The Q&A Archives: Gophers In The Garden

Question: What is the best way to get rid of a gopher in the garden, who is eating your bulbs?

Answer: Moles don't usually eat plant matter, focussing instead on insects. Rodents such as mice and voles use their tunnels like a subway, and they do eat roots and bulbs. The culprits may well be gophers...and I'm afraid there's no getting rid of them, only living with them. A good way to foil them is to plant your garden in a cage! You need to excavate the garden area to a depth of 18-24" and line it with an underground barrier of hardware cloth. If you splice pieces of the hardware cloth together to fit the space, be sure to overlap them to prevent a chink in your garden's armor! Overlap the corners as well. A great side-effect of this effort is a well-areated soil - you can use it as an opportunity to mix organic matter into your garden!

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