Gophers In The Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Daly City, CA
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Question by Dero0405
January 8, 2000
What is the best way to get rid of a gopher in the garden, who is eating your bulbs?

Answer from NGA
January 8, 2000
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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