Decrease the Food Supply - The less gophers have to eat in your garden, the sooner they will move on to other yards.
Use gopher baskets to protect your plants. Plant vegetable and other vulnerable plants in gopher baskets. These are baskets made of chicken wire that protect the young roots until they are well established.
Use mulch as a buffer between the soil gophers burrow in and your plants. Gophers seem to dislike the smell and taste of mulch.
Limit the amount of plants in your garden. Instead, consider planting a rock garden or a water garden. Water gardens can be very beautiful, and you can place aquatic plants in them.
Build a fence around a garden, but make sure that part of it extends underground. While gophers are good at burrowing, they are bad at climbing. Buy some wire mesh from your local nursery or home improvement store. Place it around your garden. Make sure that it extends at least 12 inches underground. This will prevent the gophers from burrowing under it.
Build some raised plant beds instead. This will involve building some planters and filling them with soil. You can then place everything into those planters. If your planters sit directly on top of the ground, you should line the bottom of your planters with chicken wire to prevent the gophers from digging under the planter walls and into the planter itself. Ring your garden with gopher repellent plants or plant resistant ones. Plants such as Gopher Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) and Marigolds can be repellent. Others such as the following are particularly resistant: Geranium (Pelargonium), Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lantana, Rosemary, Garlic and Society Garlic, Mexican Bush Sage, Daffodils, Naked ladies, Foxglove and numerous others. Consult your nursery for more suggestions.
When planting a new lawn, consider putting wire mesh beneath the sod to minimize gopher damage. The wire will be effective, however, only if 3 to 4 inches of soil is placed on top of the wire before the sod goes on. If the wire is placed directly under the sod, gophers will simply dine on the grass roots from the other side of the fence.
Gophers like to eat crabgrass roots. Eliminating crabgrass will take away an incentive for a gopher to move in.
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