What to do about gophers - Knowledgebase Question

Chandler, Ar
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Question by judithcarlso
March 16, 2010
Two years ago we moved into a some what rural area. Tho I am starting to get the gophers under control. I really wanted to put in a small vegetable garden this year. I was wondering if I need to enclose the bed with 1/4 inch mesh wire. Do I need to cover the entire bed or just the circumference? Is there anything else that is less labor intensive?

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010
If you put in a raised bed, you can cover the bottom and sides with hardware cloth to keep gophers from tunnelling through the root systems and ruining your veggies. The hardware cloth will stop them and they will go around the bed. Building a raised bed is probably less labor intensive than excavating an 18-24" deep pit, lining it and then refilling. An alternative would be to garden in containers rather than in the ground. Gophers are a real nuisance but if you're in a rural area, you're likely to have to deal with them - and outsmart them. Wish I had easier solutions to share.

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