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Question: I have a problem both in my lawn and my vege garden. Gophers and Burowing rabbits. How do I get rid of them and stop the small dirt mounds they create?

Answer: Rabbits are next to impossible to deter! You can try laying chicken wire over the bare soil in and around your veggie garden, but there's not much you can do to keep them from burrowing in the lawn. 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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