How to Prevent Gophers From Damaging Your Lawn & Garden
Gopher wire installed in a large lawn
If you have a yard and live in a gopher-prone area, at one time or another, you have probably experienced
gophers building their mounds in your landscape. Gophers are small rodents that feed on plants. In
a short period of time, they can ruin gardens and gnaw through irrigation lines
and sprinkler systems causing system failure.
Gopher mounds in your yard are not only unsightly but can be somewhat
difficult to get rid of. Stopping gophers from building these mounds can be difficult. There are several remedies you can use to try to discourage or remove the gophers from your yard.
How to identify a Gopher Den
By nature, gophers spend most of their time underground living in burrows and rarely seen.
Look for loose dirt forming half circles or crescent-shaped mounds with plugged holes that are normally off to the side.
Freshly formed mounds are a sign that the gopher is very active. Just one gopher can create several mounds in one day. There is a difference between a gopher mound and a mole mound. A mole mound is circular with a plug in the middle.
Stay Away From Products That Are Not Proven To Work
You can purchase traps to eliminate the gophers however trapping is only dealing with the symptom of the issue and will have to be done frequently, year after year. Using baits and other toxic chemicals can harm wildlife, pets, and children.
Even though there are plenty of predators who feed on gophers, installing owl boxes will not decrease the number of gophers to stop the damage.There are no repellents currently being sold that will protect your plants from gophers. Certain plants such as gopher purge, castor beans, and garlic have not proven to drive off gophers from the area.There are devices for scaring off gophers such as vibrating stakes, ultrasonic devices, and wind-powered pinwheels but have not been successful during trial runs.Because gophers can seal off their burrows very quickly, smoke or gas fumigation cartridges are not effective.Whenever possible, always use non-chemical products or those that are less toxic.
Protect Plants and Grass with Underground Gopher Wire
Before planting grass or a mulch planing area, lay down 3/4-inch mesh known as gopher wire under your beds or raised planter
will act as a barrier between the gophers and your plantings. Gophers will not
be able to make it through the 3/4" hexagonal mesh. This will prevent them from
encroaching into your landscape, destroying your lawn or plantings.
“We decided to use this galvanized gopher screening on the new lawn because there was a lot of damage our previous lawn from gophers coming through, we have a lot of areas where gophers are very active and putting in a new lawn without adding some defense would be a total loss.There are a lot of holes and damage from gopher activity in our backyard especially on the back hill slope and throughout the lawn. Its nerve wracking having to constantly battle against these critters and makes it hard to enjoy your lawn and yard when you see how much the gophers are just doing havoc here on our property.”
-Edward, Customer from San Diego California