How to get rid of mushrooms & gopher - Knowledgebase Question

Sun City, Ca
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Question by alberta12345
September 8, 2010
Hi, I was wondering if you could help us get rid of mushrooms coming up in the yard also if you can tell us how to get rid of gophers. Your answer would be greatly appreciated. Irma Rudolph

Answer from NGA
September 8, 2010
While there are many temporary methods to getting rid of lawn mushrooms, the only permanent solution is to remove their food source. Food sources for soil fungi can include: animal feces, decaying tree stumps, decaying tree roots, old mulch, or a thick layer of thatch. Once all the food sources are exhausted, your lawn mushroom problem will be permanently solved. The best approach is to rake and remove the mushrooms and aerate your lawn so it drains quickly. Next spring you can dethatch your lawn to remove the excess layer of thatch.

Moles and gophers can be exasperating when they take up residence in a yard. The critters tunnel through the soil feeding on grubs, worms and beetles. Sometimes they chew through plant roots and bulbs, causing damage to the plants. The best way to control these pests is by trapping. Invest in one or two scissors-type traps and set them in the active runs. The best approach is to use a stiff metal probe (like a straightened wire coathanger) to find the main runs. Start at a mound of soil and explore the ground with the probe, finding the longest tunnel. You'll be able to tell by whether or not the probe penetrates into the soil easily. Short tunnels are used infrequently, so your best chance of trapping will be by placing a trap in a frequently used main run. Once you've found a likely tunnel, set the trap and cover it with a section of turf or a board to exclude daylight. Keep setting the trap until you stop catching moles and gophers. It may take an entire season, but persistence pays off and eventually you'll reduce the population of the creatures. Healthy soil naturally has a large population of insects. As long as the insects inhabit the soil, moles and gophers will be attracted. Wish there were an easier way to eliminate moles and gophers from the landscape.

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