While I have never had a problem with gophers, I had a horrible problem with
groundhogs. I tried all of the tricks I could find and
no luck. They kept digging under my fence and into the garden. Out of
frustration, I cut several hundred stakes about a foot long
and drove them into the ground at the fence line leaving a 1" gap between. They
would dig a while then move on, dig a while...
After a few days, they just gave up. That was
over a year ago.
A few weeks ago I started to notice that something was eating my lettuce. The
next day it was me beans. I couldn't figure out how
they were getting in. No holes in the fence and no tunnels under the fence.
The third day I noticed that the tops of my tomatoes
were eaten, and they are 4' high. I then noticed a pile of deer droppings.
Great, after 2+ years with a 4' high fence, the deer
decide to jump over it. So, I put up a 7-1/2 foot high deer fence around my 30
x 45 garden.
Sometimes I wonder why I even try to grow anything! Between the cost of
materials and time, it's probably cheaper to just buy the
veggies. However, now that the peas are about done, the beans and cucumbers
are coming in and the corn is not far behind, I know
it was worth it.
Over the last 15 years I have dealt with hundreds of gophers on my
half acre lot. There are only two surefire ways to get rid of them.
The first is gopher traps. You must use two traps. About $5 in any
feed or farm store.
Find the tunnel by pushing a long rod or screwdriver into the ground
between two mounds until you feel it give. That will locate the
tunnel. Use post hole diggers to dig down and expose the tunnel. You
may have to use the screwdriver to scrape dirt away from the sides to
locate the holes. There will be at least two, one from each direction.
Place a trap in each and cover big hole with leaves or something that
will let a little light in. Be sure to tie the traps to some sort of
stake (tomato stakes work well). A big gohper can carry a trap off or
into the tunnel.
The second is to expose the tunnel in the same way and put a couple of
tablespoons of Drano (lye) in the tunnel and cover back up. They get
it on their feet and it kills them when they lick it off. If you do
this make sure to be very careful if you have pets. Don't want any
exposed that they can get hold of.
Hope this helps.
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