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Q.Funnels On Potted Plant Soil

Zone Melbourne Victoria | Anonymous added on February 4, 2023 | Answered

Hi there, I’ve just noticed one of my potted rosemary plants has numerous funnel looking objects that go underneath the soil. I’m not sure how long they’ve been there, but the last good inspection I had of the plant was a few weeks back when I topped it up with compost. Is it possible these are bees, or another animals nest? Thanks

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Answered on February 6, 2023

Yes, there are many tunneling soil dwellers. Toads, insects. Mice and squirrels will dig in, usually to store food. It could even be earthworms attracted to the compost. Some solitary bees tunnel in a barren area, usually in the lawn. It is possible one selected your Rosemary pot, if the soil is kept dry enough. If it's a bee, it's best not to disturb it. It will move on soon. Using gravel or other mulch on top of the soil may discourage insect invaders.


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