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06 December 2009 @ 11:05 am
gophers/ moles  
What do you do?
Stretching after the Cocoon: Glitterbydjinnaya on December 6th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Pocket Gophers....
Macabee traps. In sandy gardens, i've started using Black Box traps because the gophers actually drag away the smaller traps. They still don't come back to that tunnel, but traps are expensive.

Poke in the ground with a sharp stick until you locate a horizontal tunnel, carefully place traps back to back so that they cover either direction.

Yes, it seems kinda contary to a lot of things to kill cute little furry things, but in the absence of a large population of owls and bobcats, you are the regulatory predator.

Also, for ornamental plantings, plant in a more English style rather than someting that requires an orderly pattern. This way a couple plants getting hit won't look so bad. For edibles, plant seeds in containers as well as in the garden so that you have some semi-mature plants to put in for replacements.

albionwood: CoverCropalbionwood on December 6th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Pocket Gophers....
I gave up on the Macabee traps for that reason. Black Holes are a lot more expensive, but I don't have to worry about finding them with the rototiller... Well, okay, I still do that when I forget where I set one. But that only happened once! Really! (So far.)
albionwood: Cabbagealbionwood on December 6th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Trap them, with Black Hole traps. My neighbor showed me some tricks to that... one tip: they love dandelion flowers! So I put one flower in the tunnel ahead of the trap, and several more in the trap behind the trigger. Works a treat. I generally get them within a few minutes, but sometimes it takes overnight.

I was on a radio program talking about gardening, and mentioned gopher trapping; then we started taking calls, and OMG! Everybody called in with their favorite gopher remedies. Some were just plain wrong (car exhaust - what a stupid idea, pumping that crap into your soil, even if it worked, which it usually doesn't), some were okay (castor bean extract), and some were just plain wacko (old-man urine FTW!). It was great fun.

Trapping works best for me, because I have a large property and can clear them out some distance away from my garden. Then all I have to do is catch the new ones as they arrive. (It helps that my neighbors are also farmers, and keep their property cleared as well.) If you are gardening in a small lot, though, you might have to try repellent, like castor oil. I'm told it works pretty well, you just have to re-apply periodically.