The Q&A Archives: Bulbs

Question: What bulbs don't gophers like to eat?

Answer: Gophers are underground eaters, and tulip and crocus bulbs are among their favorite food. But there is an effective way to protect your spring-flowering bulbs as you plant them this fall.

Plant your bulbs in underground baskets that are made from 1-in. or finer galvanized-chicken-wire mesh. Baskets should be large enough to hold six to eight bulbs; they also have to be deep enough so bulbs can be planted at the proper depth with the sides of the basket extending about 4 in. aboveground - something that helps keep pesky gophers from getting inside through the top.

You can also deal with gophers by setting traps or placing poisoned bait inside gopher runs. And if you're planting daffodil bulbs, relax - gophers don't go for these early-spring flowers.

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