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I'm plagued with them, and am desperate at this point. They've killed several trees and now I'm worried --especially about my fruit trees.<br><br>
Anyone have any anti-gopher wisdom they can share? I won't try bait poisons, but I'm open to just about *anything* else.<br><br>
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Have you tried those smoke bomb things? They at least made the gophers go to our neighbor's yard! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Thanks Loree.<br><br>
Yes, I did try them but it was difficult to tell if they worked. If the gophers moved to the neighbor's, it was just briefly. And when they returned, they brought a lot of new friends with them!<br><br>
I've heard that gophers just plug their tunnels with soil to plug up the gas, but I don't know.<br><br>
I wonder if gopher snakes would work.....though they obviously wouldn't help until the weather warms back up. I like the idea of natural predators, I just don't know which would work. Gophers don't come up to the surface much, so they're pretty safe down below.<br><br>
I have friends who swear that horses tromping around will get rid of gophers. But I really can't go that far.<br><br>
Ahhhh.<br><br>
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Ugh, gophers, don't remind me. You don't happen to live in Sonoma County do you? I used to live and garden in Sebastopol and gophers were the bane of my existence. I came upon one above the surface once with nowhere to go and I pummeled it with a piece of bamboo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: (it was pretty satisfying) I'd seriously have nightmares about gophers eating everything in the garden ... :LOL<br><br>
Honestly? Plant everything in cages. I resisted it for so long because who wants to do that, but they eat everything, they're insatiable. Ooh, I hate them so much .. ok, sorry, getting all worked up here :LOL . As for things that are already planted, I think your guess is as good as mine. I knew a dog who could catch fifty gophers a day, but that's pretty rare. Gopher snakes, that's interesting. I'd be interested to hear about that working ..<br><br>
No Gophers and summer rain, two reasons to want to stay on the east coast ... (I miss CA terribly and would love to move back but it's not realistic for us, so I need to come up with reasons why CA is a terrible place I would never want to live .. :LOL )
 

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Hi Sarah<br><br>
No, I live closeby though--in Sacramento county. Once somebody suggested flushing them out by running a hose with high pressure into a hole--which we tried, and only <i>after</i> we got the water in there did we ask ourselves "what do we do with it if comes out?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"> Not to worry~~our soil is so sandy that it won't hold a puddle for 3 seconds, so the gopher wasn't going to drown. And I realized that running that water was causing a lot of erosion damage around roots below......dumb me.<br><br>
You're right...I've got to cage everything I plant from now on. It's a HUGE pain. And I tried those pre-made 15 gal chicken-wire cages on three crabapple trees, but they aren't exactly growing so now I'm worried that the roots are kind of strangled by the cage. But new veg beds especially, I'm going to do the wire mesh a good foot and a half below grade. (The one good thing about sandy soil--it's easy to dig <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> .)<br><br>
I admit I'm leaning toward the gopher snake idea. I used to catch them without too much trouble when I was a kid -- but I lived around them, so I didn't have to hunt hard to find them.<br><br>
I'll give you another excuse to be happy you're not in California. T-r-a-f-f-i-c. ugh. The whole Santa Rosa area, it's like a junior LA, one big snarl. (Sac too.)<br><br>
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I live in the desert. We get gopher snakes once in a while, but we still have gophers. My guess is that you would have to get several, or control where they went (snakes have free rein in our yard/ town since they were here first. Unfortunately, so were the gophers).
 

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I'll give you another excuse to be happy you're not in California. T-r-a-f-f-i-c. ugh. The whole Santa Rosa area, it's like a junior LA, one big snarl. (Sac too.)<br><br>
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Oh yeah, the water thing, I've heard that, never tried it for the reasons you described ... well, our soil wasn't so sandy, but the gophers' whole system was so complex it just seemed like an insurmountable problem. If someone came up with a good natural gopher control plan they'd make millions I tell ya ... I bet your crabapples will grow out of their slow to grow phase; it probably just takes longer for the roots to find their way .. good luck!
 

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I don't think the water things works -- it just wasted all that water!! Traps worked so-so, but those darn gophers are very smart & would plug up the holes w/ the traps. Our dog was worthless too, she just digs up all the tunnels.<br><br>
Well the gophers around here surface (I'm in nor. cal) -- when they were migrating to my neighbor's last summer she'd shoot at them w/ a pellet gun!<br><br>
RE: the horses tromping around. someone told me once he had kids & they were running around his garden the gophers left! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Keep us posted on any good remedies!!!<br><br>
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:LOL That's some good hunting there ..<br><br>
I just remembered something someone told me ... that amaryllis bulbs (yk, the naked ladies) deter gophers .. it's more of a long-term solution, but if you are planning on being where you are for a while it may be worth it. The idea is to create a border around the garden, plus some in the garden, too, and your gopher problem will gradually fade out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> ...
 
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