Have a gopher problem in your yard? Jennifer Squires tells you how to gopher proof your garden. This article reminded me of my long journey on the road to besting squirrels that attacked my bird feeder. I have eventually won that battle, and now the squirrels must be content with the seeds that the birds drop from the feeder. I don’t have gophers in my garden, thank goodness. But if you do, I am sure you would appreciate knowing how to gopher proof your garden.
Gophers are a pain in your garden. There’s no arguing with that and, shy of poisoning them, there’s no easy way to get rid the varmints.I remember when I was a kid, Mary, the grandmotherly neighbor up the road, had a fail-proof method to keep gophers out of her flower garden. She used to run a garden hose into one gopher hole while lurking over the other end of the tunnel, armed with a flat-nosed shovel. When that near-drowning gopher spurted out of the tunnel, Mary brought down the shovel on it with all the strength in her 4-foot, 10-inch body.
Jennifer doesn’t recommend this method, and it usually doesn’t work anyway. She mentions other methods she has tried, all to no avail. She mentions the only thing that has ever worked:
The only thing that’s ever worked is building a garden bin and lining it with gopher wire. That’s precisely what we’re doing in the backyard. Plus, beyond beating the gophers, the raised beds look clean in the yard, mean a little less bending over while gardening and allow us to control what type of soil we’re growing our veggies in.
Jennifer gives the reader some directions on how to build the raised bed. You can find that information in her article on how to gopher proof your garden. You can find her article by clicking here or on the link below. You can also get my free ebook of directions on how to build a raised bed by sending for it in the right sidebar of my web site. You can adapt the directions by adding gopher proof wire on the bottom of the raised bed. Let us know what you think of this article and like us on Facebook and G+.