The Q&A Archives: Gophers in lawn & evergreens

Question: Gophers have made deep trenches in my lawn over the winter season. The grass has died in those trenches. Also, the gophers have created large mounds of dirt amongst our evergreen bushes destroying many branches. They even totally ate the stem of a bush so that it toppled over. We have gopher traps but can't find a fresh mound. What's the best way to rid ourselves of these pests?

Answer: 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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