Do you remember watching animations of gophers from the garden, seeing the tops of plants quiver, vibrate and vanish? Because basically, that’s exactly what actually happens. And if you’ve poured lots of time, energy, money and nurturing in your backyard… just to wake up one morning and discover your garden ruined… you come to grips with the fact that gophers are no damn good.
Now do not start, telling me to live and let live, that they are cute and furry and wonderful and want our love. The simple fact is, they are destructive and if you let them get a toe-hold around your premises, they’ll destroy root programs on anything they can get their choppers around. Does not matter what it is, if it has got a root system, gophers will create a desire for it. Whether it’s a garden filled with vegetables or your freshly planted apricot tree, gophers seem to believe you planted it just for them. No. Through trial and error, I have developed my own little simple system of gopher control and it works really well.
This may require some effort in setting it up, but you will be rewarded with years of gopher gardening. When placing the cable in, run it in the base of the trench to about a foot above ground level. Fill the trench with dirt, and then bet the above-ground wire, which will form a little fence around your garden. It is going to stop gophers from getting under your garden, the fence prevents them from climbing into your backyard, and the result is refreshing, healthy veggies for you. Now, gopher control is not fool-proof. These little buggers are known to dig down around six feet! However, for the most part, it must work well for you. I did my backyard with the two foot perimeter six decades back, and it has not been breached, yet.
Gopher Control for Your Lawn
This is an entirely different situation than your backyard, but is just as simple to do. You may need two Macabee gopher traps (available at your local diy shop ) and a little hand gardening shovel. The Mactrap is the one I have used for years, and it works perfectly each time.
When you see new mounds of dirt in your yard, that is a sure indicator of a gopher. Take your spade, and dig through the mound, and expose the tube. If you find an intersection of two tunnels, you will require a trap in every tunnel, as you don’t know which way he will approach. Establish your Mactrap(s) and set it in the pit, prongs in first. Some pest control people recommend that you re-cover the hole, but this is not needed. Now, it is just a waiting game, because eventually that gopher will reunite and re-plug that gap.
Only a little trick I have discovered, since a time or 2, the gopher has lived long enough to pull the Mactrap deep into the pit, taking it far back, gotta’ dig up the yard to retrieve it. Leave some slack in the line and you will be able to immediately tell if you have got one!
Does a water hose assist with gopher control?
With a garden hose and letting it become a gopher tunnel does work, but only if your lawn is fairly level. Be prepared with your’manually controlled gopher control apparatus’ (a shovel) when he comes running out. But if your lawn slopes, the water will just run from the floor, usually with all the gopher taking refuge in an upward portion of the tunnel, waiting for the flood to subside.
This is a simple trick, but it’s worked really well. When you purchase a new tree to your yard, wrap the trees root ball at the galvanized chicken wire. This will give the tree the time it has to develop its taproot, since the chicken wire prevents the gopher from damaging the heart of the tree root. As you can see, gopher control can easily be achieved with the appropriate tools and a bit of fore-thought. Prevention and trapping are simple to accomplish, and will readily give you complete gopher control of your lawn and garden.