The Q&A Archives: Eliminating Gophers

Question: Can sod newly planted be watered too much? I bought those expensive sonic gopher chasers and the gophers just made mounds of dirt around them. Is there anything I can do to get them to leave? I have a dog and sometimes she will catch one and eat some parts of it so I am afraid to poison them. I have tried eveything I can think of. I live in between two other houses and their lawns look like a golf course.They say they haven't done anything special to keep the gophers out. I think the gophers like being in my yard the most. thank you

Answer: New sod can be watered too much, but how often to water depends upon how well your soil drains, and how hot the weather is. Water deeply once or twice each week to help the roots grow deeply into your soil.

Although there are lots of reported remedies for getting rid of gophers, including plants and homemade concoctions, nothing really works except trapping the creatures. Gophers and moles feed on grubs and other insects in the soil. As long as you have healthy soil teaming with beneficial insects and their larvae, you'll have the potential for attracting gophers. To get rid of gophers, invest in a scissors-type gopher trap, and set it carefully - as often as necessary to catch and kill the entire population. Once you've gotten rid of the gophers, encourage your neighbors to do the same. If it's any consolation, gophers in your yard are a compliment to your skills as a gardener. They prefer rich, moist, organic soil teeming with insects!

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