into a rats nest!! "Anna, come and look." "Awwhhh".
Now, how to get rid of these baby rats and be discreet with my niece. I didn't want her to have nightmares. Well, it was discreet, I'll leave it to your imagination. Oh, but they were gotten rid of!!! :-)